The School of Nursing promotes, improves, and sustains human health through evidence-based education and advances in research and practice.
Nursing Faculty are involved in a variety of research projects, publications and presentations. Nursing students work alongside faculty to bring new and innovative ideas into fruition.
Below, explore the School of Nursing's active grants.
The Effect of Hypobaria on Muscle Inflammation and Regeneration after Injury and Hemorrhagic Shock
Principal Investigator: Barbara St. Pierre Schneider, PhD, RN, CNE
Amount Awarded: $5,558,801
Goals: (a) To establish a combat casualty/en route care experimental model that incorporates lower extremity muscle injury and hemorrhagic shock with fluid resuscitation and simulates the hypobaria exposure of air transport from the Pacific theater to the United States; (b) To test the effect of 16-hour hypobaria exposure on leukocyte characteristics, function, and related genes responsive to muscle injury in a combat casualty/en route care experimental model.; and (c) To test the effect of 16-hour hypobaria exposure on muscle regenerative processes and functional properties in a combat casualty/en route care experimental model.
Improving Chronic Illness Management with the Crow Nation: The Baaniilaa Project
Principal Investigator: Du Feng, Ph.D.
Funding Agency: Montana State University (Federal pass-through: National Institutes of Health, NIMHD U01)
Amount Awarded: $159,294
Period: 7/1/16 – 3/31/21
Goals: To (1) assist in community participation in research, grant management, design of interventions, consulting on minority issues, and dissemination efforts; and (2) assist with research design, statistical analyses of data collected for this project, including data screening, preliminary analyses, and random coefficient modeling for hypothesis testing, as well as dissemination of research findings.
Engaging Asian Communities in Palliative Care in Nevada (EACPAC)
Principal Investigator: Jay Shen, PhD (School of Public Health)
Co-Principal Investigator: Catherine Dingley, PhD, RN, FAAN
Funding Agency: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Amount Awarded: $250,000
Period: 07/01/2018 – 06/30/2020
Goals:1) To explore the knowledge, attitudes, and barriers regarding palliative care (PC) and advance care planning (ACP) in the Asian community in Nevada; 2) To implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a culturally relevant educational intervention focused on PC and ACP in the Asian community; 3) To evaluate the development and dissemination of best-practices and current evident in PC and ACP to providers in the Asian community; 4) To develop sustainable community stakeholder partnerships for a PC and ACP platform for the Asian community.
Promoting resilience through Mindfulness Among College Student Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew Thomas Reyes
Funding Agency: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
Amount Awarded: $2,500
Goals: To (1) Test the feasibility of an existing smartphone-app intervention (the Mindfulness-Acceptance for Student Veterans Program [MASVP]) intended to promote resilience among college student veterans with symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Epigenetic Effects of Preinjury Adversity on Functional Disparities after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hyunhwa Lee
Funding Agency: American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Goals: To (1) compare levels of peripheral 5-mC% levels, leukocyte telomere length, and miRNA expressions among PA+mTBI, PA+control, and PA-control in AAPIs.
Personalizing Obstructive Sleep Apnea Management: Associating Symptom Subtype to Objective Sleep Trains and Physiological Biomarkers
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jinyoung Kim
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R56
Amount Awarded: $515,655
Goals: To (1) investigate physiological differences among symptom subtypes of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to correlate changes in physiological biomarkers and symptom changes in each symptom subtype.
Health Disparities in Very-Low-Birthweight Preterm Birth in Nevada
Principal Investigator: Dr. June Cho
Funding Agency: NIGMS via CTRIN Pilot Grant
Amount Awarded: $65,891
Goals: To (1) examine the associations between racial/ethnic differences in VLBW preterm birth and maternal demographic factors, (2) examine the associations between demographic factors and levels of testosterone and cortisol, and (3) examine the associations of demographic actors and the levels of hormonal biomarkers with mental health problems (depressive symptoms, anxiety, and perceived stress) and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors (no healthy eating, no physical activity, and use of cigarettes and alcohol).
Implementing a Targeted Item Writing Workshop to Develop Standardized Clinical-Judgment Focused NCLEX-Style Examination Questions Across Courses in a Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program
Principal Investigator: Angela Silvestri-Elmore, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, CNE
Funding Agency: School of Nursing,/innovation in Nursing Education Awards
Amount Awarded: $4,000
Goals: To execute a process to promote the development and implementation of NCLEX-style and NGN-style items on course examinations.
MOBILE Intervention in College Students with Elevated Blood Pressure: A Pilot Study
Principal Investigator: Dieu-My Tran, PhD, RN, CNE
Funding Agency: MW CTR-IN Pilot Grant
Amount Awarded: $65,958
Goal: We seek to test an intervention, mHealth to Optimize BP Improvement (MOBILE), that takes advantage of existing applications and our prior work to allow participants to (1) perform self-measured blood pressure monitoring; (2) receive feedback from a cloud-based CVD detection platform; and (3) receive tailored text messages that encourage engagement in BP reduction behavior. mHealth technology provides an ideal way to deliver healthcare interventions to young adults.17,27-31 Text messaging is especially appealing to college students, more than 91% of whom use smartphones as their main communicating device.32 For this study, we will recruit 42 college students, ages 18 to 29, with elevated BP to participate in formative developmental project and then a 4-week two-armed trial of MOBILE.
- Aim 1. To refine the MOBILE intervention during a formative phase involving 8-10 students. Outcomes will include finalized motivation-level-tailored text messages designed to prompt behavior change and a self-administered motivational scale to be employed in the Aim 2 and Exploratory Aim study.
- Aim 2. To evaluate the feasibility of implementing the MOBILE intervention in 32 college students with elevated BP. We will operationalize MOBILE feasibility as: (a) acceptability to subjects, (b) participation rate, (c) texts delivered and opened, (d) fidelity to daily BP measurement protocol, (e) reported technical problems and challenges, and (f) recruitment and attrition rates.
- Exploratory Aim. To examine the preliminary impact of the MOBILE intervention on BP reduction (primary outcome) along with sodium intake and hypertension knowledge improvement (secondary outcomes) among 32 college students with elevated BP. Hypothesis: The intervention group will have a significantly greater reduction in BP and sodium intake and greater increase in HTN knowledge from baseline to completion, compared to control group.