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QMC-UH Research Partnership

Research & Evidence-Based Practice Projects

Nurses bring a wealth of information to this partnership by identifying problem areas amenable to research, having the opportunity to develop their program of research, expanding their research skill sets with new designs, and sharing their results locally, nationally, and internationally to positively impact healthcare delivery in a variety of settings and patient populations.

2014 Projects

Impact of a Diabetes Intervention on Diabetes Distress and Glycemic Control in an Asian Pacific Islander (API) Population

Co-principal Investigators: Naomi Fukuda, MSN, APRN and Anne Leake, PhD, APRN

The purpose of this study was to describe the level of diabetes distress in an multi-ethnic population with diabetes, evaluate if a diabetes intervention would help lower the diabetes distress level, and evaluate if a lower diabetes distress level would improve glycemic control. (Manuscript in preparation)

Impact of a Surgical Intensive Care Unit Progressive Mobility Program on Delirium

Co-principal Investigators: Rose Hata, MS, APRN, CCRN, CCNS and Lois Han, BSN, RN, CCRN

The purpose of this project was to implement and evaluate the impact of a mobility program on delirium in surgical intensive care unit patients. 

The Effect of an Eight-week Self Care Program on Self Perceived Compassion Fatigue

Co-principal Investigators: Eric Alarcon, BSN, RN-BC; Me Fuimaono-Poe, FNP-BC; and Kathy King, FNP-BC

The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of a personalized self care plan on burnout risk in registered nurses

Evaluation of an Integrative Wellness Model in a Cardiothoracic Surgical Inpatient Population.

Co-principal Investigators: Dana Monday, BSN, RN and Angela Sy, DrPH

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a Holistic Nursing Integrative Care Model on patients reports of pain and anxiety, use of pain medication and report of experience and satisfaction. (Completing data analysis)

2013 Projects

Interdisciplinary Team Training with the Use of Patient Simulation as an Educational Methodology to Improve Communication, Leadership and Teamwork (HIPSTER)

Co-principal Investigators: Veronica Sablan, MSN, RN and Lorrie Wong, PhD, RN

The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of interprofessional team training utilizing high fidelity patient simulation with third year nursing students, fourth year medical students, pharmacy residents and students, and new graduate nurses.

2012 Projects

Fieldwork Study of the Bridge from Cancer to Cancer Survivorship

Co-principal Investigators: Celeste M. Baldwin, PhD, APRN, CNS and Francisco Conde, PhD, APRN, CNS

The purpose of this study was to define and describe the lived experiences of adult cancer survivors at a time when treatment is completed and the healing process has begun.

2011 Projects

Patterns of Retention and Turnover among Registered Nurses

Co-principal Investigators: April Iwanaga, BSN, RN and Sandra LeVasseur, PhD, RN

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of intrinsic and extrinsic workplace satisfaction factors on RNs intention to leave a position.

The Feasibility of a Nurse Managed Transition Clinic for Patients with a Diagnosis of Diabetes Recently Discharged from the Hospital

Co-principal Investigators: Grace Schonhardt, MSN, APRN and Chen-Yen Wang, PhD, APRN

The purpose of this research project was to test the feasibility of a nurse managed clinic for patients recently discharged from the hospital with a diagnosis of diabetes. (Manuscript in preparation)

2010 Projects

The Efficacy of Written and Verbal Pelvic Floor Exercise Discharge Instructions in Reducing Urinary Incontinence Among Postpartum Patients

Co-principal Investigators: Debrah Trankel, BSN, RNC, LMT; Ann Frost, PT, MPT, CLT; and Maureen Shannon, PhD, CNM, FNP, FAAN

The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of written and verbal pelvic floor muscle exercise postpartum discharge instructions on decreasing the incidence, duration and severity of urinary incontinence among postpartum patients.  

2009 Projects

Developing the Emotional Intelligence of Clinical Oncology Nurses

Co-principal Investigators: Lynn Muneno, RN, CHPN; Elizabeth Freitas, RN, MS, OCN, ACHPN; and Estelle Codier, PhD, RN

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of an emotional intelligence development program on measured emotional intelligence of the nursing staff, staff retention/burnout, environment of care, and quality/safety of patient care. 

2008 Projects

Nursing Management of Fever in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

Co-principal Investigators: Juliet Beniga, BSN, RN; Katherine Johnson, MSN, CNS; and Debra Mark, PhD, RN

The purpose of this evidence-based practice project was to identify best practices for temperature management in patients with neurological disorders and institutionalize a standardized treatment guideline to optimize nursing practice and patient outcomes. 

Screening and Prevention of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy

Co-principal Investigators: Liane Fujita, MS, APRN, CCRN and Joseph Mobley, PhD

The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy amongst our percutaneous coronary intervention patients and develop and implement an evidence-based practice guideline to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

2007 Projects

Alternative Teaching Strategy for the Renal Clients Undergoing Hemodialysis

Co-principal Investigators: William Siegman, MSN, RN and Mirella Vasquez-Brooks, PhD, APRN

The purpose of this pre-test/post-test pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of using a newly created interactive web-based educational program focused on enhancing the knowledge level of participants undergoing renal replacement therapy in a hospital setting.

Comedy in Chemotherapy (COMIC) Study

Co-principal Investigators: Hob Osterlund, MS, RN and Francisco Conde, PhD, APRN, CNS

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of humor on patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer.

Effects of Disposable Underpads on Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Co-principal Investigators: Nicole Chun, BSN, RN and Paulette Williams, DrPH, RN

The purpose of this study was to determine if using disposable underpads can decrease the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

Nurse-delivered Smoking Cessation Intervention in an Acute Care Setting

Co-principal Investigators: Katrina Lu, BSN, RN and Diane Ishida, PhD, RN

The purpose of this project was to examine the effectiveness of a nurse-directed intervention as a mean of promoting smoking cessation in smokers admitted to an acute care medical unit of a university affiliated hospital.


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