Onramps Lane 3: Develop an Area of Scholarly Impact

To support faculty members in developing a scholarly path, experienced investigators have agreed to serve as mentors on a research project leading to publication. Members of an Onramp group participate in data collection, analysis, and manuscript writing leading to co-authorship. If you are interested in joining one or more Onramp group, please email Ellen Foley to register.

  1. Feasibility Testing of the Heat-related Illness Screening Tool
  2. Continuing Education Opportunities to Address the Gaps in Knowledge Regarding Health Consequences of Climate Change
  3. Antimicrobial Stewardship in Practice and Teaching
  4. Developing Research Infrastructure in an African Immigrant Community
  5. Examining the Integration of Equity and Inclusivity in Health Curriculum through the Framework of Social Justice
  6. Gastrointestinal symptoms and the gut microbiome of infants with tongue-tie
  7. Establishing Mobile Led Services

Title: Feasibility testing of the heat-related illness screening tool

Leader: Suellen Breakey

Question: The purpose of this group would be to provide more robust analysis of the accuracy of the tool in clinical settings

Project Stage: This is a second phase of the screening tool development. Manuscript that describes tool and its application is under review.

Scholarly Impact: Application

Experience Needed: Some familiarity with research or experience with tool development would be helpful.

Time Commitment: The group will meet for 60 minutes every other week. Some work outside meetings will be necessary.

Product: Manuscript submission by July 1, 2023

Title: Continuing Education Opportunities to Address the Gaps in Knowledge Regarding Health Consequences of Climate Change

Leaders: Linda Evans (1st author) and Patrice K. Nicholas

Question: Climate change is the most critical public health issue of our time. In order to provide holistic care to patients, families, and communities, healthcare professionals must achieve competence regarding the health consequences of climate change. As this topic was not included in most current practitioners' formal education, the knowledge and skills regarding the health consequences of climate change must be attained through subsequent learning opportunities. 

Explicating and comprehensively synthesizing the full scope of available continuing education opportunities specific to the health consequences of climate change, including content, pedagogy, and format, will provide a resource from which healthcare professionals may select meaningful, evidence-based professional development opportunities to ensure their competence. 

Project Stage: Inception

Scholarly Impact: Application/Teaching and Learning

Experience Needed: Prior experience reviewing and synthesizing literature using a matrix format is helpful but not necessary.

Time Commitment: Two hours per week

Product: The goal and date for submission for publication will be discussed with the team at the initial meeting. The estimate is May 2023.

Title: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Practice and Teaching

Leader: Rita Olans

Question: What skills employed by practicing nurses in antimicrobial stewardship practice need reinforcement in prelicensure education and what teaching methods are best to reinforce these?

Stage: We have identified the skills necessary for nurses to fully practice stewardship activities, have designed a survey for nurse educators to identify where these skills are currently being taught, identified goals for deliverables for this project, and have planned to target at least one journal.

Scholarly Impact: Application/Teaching and Learning

Experience Needed: Teaching about infection and transmission

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/week, more as the manuscript is being written and edited

•    5 teaching methods identified, with pre/post testing tools designed and validated, and ready for an educator to implement
•    Recordings on how to implement these methods for the journal Nurse Educator 
•    A manuscript(s) targeted to the Nurse Educator

Timeline: Teaching methods recorded, manuscript(s) submitted with revisions completed – May 1, 2023.

Title: Developing research infrastructure in an African immigrant Community

Leader: Clara Gona

Question: This paper will be about the lessons I learned as I navigated the gate keepers to enable me to conduct research in an African immigrant community

Stage: Literature search. 

Scholarly Impact :Discovery

Experience Needed: Writing for publication

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/month

Products: Manuscript to be submitted to the Journal of Transcultural Nursing/Immigrant and Minority Health

Timeline: Sept to March. Manuscript submission by April 2023

Title: Examining the Integration of Equity and Inclusivity in Health Curriculum through the Framework of Social Justice 

Leader: Eleonor Pusey-Reid

Question: Applying the Framework of Social Justice to guide the Integration

Stage: Starting

Scholarly Impact: Teaching and Learning

Previous Experience: None

Time Commitment: Initially meeting once, a week for 1 hour

Products: Publication

Timeline: Get a manuscript out within the Fall semester.

Title: Gastrointestinal symptoms and the gut microbiome of infants with tongue-tie

Leader: Rebecca R. Hill

Question: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of frenotomy for the treatment of tongue-tie using a comprehensive assessment of gastrointestinal symptoms and the gut microbiome. In breastfed infants with tongue-tie who are less than four months old and undergoing frenotomy at an outpatient pediatric dental practice, I aim to:
1.    Describe changes in infant gastrointestinal symptoms, as measured by the NeoEAT and GIGER scales, pre-and post-frenotomy.
2.    Evaluate infant gut microbiome pre- and post-frenotomy.
3.    Examine the relationship between tongue-tie severity, infant feeding, and gastrointestinal symptoms

Stage: Data collection

Scholarly Impact: Discovery 

Previous Experience: Scholarly writing, writing for publication

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week

Products: Manuscript, presentation, data for subsequent extramural grant funding

Timeline: Complete data collection by December 2022, submit for publication by May 2023 

Title: Establishing Mobile Led Services

Leader: Patricia Reidy

Existing collaborators: Kathy Sabo, (Project Director)

Question: What are the best practices to establish a nurse-led mobile service in the community?

Stage: We received federal funding (HRSA) on 7.6.22  to establish a nurse led mobile service in the community This project is in an early stage of development since we are in the planning stages for the grant during this Fall semester.  We have the grant proposal as a starting point for the manuscript but need to conduct a formal literature review of best practices for community engagement and mobile health services. 

Scholarly Impact: Teaching and Learning

Experience needed: Familiarity with Coevidence is a plus but not essential. 

Time Commitment: 4-8 hours per month

Products: Publication in a nursing or interprofessional journal