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PI: Shana Judge, PhD, JD

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Abbreviated Project Title: Measuring the Impact of Changes in Health-Related Laws

Description:  This research project examines studies that measure the impact of changes in state laws relating to health. It addresses the erroneous measurement of those changes in prior studies and develops recommendations for the use of different techniques. Dr. Judge presented a poster on the results of this preliminary project at the 2014 Fall Research Conference of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. To view more information about her poster, click the link below:

PI:  Sally Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN


Abbreviated Project Title:  Policies and Politics of Bullying Prevention

Description:  The main purpose of this research is to analyze the network of organizations and individuals engaged in policies aimed at preventing bullying among school age children.  The network encompasses federal, state, and local education agency (LEA) government officials, advocacy and professional organizations representing children’s interests, parents and community groups. The research focuses on the interdisciplinary role of health and education, how the players in these respective areas interact with one another, and the role of nurses in preventing bullying among children.

PI:  Dorinda Welle, PhD


Abbreviated Project Title:  School Nurses and Policy in New Mexico

Description:  New Mexico ranks 50th in child health outcomes in the U.S.  This study aims to describe nursing perspectives on the diverse policy environments that shape child health.  Using life history and open-ended interviews, this study examines how school-based nurses in New Mexico engage in, understand, and impact multiple policy environments for school health. Findings from the study will be utilized to inform ongoing and new school nursing and child health advocacy efforts in the state.

PI:  Shana Judge, PhD, JD


Abbreviated Project Title:  Opportunities for Emergency Department Nurses to Help Human Trafficking Victims

Description:  This study will address the role of hospital emergency department (ED) nurses in combating human trafficking, particularly in states along the U.S. border with Mexico, with the goal of developing a set of recommendations for ED nurses to use in identifying and assisting trafficking victims.

PI:  Melinda Tinkle, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

Co-Is:  Deborah McFarlane, DrPH, MPA; Beth Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP-BC


Abbreviated Project Title:  Implementing IOM’s Recommendations for Women’s Preventive Health Services

Description:  This study will identify key variables likely to impact the implementation of the eight Institute of Medicine recommendations for women’s clinical preventive services within the state of New Mexico.  The study will also assess the feasibility of applying this approach to evaluating capacity for implementation in other states.

Co-PIs:  Carolyn Montoya, PhD, MSN, RN, CPNP and Elizabeth Yakes, PhD, RD

Co-I:  Victoria Sanchez, DrPH


Abbreviated Project Title:  Implementation of School Wellness Policies in rural New Mexico

Description:  This project will analyze success, gaps, and policy areas to serve as a foundation for community mobilization to reduce youth obesity in partnership with two school districts; strengthen the ability of Las Vegas City schools to collect, analyze and disseminate data on nutrition policy implementation; and bring together key community stakeholders who are working on issues related to food, nutrition, and health.

PI:  Sally Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Co-I:   Shana Judge, PhD, JD

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Abbreviated Project Title: Trends in the Supply and Practice Environment of Nurse Practitioners in New Mexico

Description:  This study examines the practice environment for nurse practitioners in New Mexico and assesses whether the future supply of NPs will be adequate to meet the health care needs of a varied population in a sparsely populated state with a relatively low average standard of living, yet one that offers a broad scope of practice authority for its NPs. A paper reporting the results of this study has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Nursing Economic$.

PI:  Sally Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Co-Is:  Janice Phillips, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN; Richard Kimball, PhD, MSN/MPH, BHCNS-BC, RN; Laura Brennaman, MSN, BSN


Abbreviated Project Title:  Integration of Health Policy in Nursing Doctoral Programs

Description:  The main purpose of this research is to analyze components of doctoral nursing curricula that pertain to health policy education, research, and experiential learning by analyzing the data collected through a survey of DNP and PhD programs offered by schools of nursing.  It will also identify areas of consensus, gaps, and need so that health policy research and other initiatives at RWJF and elsewhere can best target future programs.

PI:  Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, MSN, BSN


Abbreviated Project Title:  A Rural Tobacco Smoke Pollution Study

Description:  This dissertation examines whether the location of hospitality venues, considering rurality, presence of local ordinances, and socioeconomic status, influences the quantity of tobacco smoke pollution in a predominantly rural state. The resulting manuscript, “Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Impact of Local Ordinances on Rural and Non-Rural Hospitality Venues in North Dakota,” will appear in the August 2015 issue of Research in Nursing & Health.

PI:  Carolyn Montoya, PhD, MSN, RN, CPNP


Abbreviated Project Title:  Children’s Self-Perceptions of Weight in a Rural Hispanic Community

Description:  The purpose of this dissertation study was to determine whether there are differences in children’s self-perceptions of weight based on age, gender, actual body mass index (BMI) category, grade level, and ethnicity compared with their clinically measured BMI and to determine the association of gender, age, grade level, ethnicity, and actual BMI category with their perception of ideal BMI category.

PI:  Laura Brennaman, MSN, BSN


Abbreviated Project Title:  Boarding Patients Requiring Involuntary Mental Health Examinations

Description:  This dissertation research project is designed to determine the extent of psychiatric boarding occurrences in Florida for people meeting criteria for involuntary psychiatric examination.

PI:  Mark Siemon, RN, APHN-BC, MPH, CPH


Abbreviated Project Title:  Team Climate Perception in RNs Working with Community Health Workers

Description:  This dissertation study compares perceptions of team climate between Registered Nurses who work with state certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) and those RNs who work with CHWs who are not state certified.

PI:  Elisa Patterson, MSN, BSN


Abbreviated Project Title:  Cost-Effectiveness of Elective Repeat Cesarean Delivery and a Trial of Labor

Description:  The purpose of this dissertation research is to determine whether an elective repeat cesarean delivery is cost-effective when compared to a trial of labor at term (in a second pregnancy) from the perspective of the healthcare payer.  Decisional analysis is used to model the decision made by a woman in her second pregnancy, after her first pregnancy resulted in a cesarean birth, and to determine the cost-effectiveness of the decision.