Medication Adherence Pocket Guide-Funding Opportunity
Grant applications are due July 1, 2013.
ITNS is pleased to announce the availability of our new Instant Reference Series Medication Adherence Pocket Guide. This guide provides a concise, evidence-based, at-a-glance summary of interventions used by clinicians to help patients overcome specific barriers to taking their medications as prescribed.
In conjunction with the introduction of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide, ITNS is offering funding opportunities for six $3,000 quality improvement projects to ITNS members. These monies must be used in support of a quality improvement project that includes the following:
• Development and implementation of a program to educate transplant nurses on use of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide
• Development and implementation of a quality improvement project to assess use of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide by transplant nurses
• Comparison of transplant patient outcomes prior to and after the implementation of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide by transplant nurses
ITNS will provide copies of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide for transplant centers that are awarded funds (copies are available in English only).
The $ 3,000 award may be used for the following:
• $2,000 for the Quality Improvement project itself (e.g., staff education, data collection, etc.)
• $1,000 to present findings at the 2014 ITNS Symposium (e.g. flight, hotel, registration)
Grant applications are due July 1, 2013. Please submit your application to the ITNS Research Director, Sandra Cupples, PhD., RN at:
Applications will be reviewed in August 2013 and funds will be awarded in September 2013.
Grant applications are limited to two typed pages (single-sided) and must include:
• A description of the goals of the project
• A description of the staff education program
• A description of the quality improvement project
• An evaluation plan for determining whether the education and quality improvement goals were met
• A budget (funds may not be used for computers or salaries (except for a data collection/entry assistant and/or statistician)
• A timeline for completion of the project and presentation at the 2014 ITNS symposium
IRB Approval: Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval typically is not required for quality improvement projects. However, please check with your IRB if you have any questions/concerns about your institution's requirements. The following article provides additional guidance: Shirey MR et al. Showcasing differences between quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2011; 42(2):57-68 (see table on page 61).
Please see the Medication Adherence Quality Improvement (QI) Proposal Outline for additional requirements.
Transplant nurses make a difference! Improve outcomes for YOUR transplant patients by implementing the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide in your transplant program. Consider applying for one of ITNS' six grants -- especially if your institution is preparing a Magnet status application or undergoing Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services certification/recertification. What better way to demonstrate your commitment to evidence-based practice and quality improvement!
Congratulations, Mark Lockwood, MSN RN CCRC
The ITNS Research Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 ITNS research grant is Mark Lockwood, MSN, RN, CCRC. The title of Mark's study is: "A Prospective Cohort Study to Assess Psychosocial Factors that Influence Completion of the Pre-Renal Transplant Evaluation at an Urban Transplant Center".
Mark is a Clinical Research Nurse in Solid Organ Transplant/Islet Cell Transplant at the University of Chicago Hospitals' Transplant Center. He is also a doctoral student at the Oregon Health Sciences University.
ITNS congratulates Mark Lockwood and is confident that the results of this study will be a significant contribution to the field of transplantation!