What’s New in Grants?

College of Nursing had nine new proposals submitted in May.  Five proposals were submitted in Spokane and four in Vancouver.

If you will be a co-investigator on a proposal with someone in another department/college, please let Kathy Bridwell in the Nursing Research Office know. Also be sure that Kathy and Brett Oglesbee are on the eREX as department contacts, and Tamara Odom-Maryon is on the eREX as the college approver.

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.


Linda Eddy was awarded two WA DSHS contracts: Ombuds/Quality Review Team Training for $8,250, and System of Care for $85,000.

Tracy Klein received $7,500 from the College of Registered Nurses British Columbia for her project: Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Standards: College of Registered Nurses British Columbia.

Martin Schiavenato and his group were awarded $74,530 from the WSU 2016 Grand Challenges Seed Grant Program for their project titled, “Next Generation Continuously Monitored Reusable Low-Cost Biochemical I Physiologic Sensors with Predictive Wireless Electronics Powered by Enzymatic Biofuel Cells”.  This award is an internal multi-disciplinary award.  The team consists of the Principal Investigator, Subhanshu Gupta, from VCEA, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Su Ha and Alla Kostyukova from VCEA, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, and Yuehe Lin and Annie Du from VCEA, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

Linda Ward received $24,811 from the National League for Nursing for her project: Implementation of a Cyberhub to Support Genomic Nursing Education.

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Research Wisdom

Forging a new path – challenges and opportunities

Phyllis Eide

My research interests are currently in the field of climate change and associated health impacts.  Since it was quite a change from my prior focus on breast cancer survivor research using interpretive phenomenology, I made a deliberate choice to become more informed in this new-to-me area.  That led me to the University of Washington’s newly developed certificate program in climate change and decision making.  As part of the inaugural class of 2009, I was the sole nurse in a student cohort that included lawyers, civil engineers, computer scientists, governmental officials, and graduate students.  The four course sequence addressed adaptation, the science of climate change, the business aspects of climate change and the legal implications.  Cooperating institutions besides UW (adaptation) were University of British Columbia (science), UC/Irvine (business), and Northwestern University (legal).  This gave me a foundation of knowledge which, combined with my nursing background and public health experience, has led to several podium and poster sessions at the regional and international levels.

My next step was to recruit colleagues to form a nursing and climate change writing group.  With a total of 4 members (one of whom is located in Washington DC and has extensive experience abroad with USAID), we have one article completed and under second review with a public health journal, a second article in draft form, and a third article sketched out – writing to commence this summer.  I’ve also conducted a pilot study on nurse educator attitudes re: climate change, and am in the process of analyzing the results.

Lastly, I’m taking a grant writing course this summer from ORAP/WSU Pullman.    I’m in a section with an energized and motivated group of junior faculty and postgrad students from the life sciences, astronomy, agriculture, etc.  This course is rightly challenging me to refine my ideas and work towards clarity in why I am proposing to do attitudinal research with nursing educators.

We are educating nurses whose careers will stretch towards the mid-century mark – a period during which climate change is anticipated to “exacerbate existing patterns of ill health, by acting on the underlying vulnerabilities that lead to ill health even without climate change” (

How can we inspire nurse educators to include critical content about climate change’s effects on health (and to teach students about adaptive strategies they can use with their patients and clients in the years ahead)?  A first step is to get a sense of what educators believe about climate change, in order to  develop targeted outreach strategies that have the best chance of success in getting this content into curricula.

Changing direction in a research trajectory offers many challenges, not the least of which is going back to ‘square one’ in building up a new research direction, publication record, and grant seeking.  What has to balance those challenges is an idea that is so compelling – so ‘hair on fire’ important to you – that you are willing to strike out to new territory and forge that new path.

Research FYI

This PowerPoint presentation addresses the new NIH guidelines and comes from the NINR.  Please review and keep to increase familiarity with new guidelines.  This will be helpful for your future applications to NIH or AHRQ grants.

There is a new study using big data that has the potential to revolutionize health care. The Kavli HUMAN Project is a collaboration between the Kavli Foundation, the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making at NYU, and the Center for Urban Science and Progress at NYU. Using Big data, the HUMAN project will attempt to create a comprehensive view of the human condition through which comprehensive questions can be pursued.

Genetic variants associated with subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, and neuroticism identified through genome-wide analyses published in Nature Genetics this month, found that genes contribute to a number of different mental illnesses and psychological traits.

Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US, published in May in the bmj, delve into the problem of medical errors, reporting them and combatting them.

Research – Just for Fun

The Effect of Environmental Odors Emanating from Commercial Swine Operations on the Mood of Nearby Residents Not surprisingly, researchers found that people living near the intensive swine operations who experienced the odors, reported significantly more tension, more depression, more anger, less vigor, more fatigue, and more confusion than control subjects.


Research Funnies

deadly sins comic

Research Puzzle

word search

0616 Jumble

Recent Publications

Abshire, D. A., Moser, D, K., Clasey, J. L., Chung, M. L., Pressler, S. J., Dunbar, S. B., Heo, S., & Lennie, T. A. (in press). Body composition and bone mineral density in patients with heart failure. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Graves JM, Klein TA. Nurse practitioners’ comfort in treating work-related injuries in adolescents. Workplace Health and Safety. In press.

James, L., James, S., Vila, B. Does the “Reverse Racism Effect” Withstand the Test of Police Officer Fatigue? Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, (in press).

Ward LD, Purath J, Barbosa-Leiker C. (2016). Assessment of genomic literacy among baccalaureate nursing students in the United States: A feasibility study. Nurse Educator. Advance online publication. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000272

Ward LD, Bray BS, Odom-Maryon TL, Richardson B, Purath J, Woodard LJ, Kobayashi R, Beary J, Willson MN, Clauser JM, Fitzgerald C. (2016).  Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Longitudinal Interprofessional Education Project. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 3, 35-41. doi:10.1016/j.xjep.2016.04.003.

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Recent Presentations

Washington State University, College of Nursing was well represented this year at the annual Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) conference, held in Anaheim, CA.  For a complete list of those who participated please click here.

James, L. (April 2016). Implicit Bias vs. Ferguson Effects: Findings and Implications to Date. “Can Psychology Improve Policing?” Workshop (guest speaker by invitation). Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Kennedy, J (5/5/16). Health Reform and Independent Living, NARRTC Annual Meeting, Alexandria VA

Hu, H., DeLane, A., Schiavenato, M., Gupta, S. 3D UWB Localization Based Infant Pain Assessment System in Incubators Using Dynamic Averaging Algorithm and Ranging. [Poster]. BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference. May 23, 2016; Washington, DC.

Simonson, D., & Hitchens, J. (2016, 5/14/2016). Creating an Open-Source Anesthesia EMR. Paper presented at the World Congress of Nurse Anesthetists, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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Helpful and Interesting Links

National Institute of Health (NIH) News & Events – This month they highlight a program targeted at protecting first responders.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)News and Notes” – This month they highlight Dr. Patricia Grady’s (NINR director) presentation on the future of nursing.

The NIH Extramural News is a blog written to address current issues related to research and NIH – This month they explore the difference in the number of researchers seeking funding and the available funding.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to provide funding and resources for improving access to health care. This month they highlight major awards given across the US to improve health outcomes in the most vulnerable.

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 share research that has found a genetic cause for multiple sclerosis.

WSU Informer: Funding Opportunities Resource

Puzzle key: confidence, control, covariate, deviation “…in a footnote!”