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2017-2018 Sigma Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the following grant recipients!

Sigma Small Grants

Lisa Babkair, MSN, RN (Upsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Dimensions of Social Support and Post-Stroke Depressive Symptoms in Saudi Arabia: A Mixed Methods Approach
The purpose of this study is to describe the nature of post-stroke depressive symptoms and to compare the influence of perceived social support and received social support in stroke survivors in Saudi Arabia.

Susana Calderon, PhD, RN (Xi Pi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Children Oral Symptoms: A feasibility Study of the Beneficial Role of the Oral Microbiota
The purpose of this feasibility study is to understand the relationship between oral microbiome and oral symptoms in children and the influence of tooth brushing and tooth flossing.

Sunny Chieh Cheng, PhD, RN (Psi at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Psychosis Risk Syndrome Experience of Caregivers of Patients with Schizophrenia: A Mixed Methods Study
The research proposed aims to contribute to solutions to this disparity by understanding PRS symptoms from the perspective of caregivers of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, as well as by exploring the effectiveness of strategies used by caregivers to cope prior to diagnosis.

Rhea Fay Felicilda-Reynaldo, EdD, MAN, BSN (Gamma Psi at-Large and Phi Gamma Chapters, USA)

Title of Project: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Safety Interventions of Medical-Surgical and Telemetry Nurses Regarding Medical Pluralism Engagement of Patients from Multi-Cultural Backgrounds: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study
The purpose of this mixed method study is to assess medical-surgical and telemetry nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards medical pluralism among patients with multicultural backgrounds through a survey.

Warren Frankenberger, PhD, MSN, BSN (Eta Beta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Real Time Stress in Emergency Department Nurses
The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of measuring biomarkers of stress in real time in Emergency Department (ED) nurses.
Warren Frankenberger
“This feasibility study will be used to determine if quality biomarkers of stress, including heart variability, can be measured in real time. The data from this study will be used to submit for a larger study to examine real time stress in ED nurses along with potential interventions to mitigate stress that occurs during patient care.”
— Warren Frankenberger, PhD, MSN, BSN
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Holly Hall, EdD, RN (Zeta Phi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: The Development and Validation of an Instrument Designed to Assess Servant Leadership Behaviors of Nurse Leaders
The purpose of this study is to develop a multi-faceted instrument to measure the degree of servant leadership behaviors of nurse leaders within their positions, as rated by their supervisors, peers, staff, and self.
Holly Hall, EdD, RN
“This study may make an original contribution to new learning in nurse leadership and add to the body of new research by providing additional evidence relevant to both servant leadership and nursing leadership in health care organizations.”
— Holly H. Hall, EdD, RN
Premier Health

Shela Akbar Ali Hirani, MScN, BScN (Rho Chapter, Pakistan)

Title of Project: Facilitators and Barriers to Breastfeeding Practices of Internally Displaced Mothers Residing in Disaster Relief Camps of Pakistan: A Critical Ethnography
The main purpose of this inquiry is to gain insight into the range of factors that shape breastfeeding practices of internally displaced mothers; and secondly, to explore how existing tensions associated with gender-based, societal, religious, social and cultural expectations influence internally displaced mothers' breastfeeding practices in disaster relief camps of Pakistan.
Shela Akbar Ali Hirani
“The findings of this critical ethnographic research will facilitate humanitarian agencies to recognize gaps in the offered services to the internally displaced mothers of young children and strive for protecting the breastfeeding practices of internally displaced mothers who wish to sustain their breastfeeding practices in the setting of disaster relief camps.”
— Shela Akbar Ali Hirani, MScN, BScN, IBCLC
University of Alberta

Patrick Kor, MSc, BN (Pi Iota Chapter, Hong Kong)

Title of Project: Effects of a Modified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia in Stress Reduction: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
This study aims to explore the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary effects of the modified Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in reducing stress in the family caregivers of PWD.

