Nursing Staff Participates in Research Study


Holly Ryan, PhD, Penn State University, and Linda Moscaritolo, MSN, Three Rivers Community College

Recently, Westerly Hospital nurses participated in a university sponsored research study.    Conducted by Ms. Holly Ryan, PhD, a Pennsylvania State University professor, and Ms. Linda Moscaritolo, RN, a clinical instructor of nursing at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC), the study took place over 30 days this summer and examined nursing communication.

Dr. Ryan, who has a PhD from the University of Arizona and Ms. Moscaritolo, who has Master’s degrees from Hartford Graduate School and from St. Joseph’s College, are both originally from Pawcatuck, CT.   They chose The Westerly Hospital because Moscaritolo has a relationship with the Hospital which serves as a clinical training site for TRCC students.   Both researchers are also very familiar with the community and the Westerly area, which will help them put the hospital in a broader cultural context.

The study examines strategies nurses use to communicate with one another and in the workplace in general.  During the study, Dr. Ryan shadowed nurses on the hospital’s medical care and surgical care units for 13 hours per day, six days per week.  Participation of the nursing staff was completely optional. The study included observations of nurse interactions as well as individual interviews.  The researchers interviewed 24 nurses and observed many others from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. during the days of the study.  All of their interviews will be kept confidential and results will be anonymous.   

Once the data has been collected and analyzed, Ryan hopes to have the results available by the end of this calendar year.