INQRI Provides Expert Guidance for Researchers

Jul 26, 2011, 1:29 PM, Posted by Nancy Hanrahan

Research is a lonely and isolated process. Few colleagues understand the depth and breadth of your work. Only when you become immersed in a program like the one offered by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) do you realize the benefit of gathering researchers to talk through research challenges on a specific topic related to quality and nursing.

Two cohorts of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI)—which provides grants to interdisciplinary teams of researchers to investigate the ways in which nurses contribute to and can improve the quality of patient care—spent a-day-and-a-half presenting their research and receiving feedback from myriad important stakeholders including Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs.

Usually, one presents research when completed. Here, we put forth unfinished projects because many researchers were in the midst of rolling out our 18-month research projects.

My research team has almost completed a pilot study that is translating the Naylor Transitional Care Model (TCM) for individuals with serious mental illness who are leaving the hospital to go home. A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner meets the participant while in the hospital and then follows him or her for 90 days post hospitalization. The objective is to prevent re-hospitalization and help the individual reintegrate into the community, and to provide psychiatric and medical back up in the post hospital gap.

At the meeting, with assistance from peer researchers, we focused on messaging our study for policy-makers, clinicians, and consumers. Then, Susan Dentzer commented. She said that messaging about mental illness is best following a significant crisis like the student shooting at the University of Virginia. We must be prepared to share facts about this population and showcase our research as an example of a successful nurse intervention.

The exchange was very helpful as we plan dissemination of our research findings.

Hanrahan also is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.