Nursing Research Council


The Department of Nursing



December 12, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UMCPP, Conference Room E

"Dissemination and Practice Integration of the Evidence"


Welcome to the Nursing Research Website!  UMCPP provides various resources to promote a culture of research and evidence-based practice.  The Nursing Research Council encourages all nurses who are interested in conducting a research study or implementing an evidence-based project to communicate with the council, either at a meeting or via email.  Resources and support available include consultation with the MCP Research Consultant, assistance to critically appraise literature, IRB presentation preparation, assistance navigating library resources, utilization of the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Quality Care, and abstract and poster presentation preparation.  The council meets on the second Thursday of Every month from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Education Center.

Juliet Puorro, Council Chair,
Ashleigh Thomson, Council Co-chair,


Recent and Upcoming Presentations:

Creating a Web-based Preoperative Joint Replacement Education Program by Julie Puorro, RN, MSN, ONC, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, presented at the NAON Congress, May 19-22, 2012, New Orleans

Implementation of a Quiet Zone:  Effect on Nurse Interruptions and Distractions, Medication Pass Time and Medication Safety-Phase I by Audrey Amir, RN, BSN, PCCN and Susan Rono, RN, MSN, presented at ONE/NJ 10th Annual Research Day on June 15, 2012 at NJHA in Princeton

Cardiac Rehabilitation Process Improvement:  Weight Loss and Exercise Strategies by Nancy  Alpaugh, RN, BC, and Loretta Voorhees, RN, BC presented at the TriStates Symposium of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation on April 1 in Princeton

Side by Side:  A Case Series Comparing cost and Effectiveness of Leptospermum Honey and Collagenase by Connie Johnson, presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, September 12-14h, 2012

2012 Professional Summit Poster Sessions, October 24-25, Atlantic City, NJ:

Improvement of ED Throughput Time by Change in Layout and Implementing a Rapid Medical Evaluaion (RME) Model by Kim Macavoy-Sorochen, RN, BA and Amy Lazzari, RN, BSN

Thirst for Knowledge Thursdays by Wendy Luca, MSN, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Instructor and Lopa Patel, RN, ONC, Clinical Nurse Instructor

Together We are One by Wendy Luca, MSN, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Instructor and Lopa Patel, RN, ONC, Clinical Nurse Instructor


This year's event will provide several interesting research presentations, as well as updates and experiences of UMCPP nurses actively conducting research.  Research and evidence-based practice activities will be highlighted as they related to various steps of the IOWA Model.


October 12, 2011

Our 7th Annual Nursing Research Day on October 12 was a success! Thank you to all who helped in the planning, participated, and attended! Our focus for this research day was "Catching the Research Wave!"  We explored ways in which the bedside RN can find topics for nursing research in the work environment as well as the world at large.  We also discussed the steps involved in the research process via the speaker's presentations.

Our keynote speaker was Dr. H. Michael Dreher, who is an Associate Professor at Drexel University.  His presentation was titled, "From the ICU to the Ivory Tower: Educating Nurse ‘Clinicians' to be Influencers and Knowledge Builders in Today's Healthcare Environment." He spoke about the importance of the bedside clinician RN becoming involved in changing the face of healthcare through research. Dr. Dreher encouraged the attendees to become involved, make change happen, not just complain about the "status quo."  Dr. Dreher referenced the recent Institute of Medicine's pivotal report that encourages nurses to work to the full scope of their practice and become key players in preventative health maintenance and disease prevention.

Dr. Dreher was followed by Sharon Banks, a doctoral student from Chatham University and a women's health nurse practitioner from the Philadelphia Department of Health.  Ms. Banks is developing a study on the "Efficacy of a Randomized Controlled Sexually Transmitted Infection Educational Program for African American Female Adolescents."

Our nurse research council consultant, Ro Kunaszak, DrNP, CNM spoke about data collection in her Research on "Intimacy, Libido, Depressive Symptoms and Marital Satisfaction Among Postpartum Couples."

Speakers from UMCP included: Carolynn Bitzer, MSN, APN, BC, FNP, CS; Wendy Luca, RN, MSN, OCN; Terrie Voightsberger, RN; and Inez Brandon, RN, MSN, OCN, CHPN.  Ms. Bitzer covered poster and publication submission 101 by giving us guidelines for dissemination of research findings.  Ms. Luca spoke about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at UMCP and the role it plays in being the "Lifeguard of Patient Safety".  Ms. Voightsberger presented the Eating Disorder Unit's ongoing research project and their experience with the IRB.  Ms. Brandon discussed identifying ideas in and around our workplace and encouraged nurses to meet our Librarian, Louise Yorke, who is a wealth of knowledge for the fledgling nurse researcher.

Our Nursing Research Council will be taking the research process to the next level over the next year to provide nurses with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate the exciting world of Nursing Research.

