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Nursing Research

The Department of Nursing Science, Professional Practice and Quality supports a collection of more than 20 clinical studies and eight quality improvement science projects led by nurse investigators. Studies include:

  • Behavioral interventions
  • Instrumentation testing
  • Evaluation of nursing care procedures
  • Treatment communication and decision-making
  • Systematic assessments of child and family responses to illness threat from diagnosis to health recovery or to end of life

Example study outcomes in the past year include:

  • Validation of a theory related to child preference for involvement in treatment communication and decision making
  • Acceptability and feasibility of a primary palliative care program implemented in more than 18 clinical care areas
  • Expanding from four units to nine units, which was the implementation of a safety measure that allows registered nurses to nap on the night shift
  • Acceptability and feasibility of hospitalized children and their parents to give their satisfaction ratings with care prior to discharge from the hospital stay
  • Implementation of care guidelines for non-pharmacological treatment of pain during intrusive procedures

NIH grants support the exploration of the internal definition of “being a good parent to my seriously ill child” and the link to parent health and family well-being before and following a child’s death, the validation of a child-reported common treatment toxicity measure and sophisticated analyses of child-reported treatment toxicities.

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