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Are you interested in Nursing Research? Have you ever had a “hunch” or wondered why we do what we do? If so, SCAPAN would like to support you in your efforts in learning about and participating in nursing research. SCAPAN promotes and supports nursing research.

SCAPAN encourages member participation in perianesthesia research that supports patient care and practices, based on scientific approaches. SCAPAN also believes that nurses at all levels have the potential to make meaningful contributions to the nursing research. Bedside nurses are in a unique position to identify potential research questions. SCAPAN is committed to facilitating the nursing research process. District Directors are available to answer questions and to assist as you begin the journey of asking the question, reviewing the literature, developing the study, completing the study, and then disseminating the findings.

SCAPAN would also like to know if you have completed research or are currently working on a study. Please contact us with your information so that we can add it to this page.

Contact information for District Directors responsible for Research:

Kristie Alvey, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN, ACNS-BA
District Director Research

Kara Johnson, BSN, RN, CPAN



Current Research:

The Effects of Thermal Comfort
Piedmont district members Donna West and Laurie Jones have partnered with two AORN members, Sue Seitz and Linda Yoder for a study: “The Effect of Thermal Comfort on Postoperative Narcotic Use and Pain Scores”. The purpose of this research study is to examine if increased thermal comfort through the use of forced air warming gown has an effect on postoperative narcotic consumption and pain scale scores in the inpatient PACU setting. The Hospital’s IRB approved the study in July 2012, and now that the data has been collected, they are in the process of analyzing their results. Their goal is to have the study finalized by April with a tentative date of submission by June 2013.

For more information regarding this study,
contact Donna West, MSN, RN

Empowerment through Professionalism

The Piedmont district participated in a research project conducted by a graduate student at Walden University entitled “Empowerment through professionalism.” The Piedmont members were sent a survey monkey regarding certification and professionalism. The primary researcher Karen Irby, RN, BSN discussed the results with the district members at a district meeting on July 25, 2012.

For more information regarding this study,
contact Donna West, MSN, RN

Quality Initiative of the Obstructive Sleep apnea Patient in the PeriOperative Area

The retrospective cohort design study had approval granted by the IRB on March 13, 2012. The dataset of all patients who had surgery at Palmetto Health Baptist during the time period of October 1, 2009 – September 30th, 2011 was gathered. We have collected the data and are working toward finalizing the results. The research project has been presented to the Anesthesia committee and also to the Code Blue committee.

For more information regarding this study,
contact Kristie Alvey, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN, ACNS-BA


Completed Research:

“A Quasi-Experimental Study Examining the Safety Profile
and Comfort Provided by Two Different Blanket Temperatures”
Primary Investigator: Lori Sutton  l  DOWNLOAD PDF


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