Nursing Research

Premier Health nurses have a long history of nursing research. Unit-based clinical inquiry, as well as academic undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral research are all supported by the organization and through the New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements Council (NKII) of System Shared Governance that drives research, evidence-based practice, and performance improvement for Premier Health. Research conducted at Premier Health hospitals has added knowledge to the profession of nursing and been presented regionally, nationally, and internationally, with many projects winning first-place awards.

Premier Health nursing inquiry continues to build on this long history. Ongoing participation in multiple national best practice groups including the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators-RN Satisfaction - (NDNQI-RN) as well as the Vermont Oxford Network and collaboration with professional associations keeps Premier Health nursing practice on target and current. Collaborative relationships with the Greater Dayton Area Nurse Researchers Group, Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing at Wright State University and Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky Research Collaborative keep Premier Health nurses close to the ever-expanding evidence base for professional nursing.

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Full-Time Research Resource

Premier Health has supported a full-time positon of nurse researcher since 1980 and Patricia O'Malley, PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN Alumnus has occupied this role since 2004.

Pat is at heart a skilled nurse researcher and a clinician. With a large portfolio of published articles and research, Pat has helped mentor nurses in nursing research from undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including  Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Wright State University, Capital University, Indiana University EastIndiana University - Purdue University IndianapolisAndrews University, Urbana University, University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati , University of AkronMount St. Joseph University and Xavier University. Pat also provides consultation for literature review and evaluation, data analysis, human subjects protection, as well as policy and procedure evaluation. She also provides nursing education at Premier Health and in the region on such topics as hemodynamics, nursing ethics, critical thinking, moral distress, lateral violence, research methods & design, statistics and writing for publication.

Contribution to the Margin of Excellence & Bringing Evidence Based Practice to the Bedside

Dr. O'Malley serves as the expert for all nursing research proposal development for Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission for ALL internal nursing research studies conducted within Premier Health. Since 2004, nurses at Premier Health have completed nearly 125 research projects focused on a variety of issues significant for nurses, patients, families, and organizations.  These projects have contributed significantly to the margin of excellence at Premier Health, and has helped nurses expand and refine research skills while providing knowledge for practice.

Selected Nursing Research Projects 2015-2019


  • Exercise and Fall Risk.   E. Cone MSN, RN, OCN  
  • Use of C-STAT by EMS Providers and Neurology Residents in Predicting LVO as Evidenced by Radiological Biomarkers Upon Arrival to the Emergency Department over a Four-month Period.  J. Braunlin DNP, ACNS-BC, CNRN, NEA-BC. 
  • Self-Efficacy in New Nurse Leaders.  T. Taylor DNP-RN
  • Evidence Based Advanced Directives in Primary Care.  J. Smith DNP, RN 
  • Defining the State of the Nurse Scientist/Nurse Researcher Position. R. Baker PhD, RN, CPM, E. Chipps PHD, RN, A. Costanzo PhD, RN, J. Godsey PhD, RN, P. O'Malley PhD, APRN-CNS, T. Vitori PhD, ACNP-RN, T. V oltz PhD, RN.


  • Evaluation of A Fall Prevention Program Led by an APRN.  E. Bird MS, APRN-CNS.
  • Improving Patient and Caregiver Engagement During the Transition of Care to Improve Health Outcomes in Patients 65 Years and Older with Heart Failure.  O. Oriowo, DNP-RN, M.Ed.