Nursing Research Program Projects and Outcomes

The Nursing Research Program supports the BWH tripartite mission of service, education and research by cultivating nursing’s contribution to research and by integrating scholarship and research into the clinical practice environment. The overarching aim of the program is to promote and improve the health of BWH patients, families, and our community by propagating an environment and culture where research is respected, valued and routinely applied to patient care. 

Goals of the BWH Nursing Research Program:

  • To support research at BWH that leads to innovative nursing interventions and improved patient- and family-centered outcomes
  • To facilitate development of new knowledge so that nursing practice reflects best science
  • To identify linkages between nursing care and patient outcomes
  • To support evidence-based care

The BWH Nursing Research Program provides the foundation for evidence-based practice. Participation of BWH nurses in all phases of research, including knowledge discovery, dissemination and utilization, supports building evidence from practice and applying evidence to practice. Diversity in educational backgrounds and experiences of BWH nurses translates to a range of skill sets for participation in the research process, from mentee to principal investigator.

Below is a sample of nurse-driven research projects at BWH that have been published:

Patricia Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN. Senior Nurse Scientist, co-author. "Complexity and the science of implementation in health IT--knowledge gaps and future visions." International Journal of Medical Informatics, 83(7).

Patricia Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Nurse Scientist, co-author. "Content and functional specifications for a standards-based multidisciplinary rounding tool to maintain continuity across acute and critical care." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMA, 21(3), 438-447.

Kate Gregory, PhD, RN, Senior Nurse Scientist. "Caring for the infant with neonatal abstinence syndrome in a community-based setting." The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 28(3), 161-163.

Kate Gregory, PhD, RN, Senior Nurse Scientist. "Vitamin a supplementation: Is it worth a shot?" The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 28(4), 253-255.

Anne C. Hurley, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Nurse Scientist Emeritus. “Assessment scales for advanced dementia.” 
Baltimore: Health Professions Press. Co-author and co-editor of multiple chapters.

Patricia Reilly, MSN, RN, Director, Caring and Healing Modalities, Teresa Buchanan, MBA, RN, Project Manager, Patricia Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Nurse Scientist, et al. “Auricular acupuncture to relieve health care workers' stress and anxiety: Impact on caring.” Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 33(3), 151-9.

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