Bedside Nursing Research Project

An important nursing workforce concern is the shortage of nurses continuing to work at the beside. To address this concern,  the Nursing Workforce Summit Retention/Recruitment Action Team is conducting a qualitative research project to ascertain the key factors contributing to bedside nurse longevity. They will be interviewing nurse managers and staff members who have longevity at the bedside and on their particular units. The research will be published and disseminated in presentations and publications.

The Researchers

Mary E. Hancock, PhD, RNC-OB

Dr. Mary Hancock, Associate Professor of Nursing, Shepherd University School of Nursing is the lead investigator for this project as she has experience in qualitative research and a keen interest in nursing workforce concerns. She is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the peer-reviewed journal, The Qualitative Report, reviewing qualitative research from researchers across the globe.  She has also published and presented her qualitative research methodology. Dr. Hancock also serves on the RN Residency Program Advisory Board for Winchester Medical Center's RN Residency Program in Winchester, VA focusing on assisting new graduate nurses in transitioning to professional practice to keep the new graduate at the patient's bedside.

Dr. Trisha Petitte, Assistant Professor of Nursing, West Virginia University School of Nursing is a co-investigator on the project. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner  providing care to residents at Sundale Nursing Home as part of her faculty practice. Dr. Petitte teaches courses in the BSN and MSN programs.  She developed and delivered diabetes, cardiovascular and asthma education modules on standards of care guidelines for health professions students, health care providers and clinic staff.  Her research projects are designed to impact health care delivery systems and health professions education. Her current interests are in geriatrics, palliative care, heart failure, lung disease and chronic illnesses

Trisha M. Petitte, PhD, FNP-BC

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