UCM Nursing Receives Several Grants to Further Research

By Cynthia LaFond, PhD, RN, CCRN
Manager for Nursing Research
Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research

$32,000 Donated to Support Nursing Research Internship

We are pleased to announce we’ve received two recent donations to support the development of a Nursing Research Internship at the University of Chicago Medicine. One is a $25,000 gift from the Smart Family Foundation and the other is a $7,000 gift from a UCM nursing leader.

The proposed internship, provided by the Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research, will be designed to assist nurses in developing and implementing research projects that are relevant to their clinical areas and consistent with UCM’s mission and values.

With these generous gifts, we will develop a program of nursing research that will build upon the scientific knowledge base for nurses’ clinical decision-making, promotes innovative thinking to improve patient outcomes, and fosters the professional growth and development of nurses at the University of Chicago Medicine. Stay tuned as we begin to develop this exciting program!

DAISY Foundation Grant Awarded

A team of nurse scientists and nurse clinicians won the J. Patrick Barnes Research Grant from the DAISY Foundation to support their proposed study, The Experience of Children Undergoing 131I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine (131I-MIBG) Therapy and the Parents and Nurses Who Care for Them: A Qualitative Descriptive Study.

131I-MIBG is one of the most effective treatments for children with neuroblastoma, a malignancy of the sympathetic nervous system.

However, the need to isolate patients for three to seven days after receiving this radiotherapy infusion presents unique challenges: nurses are limited to as few as thirty minutes per day with the patient; parents/guardians are required to perform tasks that do not require a nurse; and comforts such as favorite toys/blankets and physical touch are disrupted.

The question this study will seek to answer is: how do children and their caretakers (parents, nurses) describe their experience(s) with 131I-MIBG therapy?

Through in-depth interviews of children, parents, and staff nurses the investigators will identify the emotional and physical stressors children experience during treatment and the actions that did/could facilitate coping. This study is a first step in identifying the needs of children undergoing 131I-MIBG therapy, and it will provide insight into how we can optimize support for the children and those directly involved with the daily care of the child.

Congratulations to the study team:

  • Elinar Lowry, PhD, RN, CHFN (Study PI)
  • Alyssa Kirk, BSN, RN (Research Nurse, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation)
  • Kelly Lankin, MSN, RN (Nurse Educator, Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research)
  • Caitlin MacKinnon, BSN, RN (Comer 6 Staff Nurse)
  • Myself
  • Catherine Vincent, PhD, RN (study mentor, Nurse Scientist Consultant from the University of Illinois at Chicago)



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