Each semester, the College of Nursing Office of Research highlights two ongoing or recently completed research studies. For this semester's studies, please see the information below.

calvert-wilma.jpg  Dr. Wilma J. Calvert 
Understanding the Situated Experience of Tenured Black Nursing Faculty: Keys to Eradicating Inequalities in Nursing Education

The objective Dr. Calvert’s research is to examine the experiences of Black nursing faculty who earned tenure and promotion and to identify strategies to help eradicate racial inequities in nursing education. Limited existing research indicates Black faculty may leave academia before submitting their tenure dossier, thus leading to a faculty that reflects limited racial and ethnic diversity. In order to recruit and retain Black nursing faculty and support racial equity in higher education and the nursing workforce, Black faculty need support in achieving tenure and promotion.

Dr. Calvert works with nursing faculty who self-identify as Black, African American or of African ancestry, and are tenured, on a tenure-track, or retired tenured faculty members. She recently received the Sigma/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grant to conduct in-depth interviews with tenured nursing faculty to explore their pre-tenure experiences and identify supports and barriers. Utilizing Critical Race Theory as a framework, she examines the inequities that exist within higher education resulting in a lack of Black nursing faculty. Dr. Calvert’s research utilizes a qualitative descriptive research design to elicit a rich description of the phenomena of interest. 

Dr. Sheila Grigsby  Dr. Sheila R. Grigsby  
Microeconomic Intervention to Reduce HIV Transmission in Economically Disadvantaged Transgender Women

The intent of this study is to conduct formative research, develop, and test an integrated microeconomic intervention for transgender women (TGW) who are economically and behaviorally vulnerable to HIV acquisition and transmission. The research hypothesis is that TGW frequently engage in high-risk sexual behaviors frequently due to economic hardship caused by structural barriers such as diminished familial systems and discrimination experienced in health care, employment, and housing. The study design consisted of interviews of members of the community followed by the pilot of a microeconomic intervention (i.e., employment training program. The final arm of this study includes the testing of the pilot training program along with placements of participants in agencies as interns. Funds from this grant will help support a two-month internship for participants. It is the aim that if participants are given work skills to earn a fair and equitable wage that they will less likely engage in risk behaviors that put them at greater risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted behaviors.

Using a randomized experimental study design, Dr. Grigsby and the study team are evaluating the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an integrated microeconomic intervention for economically disadvantaged U.S. TGW to reduce economic vulnerability and HIV sexual risk-taking. This project is in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).