The Providence Health Care Practice-Based Research Challenge announces funding for 9 new teams!

Aug 21, 2019 | Spotlight

From left: Carlin Patterson, RN; Jackie Rhodes, RN; Emma Garrod, RN; Danielle Chuang, RN; Hannah Beckingham, RN; Melissa Nicholson, RN; and Nancy Chow, RN.From left: Carlin Patterson, RN; Jackie Rhodes, RN; Emma Garrod, RN; Danielle Chuang, RN; Hannah Beckingham, RN; Melissa Nicholson, RN; and Nancy Chow, RN.

On behalf of the PHC Research Challenge Advisory Committee, funding for nine diverse and dedicated teams of point-of-care clinicians has been announced in the 2019 cohort. Congratulations to the registered nurses, dietitians and audiologists whose research will be moving forward to improve care for our patients. Winning this year’s designated Patient and Family Centred Care award is a team led by Nurse Educator Melissa Nicholson in the Urban Health Program at St Paul’s. Melissa says, “This project aims to explore the practice of people who inject drugs injecting substances into established intravenous (IV) lines. This practice is known to health care professionals, but no evidence exists to guide clinicians in decision making with regards to this practice. Our group is inspired to ask more questions of the patients involved, in hopes to discover why and how people inject into IV lines, with the eventual goal of creating a clinical guideline and promoting patient safety.”

Winning this year’s award offered in partnership with Dr Sandra Lauck and Dr John Webb through the Professorship in Cardiovascular Nursing is a team led by Carrie Bancroft, and mentored by Sandra Lauck, examining “Accelerated Mobilization After TAVI.” Carrie notes, “There is lack of evidence supporting nursing practice post-Transfemoral Transcatheter aortic valve replacement. While bedrest is required post-procedure, we also know that extended bedrest is associated with deconditioning and in-hospital complications. We hope our research will produce evidence to standardize nursing care, early ambulation times and facilitate patients’ rapid return to their baseline status, thus expediting the patient discharge from hospital. This work is very important to our team, and we are hoping to set benchmarks for care that will help this population of patients around the world.”

Pictured above are Carrie and Sandra. team lead and mentor for this year’s award winners. 

2019 is the 9th year for the PHC Research Challenge program, which provides training, funding and mentorship for teams of clinicians to conduct small-scale research projects in their own clinical settings. More than 600 PHC clinicians have participated in 100+ funded Research Challenge projects, which have resulted in practice changes, patient care improvements, 140 conference presentations and 15 publications. Congratulations to the newly funded teams, and thanks to their mentors and the Research Challenge funders: PHC Research Institute, PHC Professional Practice, BCNU, HSABC, Transplant Research Foundation of BC, and Dr Sandra Lauck and Dr John Webb through the Professorship in Cardiovascular Nursing. Thanks also to CHEOS, VCH Library Services, UBC School of Nursing and the PHC Ethics Office staff for their ongoing support of the Research Challenge program.

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