Respectfully submitted by Inez Brandon, RN, MSN, OCN, CHPN


Catching the Wave of Research:  Our Voyage to Achieve IRB Approval
Melinda Parisi, PhD; Elizabeth Frenkel, PhD; Lydia Pitonyak, BSN; Theresa Voigtsberger, RN

From the ICU to the Ivory Tower:  Educating Nurse Clinicians to be Influencers and Knowledge Builders in Today's Healthcare Environment
H. Michael Dreher, PhD, RN

Fishing for Ideas:  Identifying Sources of Research Inquiry
Inez Brandon, MSN, OCN, CHPN 

Institutional Review Board:  The Life Guard of Patient Safety
Wendy Luca, MSN, RN, OCN

Intimacy, Libido, Dperessive Symptoms and Marital Satisfaction Among Postpartum Couples
Rose Marie Eckert Kunaszuk, DrNP, CNM

Nursing Research Mini-Series

July 27th  -  August 17th  -  September 14th

Time: 7 - 9:30 pm

UMCP Ground Floor Conference Room B

Purpose:  The Nursing Research Council presents a crash course in Nursing Research:  Why we need it, how it happens and what it means to your practice


  • 7/27:  Identify a clinical problem, discuss the research question, describe a literature review and critical evaluation of research literature
  • 8/17:  Review research design and methods, explain protection of human subjects
  • 9/14:  Review sampling and measurement strategies, discuss evidence-based practice

Speaker:  Dr. Rose Marie Kunaszuk, CNM, DrNP, PHCS Research Consultant

Contact Hours:  2.5 CNEs for each session attended, possible total of 7.5 CNEs

Target Audience:  RNs, LPNs, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in learning about nursing research for the first time, or as a refresher

Registration:  Call 609-497-4208.  Participants are encouraged, but not required to attend the entire mini-series.  Course fee for Non-PHCS attendees is $10.00, payable at the door.

Questions:  Contact Inez Brandon. Research Council Chairperson

Princeton HealthCare System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA. P#115-1/08-11. There is no commercial support for this activity. Speaker has declared the he/she has nothing to disclose. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Princeton HealthCare System, NJSNA or ANCC of any commercial products or services.


All Things Research Presents "The Iowa Model Fair" was a big hit on April 6th!  The Nursing Research Council planned a day of festivities and fun to educate all staff about the Nursing Research Model, The Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice.  The participants were given a map of the Iowa Model and were able to follow the path to each step in the research process, starting with triggers, or problems that need addressing all the way through to the dissemination of data at the end. They were also treated to fresh popcorn from the popcorn machine, candies and homemade baked goods just as they would be at any state fair!  In addition, the Nursing Research Council members created games related to nursing research and presented posters of all the Nursing Research projects that are being worked on or presented.  Our guest speaker was Ro Kunaszuk, DrNP, who is the Nursing Research Council's Nurse Research Consultant.  Dr. Ro gave a presentation on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and helped us to see that the IRB is not scary after all!  At the end of the day, raffle tickets were drawn for four online nursing certification review courses and a pair of movie tickets.  The winners of the review course were:  Wendy Luca, Karyn Book, Casey Templin and Rita Biney.  The winner of the pair of movie tickets was Lina Patel from the Laboratory.



New Nursing Research Council Consultant

The Nursing Research Council is excited to welcome Rose Marie "Ro" Kunaszuk to the council as Research Consultant.  Dr. Ro comes to the council with a DrNP degree from Drexel University, a certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the School of Public Health at Drexel and an MSN degree in Midwifery from Case Western Reserve.  She currently practices as a midwife and teaches nursing research and advanced health assessment.

Dr. Ro will be attending research council meetings and has already participated in the council's "All Things Research Day."  As consultant to the council, Dr. Ro will assist and guide nurses in their research endeavors and provide education on the topic of research.

The Nursing Research Council is thrilled to have Dr. Ro as a member and looks forward to a stimulating and productive 2011.

Research Posters & Presentations

Best Practice for Pain Management in Knee Replacement.  J-6 Research Council:  Sue Jafar, RN, BSN, ONC; Susan Greenan, RN, MSN, ONC; Carolina Biala, BSN, RN; Ann Lippin, RN, OCN; Carla Motoroso, RN

Car Seat Challenge: Special Care Nursery. Judith Miller, RN, Special Care Nursery 

Care of the Patient with Peripheral Nerve Infusion. Donna Post, BSN, RN-BC 

Current Practice Opioids. Susan Jafar, RN 

The Dimensions of Dyspnea. Margaret Joyce, PhD, RN, AOCN 

Does EBR Support UMCP Current Pain Management Modalities in the Acute Post-op Period of Knee Replacement?

