Heather Tubbs Cooley receives NIH grant for study on neonatal intensive care units

TDAI affiliate and associate professor of the College of Nursing Heather Tubbs Cooley recently became the PI (Principle Investigator) for a five year, 2.8 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The R01 will fund the study, “Enhancing Nursing Care Reliability in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, with a focus on examining nurses’ workload in relation to NICU patient safety. According to previous findings by Cooley and team, the workload faced by NICU nurses may cause them to miss essential care linked to neonatal safety outcomes. The grant received by Cooley will be used to run the study on a larger, more diverse sample of units, nurses and patients to assess strategies for workload monitoring in this patient population.The team will enroll up to 210 nurses in five NICUs to report on workload and care reliability for nearly 820 infants over 1,120 shifts.

The study eventually hopes to bring greater light and understanding to the functions of stress and overall workloads of nurses in neonatal care units. If they are successful, they will leverage the knowledge to improve the safety and care of NICU patients by advancing workload measurement, monitoring and intervention.

To read the full, original article from the College of Nursing, please click here.

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