TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona College of Nursing has awarded two Laurence B. Emmons Research Grants. Kristen Archbold, PhD, RN, has received a $20,000 award, and Jason Shuffitt, DNP, FNP-BC, has received a $4,500 award. The Emmons Research Grant is designed to assist full-time UA College of Nursing faculty holding doctorates to complete pilot work for a major extramurally funded research project.
Dr. Archbold is currently funded on a five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to investigate the effects of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea on behavior and cognition in school-aged children. The Emmons Research Grant will help her pursue the next level of research needed for her studies. The research that will take place under the Emmons grant, “Brain Imaging Analyses of the Cortical Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in School-aged Children,” includes performing MRI scans with children in the five-year study to understand how a child’s brain development may change with treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Shuffitt’s research, “Development of a Customized Clinical Content Management Mobile Application,” will address the need for integrated electronic health records in the health-care industry. “There are standards that exist that deal with data structure, but there are not common interfaces,” he stated. He plans to develop an application to connect disparate systems and help nurses comply with “meaningful use criteria” under the recently passed health-care bill. This is Dr. Shuffitt’s first research grant.
Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu.