Gallagher-Lepak earns $49,000 UW System grant for nursing diagnosis tool

Associate Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Nursing, learned this week she is the recipient of a $49,169 Applied Research Grant from the UW-System. The award for 2014-15 supports further development of the
“Nursing Diagnosis Clinical Support Tool.” Gallagher-Lepak and researcher T. Heather Herdman of Nursing have collaborated on development of a tool that uses nursing diagnosis taxonomy set by NANDA International, a professional organization that seeks to standardize terminology and enhance professionalism and service across countries, cultures and specializations. The clinical support tool developed by the UW-Green Bay team is a mobile application for tablet or smart phone use.

The project was aided by previous funding through the WiSys program which promotes applied research and development; the new grant will support a distribution plan for the English-language version of the app along with creation of versions in Spanish and Portuguese. Gallagher-Lepak says she expects demand for the electronic, mobile tool to be strong not only in the United States but also in Asia and Latin America. Text versions of the NANDI taxonomies are currently published in 16 languages. Read more details on the work of Gallagher-Lepak and Herdman.

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