Nursing Research


The OSUCCC – James nursing philosophy emphasizes our belief that discovery supports evidence-based practice, fosters innovative patient care through research and promotes professional development.

The oncology nurses partner with teams of physicians and scientists from across disciplines who take ideas from bench to bedside. The OSUCCC – James nurses maintain advanced knowledge and skill to safely administer novel treatments for patients enrolled on clinical trials. In addition, they routinely explore new ways to improve quality, enhance service, reduce cost and streamline operations.

Nursing Research Studies

Care of Patients Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at The James Cancer Hospital 
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Deborah Hanes, MSN, RN, CNS 

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Methods to Measure and Improve Pain Outcomes
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC         
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Danette Birkhimer, MSN, RN OCN

The Benefits of Qigong in Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study    
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC      
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

The Effect of Unit-Based Hygiene on Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) Rates Comparing 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Impregnated Waterless Cloths to 4% CHG Soap and Tap Water in Bone Marrow Transplant Inpatients         
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP     
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Robin Rosselet, MS,RN, CNP

Distress in Leukemia and Breast Cancer Survivors Following Active Treatment
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP     
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP

Breast Fine Needle Aspiration Collection in High Risk Patients     
Administrative Principal Investigator: Lisa Yee, MD   
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP

Testing for the Reproducibility of Reverse Phase Proteomic Signature in Random Periareolar Fine Needle Aspiration (RPFNA) Cytology          
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP     
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP

A Randomized Phase II Screening Trial to Explore the Effect of Oral Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Atrophic Vaginitis in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors   
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP     
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP

CALGB 70806:Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Biomarkers    
Administrative Principal Investigator: Lisa Yee, MD   
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP

Prevention of Aromatase Inhibitor-Induced Joint Symptoms with Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplementation: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Pilot Study  
Administrative Principal Investigator: Maryam Lustberg, MD
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP            

A Randomized Study to Compare the Effect of Short and Long-Term Schedules of Cryotherapy on the Incidence and Severity of Mucositis in High-Dose Melphalan  
Administrative Principal Investigator: Craig Hofmeister, MD
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Misty Lamprecht, MSN, RN, AOCN

Assessing Quality of Life and Use of Resources Throughout the Hematopoetitc Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) Process.        
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janet Sirilla, DNP, RN, NE-BC OCN
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Janet Sirilla, DNP, RN, NE-BC OCN

Beliefs and Attitudes of Health Care Professionals that Affect Depression and Suicide Risk Screening
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP     
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Nancy Treece, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Communication Patterns Among Healthcare Professionals Caring for Cancer Patients that Receive Services from Interventional Radiology          
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP     
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Gail Davidson, MS, CNP, OCN

Extravasation-Measurement of a Nursing Sensitive Quality Outcome for Ambulatory Oncology Nursing Practice   
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC         
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Kimberly Catania, MSN, RN,AOCN

Impact of Transitional Care Model in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease   
Administrative Principal Investigator: Payal Desai, MD         
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Deborah Hanes, MSN, RN, CNS

Advanced Practice Oncology Fellowship (APOF) Program   
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC         
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Heather Brom, MSN, RN, CNP
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Robin Rosselet, DNP, RN, CNP

A Predictor of Recovery in Older Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients   
Administrative Principal Investigator: Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC         
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Janine Overcash, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

Evaluation and Treatment of Urogenital Atrophy in High Risk Breast Patients and Breast Cancer Survivors
Administrative Principal Investigator: Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP
Lead Nurse Investigator(s): Joanne Lester, PhD, RN, CRNP

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