Alison Montpetit and Tanya Huff Share Researcher and Clinician Partnership Advice at Sigma Theta Tau Luncheon
Nearly 50 faculty, students and members of the Gamma Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International attended a lunch and presentation this week on the topic “Building Partnerships Between Nurse Clinicians and Scientist: Bringing Research to the Bedside.” Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor, and Tanya Huff, M.S.N., RN, CCRN, clinical assistant professor, both in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, discussed their research relationship and gave an overview on developing research ideas, overcoming barriers and building relationships that will make the research a success.
Montpetit and Huff discussed the mutual benefits of the research project, “Airway and Secretion Clearance Therapies (ASCT) in Critical Care,” which was funded by a $2,000 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Clinician-Nurse Researcher Partnership Grant (Feb. 2010 to Feb. 2012). Montpetit, as the principal investigator, conducted research on mechanical ventilation and the early markers of infection, while Huff, as the clinician, shared valuable information from the bedside perspective. They encouraged the audience to take advantage of the Sigma Theta Tau grant opportunity and offered tips on developing and completing a research study.