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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funds Nursing Project

September 5, 2008
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF, Princeton, N.J.) will provide $2.3 million over the next two years to fund research projects designed to improve nursing care and help keep patients safer.

The eight projects represent the third round of grants awarded through RWJF’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program, a $19 million initiative that will generate and disseminate research showing a link between what nurses do and the contributions they make to advancing better and safer care for patients, touts RWJF.

The third round of grantees and their topics:

· Dr. Patricia Stone and Dr. Ciaran Phibbs, Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education, CA - The Impacts of Nurse Staffing, Skill Mix, and Experience on Quality and Costs in Long-Term Care

· Dr. Patti Hamilton and Dr. Gretchen Gemeinhardt, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX – The Effect of Off-peak Hospital Environments on Nurses' Work: an Institutional Ethnography

· Dr. Nancy Donaldson and Dr. Carolyn Aydin, University of California, San Francisco – Impact of Medical Surgical Acute Care Microsystem Nurse Characteristics and Practices on Patient Outcomes

· Dr. Barbara Resnick and Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman, University of Maryland, BaltimoreThe Res-Care-AL Intervention Study

· Dr. Joanne Disch and Dr. Douglas Wholey, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Multidisciplinary Organization and Outcomes for Chronic Heart Failure Patients in the VA

· Dr. Susan Letvak and Dr. Christopher Ruhm, University of North Carolina, GreensboroThe Effects of Nurse Presenteeism on Quality of Care and Patient Safety

· Dr. Kathleen Stevens and Dr. Robert Ferrer, University of Texas Health Science Center, San AntonioSmall Troubles, Adaptive Responses [STAR]: Fostering a Quality Culture in Nursing

· Dr. Cynthia Corbett and Dr. Stephen Setter, Washington State University, Spokane – Empowering Home Care Nurses to Efficiently Resolve Medication Discrepancies

The fourth Call for Proposals issued from the INQRI program will be released on October 15, 2008.



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