‌Innovations in Research


Cutting down on mistakes by making them

Ten clinicians walk into a room and immediately begin to scan.

An IV bin is bursting with syringes. Unclamped O2 sensors hang idly on the bed. And bloodied gauze, an open vial of antibiotics and a poorly placed toileting chair expose this patient – a computerized high-fidelity Sim Man to a multitude of hazards.

Welcome to the Room of Errors. >>


In person or by phone?

Do pregnant teens who receive weekly in-home visits from community outreach workers become better parents, experience less stress, get more education and have healthier babies compared to those who receive telephone support at the same intervals?

“Teens may think the phone is just as good a vehicle for checking in," says nursing professor Linda Bullock, who is studying a phone versus in-person intervention, "but on the other hand pregnant girls may want more hands-on support than just the emotional support a phone call can give.” >>


When less (light) is more

Could something as simple as a colored lightbulb promote sleep in the hospital?

PhD student Lisa Letzkus' study is based on the fact that red light, more than any other color, promotes sleep. White and yellow light, conversely, tend to rouse and stimulate – and also tend to be most commonly used in hospitals. Using two novel nursing interventions, Letzkus aims to determine the effect of special lighting on patients' sleep and RNs' ability to do their work under cover of darkness. >>

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Documenting rape with a better dye

After a rape, forensic nurses fully document injuries by using a dye that causes lacerations and tears to “light up.” But the dye – a dark blue – doesn’t show on women of color, and that may mean that perpetrators go free.

A fluorescent dye, posits researcher and associate nursing professor Kathryn Laughon, may be the answer. >>

Alzheimers Full Figure

Does Alzheimer's lead inevitably to incontinence?

Between 70 and 90 percent of those living with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home by family, and many who are treated for agitation are given sedating medication that affects their continence -- often a "tipping point" for institutionalization, explains nursing prof Karen Rose.

But is there a better way to keep the six million Americans with Alzheimer's home longer, even after incontinence has become an issue? >>