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Nursing professors receive funding for medical-surgical nurse practices research

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Four faculty members from the department of nursing at Missouri State University received a grant of $49,859 from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) for their research project “Practices, Clinical Behaviors, Clinical Decision-Making Processes, and Aspirations in Practice of Medical-Surgical Nurses.”

The research team consists of:

  • Dr. Rhea Faye Felicilda, assistant professor
  • Dr. Rose Utley, professor
  • Dr. Donna Gloe, assistant professor
  • Dr. Kristina Henry, assistant professor

The team will conduct research on the current practices, clinical behaviors and decision-making processes of proficient and expert nurses. They hope this information can help set the aspiration standards for novice-to-competent medical-surgical nurses seeking to match these behaviors in their own practices and provide a basis for updating AMSN’s Scope and Standards of Practice.

“The outcomes of this research will be used as the basis of development of new scope and standards of medical-surgical nursing practice, focusing on the development of aspirational standards of medical-surgical nursing,” said Felicilda. “This is based on the expanding roles of nurses as encouraged by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future Nursing report.”

Grant funds will be used to cover travel expenses for in-person data collection, online software, recruitment of participants, necessary supplies and equipment, salary of research assistants and researcher stipends.

For more information, contact Felicilda at (417) 836-3792.


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