Taking Nursing Research to New Heights

Teri Pipe, PhD, RN

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University is honored to celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6–12. With over 10,000 of our BSN, MSN, PhD and DNP graduates serving throughout the workforce, the education and expertise we provide is experienced by patients across the country. And while our faculty are nationally-renowned for these efforts, they also understand the vital importance of nursing research.  

In 2013, CONHI recorded $5 million in research expenditures. By 2017 that number climbed to $12 million and by 2020, we expect to have as much as $20 million in research expenditures. That’s the sort of culture we want to cultivate here, where faculty pass on their knowledge to the next generation of students, but also expand their own field of practice through nationally-recognized research.  

Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, was recently awarded the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Impact Research Grant for her work on nurse burnout. Critical care nurses are at high risk for burnout, which can have deleterious consequences for the individual, the patients they care for, and the organization in which they work. A nurse's work environment has the potential to moderate the harmful effects of nurse burnout. The proposed study will use the AACN Healthy Work Environment model to explore how workplace environment standards relate to burnout and how burnout is related to nurse and patient outcomes.

Angela Chia-Chia Chen, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, received funding by the American Nurses Foundation to study the development of digital storytelling intervention about human papilloma virus (HPV) for Vietnamese Americans. This storytelling intervention provides a noninvasive, easy-to-deliver, inexpensive, and holistic way for nurses to promote healthy outcomes in a vulnerable and underserved population at a high risk of developing HPV-associated cancers and diseases

While CONHI has numerous examples of faculty research excellence, we believe that new organizations must be developed to push quality research, both within our college and beyond. We joined with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to create the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development Institute. Led by the Executive Director Jeff Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, WORLD is a partnership of nurse leaders, researchers, and educators focused on researching innovative healthcare leadership throughout the professional continuum.

Our drive for quality nursing research pushes our faculty to new heights, our partnerships to cross state lines, and to even create an entirely new center. As ASU’s Chief Well-Being Officer, I have been honored to lead the co-creation of the ASU-wide Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Through interdisciplinary collaboration across the University, this new center will create and foster an academic “Culture of Caring,” supported by evidence from a growing body of health research.

Our college is excited to continue supporting the whole of the nursing community, whether it be students just earning their BSN or tenured faculty applying for national research grants. National Nurses Week is here, and we strive to honor RNs in any way we can. Go Devils!

Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, is Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the Chief Well-Being Officer for Arizona State University, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

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Without research, there is no hope.
The Honorable Paul G. Rogers