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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2018

Small grants enhance collaboration and implementation of research and policy to benefit the communities we serve

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Gretchen J Summer Gafford
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, United States
Title : Small grants enhance collaboration and implementation of research and policy to benefit the communities we serve


Small grants play a vital, yet often invisible role leveraging early adoption of healthcare research and policy. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss a case example of collaboration between a private/non-profit healthcare system and a professional/non-profit organization, resulting in a published Position Statement, Interdisciplinary Guidelines for Care of Women Presenting to the Emergency Department with Pregnancy Loss, which was subsequently endorsed by the American Nurses Association Ethics Board for significant improvement to the care and dignity of women seeking emergency care following an unexpected pregnancy loss.

Audience Take Away:

  • The audience will be able to use what they learn to identify opportunities to apply for small grant funding, partner with organizations, and promote interprofessional collaboration by healthcare experts to create evidence-based guidelines.
  • Faculty and researchers could use the ideas presented to expand their research or teaching. In particular, the information will benefit faculty and researchers who work independently, with little support, in hierarchical organizations where evidence-based changes may not be initially perceived for the value they have to improve health, the communities in which we live and work, and the global community at large.
  • The presentation will discuss a variety of valid and reliable research strategies designed to successfully and ethically recruit vulnerable patients for research; specifically, mothers, family members, and caregivers of those who have sought emergency care for an unexpected pregnancy loss.


Dr. Summer-Gafford has been the Director and Research Scientist for Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Nursing Research Community Benefit (NCNR-CB) Program for ten years, an area in the United States encompassing 22 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient clinics. She has served as an advocate and research mentor for students, staff RNs, advanced practice nurses, nurse leaders, novice-to-expert nurse researchers, and allied health professionals. In 2016, Dr. Summer-Gafford was appointed Associate Editor for Nursing Research and Practice for The Permanente Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of medical science, social science in medicine, and medical humanities published quarterly by The Permanente Press.