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Inspired by Marianne Chulay, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, guest speaker at the 2010 Research!Louisville nursing conference, the Institute for Nursing led an effort to implement a research mentor model for nursing at Norton Healthcare. Jill Berger, MSN, MBA, R.N., NE-BC spearheaded the effort to establish a framework and support system for nursing research in all the hospitals and to generate clinical nursing studies conducted by direct care nurses. With the help of expert researcher , Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, professor at the University of Louisville and Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair for Nursing Research at Norton Healthcare,  the model began to take shape. In the model, nurse mentors in each of the hospitals work with groups of nurses on the units to develop a research question and create a project. Mentors are supported by research advisers to help them navigate the research design, proposal and implementation processes. There is also a Nursing Research Advisory Council, which includes representation from the Norton Healthcare Office of Research Administration and the University of Louisville school of nursing, to provide additional support, establish policy and answer questions.

The institute helps nurses present their work professionally to audiences outside Norton Healthcare. Nurses who conduct research studies or engage in evidence-based practice or performance improvement projects are encouraged to share their experiences through publication and/or poster and podium presentations. The institute is available to help nurses write abstracts or manuscripts, create posters or polish presentations, and each year Norton Healthcare nurses present their work regionally and nationally. 

Studies completed by NHC nurse researchers since January 2011

Study title Principle Investigator Mentor/Advisor Facility Yr Complete Poster 
The meaning, experiences, and behaviors of nurses caring for families after perinatal loss Janice Hill,
Susan White,
Cathy Cooke
Marianne Hutti,
(U of L)
Paul Clark
Barb Polivka
Norton Hospital and
Norton Suburban Hospital
2014 Download Poster
Hospital Staffing During an Emergency:  The bedside nurses’ perception of the non-bedside nurse’s ability to provide acceptable care Jamie Simpson   Norton Audubon Hospital 2014 Abstract
Pain experience of adults having peripheral IV insertion with and without the use of a needleless local anesthetic injection system Suzette Schellenberger Barbara Polivka,
Jill Berger
Norton Brownsboro Hospital 2014 Download Poster
Development and validation of the Fergy Nausea Assessment Tool© (F-NAT) Stephanie Ferguson
Cathy Cooke,
Angie Malone
Barbara Polivka,
Paul Clark
Norton Suburban Hospital 2014
Compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction in pediatric nurses Ann Smoot Barbara Polivka,
Jill Berger
Kosair Children's Hospital 2014
Compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction in oncology and critical care nurses Neil Hauck,
Claire Pfister,
Katie Anderson
Barbara Polivka,
Jill Berger
Norton Hospital 2014
Standardizing central line device setup to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections Cassie Blandford,
Megan Boone
  Kosair Children's Hospital 2013
The use of a double-barrier hydrocolloid dressing to prevent skin breakdown in very low birth weight neonates on high-flow nasal cannula Lori Morris,
Jodi Behr
Sandra Smith,
(U of L)
Barbara Polivka
Kosair Children's Hospital 2013 Download Poster
Relationship between time spent delivering care and task performance in a PICU Megan Boone   Kosair Children's Hospital 2013
Early enteral nutrition in the PICU - Phase 1 Megan Boone   Kosair Children's Hospital 2013
Multi-institutional analysis of factors associated with unplanned extubations in the PICU Megan Boone   Kosair Children's Hospital 2013
Survey to identify barriers to patients’ participation in a smoking cessation support program Karen Beaton,
Beth Keown
Nancy York
(Bellarmine University)
Norton Audubon Hospital 2013 Download Poster
Improving an outpatient diabetes program telephone follow-up process: Evaluating its impact on glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) levels Joan Niemczewski Jill Berger,
Barbara Polivka,
Paul Clark
Norton Audubon Hospital 2013  
Defining effective nurse communication for the hospital consumer assessment of health care providers and systems (HCAHPS) surveys  Regina Hymer   Norton Brownsboro Hospital 2013 Download Poster
Smoking cessation in post-partum women Irene Yang Lynne Hall
(U of L)
Norton Hospital 2013 Download Poster
Relationship between unit variables and mock code performance Sara Reece,
Cathy Cooke
Barbara Polivka,
Paul Clark
Norton Suburban Hospital 2013
Evaluating and measuring the impact of a RN navigator program on 30-day re-hospitalization of patients with acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure and pneumonia Jo Singleton   Physician Practices 2013
Staff resilience in the pediatric ICU Tracy Evans,
Amy Johnson,
Stacy Flanders,
Megan Boone
  Kosair Children's Hospital 2013
The impact of Snack and Relax on compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction Perpetua Markwell,
Katrina Morris,
Carol Ryan
Barbara Polivka Norton Audubon Hospital,
Norton Suburban Hospital
2013 Download Poster
Nurses’ perceptions of family-witnessed resuscitation Kelly Tudor,
Beena Abraham
Barbara Polivka,
Jill Berger
Norton Hospital 2013 Download Poster
The incidence of pinworm in a rural versus urban community Barbara Combs,
Chad Wiesenauer
  Kosair Children's Hospital 2012
Histamine receptor antagonists and perforated appendicitis Barbara Combs,
Chad Wiesenauer
  Kosair Children's Hospital 2012
The effect of distraction through humor intervention on anxiety among children having surgery and their parents, medication use and length of stay Darlena Wilson,
Linda Potts
Jill Berger,
Barbara Polivka
Kosair Children's Hospital 2012 Download Poster
Burn prevention in children with special healthcare needs Erika Janes,
Sharon Rengers
Carlee Lehna Kosair Children's Hospital 2012
Internal communications and employee engagement in a pediatric healthcare facility

Cherie Gaither

  Kosair Children's Hospital 2011

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