SVSU prof receives grant to study nursing homes

nursingA Saginaw Valley State University Professor has received a research grant to look at education and best practices at extended care facilities, places like nursing homes and assisted living communities.

Elizabeth Roe, a professor of nursing at SVSU has received a Braun Fellowship to fund her research at extended care facilities.

“The purpose of the project that I have received funding for is to increase the use of research and evidence based practice in long term care setting or nursing homes,” Roe Said.

The grant is worth $37,500 over three years.

Roe will be studying three nursing homes, one each in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties.

She said she hopes her research will help extended care workers, who often don’t have extensive academic backgrounds. “Traditionally, nursing homes don’t have as many nurses prepared with higher degrees that are really able to understand and implement the research into their practice to improve practice,” Roe said, “So my goal is to help nurses that are actually working in these nursing homes to find ways to answer their clinical questions and actually change practice based on research that has been done in that area.”

Roe will be working with students from SVSU to conduct the research, and she plans to publish her finding.

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