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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Kim Francis awarded grant for neonatal research

Connell School PhD candidate Kim Francis has been awarded a Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education (FNRE) grant to support her dissertation research.

Connell School PhD candidate Kim Francis has been awarded a Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education (FNRE) grant to support her dissertation research. Francis’s area of interest is infant pain assessment and management, and she is currently developing a pain assessment instrument for the extremely low for gestational age (ELGA) infant. A neonatal intensive care unit nurse for 14 years and an assistant nurse manager for two years at Women and Infants Hospital, Francis is currently the neonatal clinical nurse specialist for the obstetrical service at MGH. 

The FNRE seeks to promote the development of expertise in the neonatal profession and prepare neonatal nurses for the future. They do this by funding research and programs to strengthen neonatal nursing, evaluating neonatal nursing interventions and patient outcomes, and promoting neonatal education. The foundation offers research grants to neonatal nurses who are actively engaging in a service, research, or educational role that contributes directly to the health care of neonates or to the neonatal nursing profession.