Research News Category

Spotlight on Nursing Research/Swelling in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

April 23, 2011

Sheila Ridner, PhD, MSN, wants everyone to know that lymphedema (swelling) doesn’t just happen to breast cancer survivors.  So, she’s expanding her research to head and neck cancer patients. “This work is so important because lymphatic damage and the fibrosis happen from the shoulder to nasal area where our mechanisms for swallowing, nourishing and breathing…

Spotlight on Nursing Research/Delirium Superimposed on Dementia

October 25, 2010

An 80-year-old patient with dementia is admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, and soon after, starts acting disoriented. Is this behavior part of his dementia or is it something else? What should the bedside nurse do to help? Lorraine Mion, Ph.D., M.S.N., VUSN’s Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, and part of a team from Penn…

Spotlight on Nursing Research / Heart Failure and Depression

August 25, 2010

As a researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Michael Vollman, Ph.D., R.N., is examining the impact of depression in patients with heart disease, and especially those diagnosed with heart failure. “We have at least 10 years worth of solid research evidence indicating that once a patient with heart disease develops a clinically significant depression,…