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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 Co-operative Research Platform

CCNR1. First, the CCNR will provide a Co-Operative Research Platform, a physical and virtual forum where CU College of Nursing faculty can match research interests with healthcare facilities and produce collaborative work for funding and publication.


CU Patient Initiated Data (CUPID)

CCNR2. 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

CCNR3. 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