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Blanca Iris Padilla, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Phone: 
(919) 613-9771
Office: 
2118 Pearson Building

Dr. Blanca (Iris) Padilla joined the Duke University School of Nursing in May, 2014. She came to Duke from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, where she taught in the MSN and DNP programs. She also served as one of the first clinic preceptors for the Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning. Her professional nursing experience also includes trauma-critical care, emergency room, and primary care. Dr. Padilla earned her BSN at Belmont University, and her MSN at Tennessee State University. Dr. Padilla’s PhD research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis focused on acculturation, mental health characteristics, self-efficacy, and health-seeking behaviors in Hispanic women. After completing her doctorate, she had a postdoctoral fellowship and taught at the University of Michigan‒Ann Arbor.

Dr. Padilla has provided primary care in a nurse-managed community clinic for over 10 years to socioeconomically diverse patients. She was the lead provider with a focus on diabetes mellitus. She has first-hand clinical expertise in caring for the under-privileged patient population and understands the needs of the clinic personnel/administration as they pertain to supporting and caring for these patients.

Dr. Padilla has a strong interest in diabetes self-care, adherence, co-morbid depression, insulin initiation and education. She is continuously seeking innovative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment in academic and clinic settings with the goal of promoting quality patient care. She recently developed a web-based clinic module on diabetes management for nurse practitioners. She served as a primary research liaison between Vanderbilt investigators and clinic personnel and developed a diabetes and obesity self-management program for Tennessee Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement. Dr. Padilla is also a co-investigator/consultant on an R01 NIH-funded intervention research project on improving medication adherence for the underserved population with Type II diabetes.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Education

  • PhD - The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MSN - Tennessee State University
  • BSN - Belmont University

Research Interests

Dr. Padilla's research interests include:
• Diabetes: medication adherence via texting; self-care; co-morbid depression; motivational interviewing, insulin management; reducing CVD risk; burn-out syndrome; provider education in diabetes care.
• Chronic illness management in primary care
• Chronic illness in vulnerable populations
• Interprofessional education
• Integrative health care
• Global health

Awards and Honors

  • 2004 || Southern Regional Education Scholar, Southern Regional Education Board – State Doctoral Scholars Program
  • 1999 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Chronic Illness
  • Family Health

Areas of Interest

• Diabetes management
• Diabetes and co-morbid depression
• Mental health delivery in primary care
• Integrative health care
• Interprofessional education
• