James Madison University

Nursing Faculty Receives Research Grant

By: Mandy Robertson
Posted: March 27, 2014

On March 7, 2014, Dr. Ann Horigan was awarded the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) Research Grant in the amount of $6,720. This grant, sponsored by ANNA, is awarded annually to the organization’s chapter members who have experience and credentials that demonstrate the ability to complete the proposed research project. Grant recipients demonstrate a commitment to nephrology nursing, which is a specialty area of nursing that helps patients who have or are at risk for kidney disease lead the healthiest lives possible. The funds from the ANNA research grant support a pilot study in which the feasibility of measuring the diurnal patterns of fatigue in hemodialysis patients and establish reliability and validity of the measurement tool used for the study. Horigan was awarded the same grant in 2010 to fund her dissertation research in a similar topic.

In addition to ANNA research grants, Horigan received the 2013 Nephology Nursing Journal Research Writing Award on March 15th for her article “The Experience and Self-management of Fatigue in Patients on Hemodialysis” published in Nephology Nursing Journal. The award winning article presents the findings of a qualitative study that describes the experience of fatigue and self-management techniques that patients on hemodialysis develop to help ameliorate fatigue. The article provides helpful information for nephrology nurses as they care for and educate patients on hemodialysis. This award will be recognized during the Nephology Nurse Recognition dinner at the ANNA national symposium in Anaheim, California next month.