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The Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship was established in 2007 as a joint venture between the Rush University College of Nursing and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Illinois, to promote clinical nursing research that improves clinical practice and patient outcomes. The Center supports clinical research and scholarship activities to promote best practices in patient care and improvements in health care delivery. The purpose of the Center is to create a formal venue for:

  • Transforming clinical practice
  • Enhancing clinical education
  • Positioning RUMC as a national leader in clinical and translational nursing research

The Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship provides grant writing support, pilot seed funding, and consultation to nurses at Rush University Medical Center and students at Rush University College of Nursing for planning and implementing clinical research and evidence based practice projects.

Examples of Funded Projects

Project Title


Targeting Hypoglycemia in the ICU with Evidence Based Practice Strategies

Funded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses 2008 Phipps Research Grant

Generating Solutions to Improve Nursing Morale

Funded by the Prince Charitable Trust Foundation

Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Promote Evidence Based Falls Prevention Risk Screening

Funded by the American Organization of Nurse Executives 2007 Seed Grant for Research in Nursing Administration

The Center also provides pilot seed funding for research and evidence based practice projects at Rush University Medical Center. Clinical nursing staff and College of Nursing students serve as Clinical Scholars on the projects to gain experience in working with clinical teams addressing a variety of patient and clinical care topics and College of Nursing faculty serve as mentors for the clinical teams and assists with publication of the project.

The following projects were funded in 2009:

Emergency Room: Project Leaders: Meghan Halstead, RN, BSN; Jaime Harper, MD
Assessing the Impact of A Glucose Docking Station on Diabetic Patient Care Management in the Emergency Department

This project will explore the impact of a glucometer and docking station at the Rush University Medical Center's Emergency Department triage desk on diabetic patient blood glucose checks and patient care management.

Adult Health and Gerontology Nursing: Project Leaders: Barbara Hinch, DNP, RN, APN; Marcia Murphy, DNP, RN, APN; Clinical Scholar: Rachel Start, BSN, RN
Evaluation of the Rush Clinical Advancement System
The purpose of this project is to formally evaluate the impact of the Clinical Advancement System with the new Professional Practice Model and the mission, vision, and values of Rush University Medical Center.

Post Anesthesia Unit: Project Leader: Kimberly Humbarger, BSN, RN; Clinical Scholar: Isabel Pecson, RN
Assessing the Impact of Temporal Artery Thermometry in Post Anesthesia Patients
The purpose of this clinical nursing study is to assess the impact of a new technology, the temporal artery thermometer, to monitor temperature and post operative hypothermia recovery in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

Medical ICU: Project Leader: Erik McIntosh, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Project Team Members: Lauren Puia, RN; Michael Darin, MD
Mechanical Ventilation Communication Board
The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of a new communication board tool at facilitating communication and education of patients who are hospitalized and receiving mechanical ventilation in the ICU. The study will also look at CAM-ICU, RASS scores, and ventilator dependent length of time in this patient population.

Nursing Systems: Project Leader: Patty Nedved, RN, MSN
Assessing the Impact of Smart Pump Technology on IV Medication Errors
This study will determine the types and frequency of errors related to IV medications prior to the implementation of smart pump technology, after the implementation of smart pump technology, and after the implementation of closed loop bar coded medication administration.

Bone Marrow Transplant Unit: Project Leader: Karine Otten, RN, BSN, MS; Project Team: Jane Hawksley, MS, RN, APRN-BC; Carol Davis, RN; Beth Staffileno, PhD, RN; Lola Coke, PhD, RN
The Impact of Oral Hygiene Staff Education
The purpose of this project is to assess the impact of an educational learning module on current evidence-based oral care practices for oncology patients to minimize mucositis.

Department of Women and Children: Project Leader: Doreen Portugal, RN; Clinical Project Team: Judy B. Friedrichs, MS, RN; Debbie Gist, RN; Janice L. Penner RN; Jean M. Silvestri, RN
Using Evidence to Challenge Practice: Bacitracin vs. White Petroleum Post Circumcision in the Neonatal ICU
The purpose of this evidence based practice project is to conduct a comprehensive literature review and benchmark clinical practice with other perinatal centers to identify the best evidence based clinical practice for post circumcision care for neonatal patients and to pilot test the clinical practice change.

Rush Day Hospital: Project Leader: Peggy Thomas, MS, APRN, PMH-BC; Project Team: Cheryl Lafferty, MS, APRN, PMH-BC; Kevin Pittman, RN, BC; Dee Dee Sanford, RN, BC; Theodoric Cockrell, MT; Chris Spaletto, MAAT, ATR/BC; Ian Griffin, LCSW; Kenya Wade, Clinical Coordinator, Treatment Research Center
Assessing the Impact of an Intervention to Measure Changes in Alcohol Usage and Maintenance of Abstinence in Psychiatric Treatment
This study aims to implement a new tool to measure changes in alcohol usage and maintenance of abstinence and to assess educational content retention from an 8 week educational initiative for patients taking psychotropic medications.

Adult Health and Gerontology Nursing: Project Leader: Janice Zeller, PhD, RN; Project Team: Joanne Shackelford, Group Co-Facilitator, Employee Health Services; Jeannie Dixon, Sally Hedrick, Shirley Evans, and Lilia Simental, Clinical Nurse Coordinators/Recruitment Facilitators, JRB Health Center; Gwen Bowman and Dana Merk, Research Assistants/Mentees, GEM Students, College of Nursing
Circles of Care: Places of Healing and Mutual Support for Nurses
This project will explore the impact of mind body skills training on nursing job-related stress and the impact of enhanced emotional presence; self-awareness/regulation; sense of connection with others in the workplace; and sense of compassion for self and others in promoting nurse execution of the Rush core I CARE values.

Click here to view a listing of 2008 funded projects

Funding for the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship from the Golden Lamp Society of the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Nurses Alumni Association is gratefully acknowledged. For further information contact Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship;

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