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CCNR Branches

Co-operative Research, Real-time Data, and Research Support

The CCNR multi-branch structure gives nurses a place to convene and develop their own agendas; it gives nurses a voice in deciding what research questions will be investigated; it offers full material and logistical support in carrying out nursing-research projects; it delivers to nurses the data they need—when they need it—to improve nursing-care quality.
CCNR Information 

CCNR Nurse Scientist Research Platform

CCNR_1. First, the CCNR hosts a Nurse Scientist Research Platform, a physical and virtual forum where nurse scientists can set a nursing-focused research agenda and produce collaborative work for funding and publication.


CU Patient Initiated Data (CUPID)

CCNR_2. Second, the CCNR will set up not a mere data warehouse, but instead, a patient initiated data center (CUPID): new, significant nursing-quality metrics will be established; data pertinent to those metrics will be extracted from electronic health records; data will be processed by CCNR statisticians; trending data will be provided to healthcare facilities on a streaming basis, allowing for real-time response.



A. CCNR CUPID—Schematic













B. CCNR CUPID—Sample Trend Report

CCNR Research Support Services Platform

CCNR_3. Research support services include, but are not limited to, (a) statistical support, (b) data management, (c) literature searches and reviews, (d) EndNote and RedCAP-survey ( support, (e) instrument location and development, (f) conceptual design, (g) program evaluation, (h) writing/editing, and (i) mock reviews.


Statistical Consultation
·         Utilize advanced statistical methods, such as
o    Regression, ANOVA, & other Linear Models
o    Multivariate Analysis (factor analysis, PCA, cluster analysis)
o    Categorical data analysis
o    Longitudinal & multi-level data
o    Structural Equation Modeling
o    Stochastic processes
·         Organize research and sample design
·         Analyze program information to answer questions about process/outcomes, efficiency, and effectiveness
·         Design questionnaires
·         Conduct surveys from sampling to data management
·         Perform power analyses
·         Interpret results and provide written reports
·         Write statistical methods and results
·         Identify appropriate journals for publication
·         Proofread and edit articles
·         Help craft responses to reviewer comments
Data Management
·         Develop strategies to enhance data value
·         Store data sets of any size
·         Create data bases
·         Clean data to ensure integrity & quality
Literature Searches
·         Perform literature searches
·         Identify resources to support EBP, clinical decision-making, research, or education
Grant Development
·         Identify appropriate funding agencies
·         Generate specific aims and background narratives that pop
·         Develop grant framework and grant storyline from significance to approach
·         Manage citations, formatting, and EndNote-library assembly





CCNR Research Support Faculty​

CCNR membership also makes CCNR research support faculty available to external stakeholders. The faculty members offer consultative, statistical, and methodological expertise (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement).  
Consultative Support
Karen Sousa, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
·          Expertise in developing/testing conceptual models
·          Expertise in developing/applying advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling [SEM])
·          Expertise in research infrastructure, grant development, EBP projects, mentoring
Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
·          10+ years of continuous external research funding
·          Principal investigator of interdisciplinary teams for large, multi-site, patient-safety studies
·          Research focusing on impact of system, staff characteristics, and care practices in patient-safety outcomes
John Welton, PhD, RN, Professor
·          Expertise in health systems and developing robust quality/cost metrics
·          Expertise with Big Data
·          Research focusing on nursing costs, real-time information, and value-based care
Statistical Support
Oliwier Dziadkowiec, PhD, Director of Center for Nursing Research
Statistical collaboration, public health/nursing research projects, with expertise in
·          Inferential and non-parametric statistics (e.g., ANOVA, regression, mixed models, t-test, chi-square)
·          Systems science (e.g., social network analysis, system dynamics modeling)
·          Program evaluation (process and outcome) and quality improvement
Sarah Schmiege, PhD, Statistician, Assistant Research Professor
Statistical collaboration, health-promotion research, with expertise in
·          Structural equation modeling (SEM), including exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis
·          Evaluating data from randomized controlled trials, including data complexities (e.g., missing data, fidelity/adherence problems, longitudinal data collection/analysis)
·          Hierarchical modeling of clustered data, longitudinal growth curve modeling, latent variable mixture modeling
Methodological Support
Paul Cook, PhD
·          Expertise in randomized controlled trials, multi-level modeling, program evaluation, and quality improvement
·          Research focusing his clinical psychology/psychotherapy background on problems in health-behavior change (e.g., medication adherence, self-management of chronic disease, HIV prevention, pediatric obesity prevention)
Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN
·          Expertise in missing-data methods, secondary data analysis, Stata
·          Research focusing on health care for at-risk populations (e.g., homeless urban youth)
Jacqueline Jones, PhD, BN, RN, FAAN, FRCNA
·          Expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research
·          Research focusing on systems of surveillance and outcomes for older adults, team and systems science
Ellyn Matthews, PhD, RN, AOCN, CRNI
·          Expertise in quantitative/qualitative research design and methods
·          Research focusing on understanding symptom physiology and improving symptom management in cancer patients, sleep-wake disturbance assessment and management in chronic illness, adherence to behavioral therapies and lifestyle interventions
Paula Meek, PhD, RN
·          Expertise in advanced statistics, qualitative research design and methods, psychometrics, outcomes research, clinical/translational research
·          Research focusing on symptom physiology, appraisal, and management in chronic illness
Joan Nelson, DNP, RN
·          Expertise in quality improvement and evidence-based practice
·          Research focusing on geriatrics/population management
Joyce Verran, PhD, RN, FAAN
·          25+ years of funded research in the areas of (a) nursing care-delivery systems (including acute-care work environments), (b) complexity of care in ambulatory settings, and (c) nursing-practice models in rural communities
·          Current research focusing on effects of contextual factors on patient health-status outcomes across the care continuum