Khadejah Mahmoud, MSN, BSN (Eta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Nurses Readiness and Motivation to Provide Care for Patients Who Use Alcohol and Opioids (AOs): A Pilot Feasibility Study
The purpose of this descriptive correlational pilot study is to explore the relationship between nurses’ demographics characteristics, personal attitudes (stigmatizing), professional attitudes and their readiness and motivation to provide care to patients who use AOs as well as among the study’s key variables.

Marliese Nist, MSN, BSN (Epsilon Chapter, USA)

Inflammatory Mediators of Stress Exposure and Neurodevelopment in Very Preterm Infants
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationships among stress exposure, inflammation, and neurodevelopment of very preterm infants.

Shirley Schierer, MSN, MPH, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Effects of Physical Distraction and Music on Anxiety during Mohs Surgery
The purpose of this study is to determine whether adding a physical distraction with music has an additive effect on decreasing anxiety in patients undergoing Mohs surgery compared to patients undergoing surgery with music alone.

Taylor Thul, BSN (Alpha Epsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Exposure of African American Women to Synthetic Oxytocin and its Association with Postpartum Depression
The purpose of this study is to describe, for the first time, the exposure rate of African American (AA) women, a population already at high risk of health disparity in birth and infant outcomes, to synthetic oxytocin (synOT), a hormone analog that may carry with it increased risk of postpartum depression (PPD).

Julie Vignato, PhD, MSN, BSN (Gamma Gamma Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Vasopressin, Depression, Pain, and Preeclampsia
The purpose of this study is to understand the early pregnancy action of arginine vasopressin (AVP) in preeclampsia (PreE) to develop preventative, and therapeutic modalities against it.
Julie Vignato
“The evaluation of copeptin may lead to the early diagnosis and treatment of depression and pain during pregnancy to modulate PreE. Nurses, once armed with knowledge of their patient’s condition, are ideally positioned to provide effective precision health interventions such as personalized education and psychosocial support to high risk pregnant women throughout their treatment regimen before maternal fetal health is affected.”
— Julie A. Vignato, PhD, MSN, BSN
University of Iowa

Christina Wilson, MSN, BSN (USA)

Title of Project: Examining Relationships among Body Image, Sexuality, and Sexual Functioning in Women with Cervical and Endometrial Cancer
The overall purpose of the dissertation study is to examine the relationships among the concepts of body image, sexuality and sexual functioning using a novel theoretical framework that was developed to better understand and help manage sexual health issues in women with cervical and endometrial cancer.

Doris Bloch Research Award

McKenzie Wallace, BSN, BA (Alpha Mu Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Determinants of Inflammation in Pregnancy
The purpose of the study is to describe the relationship among inflammation levels, fat mass, physical activity, stress, and LPA genotype in pregnancy.

Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award

Jiale Hu, MN, BSN (Lambda Pi at-Large Chapter, Canada)

Title of Project: Validating Skin Conductance for Assessing Pain and Stress in Mechanically Ventilated Infants.
The study will evaluate the validity of skin conductance (a physiological approach) for assessing pain and stress in sick hospitalized, mechanically ventilated infants.
Jiale Hu, MN, BSN
“The finding in this study will provide a potential valid method of pain measurement in sick mechanically ventilated infants, who require numerous painful procedures as part of their medical care.”
— Jiale Hu, MN, BSN
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Virginia Henderson Clinical Research Grant

Georgia Tobiano, PhD, BN (Phi Delta at-Large Chapter, Australia)

Title of Project: Patient Participation In Medication Safety Strategies: Engaging Older Patients at Transitions in Care
The purpose of this mixed-methods feasibility study is to assess the viability of recruitment strategies and data collection tools for a larger study examining older patients’ participation in medication safety strategies at transitions in care.

Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant

Elizabeth Herron, PhD, MSN, BSN (Pi Mu at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project:Unfolding Simulated Case Studies: Does Use of Simulation in the Classroom Improve Student Satisfaction in Learning, Self-Confidence for Patient Care, and Ability to Apply Knowledge to Patient Care Scenarios?
The purpose of this proposed study is to evaluate the effect of integrating simulated unfolding case studies in the classroom on nursing students’ satisfaction in learning, self-confidence for patient care, and ability to apply knowledge to patient care scenarios.

