Marian Wilson

What’s New in Grants?

Six new proposals were submitted in March for a total of $2,079,407 in requested funding. Spokane and Vancouver submitted three proposals each.

The Research Office is here to help you with your submission. Let us know as soon as you decide to apply as we can help you explore funding opportunities and set up regular meetings to support your submission. Contact Kathy Bridwell for more information.


Ruth Bryant placed second in the 3 minute thesis presentation held in Pullman 3/22/16.  She won a $1,500 scholarship to support conference travel.

Cindy Corbett was an invited review panel member for the following special emphasis Federal review panels: National Institute for Nursing Research P20/P30 Centers on Self-Management, March 2016, National Science Foundation, Multidisciplinary health-related panel, February 2016, and National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, Kidney Translation R18 panel, February 2016.

Denise Smart received $365,880 from the TriService Nursing Research Program for her two year project titled Effects of Sleep Deficiency on National Guard Personnel Responding to Disasters.

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Research Wisdom

by Janet Katz

Janet Katz

Research Wisdom? How well do these words go together? Research is a constant state of not knowing but seeking to know while wisdom is a profound knowing gained by years of living.

Impact factor

Speaking of not knowing and asking questions–here is my question:

Should journal impact factor be used to evaluate faculty scholarship? I would answer no to the question and here is why:

As some of you know, one of my personal professional pet peeves (did you know that term comes from the 14th century word “peevish?” To be irritated and “pet” comes from being peevish about a person you are close to?) is impact factor, let me provide some background as foundation to the criticism.


  • 1960s, Eugene Garfield created the journal impact factor (JIF) so that libraries could judge which journals to buy
  • 1992, Per Seglen found that only 15% of articles account for the JIF rating
  • 85% have below average citations. In other words those 15% had lots of citations making the journal have a high JIF
  • What was meant to guide librarians’ purchasing decisions has come to determine grant funding and promotions

What is Impact Factor?  IF=  # times an average article is cited in 2 years

total # “citable” articles published in 2 years


There are different ways to look at this numerical designation, but what makes me peevish is the idea that what you have to say means more if published in one journal over another. What about innovation? What about novel ideas? Science is built on the idea that inquiry can and should take many different twists and turns. What if you are one of the few people studying something so that no one will cite you because no one is working on the same thing? » continue reading

Research FYI

Please be sure to cast your vote for nominations for the 2016 Spring Faculty,Staff, and Student Awards. Nominations are due April 11.

Call for Proposals: 15th Anniversary Council/Partners Nurse Scientist Research Grant a $15,000 research grant is being awarded to PhDs who have not yet received a NIH RO1 or comparable research award.  Applications are due 6/1/16.

AHRQ’s Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks, derived from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, summarizes trends in health care disparities by race related to access, Heckler Report priorities, and National Quality Strategy priorities. Key findings include increases in suicide and mental health disparities, improvements in access to care since the Affordable Care Act, and poorer quality of care related to person-centeredness and care coordination.

Mental Health Disorders in Elderly People Receiving Home Care: Prevalence and Correlates in the National U.S. Population found 40% of the elderly people receiving home care surveyed had a mental health disorder but only a third was receiving care for it.

How to (seriously) read a scientific paper offers great tips to get the most out of your time and experience when reading research papers.

Ten Ways to Know you’re Burning Out offers a list of 10 things to help you assess if it may be time to make a different decision before things get worse.

Statisticians issue warning over misuse of P values describes how the overuse of P values is contributing to a lack of reproduciblity in research.

Most Dangerous Time at the Hospital? It May Be When You Leave explores the dangers in transitioning patients from the hospital to the community.

Significant link between nightmares, suicidal behavior: Sleep problems have been identified as a risk for suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts, explores the relationship between nightmares and suicidal behaviors.

Research – Just for Fun


Ouch!  In case you were wondering, it hurts when you have an appendicitis and drive over a speed bump.

Pain Over Speed Bumps in Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis: Diagnostic Accuracy Study,” Helen F. Ashdown, Nigel D’Souza, Diallah Karim, Richard J. Stevens, Andrew Huang, and Anthony Harnden, BMJ, vol. 345, 2012, e8012

Research Funnies

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Research Puzzle

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Recent Publications

Barron, S. (2016). Anencephaly: An ongoing investigation in Washington State. American Journal of Nursing; 116(3): 60 – 66.

Postma, J., Younglove, L Burbacher, T., Butterfield, P.W., Odom-Maryon, T., Brooks, K., Butterfield, P.G., Cederblom, N., Grant, K., Beresford, K., Tapia, N., Faustman, E. (In press). Ensuring Hispanic Representation in the National Children’s Study, Grant County, WA Sample. Journal of Health Disparity Research and Practice.

Schenk, Elizabeth C. PhD, MHI, RN; Mayer, Dorothy “Dale M. PhD, RN; Ward-Barney, Erin RN; Estill, Pamela MSN, RN; Goss, Lola AAS; Shreffler-Grant, Jean PhD, RN. RN Perceptions of a Newly Adopted Electronic Health Record. JONA: the Journal of Nursing Administration. 46(3) March 2016 139-145.

Did we miss your publication? Please let us know so we can share next in the next newsletter! Please send a link to your publication to Kathy Bridwell so she can post it on the research publications board.

Recent Presentations

Dr. Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong.  Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Congress Scholar. Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Congress Scholarship, Educational Grant, $1,200. Educational training in research, education, and practice at the ONS 41st Annual Congress in San Antonio, Texas. April 28, 2016 to May 1, 2016.

Dr. Connie K. Y. Nguyen-Truong.  Washington State University Vancouver Mentee (with External Mentor Frances Lee-Lin, PhD, RN, OCN®, CNS, Associate Professor, at Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing, in partnership with Asian Health & Service Center, Portland, Oregon), Professional Development Enhancement of an Early Care for Health Co-Principal Investigator. Washington State University Vancouver External Mentoring Program of the Office of Research and Graduate Education. $2,403.18. December 18, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong, C.K. Y., Dr. Davis, A., Jankowiak, C., Dr. Rasmor, M., & Dr .Dekker, L. (February 19, 2016). Promoting Reflective Practice and Equity in Empowered Learning: Participatory Panel Journey of Aesthetic Expression. Symposium. 12th Annual International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference. Airway Heights, WA. International, Referred.

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Helpful and Interesting Links

National Institute of Health (NIH) News & Events – This month they discuss the higher risk for suicide as well as for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions for children with Cushing syndrome. These symptoms persisted after treatment.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)News and Notes” – This month they explore the lower mortality rate for patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals Additionally, sevicices and magnet hospitals had the same or lower costs as other hospitals.

The NIH Extramural News is a blog written to address current issues related to research and NIH – This month they ask reader to contribute to the NIH and FDA’s request for feedback on a proposed clinical trial protocol template.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to provide funding and resources for improving access to health care. This month they announce that $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding will go to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Science Daily features breaking news and videos about the latest discoveries in health, technology, the environment, and more – from major news services and leading universities, scientific journals, and research organizations. This month they look to brain activity to discover why some people experience stressful situations differently than others.

WSU Informer: Funding Opportunities Resource