The mission of nursing research at UK HealthCare is to advance evidence-based and research-based nursing practice. Our vision is to aid the people of Kentucky and beyond in optimizing health by excellence in nursing care.
The research priorities for Nursing Research at UK HealthCare have been established in conjunction with nursing services and the College of Nursing to build on existing programs.
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The philosophy of Nursing Research at UK HealthCare is to apply clinical and basic research to the practice of evidence-based nursing care to:
- Understand and ease symptoms of acute and chronic illness
- Prevent or delay the onset of a disease or disability or slow its progression
- Improve clinical settings in which care is provided
- Assess the quality of care as perceived by our patients
- Determine, test or implement strategies to improve patient care
UK nursing research accomplishes its mission by using highly educated nurses to educate and mentor clinical nursing staff in developing and conducting research. In addition, UK HealthCare supports collaboration between the academic and clinical sectors to provide a suitable setting for comprehensive research training.
Clinical Nurse Researcher
Robyn Cheung is a Registered Nurse and obtained her PhD at the University of South Florida. Her post-graduate work includes a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing under the direction of Dr. Linda Aiken, Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Dr. Cheung was an integral member of the research team and a significant contributor to the seminal paper detailing the association of hospital BSN-prepared nurses with lower rates of mortality, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. During her nine-year tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Cheung published several papers in highly regarded journals. In 2011, Dr. Cheung relocated to Lexington, Ky., where she is the Nursing Systems Improvement Facilitator for UK HealthCare.