Camp Nursing Research Seed Grant Program
Ellen Buckner, RN, DNS, ACN Research Chair
Do you ever have that inkling of an idea, that small voice saying “what
if…?” or that irritant which can no longer be ignored?
As camp nurses we are among the masters of improvisation, those
creative with a bandaid and marker, those who tolerate extremes
of heat and cold. Yet sometimes there is a question, a problem,
or a new program that begs to be studied in some depth. This is
camp nursing research.
Sometimes the data is in your hands already in the form of health
center logs, incident or injury records, camper health forms, or
budget dollars spent over a five-year period. Sometimes the data
is enmeshed in the anecdotal comments from nurse-camper or nurse-administrator
interactions and would be retrievable through interview or field
notes. Sometimes the phenomenon in question -- self-management,
resilience, self-esteem, or knowledge -- needs an actual measuring
device, an instrument. Some instruments are available from the
public domain (libraries, internet), others must be purchased,
and still others must be investigator-designed. Then you may ask, “What
difference does it make?” What are the implications of the
findings for our practice in camp nursing? How can I get the information
to other nurses who would like to know about the study and its
All these tasks converge to become a camp nursing study. There
are many, many clinical questions the camp nurse is prepared
to ask and answer. So you have got your idea and plan, and you
need a little seed money to get you started? ACN is initiating
a Camp Nursing Seed Research Grant program to provide just that.
- ACN’s Research Seed Grants accepts submissions twice
a year; deadlines are March 15 and October 15.
- Awards are announced within six weeks of the deadline date.
- To submit a request, the researcher must be a nurse member
of ACN; membership may be initiated at the time of grant submission.
- The Association has allocated a total of $750 per year for
research. Individual requests for up to $500 will be considered.
- Monies may be used to purchase questionnaires, for postage
or copying costs, for educational materials, for specific supplies
or other expenses of research. They should not be used for
costs of presenting research or travel unless it is needed for
the study itself.
- Proposals should be sent electronically to Dr. Ellen Buckner,
DSN, RN, ACN Research Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Research
Committee includes BSN, MSN and PhD prepared camp nurses. This
group will review proposals and make allocation decisions.
A report of the study is required one year after the award
and an abstract of the results will be published in CompassPoint
and on ACN’s website.
- The request should be submitted in the form of an MSWord document.
You will receive an e-mail confirmation that the proposal has
- The proposal should include a title, abstract (200 words),
purpose and clinical or research questions, background, methods,
location and participants, provision for human subjects protection,
budget, researcher and co-workers with licensure and credentials
(RN, CRNP, etc.).
- All identifying information of authors should be on the title
- The proposal should not exceed 5 pages, single-spaced in 12-point
- Questionnaires or surveys should be attached (or mailed/faxed)
but are not included in the 5-page limit.
- Proposals should be in APA format with appropriate bibliography
HUMAN SUBJECTS PROTECTION
For individuals associated with academic or hospital institutions,
documentation of approval by the applicable IRB is required. This
may be sent to Dr. Buckner by regular mail (204 School of Nursing,
UAB, Birmingham, AL 35294-1210) or by fax (205-975-6142).
For camp nurse researchers working in camps without such an affiliation,
review of the study for assuring human subjects protection by a
panel of three persons, including the camp director and at least
one nurse not affiliated with the project, is required.
If the study uses children, the research should expose them to
minimal risk, defined as “no more than minimal risk exists
when the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort is no
greater than those encountered in everyday life.” In addition,
questionnaires and surveys must consider sensitivity of any questions,
privacy issues, and emotional distress in assessment of risk. Informed
consent of parent and child may be needed. If necessary an informed
consent document should be attached. Review of existing health
center records or observations of public behaviors would not necessarily
require consent. A form describing researcher protection of human
subjects participating in the study (with applicable signatures)
will be available from ACN’s website and should be submitted
by regular mail at the time of the proposal.
Questions regarding the seed grant program and consultation regarding
a research plan and its development should be addressed to:
Ellen Buckner, RN, DNS, ACN
University of Alabama School of Nursing - University of Alabama
at Birmingham 204 NB
1530 3rd Avenue South - Birmingham, AL 35294-1210
205-934-6799 (work) or 205-823-4201 (home)