Research

Nursing Research Enterprise

The Nursing Research Enterprise builds the infrastructure at Texas Children's to support robust clinical inquiry and advance the frontier of nursing knowledge to improve nursing care and outcomes.

The Nursing Research Enterprise 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.

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
  • Pediatric ambulatory visit falls
  • The preceptor-newly hired nurse relationship

Texas Children’s nurse scientists also support other nurses who are involved in evidence-based practice projects and research:

  • Improving the understanding of pain symptoms in infants and toddlers undergoing chemotherapy
  • Understanding the experience of siblings visiting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • A comparison of nasal suction devices

Meet our Nurse Scientists

Drs. Krisanne Graves and Mary Gordon lead the Nursing Research Enterprise at Texas Children’s. Their program of research explores the impact of hospital systems on the quality, safety and outcomes of nursing practice.

Both have joint appointments at Baylor College of Medicine, serve as voting members in the Baylor Investigational Review Boards meetings, and 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

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.


Our Scholarly Work

Belonging to a profession means giving back to the discipline. Nurses at Texas Children’s play an integral role in education as well as advancing evidence based practice and research. This work can focus on the work environment, professional development, organizational support and other factors that influence the nurse or nursing outcomes. Click here to access a list of the recent peer reviewed publications and presentations from our nurses.


Request for Project

Project consideration for non-students require confirmation of an affiliation agreement, review from nurse scientists, mentor and approval of the hosting department leader. Click here to learn more.