Sigma Global Nursing Research Grant

Hyejeong Hong, MSN, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Predicting Aminoglycoside-Induced Hearing Loss among MDR-TB infected Individuals in South Africa
The purpose of this study is to estimate the risk of AG-induced hearing loss for MDR-TB patients in South Africa.

Sigma/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant

Champion Nyoni, M Soc Sc, BSc (Tau Lambda at-Large, Lesotho)

Title of Project: Prevention of Curriculum Drift: A Framework to Support and Sustain a Curricula Innovation in a Midwifery Programme in Lesotho
This study will describe the extent of implementation of a competence based midwifery programme in Lesotho using the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) global standards for pre-service midwifery education.

Sigma/American Association of Critical Care Nurses Grant

Sherrie McMullen, PhD, CNS, NNP-BC (USA)

Title of Project: Transitioning the Hospitalized Preterm Infant; A Randomized Control Trial
The purpose of this study is to promote a period of acclimation before hospital discharge as the supine position reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome; the impact of positioning at this gestational age on development is unknown at this time.

Sigma/American Nurses Foundation Grant

Dawn Langley-Brady, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, CHPN, CCAP (Beta Omicron Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Essential Oils Effect on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer: A Mixed Methods Study.
The purpose of this research study is to determine the pain-reducing and quality-of-life (QOL)-enhancing efficacy of a topically-applied EO Intervention (EOI).

Sigma/American Nurses Credentialing Center Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant Program

Carole White, PhD, MScN, BScN (Delta Alpha at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: A Knowledge Translation Project to Create a Dementia Friendly Acute Care Hospital.
The overall purpose of this evidence-based project is to improve the safety and quality of care for persons with dementia admitted to acute care, through a dementia friendly hospital initiative.

Sigma/Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Grant

Hyejeong Hong, PhD, MSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Predicting Aminoglycoside-Induced Hearing Loss among MDR-TB infected individuals in South Africa.
The purpose of this study is to estimate the risk of AG-induced hearing loss for MDR-TB patients in South Africa.

Sigma/Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Grant

Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN (USA)

Title of Project: Warming of Irrigation Fluids for Prevention of Perioperative Hypothermia during Arthroscopy: A Systemic Review and Meta-analysis
The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine if warming of irrigation fluids for patients undergoing arthroscopy minimizes the risk of hypothermia or shivering compared to using room temperature irrigation fluids.

Sigma/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant

Kathy Keister, PhD, MSN, BSN (Omicron Chi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Development of a Scale to Measure Synergy
The purpose of this study is to develop a psychometrically sound instrument, the Nursing Education Synergy Scale (NESS), to assess the synergy within learning groups.

Sigma/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Louise Racine, PhD, MScN, BScN (Xi Eta at-Large Chapter, Canada)

Title of Project: Breast Cancer Barriers and Facilitators Among Islamic/Muslim Refugee Women in Canada: A Mixed Method Study.
The proposed project will assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors associated with breast cancer self-examination, breast awareness, and the use of early screening programs among Islamic/Muslim women in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
Louise Racine, PhD, RN
“This research will provide pilot data necessary to develop culturally congruent preventative breast cancer screening programs. Ultimately, findings will potentially increase early detection of breast cancer among Islamic/Muslim women in Canada and may inform breast cancer early detection among this subpopulation in other Western countries.”
— Louise Racine, PhD, RN (Canada)
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan

Sigma/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grants

Aimee Woda, PhD, MSN, BSN (Delta Gamma at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Exploring the Impact of Simulation on Knowledge Gain Regarding the Care of the Patient with Diabetes
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of a high-fidelity simulation experience on traditional pre-licensure nursing student’s knowledge and practice related to key aspects of care of the diabetic patient.

