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  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Angela Hudson of the University of California, Los Angeles is using her Nurse Faculty Scholar grant to conduct research on HIV and pregnancy prevention strategies among youth in foster care. Her goal is to identify ways to give at-risk kids a better start, and provide them with the knowledge they need to make the best decisions for themselves.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    As one of 15 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars selected this year, Jesus Casida of Wayne State University plans to study sleep disruption, depression, and impaired cognitive function afflicting patients with advanced heart failure. His goal is to develop an intervention and strategies so nurses can help patients have a better quality of life after implantation of an LVAD (mechanical heart).

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Eric Hodges will focus his Nurse Faculty Scholar research on parental feeding patterns to determine how they influence infant and child eating patterns later in life. Using home visits and data collection, he will examine other environmental and social factors that could contribute to childhood obesity. Hodges is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Michael Gates of San Diego State University’s School of Nursing will use his Nurse Faculty Scholars grant to examine the supplemental nurse workforce and survey different types of supplemental nurses. “Finding out what health care facilities can do better to improve the supplemental nurse work experience, while improving patient outcomes, would be a tremendous asset to health care workforce planning,” Gates says.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Nurse Faculty Scholar Ruth Taylor-Piliae will use her grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the health effects of tai chi in stroke survivors. She will develop a tai chi exercise program for stroke survivors and compare the results with those from other types of rehabilitation care. Taylor-Piliae is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Versie Johnson-Mallard is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar from the University of South Florida. She is using this competitive grant to study strategies to prevent the spread of viral sexually transmitted infections among college students and young adults.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Tami Thomas of the Medical College of Georgia will focus her Nurse Faculty Scholar research on strategies to slow the spread of viral sexually transmitted infections in rural communities. Thomas aims to use the findings to develop culturally sensitive interventions to increase the vaccination rate for the Human Papillomavirus in rural areas.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    The University of Maryland’s Elizabeth Galik will develop and test interventions to improve functional performance, physical activity, and quality of life among older adults with dementia. In partnership with nurses and other assisted living facility staff, the research made possible by her Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars grant will help determine how to help patients maintain their independence.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Having explored cardiology and genetics for more than 18 years, Columbia University’s Kathleen Hickey will use her three-year Nurse Faculty Scholar grant to further her research on genetic mutations that may predispose individuals to a higher possibility of sudden cardiac death. “Knowing ahead of time that a genetic predisposition exists could allow us to step up our preventative efforts,” she says.

  • Press Releases  |  Sep 23, 2009

    Randy Jones, of the University of Virginia will use the three-year, $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholars award to study strategies to help patients feel more at ease in the final stages of life. Jones will test a decision aid for patients with advanced-stage prostate cancer to see if it facilitates informed, shared decisions about treatments that affect patients’ quality of life.

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