Research in Clinical Settings

Welcome from Dr. Karen Rice Chair and Dr. Evelyn Martin, Chair-elect of the Research in Clinical Settings Research Interest Group. The purpose of the Research in Clinical Settings RIG is: to promote excellence in research in the diverse clinical settings of our members. This RIG strives to create a network of community researchers to facilitate the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in the conduct of research. These challenging times and research in clinical settings is more important than ever before in generating new knowledge to improve quality outcomes, reduce healthcare delivery costs, and improve population health. Please join us on this journey.

We offer networking opportunities, peer support, and inspiration to others interested in this area of work and research. We encourage all members to participate. We welcome all interested parties to join our RIG -- researchers, clinicians, academicians, and students to our RIG. Be sure to “sign-up” by logging in to the Members-Only section and choose which RIG(s) to join. There is no fee to participate and you can join up to three RIGs as part of your membership benefits. Just “click” on the topic and the Kellen company will do the rest!

Our recent discussions and activities have focused on

  • Submission of an abstract for a symposium at the 2015 annual conference focusing on research in clinical settings
  • Developing informational articles for newsletters and journal columns about our RIG

Karen Rice, Chair, Research in Clinical Settings RIG

Karen Rice, DNS, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANP is the Director for the Center for Nursing Research at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. The Center for Nursing Research is responsible for mentoring and facilitating nursing research for the 8-hospital and more than 45 ambulatory clinic system serving the metropolitan New Orleans and southern Louisiana bayou regions.  She has led Ochsner’s  participation in multi-center national research collaboratives with NDNQI and the Improvement Science Research Network.  Dr. Rice is currently conducting research in improving delirium-related clinical outcomes in hospitalized older adults. Contact information:


Evelyn Martin, Chair-Elect, Research in Clinical Settings RIG

Evelyn Martin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, EET is currently on faculty at West Virginia University School of Nursing. Her primary research has focused on the sexual health of men in WV. Her current research interest involves both men and women’s lower urinary tract symptoms health issues. Dr. Martin is currently a member of the WVU Charleston Division Research Interest Group (RIG) and Co-Chair of a Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Research in the Clinical Setting RIG.  She has presented a poster nationally on her research at the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), San Antonio, Texas, and locally at the Geriatric Society Annual Conference in WV. She has given oral and online presentations to different groups on the topics of interstitial cystitis and delirium for the WV Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.