The Sandra Lee Schafer ABNS Research Grant will award one applicant funding up to $5,000 to be applied toward furthering research which links specialty nursing certification and patient outcomes. Applications will be accepted January 1 - June 1 each year.
Research must address the Mission of ABNS: ABNS promotes the value of specialty nursing certification to all stakeholders.
Specifically: Studying the relationship between patient outcomes and certified specialty nursing practice.
The principal investigator does not have to be a registered nurse, but an RN with current license, and a minimum master’s degree in nursing (or country equivalent), must be a co-investigator on the research team.
Doctoral students (including PhD and DNP) may seek funding for dissertation research or scholarly projects. Pilot projects are not permitted. Documentation of candidate’s successful defense of the dissertation/capstone proposal will be required from the Chair of the Capstone Committee.
At least one member of the research team must be a representative of a certification organization.
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You will need to upload your current resume or CV.
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from references of the Primary Investigator will be required and will need to address the Primary Investigator's proven research performance.
Research Team Information
Name, Credentials, Phone Number, Email Address
Human Subjects/IRB Approval Letter, as applicable (or anticipated approval date)
Research Proposal Narrative
All documents which require uploading (resume/CV, Letters of Recommendation, Research Proposal Narrative, Budget, Additional Documents) must be submitted in PDF format and the file size must be no larger than 500KB.
Organization of Research Proposal
Research Proposal (10 pages maximum)
Introduce the problem/problem statement
Statement of research purpose/hypothesis(es) or research question(s)
Further background (as needed)/significance
Theoretical/conceptual framework (brief)
Setting and Sample
Study Variables (including Reliability and Validity of Instruments Used)
Data Collection Plan/Study Procedures
Implications for Practice
Research Timeline Table
Include direct costs or expenses essential to the conduct of the proposed.
Regarding Verification of Credentials ABNS and ABSNC do not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS and ABSNC do not administer certification programs.
This website contains information specific to specialty nursing certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing advice.
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