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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
Anschutz Medical Campus

About the CRNS

Summary of Activities

The mission of the CRNS is to share scientific skills that promote research at the College of Nursing as well as provide our technical skills and expertise to CCNR, with research methods and statistics foci. Services offered by the CRNS include consultation, teaching support for methodology courses, educational programs for students, faculty, and nursing researchers in the community, and maintenance of the college’s research reference library, equipment, and computer lab. Read more about the CRNS's activities below.

​The CRNS Director (1 FTE) as well as the CRNS RAs (total of 1 FTE) provided a total of 444 consultations—amounting to 796 hours of consultation time—to the College of Nursing faculty and students between May 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Consultations included analysis plan creation, grant submission assistance, statistical analysis, data management, data transcription, review of DNP and PhD methods and analysis, power analysis, database design, online survey construction and administration, one–on-one SPSS tutorials, WIN poster submission assistance, and student classroom-project assistance.  

CRNS consultation activities fall into 3 primary categories:

DNP Capstone assistance

  • 138 individual consultations (+11 from previous year)
  • 178 total consulation hours (+52 from previous year)

PhD Dissertation assistance

  • 36 individual consultations (-4 from previous year)
  • 64 total consulation hours (-1 from previous year)

Faculty project assistance

  • 234 individual consultations (+104 from previous year) 
  • 472 total consulation hours (+173 prom previous year)

Published Peer-reviewed Manuscripts

Dziadkowiec, O., Wituk, S., & Franklin, D. (2015). A social network analysis of South Central Kansas Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development. Journal of Place Management and Development8(1), 6-22.

Dziadkowiec, O., Cook, P., & Fink, R. M. (2014). Research instrument and survey development: Reliability, validity, and measurement issues. In R. M. Fink, K. S. Oman, & M. B. F. Makic (Eds.), Research & Evidence-based Practice Manual, 3rd Edition. Aurora, CO: University of Colorado Hospital.

Lee, K. A., Dziadkowiec, O., & Meek, P. (2014). A systems science approach to fatigue management in research and health care. Nursing Outlook62(5), 313-321.

Poster and Podium Presentations

Dziadkowiec O., Callahan, T., & Ozkaynak, M. (2015). Using Markov Models to examine asthma patient flow in an ED, The Western Institute of Nursing's 48th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Apr 22-25 (Poster).

Ozkaynak, M., Dziadkowiec, O., Deakyne, S., & Tham, E. (2014). Differences in occurrence and recorded times of care delivery events as documented in electronic health records. AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, Nov 15-19, Washington, DC (Poster).

Ozkaynak M., Ayer T., Sills, M., Vlachy, J., & Dziadkowiec, O. (2015). Combining visualization and Markov Models to characterize workflow in emergency departments, IIE 2015 Annual Conference & Expo, Nashville, TN, May 30–Jun 2 (Podium).

Ozkaynak, M., Willer, J., Dziadkowiec, O., Callahan, T., & Zane R. (2015) Transforming triage: Findings from redesigning workflow in an ED. IIE 2015 Annual Conference & Expo, Nashville, TN, May 30–Jun 2 (Podium). 

Rothman, K., Neu, M., Callahan, T., & Dziadkowiec. O. (2015). Early ambulation in the pediatric postoperative appendectomy patient. The Western Institute of Nursing's 48th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Apr 22-25 (Podium).


Dziadkowiec, O., Cook, P., & Fink, R. M. (2015). Research instrument and survey development: Reliability, validity, and measurement issues. Research & Evidence-Based Practice Manual, 131.

Invention/Discovery (pending)

Reeder, B., Dziadkowiec, O., & Callahan T. An overhead sensing approach to identify unique individuals and measure gait speed.


CRNS Director Dr. Oli Dziadkowiec has been serving as the primary analyst for all Colorado Collaborative for Nursing Research (CCNR) external stakeholders--in particular, University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has also been collaborating on the signature CCNR initiative, the CU Patient Initiated Data (CUPID) project. 

CCNR-related Assistance Highlights

  • 101 individual consultations (+57 from previous year)
  • 177 total consultation hours (+48 from previous year)

The CRNS was far more active in FY14-15 than it was in FY13-14. Highlights once again include the high number of DNP and PhD students supported in QI and dissertation projects. Additionally, the CRNS Director and CRNS RAs have developed more long-lasting partnerships with faculty members through repeat consultations and manuscript/presentation co-authorship. CRNS hs also become more involved in Colorado Collaborative for Nursing Research (CCNR) projects, where the CRNS Director is assisting with statistical analyses, database transfers, and the set-up of a federated data system.

Accomplishment #1: ColoradoSPH Connect

In order more efficiently to recruit research assistants from the CU School of Public Health, CRNS has established an employer profile on the ColoradoSPH Connect website. ColoradoSPH Connect is "the centralized hub for all job, practicum, internship, and volunteer postings." 

Accomplishment #2: New DNP Project Guidelines

To improve the quality of DNP consultations, CRNS has created a set of guidelines for using statistical tests, power analyses, and Microsoft Excel (to create control charts for analysis). In collaboration with Drs. Cook and Nelson, Dr. Dziadkowiec has helped create a new set of instructions for DNP-related analysis, which includes the use of an expanded number of Run/Control chart methods.

Accomplishment #3: Missing and "Dirty" EHR Data Research

The past year's work with data from electronic health records (EHR) has helped the CRNS Director start a research area dedicated to dealing with missing and dirty data extracted from EHR. Aong with CU School of Medicine and University of Iowa colleagues, Dr. Dziadkowiec has pursued PCORI funding, aiming to develop new statistical software and a framework for dealing with challenging datasets.