Alum Receives AACN's Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award
Dec 1, 2014 1:00 PM
Kim Friddle, MS, NNP-BC, College of Nursing PhD graduate and Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center has been awarded the Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for her study on The Effect of Oxygen Saturation Targets on the Development of Retinopathy of Prematurity. This award is granted for an outstanding dissertation in a PhD in nursing program.
Friddle has been a nurse since 1981 and has always worked with babies. At Primary Children’s Medical Center, she is responsible for monitoring and improving patient care within the NICU by demonstrating expertise in clinical practice, education, consultation and utilization of research. When looking back on her tenure as a student at the University of Utah, Friddle explains, “The U of U provided great opportunities for education and growth. I felt very supported in my journey towards a PhD.”
Patricia Murphy, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, FAAN, nominated Dr. Friddle for the award. When asked about the project, Murphy stated, “Dr. Friddle’s project is, to my mind, a wonderful example of nursing scholarship. She has taken a clinical issue pertinent to nursing practice, and in asking questions about how to improve outcomes, she developed new knowledge that will advance perinatal/neonatal nursing science and management. Her findings have the potential to change clinical management policies, and are already being discussed in that framework. In doing this, she is a role model for practicing nurses, as well as for her interprofessional peers. She exemplifies what the CON graduate programs are about: preparing highly educated nursing professionals who can lead the delivery of quality care and generate new knowledge to improve health and the delivery of care services.”
Regarding her study on The Effect of Oxygen Saturation Targets on the Development of Retinopathy of Prematurity, Friddle would like people to know that, “…the current practice to avoid the risk of ROP in premature infants is to limit infants to a very narrow saturation range (85-93%) as the targeted optimal range to avoid both hypoxia and hyperoxia. Bedside nurses know that it is incredibly difficult to keep some infants in this range with an individual infant spending time both above and below this goal. This is the first study to look at the impact that the time infants spend both above and below the targeted range has on the disease process we are trying to prevent (retinopathy of prematurity). This study shows that spending just 2.7% of the time < 85% increased both the risk of developing ROP (48%) as well as the risk of death (11%). However, for every 10% of time the infant spent > 93%, decreased the risk of ROP (21%) and the risk of death (11%).”
The review committee noted many wonderful comments about Friddle and her scholarship. The following is representative of the reviewers’ comments:
“I am really impressed with the scope and impact of Dr. Friddle's dissertation. This work meets the challenge of the IOM report; Dr. Friddle encountered a very complex problem and methodically investigated the problem. The application was beautifully written and Dr. Friddle is truly deserving of this distinctive award.”
Friddle will be attending AACN’s 2015 Doctoral Education Conference January 29-31, 2015. The award will be presented by the AACN President at the start of the conference. She will present her abstract on the second day of AACN’s 2015 Doctoral Education Conference.
Abbey ChristensenAbbey Christensen is the Communications Specialist for the College of Nursing.