Evidence-based Practice Approach to Auto Transfusion in the Surgical Patient. Barbara Reese, RN, BSN

The Evidence in Evidence-based Design: How the Phase 1 Mock-Up Informed Design Decisions. Susan G. Lorenz, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC; Ismini Naos; Barry Rabner; Phillip Toussaint, ANA; Dr. Nicholas Watkins 

The Evidence in Evidence-Based Design: Phase 1 Preliminary Research-based Findings. Susan G. Lorenz, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC; Ismini Naos; Barry Rabner; Phillip Toussaint, ANA; Dr. Nicholas Watkins 

Febrile Neutropenia: Spread the Word. Inez Brandon, BSN, RN, OCN; Wendy Luca, MSN, RN, OCN; Lee Wesler, BSN, RN, OCN; Jordan LeBlanc, BS, RN, OCN; Monica Lyle, BS, RN, OCN; Jennifer Newmann, BS, RN, OCN; Carolynn Bitzer, MSN, RN, APN, BC, FNP 

The Model Patient Room Project Phase 2-Simulations of Critical Situations.  Susan Lorenz DrNP, NEA-BC; Inez Brandon, RN, BSN, OCN; Carolynn Bitzer, MSN, APRN, BC, PNP; Jayanti Ingle, PT, MPH; and Donna Covin, RN, MSN, CNL

Nursing Research Council.  Jen Johansen, RN; Audrey Amir, BSN, RN, PCCN 

Precepting Our Preceptors: Ongoing Education and Development of Clinical Experience. Carolynn Bitzer, MSN, RN, APN, BC, FNP; Sandra Mariani, MSN, RN

Predicting Recovery: Factors that Predict the Long-Term Outcome of Inpatient Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.  Terrie Voigtsberger, RN; Dr. Melinda Parisi; Dr. Elizabeth Frenkel; Lydia Pitonyak, RN, BSN, CPN; Bethany Heleniak; Melissa Sherman, RN; Baijit Dodd, RN; Jennifer Womdosj, RD; Darlene Schroeder; Lauraine Santoro 

Promoting Restorative Sleep for the Geriatric Population on a Telemetry Unit. Christine Andreyko, RN, BSN, PCCN, GRN

Quiet Zone: A Medication Administration Safety Initiative. Presentation. Audrey Amir, BSN, RN, PCCN

Quiet Zone: A Medication Administration Safety Initiative.  Poster. Audrey Amir, BSN, RN, PCCN

Recommendations for the Post-Operative Care of Skin Graft Donor Sites. Barbara Reese, RN, BSN, ONC

Redecoration of the J-6 Staff Lounge. Barbara Reese, RN, BSN, ONC 

Test of Change: Bedside Report TCAB Conference. Lopa Patel, RN 

Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCB). Barbara Chamberlain, PhD, APRN, MBA, CCRN 

VAP Bundle Compliance: Using Evidence-based Practice to Improve Patient Care in ICU. Donna Covin, MSNL, RN, CNL 

What Is the Gold Standard for an IV in an Eating Disorders Patient?  Terrie Voigtsberger and EDU Nurses 

Nursing Research Council Accomplishments 2009-2010

Research Council Resolutions


Traveling Research Council PowerPoint/Poster

The Research Committee has adopted the Iowa Model of Evidenced-based Practice.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Research Council (NRC) is to educate and mentor nurses and nursing students in their understanding of clinical research and evidence-based practice.  The NRC assists to facilitate the integration of research in the clinical setting, translate evidence-based practice into clinical practice and facilitate conducting nursing research.

Our Mission

The Nursing Research Council (NRC) supports clinical research efforts and utilization to establish a scientific base for the care of individuals across the lifespan—from management of patients during illness and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

2009 Research Council/Magnet Designees

This council is open to all who are interested in research.


2011 Meetings Calendar

The Nursing Research Council meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lambert House, Rooms 1 & 2.  It is open to all nurses and nursing students from Princeton HealthCare System.


About the NRC

The NRC will provide a forum to assist nurses in their understanding of evidence-based practice and clinical practice guidelines through the following:

  • Promote the conduct of nursing research
  • Facilitate networking among nurse researchers
  • Provide mechanisms for dissemination of information regarding research methods and findings
  • Foster the utilization of research findings
  • Encourage socialization and prepare students and new investigators for the role of nurse researcher
  • Promote the development of resources available to nursing researchers
  • Promote the image of nursing as a scientific discipline

Goals for 2011

The goal of the Nursing Research Council is the dissemination of information, to advance knowledge related to the research process, to support a culture of research, and finally, to affect care at the bedside.  The dissemination of knowledge will educate nurses regarding the research process, promote ongoing endeavors, communicate findings, and ultimately transform care at the bedside to improve patient outcomes.

  • Dissemination of knowledge related to research
  • Support a culture of research on ongoing endeavors
  • Dissemination of research findings
  • Transforming Care at the Bedside



Current Research at Princeton HealthCare System

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Princeton HealthCare System has listed more than 65 studies investigated by 29 physicians and staff. The study topics include: Oncology, Psychology, Orthopedics, GI, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Pain and Infection. For more information, refer to the IRB folder on the hospital "M" drive or, if you are interested in becoming part of a study, ask your physician.