Nationwide Childrens Hospital Receives Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

October 9, 2007

Nationwide Childrens Hospital received a $299,779 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation made under its Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative to identify the linkages between the quality of nursing care processes and the quality of outcomes.

The two-year grant (September 2007 September 2009) will focus on identifying hospitalized childrens perceptions of the quality of their nursing care. The long-term goal is to apply the results of this study to the development of age-appropriate pediatric patient satisfaction scales to be completed by the children themselves.

The project will be lead by Principal Investigator Nancy Ryan-Wenger, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, director of Nursing Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and a professor in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. The studys co-investigator is William Gardner, PhD, developmental psychologist and investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, and a professor in Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Hospitalized children are rarely given an opportunity to evaluate the quality of their own nursing care, Ryan-Wenger said. Regardless of the age of hospitalized children, most items on pediatric patient satisfaction scales address the parents experience or satisfaction with their childrens care. Our study will focus on the care and services that matter most to children.

Three goals of the study include, identify the nursing care processes that matter most to children during their hospitalization experience; estimate the extent to which age, gender, ethnicity/race or socioeconomic disparities exist in childrens evaluations of the quality of their nursing care processes and outcomes; and compare parents evaluations of their childrens quality of nursing care processes and outcomes with the childrens responses.

We are honored to have received this grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said Linda Stoverock, RN, MSN, CNAA, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. It is a testament to our nationally recognized nursing and research programs. Nancy (Ryan-Wenger), Dr. (William) Gardener and their teams work over the next two years will aid in our mission to provide the highest quality of nursing excellence and care for all patients.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at