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Nursing Research Fellowship

Nursing Research Fellowship

The Nursing Research Fellowship program at Saint Joseph Hospital began in 2015.  This is a 12 month program that provides education and resource support for direct care nurses to engage in research. Bedside nurses are ideally positioned to design and conduct research about their practice and patient outcomes.  Participating in nursing research promotes professional development, and clinical excellence, while nurses gain an understanding of the evidence that informs practice. Research conducted by beside clinicians fosters timely implementation of best practices. 

Fellows are selected through an application process and paired with a nurse mentor for support and guidance.  The program consists of a 12 week didactic sequence, followed by the application of learning through the development and conduct of a research project.  

Fellows serve as principal investigators of their research studies, and all research is reviewed by the SCL Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects.  To date, several Fellows have had abstracts accepted at local, national and international research conferences.  Three Fellows have received Nightingale Luminary Awards for their research.  


- Increasing oncology nurse identification of patients appropriate for palliative care. Courtney Welch, BSN, RN, OCN


- Retrospective study of term newborns who receive prophylactic antibiotics for early onset neonatal sepsis. Karen Kaley, BSN, RNC

- Taking Care of our own:  Why do nurses come to work sick?  Jessica Lopeman, BSN, RN-BC

- Independent double-checks for subcutaneous insulin administration: Are nurses catching errors and correcting them before the insulin reaches the patient?  Lisa Newman, BSN, RN, PCCN


- Does Critical Events Team Training (CETT) Improve Nurse’s Confidence in Responding to Obstetrical Emergencies? Renee Ebel, BSN, RN

- A Retrospective Study of Post-Operative Pain Control in Open Heart Surgery Patients Reporting Current Marijuana Use. Leisl Gilchrist, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN-CMC


- The effect of using only liquid medications vs. only tablet medications to decrease nausea 24 hours post Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) bariatric surgery. Melissa Secora, BSN, RN, Surgical Care

2019-2020:  On pause due to COVID-19

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