Coug Nurse Scholarly Review is WSU College of Nursing’s newsletter covering faculty research and efforts to improve health and healthcare through scholarly inquiry and investigation.

What’s New in Grants?

WSU College of Nursing investigators (in either the PI or Co-I role) submitted four new proposals in July totaling $740,184 of requested funds:

PI: Shannon Panther, Co-Is: Karen Colorafi, Kimberly McKeirnan. Utilizing Academic Detailing to Improve Pharmacy Personnel Knowledge of ACIP Adult Pneumococcal Immunization Guidelines. Pfizer, Inc. $250,000

PI: Hans Van Dongen, Co-Is: Devon Grant, Kimberly Honn, Lois James, Stephen James, Bryan Vila. Instrumentation for Physiological and Neurobehavioral Measurement in Around-the-Clock, High-Fidelity Laboratory Studies of the Impact of Fatigue on Warfighter Performance. DOD/Navy. $280,972

PI: Joseph Iannelli, Co-I: Debra Nogueras. Regional Alliance and Multistakeholder Partnership to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development in the State of Washington. US Dept. of Commerce/NIST/NICE. $199,848

PI: Sandy Carollo, Co-I: Janet Katz. Advancing Health, Education, and Support for Teens in the Yakima Valley. WSU Foundation/Yakima Valley Community Foundation. $9,364



Dr. Tracy Klein, Assistant Professor at WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver (pictured, left) and Dr. Teri Woo, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs at Pacific Lutheran University, presented their research at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2016 National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on June 23, 2016. Their study, Prescriber Patterns for ADHD: A Comparison of NPs and Physicians, highlights findings from a large database analysis of Oregon Medicaid records completed in conjunction with WSU faculty Dr. Kenn Daratha, Dr. Tamara Maryon-Odom, and pharmacist Dr. Shannon Panther. Similarities between mental health and non-mental health prescribers were found regardless of whether they were MDs or NPs, demonstrating that NPs with broad prescriptive authority do not have aberrant patterns of prescribing medications. Photo Credit: Bob Smithing, ARNP, FAANP.

July: New Funding

Funding for eight new projects was awarded in July totaling $1,670,599:

PI: Barb Richardson, Co-Is: Brenda Bray, Matt Layton, Tamara Odom-Maryon, Janet Purath, Catrina Schwartz, Kevin Stevens, Megan Willson. Spokane Teaching Health Center SBIRT Student Training. SAMHSA Continuation. $259,864

PI: Cindy Corbett, Co-Is: Kenn Daratha, Catherine Van Son. Chronic Care Management Model Translation to Multimorbid Aging Adults at FQHCs. NIH/NIA Continuation. $257,309

PI: Sterling McPherson, Co-Is: Jo Ann Dotson, Michele Shaw, Matt Layton. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Reference and Decision Support Tool. Ringful Health. $39,148

PI: Julie Postma, Co-Is: Karen Colorafi, Michele Shaw. Advancing Patient-Centered Research in the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition. PCORI Tier III. $49,919

PI: Linda Eddy. Children’s BH Workforce Collaborative. WA DSHS Renewal. $828,200

PI: Linda Eddy. Peer Support Training Initiatives. WA DSHS Amendment. $600

PI: Linda Eddy. Peer Support Training Initiatives. WA DSHS Supplement. $13,200

PI: Linda Eddy. Children’s BH Workforce Collaborative: ASAM Training. WA DSHS Renewal. $120,078

PI: Cindy Corbett, Co-I: Ruth Bryant. Staff Assignment Agreement between WSU and PMRC 2016. Providence Medical Research Center. $22,651

PI: Rebecca Craft. Co-Is: Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Marian Wilson, Michelle Shaw and Sean Murphy. Marijuana Use: Health Benefits vs. Health Risks. 2016 Grand Challenge Seed Grant Program WSU. $74,630

Teresa Bigand was awarded a 2016 Anthony J. Jannetti Nursing Economic Foundation Scholarship for $5,000.

Research FYI

In a recent article, Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance, featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Danah Boyd states, “If we want social science to matter, we need to be much more thoughtful about the questions we ask.”

The microbiome in early life: implications for health outcomes is a review that explores pre and post-natal factors that influence the development of the microbiome and the immune system.

Encouraging Realistic Expectations in STEM Students: Paradoxical Effects of a Motivational Intervention shares results when an intervention backfires.

