By Laura Lesley
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing PhD students Collen V. Anusiewicz, BSN, RN, and Aoyjai Prapanjaroensin, BSN, RN, have been named 2018 scholarship recipients of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) of AcademyHealth.
AcademyHealth is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the fields of health services research and health policy. The scholarships support the students’ attendance at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, the IRGNI interest group meeting and a one-year AcademyHealth membership.
A limited number of scholarships are offered by the IRGNI interest group at AcademyHealth to support doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to attend the meetings, held June 24-26, 2018 in Seattle.
Prapanjaroensin presented her poster, “Chronotype makes a difference among night-shift working nurses in feeling unsafe traveling from work,” at the annual research meeting. The study aims to provide information on what factors influence worker health and safety, which supports her dissertation topic, “The relationship between nurse burnout and self-reported medication administration errors in Alabama hospitals.”
“Since hospital-based staff nurses take care of the most vulnerable patients in the health care system, their psychological well-being should be of great concern to hospital and nursing executives, patients, policy-makers and the public,” Prapanjaroensin said. “Findings may provide baseline data for actionable interventions to improve effectiveness of nursing care delivery at worksites, and ultimately health care.”
“The prestigious IRGNI and ARM scholarship I have received supports my efforts to disseminate my work to researchers, nurses, physicians and other healthcare professions who attend the conference,” she said. “Also, this scholarship encourages me to establish relationships with leaders who envision a future where the nursing workforce is made healthier and patient safety is improved.”
“My research interests align well with the IRGNI’s mission of promoting and supporting the development of health services research focusing on nursing practice, workforce and delivery of care,” said Anusiewicz.
Her dissertation focus seeks to determine relationships among the nurse practice environment and workplace bullying and study their impacts on nursing and patient outcomes. Anusiewicz says her professional goal is to become a leading research scientist in the field of health services and outcomes research, with a program of research focusing on the health, well being and success of nurses.
“I am grateful for the ability to meet and network with established researchers in my area of interest,” she said. “Joining others at the IRGNI of AcademyHealth provided a chance for me to move closer to achieving my ultimate goal of improving patient and organizational outcomes while increasing job satisfaction and autonomy among nurses.”