Felecia Wood, PhD, MSN, BSN (Epsilon Omega Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Promotion of Evidence-Based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
This research proposes to enhance the education, experience, and self-efficacy of advanced nursing practice graduate students in use of evidence-based communication strategies focused on health literacy.

Sigma/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science Grant

Meagan Chuey, MS, BSN (Rho Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Reproductive Decision-Making in Syrian Refugee Women
This project will explore how the lived experiences of women who are Syrian refugees influence the process of pregnancy planning, access to contraception, and experiences navigating reproductive healthcare services throughout resettlement.

Sigma/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant

Michelle Patch, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC (USA)

Title of Project: Emergency Nursing and Health Care Responses to Strangled Women Seeking Care: A Mixed Methods of Diagnostic and Treatment Processes.
The proposed mixed methods study will use health care system and individual level analyses to provide a more complete understanding of emergency nursing and health care responses to women seeking care after an attempted strangulation.

Sigma/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant

Teresa Hagan, PhD, RN (Eta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Stronger Together: Promoting Patient Self-Advocacy and Nurse Empowerment in the Clinical Encounter.
The purpose of this study is to add to the growing field of patient self-advocacy – defined as the ability of a patient to get his or her needs met in the face of a challenge – by describing how patients with advanced cancer self-advocate and how oncology nurses promote patient self-advocacy in the clinical setting.

Sigma/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant

Colleen McGovern, MPH, BSN (Epsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: COPE for Children with Asthma: A Cognitive Behavior Skills Building Intervention to Improve Physical and Emotional Outcomes.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a manualized cognitive behavior skills-building intervention on key physical and mental health outcomes in 9 to 12-year old children with persistent asthma and co-morbid anxiety/depression.

Sigma/National Gerontological Nursing Association Research Grant

Judith Frain, PhD, RN (Tau Iota Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Understanding Disrupted Sleep and its Implications on Symptoms for Older Adults Living with HIV.
This proposed study will generate objective data describing the sleep cycle and the association among disruption in the sleep cycle and quality of life factors including daytime sleepiness, cognitive function, fatigue and depression in older adults living with HIV.

Sigma/National League for Nursing Research Grant

Yvonne Smith, PhD, APRN, CNS (Delta Omega and Delta Xi chapters, USA)

Title of Project: Teaching Effectiveness in Online Nursing Education: Instrument Development
This study will conduct conceptual and initial empirical work of instrument development to advance knowledge regarding online teaching effectiveness in nursing education.​

Sigma/Oncology Nursing Society Grant

Grace E. Dean, PhD, RN (USA)

Title of Project: Bright Light Therapy to Improve Sleep Continuity Disturbances in Lung Cancer Survivors.
The purpose of the study is to assess the effect of morning bright light versus dim light therapy (control) on fatigue and sleep continuity disturbance in lung cancer survivors.

Sigma/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant

Patricia B. Wright, BSN (Epsilon Omicron and Gamma Xi Chapters, USA)

Title of Project: A Pilot Study of Barriers and Facilitators to Utilizing Antagonist Medication-Assisted Treatment from the Perspectives of Persons Seeking Treatment for Prescription Opioid Use Disorder.
The purpose of this pilot study is to elucidate factors that impact seeking, entering, and sustaining medication-assisted treatment to stop opioid use and prevent relapse among rural persons with prescription opioid use disorder (POUD).

Sigma/Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant

Teresa Serratt, PhD, MSN, BSN (Iota Nu Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: State Regulatory Requirements for Psychiatric Technicians/Aides: A Nation-Wide Study
The purpose of this study is to identify and describe state regulation requirements for psychiatric technicians/aides in the United States as a first step in examining staffing in acute psychiatric hospitals.
Teresa Serratt, PhD, MSN, BSN
Analyzing current regulatory requirements for psychiatric technicians/aides across the US will help identify if requirements in registry, certification and standards for training and competency evaluation are in place that ensure that the care being provided to a vulnerable population is safe and of high quality. This will be the first step in examining staffing in acute psychiatric hospitals.”
—Teresa Serratt, PhD, MSN, BSN
Boise State University

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