Are you or do you know someone that would be interested in applying for a yearlong fellowship in Washington DC that will bring together public health and policy making?  The APHA is currently accepting application for this amazing opportunity.  The due date is 8/15/16.  For more information click here.

Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients discusses the physical toll lifting heavy patients has on nursing staff and asks what hospital are doing to protect their staff.

The WSU Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships in Pullman invites you to attend one of their many Brown Bag Information and Training Sessions for proposal development.  They are held weekly in Lighty 280 at noon.  For a full list and description of the scheduled brown bags click here.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has agreed to pay a settlement of $2,700,000 for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  The full story can be found here.

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Recent Publications

Graves JM, Mackelprang JL, Barbosa-Leiker C, Miller ME, Li YA. (In press.) Quality of life among working and non-working adolescents. Quality of Life Research.

Nogueres, D., Postma, J.,Van Son, C. (In press). Why Didn’t I Know? Perspectives from Adult Children of Elderly Parents with Dementia.  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

O’Neal, G., Postma, J., Odom-Maryon, T., Butterfield, P. (Accepted; Epub ahead of print). The household risk perception instrument and the self-efficacy in environmental risk reduction instrument: Psychometric testing using Principal Component Analyses. Research in Nursing and Health. doi: 10.1002/nur.21730.

Postma, Julie; Younglove, Lisa R.; Brooks, Kerry; Odom-Maryon, Tamara; Beresford, Shirley; Burbacher, Thomas; Butterfield, Phillip; Butterfield, Patricia; Cederblom, Nicole; Grant, Kimberly; and Faustman, Elaine M. (2016). Hispanic Representation in a Longitudinal Birth Cohort Study. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 9(3) Article 4. Available at:

Postma, J. & Ramon, C. (In press). Strengthening community capacity for environmental health promotion through photovoice. Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12243

Rutman, S., Loughran, L., Henry-Tanner, L. & Randall, L.L. (2015; In Press.) Native Generations: A Campaign Addressing Infant Mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives in Urban Areas.

Recent Presentations

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 10.32.02 AMWashington State University College of Nursing was well represented this year at the annual Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) conference, held in Anaheim, CA.  View a a complete list of those who participated.






Kennedy, J (6/27/16). Cost-related Medication Nonadherence Declined After Passage of the ACA, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Boston

Kennedy, J (7/28/16). The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living: Policy Forum, National Council on Independent Living Annual Meeting, Washington DC

Kennedy, J (7/29/16). The Impact of the ACA on Adults with Disabilities, Anthem National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities, Washington DC

Paul, R, National Congress of American Indian (NCAI) 11th Annual NCAI Policy Research Center Tribal Leader/Scholarship Forum in Spokane, WA. Achieving Success and Overcoming Barriers while Achieving Your Goal of a College Degree. June 29, 2016.

Ball T., (Modoc & Klamath); Pardilla, M. (Dine’); Randall, L.L. (Nez Perce); & Ball, A. (Colville) NARCH PI. (2016). Shifting the Paradigm:  Moving from the academic helicopter research model to Tribal Research. Preconference Workshop at the 26th Native Health Research Conference June 2016.

Randall, L.L., Katz, J., Doutrich, D. L., Holliday, C., & Paul, R.L. (2016, June).  Indigenous Methods. Presented in concurrent session: Tribal Research Models, at 26th Native Health Research Conference, Cherokee, NC.

Schiavenato, M. On Being a MarkerNurse. [Invited Speaker]. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Program.  July 13, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO.

Helpful and Interesting Links

National Institute of Health (NIH) News & Events – This month includes results from a genetics study that used genetic profiles from people who purchased their profile online and volunteered their results to researcher.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)News and Notes” – Starting August 1, NINR will begin accepting applications for its 2017 Graduate Partnerships Program, an Institutional Partnership that combines the academic environment of a university with the comprehensive research resources available at the NIH.

The NIH Extramural News is a blog written to address current issues related to research and NIH.  This month they share a one page guide to rigor and reproducibility in your NIH application.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to provide funding and resources for improving access to health care. This month see how HRSA is impacting the health and wellness of communities through funding awards.

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 on the first single actuator wave-like robot (SAW) has been developed by engineers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The 3D-printed robot can move forward or backward in a wave-like motion, moving much like a worm would in a perpendicular wave.

WSU Informer: Funding Opportunities Resource

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