Wednesday, October 27, 2010

INQRI's New Grantees Begin Their Grants on November 1

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the selection of six interdisciplinary research teams (each of which includes a nurse scholar) from across the country to receive grants from the Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI).

RWJF created INQRI in order to address gaps in knowledge about nursing's effect on quality of care and to leverage opportunities for research that would identify nurses' contributions to improving patients' health and safety. This is the fifth cohort of INQRI grantees.

Over the past 4 years, INQRI grants have supported research to establish links between nursing and the quality of care delivered to people within and across a variety of healthcare settings. This year's grants will support studies that focus on disseminating and implementing programs that have proven effective.

Each INQRI research team receives an 18-month grant of up to $300,000 to support a project that explores the relationship between nursing and healthcare. INQRI will share the results of this research with policy-makers, hospital administrators and others who make decisions about how nursing resources are distributed to improve quality and patient outcomes.

This year's INQRI grantees are working on a wide range of research projects, from designing a nurse manager development program to increase patient safety, to testing a nursing intervention using a substance abuse screening tool, to implementing a fall prevention program targeted to patient risk factors. All of the projects address creation, implementation and dissemination of plans, protocols, policies and resources, according to RWJF.

The new grantee teams and research projects include:

Michele Balas, PhD, APRN-NP, CCRN, and William Burke, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Implementation and Dissemination of an Interdisciplinary Nurse-Led Plan to Manage Delirium in Critically Ill Adults

Susan Beck, PhD, APRN, FAAN, University of Utah
Nancy Dunton, PhD, Kansas University Medical Center
Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Methods to Measure and Improve Pain Outcomes

Linda Flynn, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Joel Cantor, ScD, Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Creation of a Nurse Manager Development Program to Increase Patient Safety

Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, University of Pennsylvania
Phyllis Solomon, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Translation of a Transitional Care Nursing Intervention for People with Serious Mental Illness

Robin Newhouse, PhD, MS, MGA, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP, Northwestern University
Nurse-Led Intervention to Improve Screening and Treatment for Substance Abuse: An RCT of Hospitals

Maria Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Michigan School of Nursing
Paul Conlon, PharmD, JD, Trinity Health
Implementation of a Risk Specific Fall Prevention Bundle to Reduce Falls in Hospitals

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