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College Supports Faculty by Awarding Developmental Mini-Research Grants

This fall, the College of Health Sciences Office of External Funding (OEF) awarded three Developmental Mini-Research Grants to faculty in order to further the faculty’s research projects.

Lonny Ashworth, MEd, RRT from the Department of Respiratory Care was awarded $5,000 to support development and testing of a Mass Casualty Ventilator prototype in collaboration with Dr. Michelle Sabick and Seth Kuhlman in Boise State University’s mechanical and biomedical engineering department. None of the ventilators currently included in medical stockpiles set aside for emergency circumstances (e.g. pandemic, natural disaster, terrorist attacks) meet all of the pre-defined design specifications to be able to work effectively in environments that are typically found during mass-casualty events. If this works, it would be the only ventilator on the market to meet all of the criteria established in the “Guidelines for Acquisition of Ventilators to Meet Demands for Pandemic Flu and Mass Casualty Incidents,” developed by the American Association for Respiratory Care. This OEF grant is being leveraged with other sources of in-kind and monetary support provided by the College of Engineering and the COHS.

Jane Grassley, PhD, RN from the School of Nursing was awarded $4,997.60 for a pilot study to “Explore Enhancing Recruitment and Reducing Attrition of Adolescent Participants in a Research Study.” The aims of the study are to explore the feasibility of recruiting adolescent mothers-to-be through the Canyon County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for a future comprehensive maternity nursing intervention; explore effective strategies for obtaining parental consent; and identify strategies to reduce participant attrition.

Pam Springer, PhD, RN and Cindy Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF from the School of Nursing and Marcia Belcheir, PhD from Institutional Assessment were awarded $4,998 for a study entitled “Organizational Culture/Climate, Incivility, and Intent to Leave in Nursing Faculty.” Their descriptive correlational study aims to better understand the relationship between organization culture/climate, organizational incivility, and the intent of U.S. nursing faculty to leave their positions.

In addition to Developmental Mini-Research Grants, the COHS Office of External Funding solicits proposals each semester for teaching innovation and travel grants. For more information about how to apply, contact Terri Soelberg in the COHS Office of Research at