Research

Nursing Research Enterprise

The primary goal of the nursing research enterprise is to build the infrastructure at Texas Children's Hospital to support robust clinical inquiry and advance the frontier of nursing knowledge to improve nursing care and outcomes for women and children.

The Nursing Research Enterprise at Texas Children’s Hospital is engaged in education, consultation, and mentorship of clinical nurses in nursing research and evidenced based nursing practice. The program actively supports translation of evidence into nursing policies and procedures as well as hard wiring EBP competencies into all clinical nursing job descriptions. Nursing research conducted at Texas Children's Hospital is encouraged. We use a model of shoulder to shoulder mentoring on specific projects with clinical nurses and other clinicians who demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting research or EBP and dissemination in journal publications or poster and oral presentations at national nursing conferences.

There are two Nurse Scientists at Texas Children's Hospital who lead the Nursing Research Enterprise. Their program of research explores the impact of hospital systems on the quality, safety and outcomes of nursing practice. Topics currently under investigation include:

  • The usability assessment of the intravenous pumps used at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Pavilion for Women
  • Measuring intent to stay in nurses new to the organization
  • Workaround processes and context used by nurses at Texas Children's Hospital
  • Memory triggers needed outside of the medical record

The Nurse Scientists also support other Texas Children's Hospital nurses who are involved in evidence based practice projects and research:

  • Compassion Fatigue and Moral Distress of Caregiving
  • Improving the understanding of pain symptoms in infants and toddlers undergoing chemotherapy
  • Identifying improved methods of estimating height and body surface area in critically ill children

About the Nurse Scientists

Both nurse scientists at Texas Children's Hospital have joint appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and participate in the Baylor Investigational Review Boards monthly meetings as voting members. They also have adjunct appointments at local Schools of Nursing

Krisanne Graves, PhD, RN, CPHQ

  • Earned PhD from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas in 2014
  • Extensive experience in quality and safety
  • Half her time is dedicated to the Nursing Research enterprise and the other half is devoted to her role in the The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC). Dr. Graves is the Program Coordinator and one quarter of the Executive Leadership for the Center housed at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

Mary Gordon, PhD, RN, CNS-BC

  • Earned PhD from University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing in Galveston, Texas in 2009.
  • She is licensed by the State of Texas as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and has a strong clinical practice background in nursing

Nursing Grand Rounds

Nursing Grand Rounds is held periodically. Well published nursing researchers present topics of interest to the broad range of Texas Children's Hospital nurses. It is designed to foster an increase in clinical inquiry and translate evidence into practice among the clinical staff.


Doctoral Nursing Forum

An informal monthly meeting of scholarly nurses, either doctoral prepared or a doctoral student, meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 1230-1400. It provides an opportunity to support each other and learn about nursing research projects in other departments, network with other researchers at Texas Children’s and Schools of Nursing, discuss nursing challenges and learn more about research topics.