Coretta Jenerette Awarded Funding for Conference on Sickle Cell Disease

Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, received an R13 conference grant funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The grant will be put towards improving the health of individuals and their families living with sickle cell disease (SCD) in North Carolina. During the two-day conference, Dr. Jenerette and her colleagues will also encourage more nurses to become trained as sickle cell experts in North Carolina.

Dr. Jenerette became interested in SCD as a staff nurse when she noticed how patients with SCD were treated in response to their reports of pain. Individuals with SCD are often viewed as drug-seeking and are thus stigmatized when they seek care for pain. Dr. Jenerette aims to improve health outcomes for individuals and families living with SCD. She recently completed a pilot study in which she taught young adults with SCD a communication technique called SBAR, which stands for situation, background, assessment, and recommendation. This process is widely used between providers and helps improve communication. Dr. Jenerette asserts that it can also improve communication between the patient and provider by providing common, succinct language.

Along with a diverse committee of stakeholders, other investigators assisting Dr. Jenerette with the conference include Paula Tanabe, PhD, RN, FAAN, Duke School of Nursing (Co-PI); and Cheryl Brewer, PhD, RN, Duke Clinical Research Institute (Co-I).