Research Grant Opportunities

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation currently offers two research grants to nurses benefiting hospice and palliative care nursing.

HPNF has collaborated with Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) to offer a research grant in the amount of $10,000. The goal of this grant is to encourage qualified nurses’ contributions to the advancement of nursing care through research. Proposals for pilot and/or developmental research may be submitted for the grant. Application deadline each year is April 1.

HPNF offers the Certification Research Grant of up to $15,000 and awarded annually. Proposals are due on or before July 1 each year. The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to conduct research related to certification.

 

STTI/HPNF End-of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant

In 2004, Sigma Theta Tau International and HPNF partnered to offer an annual research grant. With the goal of encouraging qualified nurses’ contributions to the advancement of nursing care through research, one grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded annually. Proposals for pilot and/or developmental research may be submitted for the grant. The application deadline for the award is April 1 of the respective year.

To be eligible for the grant, the Principal Investigator must:

  • Be a registered nurse with a current license
  • Hold a masters or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program
  • Have submitted a completed research application
  • Have a project that is ready for implementation
  • Have a project that can be completed within one (1) year of funding
  • Have signed Research Agreement

For details about this colaborative grant, including eligibility criteria and application submission contact Tonna Thomas, Grants Coordinator, research@stti.iupui.edu or visit the STTI website.

Previous Grant Recipients

2016
Jessica Rearden, PhD

2015
Kavita Radhakrishman, PhD

2014
Maureen Metzger, PhD, RN

2013
Susan Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN (USA). “Factors that Influence Care Transitions of End-Stage Heart Failure Patients to Palliative Home Care.”

2012
Stephanie H. Gilbertson-White, PhD, RN. “A Biobehavioral Approach to Studying the Meaning of Symptoms in Patients with Advanced Cancer.”

2011
Carol L. Pavlish, PhD (USA). “Screening and Early Interventions for Ethical Conflicts at the End of Life: Strengthening Nurses’ Voices.”

2010
Charlotte Wool, MSN, RN, CPCE. “Perinatal Palliative Care: Assessment of Clinician Attitudes and Practice Barriers.”

2009
Ann Marie Dose, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC. “Transition from the Hospital to Home Hospice: The No-Care Zone.”

2008
Amy Calvin, PhD, RN. “Understanding of Advance Care Planning by Family Members of Persons Undergoing Hemodialysis.”

2007
Sanghee Kim, RN, MSN. “The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Nurses’ Ethical Decision Making Regarding End-of-Life (NEDM-EOL) Scale in Korea.”

2006
Debra Wiegand, PhD, MBE, RN, CCRN, FAAN. “Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Therapy After a Life-Threatening Exacerbation of a Chronic Illness: The Family Experience.”

2005
Mary Judy Campbell, MSN, BSN. “Influence of Health Literacy and Attitudes on Completion of Advance Directives Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults.”

2004
Sarah A. Wilson, PhD, RN. “Family Caregivers of Hospice Patients with Heart Failure.”

HPNF Certification Research Grant

The purpose of the HPNF Certification Research Grant is to help build a better understanding of the impact of palliative nursing certification on patient outcomes. Previous research has demonstrated that certified and non-certified nurses, nurse managers, value certification. More recent research has begun to examine the impact of certification on patient outcomes. Studies done in the acute care setting suggest that care environments with a higher proportion of certified nurses have better patient outcomes. Replicating this research in the hospice or palliative care environment would advance our understanding of the value of palliative nursing certification.

The HPNF Certification Research Grant is intended to provide investigators with resources to conduct exploratory, pilot or feasibility studies that will lead to larger scale projects linking certification with patient outcomes. Examples include collecting preliminary data about the distribution of certification qualifications among staff of different types of organizations or examining datasets from health care systems for patterns of staffing and outcomes.

One grant of up to $15,000 will be awarded annually. Proposals are due on or before July 1. The funding date is September 1 of the same year. Funds for this grant do not cover expenses incurred prior to the funding date.

The Certification Research Grant is competitive and the awardee is selected from the applicant pool by the Certification Research Grant Review Committee consisting of HPNF Board members and HPNA members with research expertise.

General Grant Information
  • The funding period is for 12 months from the receipt of the award.
  • Proposals may be resubmitted one time to HPNF.
  • Grant funds may not be used for investigator salary.
  • A final report of expenditures and final scientific report must be submitted to HPNF 90 days following the original or amended project funding period.
  • The application abstract and final report will be posted on the HPNF website.
  • Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed scientific or professional journals such as the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing is expected.
To be eligible for the grant, the Principal Investigator must:
  • Be actively involved in some aspect of hospice and palliative care practice, education, or research.
  • Hold a master’s or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • Have a project that is consistent with the purpose of the research grant, stated above, and is ready for implementation when funding is received.
  • Complete project within one (1) year of funding.
  • Preference will be given to HPNA members.
To Apply
  • Use HPNF Certification Research Grant Application Packet for submission. All applications must be submitted via email, and our address is info@hpnf.org.
  • Mailed applications, as well as any faxed applications, will no longer be accepted.
  • Proposals must be received on or before July 1 of the respective year. Submission deadline is strictly enforced.
  • HPNF Certification Research Grant Review Committee takes into account applicant’s adherence to submission guidelines, completeness of proposal, and quality of proposal when reviewing submissions and selecting awardee.
  • Specific review criteria and other information is available in the Certification Research Grant Application Packet.
Materials and Information
Previous Grant Recipients

2016
Barbara Head, PhD, RN CHPN®, ACSW, FPCN®. “Work and Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, and Secondary Trauma Among Hospice and Palliative Nurses: Does Certification Make A Difference?”

2015
Mary Isaacson, PhD, RN, and Mary Minton, PhD, RN, CNS. “Nurse Attitudes Toward Palliative Care Certification: A Rural and Urban Assessment.”

2013
Joy Goebel, RN, MN, PhD. “The Role of Interdisciplinary Team Structures on Collaboration and Quality in Palliative Care.”

2010
Barbara Head, PhD, RN, CHPN®. “Job Satisfaction and Attitudes towards Specialty Certification among Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants.”

2009
Karen Kehl, PhD, RN, ACHPN®. “Hospice Nurse Practices in Preparing Families for Death.”

Previous HPNF Research Grants and Recipients

2013 HPNF/American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant
Mary Ann Hales Reynolds, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, “Palliative Care Needs of Young and Middle Age Adults (20-59) with a Potentially Life Limiting Cancer Diagnosis: A Pilot Study.” School of Nursing at Idaho State University

2012 HPNF/American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant
Mary Bronwyn Long, DNP, MBA, RN, ACHPN®, AOCNS. “Improving Quality of Life in (COPD) by Integrating Palliative Approaches to Dyspnea, Anxiety and Depression.” National Jewish Health Cancer Center, Denver.

2011 HPNF/American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant
Casey R. Shillam, PhD, RN-BC. “Persistent Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Prevalence and Referral for Specialty Management.” University of California.

Save the Dates

Mark you calendar for the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

  • 2018: March 14-17, Boston, MA
  • 2019: March 13-16, Orlando, FL
  • 2020: March 18-21, San Diego, CA
  • 2021: February 17-20, Denver, CO

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