Case Western Reserve University is seeking people to participate in a survey to investigate challenges that new medical crew members experience in the critical care transport environment. Please see a copy of the invitation below, and consider participating in this project. This study will be very helpful to our industry as a whole.


Dear Colleague:
This email invites you to participate in a research study through Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. This email presents information to help you decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Your participation is completely voluntary. The purpose of this study is to investigate the challenges that new medical crew members experience in the critical care transport environment. It will also explore resources to assist new medical crew members to acclimate to the transport environment.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a nurse, paramedic, doctor, nurse practitioner or respiratory therapist who has worked in critical care transport for at least 6 months.
This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Case Western Reserve University. If you decide to participate, the extent of your involvement will be limited to completing the survey through the link provided at the bottom of this letter.

It will take you approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the questions. This is minimal risk research with a risk to the confidentiality of your information. To minimize this risk, you will not be asked to provide any information that might identify you. No compensation will be provided for your participation. You will not directly benefit from participating in this study. However, by taking part, you will increase our understanding of the challenges and resources for new medical crew members in critical care transport.
Here is the link to the survey:
Thank you for your participation in this research. If you have questions about this study or if you would like to receive an electronic copy of the research findings, please contact Stephanie Steiner at 216.368.2522. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, you can contact the CWRU IRB at 216.368.4513.

With appreciation,

Stephanie Steiner, MSN, ACNP-C, CPNP-AC, CFRN
Director, Ebersbach Academic Center of Flight Nursing
Celeste M. Alfes DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor and Director of the Learning Resource Center
Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, RN, EdD, ANP-BC, CHSE
Senior Nurse Researcher, Cleveland Clinic

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