Nurse awarded grant to develop patient survey

By By Natalie Hale

By Natalie Hale

Susan Beck, a nurse at University Hospital and a professor in the College of Nursing, received a $308,000 grant for a research project she has developed to better understand nursing care’s effects on patients and their safety.

The grant is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which awards nine interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative grants to teams of nursing scholars each year.

Each team receives approximately $300,000 to conduct a two-year research project designed to “generate, disseminate and translate research to improve the quality of care provided in hospitals.”

Beck’s study is dedicated to developing and testing a questionnaire that will be used to measure the opinions of patients about how nurses manage their pain.

The study will be conducted at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings, Mont., and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Natalie Hale