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Winners of 17th annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day announced

March 4, 2008

Dr. Mary Ann Rose and Dan Drake were named winners of the Collaborative Research Award during the 17th annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day held Feb. 29 at the Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center.

The $1,000 award supports a research project between a nurse faculty member and a Pitt County Memorial Hospital clinician and is sponsored by the ECU College of Nursing and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.

Rose is a professor in the ECU College of Nursing and past president of the National Association of Bariatric Nurses. Drake is a peri-operative and bariatric clinical nurse specialist at PCMH and president of the National Associate of Bariatric Nurses. The title of their project is "Safety Concerns in Caring for the Morbidly Obese: The Nurses View." Rose and Drake along with members of the Bariatric Nursing Consortium will survey nurses on safety risks inherent in caring for morbidly obese patients and on ways to improve safety.

The conference this year focused on practice-based evidence. The concept suggests that understanding of factors related to effective, safe nursing care can be enhanced through the integration and analysis of data that are already collected in the clinical setting, or practice-based evidence.

The event was sponsored by the College of Nursing, UHS, Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Eastern Area Health Education Center.

More than 20 research posters were presented by nurse faculty, graduate nursing students and clinical nurses. The posters explored topics from the relationship between spirituality and rehabilitation outcomes, simulation and school based case management of children with chronic illness to telehealth and triage nursing, burnout and nurse retention, and caring for heart failure patients.

Keynote speaker was Nancy Dunton, director of the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators and research associate professor in the University of Kansas Medical Center's School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She has more than 25 years of experience in helping organizations use outcome indicators in decision making.