Current Nursing Research Studies & Principal Investigator(s) 

Nurse-Led Parent Educational Discharge Support Strategies (PEDSS) for Children Newly Diagnosed with Cancer (ANCC Multi-Center Research)
Emily Daut, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC & Leslie Glover, MSN, RN, CPNP

Assessing the Ability of a Ventilation Humidification System to Decrease the Incidence of Hypothermia during Inter-facility Transport of Low Birth Weight Neonates 
Monica Klostermann, MBA, BSN, RN

Exploring How a Palliative Care Team Impacts the Grieving Process for Families after the Death of a Child
Pamela Piel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Assessment of Parental Competency Prior to Discharge for Hospitalized Children with Asthma
Miriam Nova, BSN, RN

Retrospective Review of Optimal Pain Regimens for Children Hospitalized after Tonsillectomy/Adenectomy Surgery
Amy Pham, BSN, RN

Comparison of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Nurses and Physicians Caring for the Mothers of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Infants Before and After an Educational Intervention
Chonita Krause, MHA, BSN, RN & Cheryl Meador, BSN, RN

The Effect of Recreational Overnight Camps for Children with Congenital Heart Defects on Quality of Life
Julie Stumpf, MSN, RN

Retrospective review of Surgical Outcomes for Children with Idiopathic Constipation
Carrie Wilson, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Database
Lynne Sekarski MSN, RN, CPN

Externally Funded Research Projects

Engaging Families in NICU Care to Optimize Outcomes of Preterm Infants.  Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.    
Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC (Co-PI)
The Development of a Sensory-Based Clinical Practice Guideline and an Implementation Plan for Very Preterm Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Necessary First Step Before Clinical Trial. Funding: University Research Strategic Alliance (URSA) Interdisciplinary Collaborative Grant Washington University in St. Louis. 
Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC (Co-PI)

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

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
  • Pineda R, Raney M, Smith JR*. (2019). Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE): defining developmentally-appropriate sensory exposures for high-risk infants. Early Hum Dev, 133:29-35. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.04.012

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

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

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

Pain Control and Positioning in Children Following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery
Janette Coble, BSN, MS, RN

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare Pain Medications in Children Undergoing Strabismus Surgery
Hasima Hajdini, BSN, RN

  • Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing 2019 [in press]

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.

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

The Feasibility of a School Nurse Led Mindfulness Program in an Inner-City Public School
Lisa Henry, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC