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ANA Enterprise Research Symposium


October 11, 2023, in Chicago, Il

The American Nurses Association Enterprise (ANAE) Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management invites staff nurses, RNs/APRNs, clinical nurse scientists and other researchers, research fellows/residents and mentors, faculty, administrators, educators, and students to attend the ANAE 2023 Research Symposium, Engaging Minds and Empowering Nursing Research, held as a pre-conference to the ANCC National Magnet Conference® and Pathway to Excellence Conference® in Chicago, IL on October 11, 2023.

The theme of this year’s symposium is bolstering nursing and interprofessional research capacity and addressing the many challenges faced in establishing and maintaining practice-based nursing research.

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  • Multi-site research playbook: A practical guide to support multi-site research studies for greater impact

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Rigorous, high-quality nursing research creates an evidence base that advances nursing practice, shapes health policy, and contributes to improving nurse, patient, and system outcomes. Yet, too often, nurse researchers conduct studies that are narrow in scope, underpowered, or lack elements such as a comparison group, thereby limiting generalizability of results and application in practice. Multi-site studies offer the opportunity to increase the rigor of research and the generalizability of findings.

Multi-site studies leverage the power of Magnet® and other research-engaged nursing organizations to conduct research across multiple units and settings. Options for research designs are expanded with larger and more diverse samples. These studies require more planning and coordination, yet also provide opportunities to increase staff engagement in the research process, grow research capacity within and among organizations, and address research questions that cannot be effectively evaluated through a single-site study.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in collaboration with the ANCC Research Council, has facilitated multi-site research studies since 2010 as a strategy to increase research capacity within organizations and to help organizations credentialed through the Magnet Recognition Program® meet criterion requirements. Lessons learned from these multi-site studies have been collated into this practical research playbook, creating a road map for nurse researchers at all levels and across all types of settings.

The target audiences for this playbook are hospital and health system researchers from organizations where nurses practice, nurse administrators who lead research-engaged health care organizations, and nurse researchers from academia who partner with these entities to conduct practice-relevant nursing research. The playbook is not intended to be a comprehensive textbook for multi-site studies, but rather a practical guidebook. The hope is that readers are inspired by the contents to consider opportunities to develop multi-site studies when appropriate to their research questions.


Sigma/ANCC Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant

2023 AWARDEE: Annette Brant Isozaki, MSN, RN


TITLE: On the BRINK: PhotoBiomodulation (PBM) for Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell TRansplant (HSCT) – Implementing the Evidence & Discovering New Knowledge

BIO: Annette Isozaki is a registered nurse and charge nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant, Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy, and Investigational Therapy unit at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. She has several publications covering topics such as mucositis management, pain management, and spiritual care of patients with cancer. Annette recently graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She hopes to continue her career at the City of Hope National Medical Center as a Nurse Practitioner, caring for the holistic needs of patients and families impacted by cancer.

ABSTRACT: Background of the Clinical Issue: Oral mucositis (OM) is a debilitating and potentially fatal condition in roughly 80% of patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). OM can lead to infection, pain, need for nutritional support, decreased quality-of-life, and prolonged hospitalization. Research shows palifermin and photobiomodulation (PBM) as Level I interventions effective in reducing OM severity in this population; lack of data exists on the efficacy of treating OM and its impact on pain, taste, and xerostomia. A national shortage of palifermin has OM nationwide.

Study Purposes: The purpose of this study is to implement PBM into practice and compare patient outcomes to historical controls with no PBM. Secondary objectives aim to reduce pain, xerostomia, and taste changes and examine costs of using PBM.

Methods to Include the Intervention and Implementation: This project will implement PBM into the clinical setting using the Iowa Model. Individuals over age 18 undergoing HCT at City of Hope will be enrolled. Patients will be administered PBM starting on day -1 and will continue to receive daily PBM until Day +21 or discharge. If the patient develops OM, an additional dose of PBM will be administered to treat OM. Nurses will assess the oral cavity each shift and document findings in the electronic health record. Data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics and independent sample t-tests will be used to measure changes between the PBM group and those not treated with PBM.

Expected Evidence Contribution and Significance: This study has potential to serve as a model program nation-wide to implement PBM organizationally, while contributing to new knowledge about the treatment of OM and the impact of PBM on pain, taste, xerostomia, and costs compared to not using PBM. This study also allows implementation science and research capacity building among nurses, a primary goal of Sigma.

Learn more about the Sigma/ANCC EBP Implementation Grant


The Sigma/American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant encourages nurses in clinical settings to apply evidence to practice and evaluate the effects on patient outcomes.

Grant Details

Grants available: 1 annually
Funding: US $20,000
Deadline: 1 July 2023
Award notification: Late August 2023
Funding date: 1 November 2023


Download ANCC Research Priorities

ANAE Research Advisory Council’s Mission and strategic priorities align with the ANA Enterprise Mission, Vision and values.

Research Council Mission: Shape the future of nursing and health care by building capacity for a culture of inquiry that advances interprofessional,practice-based research.

Strategic priorities include:

  • Health care access.
  • Safety and quality of care.
  • Health and well-being of nurses.
  • Diversity, equity,and inclusion.
  • Professional identitydevelopment.
  • Environmental sustainability.


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