APNA Member Profile: Coleen Corte, PhD, RN

A psychiatric mental health nurse was at the table! Last month, Coleen Corte, PhD, RN attended the 2013 National Nursing Research Roundtable: The Science of Chronic Illness Self-Management as APNA's representative. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Nurses Association and held in Bethesda, Maryland. To encourage strong research-based nursing practice and therefore serve the public's health, the National Nursing Research Roundtable brings together representatives of its member organizations - nurse scientists, practitioners, and educators - for several days of discussion on nursing research findings and their dissemination.

APNA would like to thank Colleen for representing us and for providing a great summary of the meeting (below).

First, let me thank you for the opportunity to represent APNA at the 2013 NINR Research Roundtable at NIH March 7-8. It was a great experience and I ensured that everyone knew that APNA was represented at the meeting. Below is a summary of the meeting:

Thursday, March 7, evening at Bethesda Marriott: The meeting opened with a reception and welcoming remarks by Dr. Patricia Grady, Director of NINR, and Dr. Karen Daley, President of the American Nurses Association. Following dinner, there was a very interesting presentation on a systems approach to managing chronic illness with implications for research, policy and practice by Dr. Ross Hammond, Director of the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC. Dr. Hammond presented on a most compelling Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling approach to behavior using illustrations of the modeling approach from his work on childhood obesity. The approach was fascinating and all of us could see how the approach could be used to better understand the essential components of existing interventions so that these essential ‘drivers’ could be used to develop interventions with broader reach.

Friday, March 8, all day at NIH: The day began with an NINR update given by Dr. Patricia Grady. Here main points were:

  • Given the sequestration, she could only provide very tentative information about the NINR budget. The NINR budget for FY 2012 was 6% training, R-type grants 71%, and Centers 3%. Look for an editorial by Dr. Grady in Applied Nursing Research on the Evolution of NINR: Delivering on the Promise.
  • I did my best to capture NINR priority areas…but she was speaking very fast! Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Advancing quality of life and symptom management, Self-management, Symptom science, Science of compassion (enhancing end-of-life and palliative care), In search of wellness (prevention of illness and promotion of health). There were others, but I couldn’t write fast enough.
  • Dr. Grady announced that NIH is conducting a search for a senior scientist for the role of Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.
  • She also described summer intramural opportunities at NINR (Ann Cashion at NINR is point person).

Dr. Margaret Grey did a presentation on an overview of self-management and chronic illness. She is a pioneer in self-management with her work on helping teens manage their diabetes. She argued that we need to go beyond efficacy trials to test mediator and moderators, and to do comparative effectiveness studies.

Dr. Polly Ryan presented on the process components of individual and family self-management. She developed the “Integrated Theory of Behavior Change.” She described her multi-disciplinary, multi-site study on the efficacy of a self-management intervention that focuses on osteoporosis prevention for middle-aged women delivered by a cell-phone application! She spoke of the need to tailor interventions to individual characteristics.

Dr. Sarah Szanton (Johns Hopkins) then spoke about her research using a community-based approach to self-management with elders living in their own homes. She described her research on health disparities among older adults and interventions to reduce disparities.

In the afternoon, we had four breakout sessions that focused on the following questions:

  1. What are the most important scientific areas that need to be studied to advance research in the field of chronic illness self-management?
  2. What are the best ways to translate chronic illness self-management research findings into clinical practice?
  3. In what ways can chronic illness self-management serve as a model for tertiary prevention?
  4. What research needs to be done to better inform policy: are there key policy implications that can be derived now?

The discussion was very rich!

Future meetings:
Co-Sponsors for the meeting in 2014: Oncology Nurses Society and NINR
Co-sponsors for the meeting in 2015: Southern Nursing Research Society and NINR

Respectfully submitted,

Colleen Corte, PhD, RN
APNA Representative


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