Funded Projects

USAID/ASHA - Dr. Shelby Garner, PI
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) awarded Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and Dr. Garner $652,800 to partner with Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) for the construction of a Simulation Education and Research Centre for Nursing Excellence in Bengaluru, India. The grant involves funding the construction of a 4-story building with a state-of-the-art simulation center for nurses and other health professions at BBH. This facility will also provide sage living accommodations for up to 48 nurses. US best practices in simulation and nursing education will be incorporated into the program to build nurse capacity with a goal to increase health outcomes in India.

For additional information, contact Dr. Shelby Garner at Shelby_Garner@baylor.edu

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program: Transition to Practice - Dr. Tanya Sudia and Dr. Dora Bradley, Co-PIs
In a collaborative partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health North and the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation, Drs. Sudia and Bradley along with colleague and LHSON Undergraduate Program Director, Nan Ketcham, are working with a team of nurses and faculty on a grant entitled Geriatric Competency Validation Toolbox for New Nurse Graduates: Utilization of DEU's and Collaborative Clinical Partnerships for Development and Validation. This $462,135 grant provides funding for the development, testing, and validation of a tool to measure geriatric competencies among pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students.

For additional information, contact Dr. Tanya Sudia at Tanya_Sudia@baylor.edu

Laerdal Foundation – Dr. Lori Spies and Dr. Cheryl Riley, Co-PIs
Drs. Spies and Riley, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, received a $30,000 grant from the Laerdal Foundation titled Building Capacity to Improve Infant Outcomes in India. This grant will evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative NSSK PLUS teaching methodology for improving knowledge and skill retention in nurse midwives and village health care workers.

For additional information, contact Dr. Lori Spies at Lori_Spies@baylor.edu

Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative - Dr. Shelby Garner, PI
In February 2017, through the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC), Dr. Garner and colleagues from across the university were awarded seed funding to develop a virtual reality simulation prototype and to support hospital mHealth infrastructure in India.

For additional information, contact Dr. Shelby Garner at Shelby_Garner@baylor.edu

Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative - Dr. Mary Ann Faucher, PI
Through the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC), Dr. Faucher and a team of collaborators were awarded funding in February 2017 for their project titled Personalized Pregnancy Recommendations for Obese Women Utilizing Activity Monitoring and Text-Messaging to Optimize Gestational Weight Gain (PROMOT).

For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Faucher at MaryAnn_Faucher@baylor.edu

Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program – Dr. Mary Ann Faucher, PI
Jointly sponsored by the research offices of Baylor University, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Faucher and collaborators from the Baylor University Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Baylor College of Medicine were awarded funding in 2016 for a pilot study on the Identification of a Multi-Omic Predictive Signature for Preterm Birth in Obese African American Women.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Faucher at MaryAnn_Faucher@baylor.edu

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship – Dr. Lori Spies, PI
Dr. Spies’ project titled Nurse Leadership Interventions for Hypertension in Uganda: A Feasibility Study was funded by the Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship in May 2016.

For additional information, contact Dr. Lori Spies at Lori_Spies@baylor.edu

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement – Dr. Marie Hastings-Tolsma, PI
Dr. Hastings-Tolsma’s project titled Navajo (Diné) and Chinese Traditional Medicine: Reconsidering Nursing Care in the U.S. was funded in 2016 through the Baylor University Office of the Vice Provost for Research through the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program. The purpose of this study is to describe both Navajo (Diné) and Chinese Traditional Medicine perspectives, compare and contrast key features, and suggest how key characteristics might be applied to strengthen caring within nursing.

For additional information, contact Dr. Marie Hastings-Tolsma at Marie_Hastings-Tolsma@baylor.edu

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement – Dr. Mary Ann Faucher, PI
Dr. Faucher’s project titled The Use of Video-Calls in Early Labor Care: Exploring Providers’ Views of the Potential Benefits and Challenges was funded in 2016 through the Baylor University Office of the Vice Provost for Research as part of the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program. The study explores the views of midwives about the potential benefits and challenges of using video-calls in early labor care and is intended to inform the development of future research in exploring the feasibility of introducing video-calls in early labor care.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Faucher at MaryAnn_Faucher@baylor.edu

University Research Committee – Dr. Elizabeth Perry, PI
Through the Baylor University Research Committee, Dr. Perry was awarded a mid-range grant titled Health Literacy in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease: The Influence of Parental Health Literacy in 2016. The study focuses on an underserved population that is burdened by a costly health problem and fills a gap in the existing literature.

For additional information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Perry at Elizabeth_Perry@baylor.edu

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences – Dr. Beth Hultquist, Co-PI
As part of a research project entitled Interactive Anatomy Augmented Virtual Simulation Training awarded to ArchieMD by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Dr. Hultquist served as a PI for the study site at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

For additional information, contact Dr. Beth Hultquist at Beth_Hultquist@baylor.edu

Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement – Dr. Marie Hastings-Tolsma, PI
Dr. Hastings-Tolsma’s project titled Practice Survey of Certified Nurse-Midwives in Texas was funded in 2015 through the Baylor University Office of the Vice Provost for Research as part of the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Small Grant Program. The purpose of this study was to describe the nature and extent of certified nurse-midwifery services in the state of Texas, as a subset of nurse-midwives in the US, where there is limited comprehensive survey data.

For additional information, contact Dr. Marie Hastings-Tolsma at Marie_Hastings-Tolsma@baylor.edu

University Research Committee – Dr. Kelly Rossler, PI
Through the Baylor University Research Committee, Dr. Rossler was awarded a small grant titled Peer Assisted Learning: A Platform for Remediation in 2015. The purpose of the pilot project was to explore pre-licensure nursing students’ perceptions of peer assisted learning with human patient simulation as an effective teaching modality to prepare for and enhance readiness to take the NCLEX-RN.

For additional information, contact Dr. Kelly Rossler at Kelly_Rossler@baylor.edu

Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship – Dr. Mary Ann Faucher, PI
Dr. Faucher’s project titled Building a Curriculum for Maternal and Child Health in India was funded by the Benjamin F. Brown IV Fund for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Scholarship in May 2015.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Faucher at MaryAnn_Faucher@baylor.edu