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CSU Nursing Faculty Saluting Champions of Excellence in Nursing Research and Practice

Dian Baker, PhD, APRN-BC, PNP, Faculty, CSU Sacramento

Dian BakerThe CSU salutes CSU Sacramento, Associate Professor of Nursing, Dr. Dian Baker for her record of scholarly and creative accomplishments. She is the project director for a grant totaling over $780,000 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities that serves the Hmong population with advanced diabetes mellitus to receive better treatment for this disease.  She has conducted several studies involving the Hmong community. Dr. Baker’s work as a co-investigator of a research study was recently published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She and her colleagues studied basic nursing care related to oral hygiene in the prevention of nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP)1. Their study was a descriptive, quasi-experimental study that used retrospective comparative outcome data on the incidence of NV-HAP. The intervention of an oral hygiene protocol by hospital nurses resulted in approximately 8 lives saved during the 12-month study period. The authors calculated a net hospital savings of $1.6 million from avoided NV-HAP having taken into account that 500 hospital days were averted with an equipment outlay cost of $117,600. Our congratulations go out to Dr. Dian Baker and her colleagues for a well-designed and implemented research study that adds to the growing body of nursing knowledge uncovered through excellence in applied nursing research.

1Quinn, B., Baker, D.L., Cohen, S., Stewart, J.L., Lima, C.A., Parise, C. (2014).  Basic nursing care to prevent nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 46(1):11-9. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12050. Epub 2013 Sep 30.

Champions of Excellence in Nursing Research and Practice
Dian Baker, PhD, APRN-BC, PNP, CSU Sacramento
CSU Bakersfield

From working with the Hmong population to ensure culturally-based diabetes management to preventing hospital-acquired pneumonia in all hospitalized patients, this CSU nursing faculty member is dedicated to putting evidence-based research into action.

Monika Eckfield, PhD, RN, CSU East Bay
CSU Bakersfield

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