Recently Completed Nursing Research Studies, Publications & Principal Investigator(s) 

A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Flat Times Versus Standard Care in Pediatric Patients Post Cardiac Catheterization.
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Impact of a Novel Relaxation Method of Touch on Neonatal Neurobehavioral Development Among Very Preterm Infants
Joan R Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

  • Smith JR, McGrath JM, Brotto M, & Inder T. (2014). A randomized-controlled pilot study examining the neurodevelopmental effects of a 5-week M Technique application on very preterm infants. Adv Neonatal Care, 14, 187-200. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000093
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Impact of a Neonatal-Bereavement Support DVD on Parental Grief:  A Randomized Controlled Trial
Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN,NNP-BC

  • Rosenbaum JL, Smith JR, Yan Y, Abram N, Jeffe DB. (2015). Impact of a neonatal-bereavement-support DVD on parental grief: A randomized controlled trial. Death Studies Journal, 39(4), 191-200. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2014.946628
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Provider Education for Electronic Clinical Decision Support to Optimize Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Diagnosis and Treatment
Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effect of Duration of Manual Expression and Breastfeeding Self-efficacy on Milk Volume in Premature Infants (MERIT)
Lisa M. Steurer, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, CPN, CLC
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The Use of a Child Life Intervention to reduce Pre-operative Anxiety in Children
Tyler Robertson, CLS & Veronica Barrett, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Examining the Outcomes of a Critical Care Hospital Based Fellowship for Senior Nursing Students (Faculty Collaborative Grant)
Vicki Moran, PhD, RN, CNE, Rose Hansen, MSN, RN, & Deirdre Schweiss, DNP, RN, CPNP

  • Moran, V., Hansen, R., &Schweiss, D. (2018). Outcomes of a critical care hospital-based fellowship for senior nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 57 (8): 469-475. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-20180720-04
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Pain Control and Positioning in Children Following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery
Janette Coble, BSN, MS, RN

  • Coble, J., Steurer, L.M., Balakas, K. & Ercole, P.M. (2019). Pain control and positioning in children following selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 51(6):292-296. Doi:10.1097/JNN.0000000000000477
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A Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare Pain Medications in Children Undergoing Strabismus Surgery
Hasima Hajdini, BSN, RN

  • Hajdini, H., Steurer, L.M., Balakas, K. & Ercole P.M. (2019). A randomized controlled trial to compare pain medications in children undergoing strabismus surgery. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 36 (6): 1196-1204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2019.01.012
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Reducing Flat Time in Pediatric Patients after Cardiac Catheterization
Rebecca Roiger, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Improving the Discharge to Home Experience for Pediatric Patients and Families
Kari Vigna, BSN, RN 

  • Vigna, K., Balakas. K., Steurer, L.M., Ercole, P.M. (2018). Improving the discharge to home experience for pediatric heart center patients and families. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 41, 42-47. doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2018.01.004
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The Use of Simulation with Pediatric Nurses: Increasing Confidence and Increasing Referrals to Social Work of Adolescents Engaging in Risky Behaviors (Faculty Collaborative Grant)
Deirdre Schweiss, DNP, RN, CPNP & Moe Schmid, MSN, RN

The Feasibility of Kangaroo Care and the Effect on Maternal Attachment for Infants in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Mary Jane Broge, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Implementation of a Focused Education Program for Pediatric Emergency Unit Staff on Identification and Referral of Adolescents Exposed to Human Trafficking
Kathleen Houston, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC