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Stories and Music for Adolescent/Young Adult Resilience During Transplant Partnerships

Strategies to Support Academic-Clinical Nurse Collaborations in Behavioral Intervention Studies

Hendricks-Ferguson, Verna L. PhD, RN, CHPPN, FPCN, FAAN; Barnes, Yvonne J. DNP, MSN, RN, CPNP; Cherven, Brooke MPH, RN, CPON; Stegenga, Kristin PhD, RN, CPON; Roll, Lona MSN, RN; Docherty, Sharon L. PhD, CPNP, FAAN; Haase, Joan E. PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000305
Feature Article

Evidence-based nursing is in the forefront of healthcare delivery systems. Federal and state agencies, academic institutions, and healthcare delivery systems recognize the importance of nursing research. This article describes the mechanisms that facilitate nursing partnerships yielding high-level research outcomes in a clinical setting. A phase-II multicenter behavioral intervention study with pediatric stem cell transplant patients was the context of this academic/clinical research partnership. Strategies to develop and maintain this partnership involved a thorough understanding of each nurse’s focus and barriers. A variety of communication plans and training events maximized preexisting professional networks. Academic/clinical nurses’ discussions identified barriers to the research process, the most significant being role conflict. Communication and validation of benefits to each individual and institution facilitated the research process during challenging times. Establishing strong academic/clinical partnerships should lead to evidence-based research outcomes for the nursing profession, healthcare delivery systems, and patients and families.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (DrHendricks-Ferguson), School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, Missouri; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Dr Barnes), Swansea, Illinois; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, PhD Student (Ms Cherven), School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Nurse Researcher (Dr Stegenga), Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas, Missouri; Consultant (Ms Roll), Department of Pediatrics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Associate Professor (Dr Docherty), School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and Holmquist Professor of Pediatric Oncology Nursing (Dr Haase), School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis.

This study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research and from Children’s Oncology Group which is supported by funding through the National Cancer Institute.

Dr Stegenga received a grant from Children’s Oncology Group in the past. Dr Haase received funding from the National Institutes of Health for 2 studies: (1) funding for the study described in this article through an R01 from National Institute of Nursing Research and through the Children’s Oncology Group, NCI Cancer Control and (2) a competing continuation R01 study funded by the National Cancer Institute. She also received a grant from Oncology Nursing Foundation in the past as well as support from Indiana University for a no-cost extension to complete study 2. All other authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Verna L. Hendricks-Ferguson, PhD, RN, CHPPN, FPCN, FAAN, School of Nursing, Saint Louis University, 3525 Caroline Mall, 63104, St Louis, MO 63104 (

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