or serve the needs of local communities. An online eligi-
a monthly basis and are reviewed by a committee. Itmay take eight weeks after you submit your completed 2009 by American Society of PeriAnesthesia NursesIn addition, Lowes Home Improvement and Home De-
pot have limited funds available for community projects.
Access to their programs are also online, with specific
guidelines for eligibility listed.
Medical Center, 810 Fairgrove Church Road, Hickory, NC 28610;
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
330 Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Vol 24, No 5 (October), 2009: pp 330-331Address correspondence to Ms Betty Easter, PACU, Catawba Valleyapplication before you receive a response.Betty Easter, RN, CPAN, is a PACU staff nurse at Catawba Valley
Medical Center, Hickory, NC.Because I regularly frequent our local Wal-Mart, I noticed the
large banner stating Community Grant, money that had
been given to local community projects. I decided to explore
bility survey and grant application can be found on the
Grant Making Guidelines page at http://www.officede-
potfoundation.com. Applications are retrieved onCommunity Grants fBetty Easter, RN, CPA
AS PERIANESTHESIA NURSES, we use critical thinkingskills daily in assessing and providing appropriate care to
our patients. Thinking outside the box becomes a norm
in our environment as we assess, develop, and implement
a plan of care in an efficient, timely manner. During my
41 years of nursing practice, I have routinely used non-
pharmacological interventions such as repositioning,warm blankets, dimmed lights, soft voice, light touch,
and imagery to improve patient comfort.
Because of the noise level in our open, 12-bay PACU, our
Shared Governance Committee requested a talk light
from the hospital foundation to determine the ongoing
levels of noise in our environment. This talk light
changes from green to yellow or red depending on thenoise level. It serves as a visible reminder to keep nones-
sential conversation to a minimum, thus improving the
environment for patients recovering from anesthesia.
Over the past several years, I have read with great interest
several research studies indicating that music serves as
a distraction, promotes a better sense of well-being, and
improves patient satisfaction. Being a proponent of otherforms of nonpharmacological interventions, I wanted to
provide music as a comfort modality to my patients.
Even though our Magnet hospital has a Director of
Research and Evidence-Based Practice, nursing research
on a unit-based level is encouraged and supported. With
this in mind, our department set forth to research the
impact of music on the PACU patients perception of dis-comfort. As we developed the design and methodology of
our project, the issue arose of how to acquire the needed
CD headsets and chosen genres of music.RCH
r Research ProjectsN, Guest Columnist
the process required to apply for a grant. Each Wal-Mart has
a designated employee who is responsible for the commu-
nity grant proposals. I obtained the necessary form at the
Customer Service Desk, completed the application with
the appropriate information, indicating the purpose of the
research project, what the money would be used for, how
it would impact residents in our community, and contact in-formation. The employee then forwarded the proposal to
the Wal-Mart Corporate Office for review, where grants are
awarded quarterly. Upon completion of the review process,
I was personally notified by phone that the proposal was
approved for a $500 community grant that could be spent
in-store for any items we needed for our research project.
Our grant provided personal CD players, assorted CDs of
various genres of music, storage cases, CD sleeves, etc.
This grant provided us the avenue to obtain the needed
items without any expenditure by our facility. In return,
we have placed signage in the Day Surgery Lobby and
each Preoperative Nurse Educators office that acknowl-
edges Wal-Mart for their donation of equipment so that
music is available to our postoperative patients in the
PACU. In addition, they were sent a letter of thanks, aswell as our specific research findings.
Target Corporation also has community grant funds avail-
able for programs related to the arts, childhood develop-
ment and reading, family safety, and domestic violence
issues. The online application for these grants can be
downloaded from http://www.target.com under the
Office Depots Foundation provides funding for activities
that serve, teach, and inspire children, youth, and families