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Clinical Nurse Research Mentorship Program

The Nurse Research Scholarship Program is a research skill development curriculum designed to provide clinical nurses an opportunity to enhance their learning and understanding of the research process and participate in nursing research. 

Meet the Pennsylvania Hospital Research Scholars


Elise Canale MSN, RN, CEN has been a nurse at Pennsylvania Hospital for nearly 12 years. She graduated from Penn State University’s College of Nursing and obtained her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Chamberlain University. Elise primarily worked as a charge nurse in the Emergency Department where she obtained her Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and led her own research study investigating the outcome of a critical incident debriefing tool applied to a interprofessional team in the emergency setting. Elise currently works in the outpatient infusion center and is part of the ViSuCaRe team, investigating the oncology patient and clinician experience of supportive care in the context of COVID-19. She is the current chair of the Pennsylvania Research and Evidence Based Practice Council.


Lindsey Tyrrell, MSN, RN, CEN, CN III has been a nurse at Pennsylvania Hospital for six years. She obtained her BSN from LaSalle University and her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Holy Family University. She currently acts as the Clinical Nurse Lead of the Emergency Department. Lindsey is an active member of hospital-wide committees including Nursing Practice and Policy Council, and well as Research and Evidence Based Practice Council. She is currently enrolled at Holy Family University to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Program Goals

  • Integrate research and the evidence based practice processes (EBP) into clinical practice through development and demonstration of research–related skills.
  • Identify and utilize research support services available within Penn and the
    Penn Health Care System.
  • Foster professional growth and development of nurses at all levels through the acquisition of research and EBP skills.

Program Objectives

  • Conduct guided work and receive education, mentoring, and support from the Director of Education and Nursing Research.
  • Join a productive research team at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Manage one research project from the potential priority areas for the duration of the appointment.
  • Disseminate results through a joint authored publication and/or the presentation relevant to patient care outcomes delivered at Pennsylvania Hospital and/or a national conference.

Papers and Presentations

FAIR USE STATEMENT: Electronic versions are provided as a professional courtesy to ensure timely dissemination of academic work for individual, non-commercial purposes. Copyright and all rights therein resides with the respective copyright holders, as stated within each paper. These files may not be re-posted without permission

Level of Nursing Engagement and Staffing Key Determinants in Nurses’ Assessments of Patient Safety (2018) Winner of the “Outstanding Poster Award” at the 6th Annual PennMedicine Nursing Research Conference.

Increasing Research Capacity in a Safety Net Setting Through an Academic Clinical Partnership.
Authors: J. Margo Brooks Carthon, Sarah Holland, Kerry Gamble, Helyn Rothwell, Darcy Pancir, Jim Ballinghoff, Linda Aiken The Journal of Nursing Administration (2017). DOWNLOAD

“They’re on the Fast Track,” Older Blacks Describe Experiences of Nursing Care Quality During Hospitalization. Authors: J. Margo Brooks Carthon, Jessica Rearden, Darcy Pancir, Kerry Gamble, Helyn Rothwell Clinical Nursing Research (2016). DOWNLOAD

Higher Quality of Care and Patient Safety Associated with Better NICU Work Environments.
Authors: Eileen Lake, Sunny G. Hallowell, Ann Kutney Lee, Linda A. Hatfield, Mary DelGuidice, Lauren N. Ellis, L. Verica, Linda H. Aiken. Journal of Nursing Care Quality (2016). DOWNLOAD

Higher Quality of Care, Patient Safety, and Patient Satisfaction Associated with Higher Staff Engagement. Authors: Hayley Germack, Linda Hatfield, Sharon Kelly, Patricia Maguire, Andrew Dierkes, Mary Del Guidice, Linda Aiken. Organizational Behavior, AcademyHealth-2016.

Video Presentation on Program’s Impact on Nursing Through Outcomes Research
Produced by 2017-’18 PAH Clinical Nurse Scholars