Nursing Research Utilization Priorities
We are currently encouraging nurse-lead research and research utilization projects which are clinically relevant to improve patient outcomes.

Future prioritization will be given to research projects which are in line with Hartford Hospital’s top nursing research priorities. This list was developed by the Practice and Research Nursing Council:

  • Methods to increase teenager’s compliance with the medical regime
  • Using CPOE to measure nursing outcomes
    Effect of surgical pre-admission teaching on LOS
  • Comparison of manual versus mechanical VS assessment, is there a difference in BP or HR?
  • Validity/reliability of tympanic temperatures
  • Medication compliance and readmission rates of psychiatric patients
  • Validation of patient’s suicidal ideation in homeless patients
  • Utility of Buck’s traction and rate of CPM use on orthopedic outcome
  • Comparison of straight cath versus indwelling foley for patients with epidural anesthesia on rates of urinary tract infection
  • Support system development for extreme neonatal pre-maturity on parental coping
  • Rate and methods of prevention for post-ostomy procedure urinary retention in older adults
  • Best practices to avoid post-op nausea
  • Effect of nursing input on hospital equipment purchases
  • Effect of equipment culturing on decreasing nosocomial infection rates
  • Reasons patients identify for choosing hospitals
  • Factors related to staff morale
  • Distribution procedures to increase participation in staff surveys
  • Rate of errors compared with staff/patient ratio and staff morale
  • Staff supportiveness and relation to employee satisfaction
  • Measures of patient satisfaction using unit specific questions versus Press Ganey results
  • Methods to improve patient’s quality of life post-procedure
  • Nurse Manager/Supervisors support of clinical work on ability to improve patient coordination, transfers, length of stay, staff and patient satisfaction
  • Identify gaps in administrative structure to assist in better patient care as evidenced by improved patient coordination, transfers, length of stay, staff and patient satisfaction
  • Evaluate patient acuity related to patient/nurse ratios on the floors and ICU on number of times patients require “rescue” care (previously stable patient deteriorates requiring transfer to SD or ICU)
  • What factors affect rate of “rescue” care, staffing plan?
  • Use of a patient acuity system on staffing patterns