Grant: $24,939 - National Institutes of Health - Jul. 14, 2009
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Award Description: In this summer supplement, a unique sample of 213 preterm infants, grouped by perinatal morbidity, are seen at age 23. This is the eighth wave of the project, with participants seen at birth, 18 months, 30 months, ages 4, 8, 12, 17, and now, at age 23. Undergraduate-level nursing students are exposed to research protocols in three settings; participant home, heart center laboratory, and hospital laboratory. Health-related data collection includes functional performance, executive function, growth, neurological status, psychological status, neuroendocrine and cardiovascular function. Measurements include standardized questionnaires, interviews, objective performance based assessments, and collection of biomarkers including blood chemistry, pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary response to exercise and metabolic functioning, and HPA function by salivary cortisol. The overall purpose of this proposal was to: (1) fulfill the specific aims of the parent grant, (2) accelerate the pace of the project, ( 3) provide unique clinical and research experience in nursing science, and (4) promote job creation for three undergraduate nursing students.
Project Description: The goals of this ARRA was to, in keeping with the specific aims of the parent grant, accelerate the pace of the project, provide unique clinical and research experience in nursing science, and promote job creation for three undergraduate nursing students. Acceleration of project pace: With the assistance of the three SNs, were able to schedule 11 home visits, 8 heart center visits, and 11 laboratory visits, for a total of 16 participants this summer.Provide unique clinical and research experience in nursing science: Undergraduate students in nursing tend to participate in clinical practicums. However, the immersion in a research project was a unique experience. They were exposed to all three protocols related to this project. They were given opportunities for hands-on experience, such as the cardiopulmonary testing and glucose/lipid profile screening. They were also able to understand and connect genesis of the research questions, followed by the reality and preciseness of research protocol. All SNs participated in the research protocol. Finally, they were afforded the opportunity to understand how data collected from participants are entered into a database.
Jobs Summary: New jobs were created in the summer of 2009 for three undergraduate nursing students. They received clinical experience and hands on research training, while accelerating the pace of participant recruitment and data collection. This level of exposure to nursing science and research was to foster and encourage the next generation of nurse researchers. Each Student Nurse (SN) was hired from the undergraduate BS nursing program at the University of Rhode Island (URI). One SN was already a volunteer at the Brown Center for Children. The other two SNs were recruited from faculty recommendations at the College of Nursing at URI. The SNs were fully oriented to the research protocol and worked closely with the study staff including nurse scientists (PI Sullivan, Co-I Miller), research nurses, project director, and RAs. The research protocol includes three visits: Home Visit, Pediatric Heart Center at Rhode Island Hospital, and Brown Center for the Study of Children at Women & Infants Hospital. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: More than 50% Completed
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