The Experience of Nurse Researchers Conducting Research in Women's Correctional Facilities
Although women are the fastest growing segment of the burgeoning prison population in the United States, little research has been done with this population that addresses the significant health disparities between women in prison and women in the free world. By examining the experience of nurse researchers across the country who have and/or are conducting research with incarcerated women, Dr. Ferszt hopes to identify strategies to promote the nursing research in this field.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Moderate and Late Preterm Infants: A Pilot Study
(funded by Dept of Pediatrics, Women & Infants Hospital)
The specific aims of this pilot study are: 1) to determine the feasibility of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI-mcDESPOT technique) to investigate brain development following premature birth, quantifying brain volume (both regional and global), myelin volume and myelin maturation among MPT, LPT, and full term infants; and 2) to relate these structural meaures to assessments of neurobehaviour. To achieve these aims, nine (9) infants will be recruited into one of three groups: MPT, LPT, and full term (FT; 390- 420 wga), with three infants per group.
Effects of Open-Bay vs. Single Room NICU on Infant Outcomes at Discharge
(Department of Pediatrics, Women & Infants Hospital)
Efforts to improve preterm infant outcomes include environmental stimulation (sound and light), psychosocial factors, developmental care, family centered care and staff behavior and attitudes. Women and Infants Hospital has built a new NICU with 70 individual single rooms. The "single family room" model of care is one of the environments thought to enhance medical and developmental outcomes. The single room concept is attractive because factors that adversely affect the infant can be better controlled, patient care can be individualized and parent satisfaction can be improved. This study aims to compare the medical and neurodevelopmental course from birth through discharge from the NICU between infants in the current open bay nursery with infants in the new single room nursery. This provides an exciting one-time opportunity to conduct a naturalistic study and compare infant outcome in the current open bay nursery with the outcome of infants in the coming single room nursery. Medical outcomes include length of stay, gestational age at discharge, weight, weight gain, illness severity and resource utilization, gestational age at enteral feeding, sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis. Neurobehavioral outcomes include better NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS) profiles, better sleep state organization and sleep physiology, better infant mother feeding interaction scores and lower pain scores. We also hypothesize that the positive effects of the new NICU will be explained in part by other mediating factors that can be expected to co-occur with the transition to the new NICU. These factors include changes in family centered care, developmental care, parenting and family factors, staff behavior and attitudes and changes in medical practice. These factors will be measured repeatedly before and after the move to the new NICU and used as mediators in the statistical analysis. Findings from this study will likely influence the future quality of NICU design and model of care throughout the Nation.
SANDRA BASLEY, M.S., RN, - Assistant Clinical Professor - Improving student retention in nursing education; Use of right brain dominant attributes in nursing education; Use of active teaching strategies in nursing education.
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SUZANNE CARR, MS, RN, Lecturer - Emergency nursing; med-surg nursing; simulation learning: the effects on student learning; enhancing clinical practice outcomes.
ALICIA CURTIN, Ph.D., GNP-BC, Associate Professor - interventions for community dwelling elders with dementia
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WYLIE DASSIE, RN, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor - Prostate and testicular cancer research; minority health issues; men's health issues; diversity in nursing issues.
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JOAN R. DUGAS, MS, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor - Gerontology and community health nursing.
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GINETTE G. FERSZT, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor, and Coordinator, Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concentration – Health care of pregnant women in correctional facilities; improving health outcomes of women in prison; grief of women in prison; hospice and palliative care.
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KATHELEEN HAWES, Ph.D, APRN, BC, Assistant Professor - nursing practice and patient outcomes; nurse-patient interaction; preterm infant outcomes; exemplary nursing practice; leadership; system and culture change
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DAYLE HUNT JOSEPH, Ed.D., RN, Professor, Dean - Behavior change in clients with diabetes; coaching, an intervention for people struggling with diabetes; nursing work force issues.
JOHN KENNA, M.S., ACNP, Assistant Clinical Professor - ineurocritical care and volunteering in the Dominican Republic through Intercultural Nursing, Inc
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MARY LEVEILLEE, MS, RN, CS, Assistant Clinical Professor - Psychiatric mental health nursing; eating disorders; women's issues.
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PATRICIA STOUT, MS, RNP, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor - Med-surg nursing; pain management; educational issues in clinical areas.
MARY C. SULLIVAN, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor - Developmental outcomes of low birthweight infants; neuroimaging (MRI/fMRI) in children w/clinical problems; maternal interaction styles.
DIANE THULIER, M.S., RN, IBCLC, Assistant Clinical Professor - Maternal-child health nursing with specific focus on human lactation and infant weight gain
URI Nursing Professor Mary Sullivan, Ph.D.,
RN, is conducting a groundbreaking study to answer questions regarding what happens to premature
infants' health as they get older. The study was recently featured in URI's Research & Innovation magazine.
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