Community Grants for Research Projects

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    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:



    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- 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 under the

    Community listing.

    Office Depots Foundation provides funding for activities

    that serve, teach, and inspire children, youth, and families

  • Other resources may be available in your particular area.

    Local businesses will often contribute items when asked

    in exchange for acknowledgement or advertising.

    Depending on your particular topic of research, you

    may be able to acquire funding from these sources.

    During this time of budget constraints, it is important that

    we continue to look for innovative ways to provide the best

    care possible to our patients. Research and evidence-based

    practice are the hallmarks of quality care, but nurses must

    be proactive in choosing the path to achieve this goal.


    In the Continuing Education post test, Unintentional Hypothermia: Implications for Perianesthesia

    Nurses (Volume 24, Issue 3, Page 176, June 2009), the due date for the test answers is incorrect. Test an-swers must instead be submitted before June 30, 2011, in order to receive contact hours.

    RESEARCH 331

    Community Grants for Research Projects


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