Research in Behavioral Health Nursing

UB Nursing graduate Patricia Garman could not have predicted the range of studies that would result when she established an endowment in 2004 to fund research in behavioral health nursing.

One study looks at how best to manage long-term medication for veterans with mental and physical disorders. Another explores the feasibility of obtaining high-quality electrocardiograms for firefighters. Yet another focuses on the experience of families with relatives living out their last days in hospice.

The fund has supported studies of numerous issues that cross the radar of nurses, including “Sleep, Fatigue and Quality of Life in Patients With Lung Cancer,” “Nursing Overtime” and “Prescription Psychotherapeutic Drug Misuse Among Older Adults.”

Garman’s gift has meant 13 nursing faculty research projects received direct and outside funding, for a total of $712,428 in support.