Nursing Research: 11AM – 12PM


Bornstein Amphitheater | 11am – 12pm

The nursing symposium will focus on research studies conducted by clinical nurses at BWH to improve outcomes for vulnerable hospitalized patients. The studies focus on improving sleep in hospitalized patients, identifying women with depression, and measuring the degree to which patients and nurses are in agreement with the plan of care.


Sleep Disturbance and Delirium in ICU Patients

Maria-Feliza Funtanilla, RN

Delirium in the ICU setting independently predicts a 3-fold increase in one year mortality, is associated with prolonged hospital stays, markedly increased costs of care and long-term cognitive impairment.

Whether sleep deprivation leads to delirium, or delirium disrupts the ability to sleep, is still a matter of controversy. This study will provide evidence of the impact of sleep disturbance on the development of delirium in ICU patients, and patient-centered approaches can be developed to decrease the sleep disturbance in ICU patients, which may ultimately reduce the incidence of delirium.

A Sleep Promotion Program for Hospitalized Patients

Ruth McGrotty, RN

As a member of the Sleep Interest Group, Ruth developed an interest in the poor sleep quality experienced by hospitalized patients. With the generous support of the Haley nurse scientist program, Ruth has been researching the issue of poor sleep and how it impacts patients at Brigham and Women’s hospital.  Light and Sound monitors as well as patient and clinician surveys have been used to gather data, which is being used to guide the development of a nurse led Sleep Promotion Program.

Quantifying Incidence of Depression in Hospitalized Women

Alex Vilmenay, RN

Care plan concordance between patients and nurses

Bertha Lee, RN

The purpose of our study is to determine if regionalization of the medical healthcare team will improve care plan concordance between patients and nurses. Preliminary results show strong concordance between patients and nurses in some areas (i.e. discuss plan, diagnosis, tests, and procedures) and other areas where improvement is needed (i.e. main concern, consults, consults detail, and d/c date). Our data will inform corrective actions and support our continued improvement efforts in concordance between patients, nurses, and other providers.

Session Co-Chairs

Patricia Dykes, PhD, MA, RN

Patricia Dykes is Senior Nurse Scientist and Program Director for Research in the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and the Center for Nursing Excellence at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  While funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dykes and team developed a fall prevention toolkit that significantly reduced falls in hospitals. They have expanded this research to explore the use of technology to provide the core set of information needed by care team members (including patients) at the bedside to engage in safe patient care. Dr. Dykes is the author of two books and over 50 peer reviewed publications and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is a member of the NIH Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics.
Kate Gregory, PhD

Dr. Katherine Gregory is an associate professor at Boston College.  Dr. Gregory’s clinical background is as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Her research interests pertain to microbiome aspects of health and disease.  She is especially interested in the attributes of the premature gastrointestinal system and development of immunity. Dr. Gregory is also a nurse scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she conducts her clinical research. In this role, she also collaborates with clinical staff on a variety of research initiatives and evidence based practice endeavors.
Lichuan Ye, PhD, RN

Lichuan Ye, PhD, RN is a Haley Nurse Scientist at BWH and an Assistant Professor at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. Dr. Ye’s program of research focuses on health promotion through improving sleep and the management of sleep disorders. Dr. Ye is currently working on an NIH-funded project at BWH sleep clinic to examine spousal involvement in the adherence to PAP treatment in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Ye is also working with clinical staff nurses at BWH to promote sleep for hospitalized patients, with the goal to develop successful patient-centered interventions that will promote communication, collaboration, engagement, and  implement tailored education to improve patient sleep in the acute care hospital setting.