Research Project: Public perception of the discipline of nursing Description: This research study will examine historical and current perceptions of the nurse and nurses' roles from non-health care people. The purpose of the study is to determine how nurses are perceived to the general public. This study will likely result in presentations and/or publication.
Research Project: Health care collaboration with other disciplines to build assistive technologies & businesses Description: This research will examine the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Nursing and the College of Engineering and Science. For the past 7 years teams of engineering students and nursing students have worked with someone with physical disabilities (many of them are veterans). The multidisciplinary teams design, build and produce a unique assistive device for the client. Partnerships also include biomedical students from other universities like Lawrence Technological Institute and Baylor University. This research project will study client satisfaction with the program, student outcomes, and societal impact of the program. Publications, presentations and opportunities to write grant proposals are expected.
Research Project: Health Impact of Vape Use Prerequisite: None. Students will be taught the research skills needed. Description: This longitudinal study will explore the effects of vaping. People who vape, (age 18 and older) will be given surveys at 3 month intervals to determine the health impacts of vaping and will be compared to people of the same age group who do not engage in vaping. Students working on this project will learn how to: develop a valid questionnaire, submit an IRB, determine sample size, obtain participants, analyze results and disseminate the information via a publication / presentation.
Research Project: Probiotic Use and Glucose Control in Persons with Diabetes Prerequisite: An interest in diabetes and the pathophysiology of the GI tract Description: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), the 7th leading cause of death in the US, is a chronic condition that requires interventions to control blood glucose levels and reduce complications. The key to DM care is maintaining glucose control, measured with the hemoglobin A1c value. This new project is related to DM management and is driven by new evidence suggesting the use of probiotics improves glucose control in diabetic persons. A literature review is underway to examine the microbial role of the intestinal tract to reduce inflammation and improve metabolic health and diabetes. Literature findings to date are preliminary and differ by product use (natural, prescribed, and those products sold in grocery stores) and patient characteristics. We expect to design an evidence based intervention and implement this at a local practice setting the serves persons with diabetes.
Research Project: Vasomotor Symptom Severity: Impact on the Metabolic Profile Prerequisite: An interest in women's health Description: Emerging evidence suggests that hot flash symptom severity during the menopause may be a surrogate marker for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in women. A link between the clinical values that characterize the body’s metabolic state (glucose, insulin, lipid levels) with hot flash symptom severity has been proposed as the underlying mechanism. To date, only two studies have evaluated this association with conflicting findings. This project examined the relationship between hot flash symptom severity with measures of glucose, insulin and lipids among women in the menopause transition. Data collection included a survey, symptom diary, and laboratory data. I have data from 27 women and the project is ongoing. The student would have opportunity to assist with the project, code survey data, build a database, conduct data analysis, draw conclusions and assist with dissemination of data via presentation and journal article development
Research Project: Linking Urban Youth To Nursing Prerequisite: None. Description: This research project is focused on increasing the number of urban youth who pursue nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Research Project: Preparedness of Nurse Faculty to Teach Domestic Violence Content to pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students Prerequisite: Interest in DV and willingness to learn interview skill and instrument development. Description: This study will be a mixed methods study of a national sample of nurse educators (NE) that will start with qualitative interviews that will be used to develop a quantitative web based survey to understand: the perceived beliefs and attitudes of NE regarding their experiences screening patients for DV; how these perceived beliefs and attitudes have been influenced by pre-licensure education, continuing education, and work-place expectations; and how these perceived beliefs have influenced their pedagogy in pre-licensure education in the classroom or clinical setting. The long term goal of this study to increase and improve screening behaviors of registered nurses by improving their educational experience regarding DV and screening