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Nursing research is both basic and behavioral research that develops and/or contributes to new knowledge relevant to nursing practice. The National Institute of Nursing Research states that nursing research develops knowledge to:

  • Build the scientific foundation for clinical practice
  • Prevent disease and disability
  • Manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness
  • Enhance end-of-life and palliative care
All St. Luke's nurses are supported through the Center for Nursing Excellence to develop research questions and pursue formal human subjects research, either through our Nursing Research and EBP Fellowship program or through individually mentored research initiatives.

Recent Studies

Nursing research studies span a range of clinical practice areas. Examples of recent studies include:
  • Examining Knowledge, Confidence and Stress in Telephone Triage Nurses (Ruth Tretter, BSN, RN-BC; Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN)
  • Predictive Algorithms for Stem Cell Target Dose: Which Algorithm is Best? (Leslie Singelyn, BSN, RN, Lead Apheresis RN; Susan S Tavernier, PhD, APRN-CNS)
  • Screening for Substance Use during Pregnancy: Perceived Provider Barriers (Ryoko Pentecost MN, RN, CCRC; Kristy Schmidt MN, RN, NEA-BC; Jane Grassley PhD, RN, IBCLC)
  • Foot Reflexology and its Effect on Nausea and Pain for Adult Oncology Inpatients: Attacking Side Effects Feet First (Kristen Anderson, BSN, RN, OCN, Inpatient Oncology Educator; Marty Downey, MSN, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP)
  • Examining the Successes and Challenges of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role in Inpatient Nursing Units (Beth Hirst MSN, RN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC; Kim Martz PhD, RN)
  • Code Lavender Implementation: Assessing Effectiveness in a Children’s Hospital (Kelly Graff, MSN, CNS; Karla Sampson, BA, MsMin, MDiv, BCC)

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Anderson K; Downey M. (June 2017). Foot reflexology and its effect on nausea and pain for adult oncology inpatients: Attacking side effects feet first. Poster presented at the American Holistic Nursing Association conference, Rancho Mirage CA.
  • Ayers B; Grassley J; Koprowski K (2015). Pilot study of breastfeeding support on the night shift. Clinical Lactation, 6(2), 53-59.
  • Bourne L; Kellis M; Downey M (June 2015). Effects of healing touch for newborn male infant circumcision inpatients: A randomized clinical trial. Poster presented at the American Holistic Nursing Association, Branson MO.
  • Byrne, D (2016) Comparing the push-pull versus discard blood sample method from adult central vascular access devices. Journal of Infusion Nursing, 39(3), 130-135.
  • Evans S; Yager E; Sutherland L; Downy M (2018). Getting your grumble back. Journal of Holistic Medicine, 36(3), 255-261.
  • Grassley JS; Tivis R; Finney J; Chapman S; Bennett S (2018). Evaluation of a designated family bonding time to decrease interruptions and increase exclusive breastfeeding. Nursing for Women’s Health, 22(3), 219-227.
  • Martz K; Alderden J; Bassett R; Swick D (accepted for publication).  Outcomes Associated with a Nurse-Driven Palliative Care Screening tool in the ICU. Critical Care Nurse.
  • Mayerhofer L; Tavernier SS (May 2017).  Blood storage duration as a predictor of well-being and fatigue. Poster presented at the Oncology Nursing Society conference, Denver CO.
  • Moir C; Roberts R, Martz K; Perry J; Tivis LJ (2015). Communicating with patients and their families about palliative and end-of-life care: Comfort and educational needs of nurses. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 21(3), 109-112.
  • Pentecost R; Schmidt K; Grassley J (under review). Screening for substance use during pregnancy: Perceived provider barriers. American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Contact Us

For more information about nursing research at St. Luke’s, contact the nursing research director at (208) 381-9278.

Support Nursing Research

Donations to our Nursing Education Fund help nurses attend national conferences to share their research with colleagues and learn from other nurses across the country.

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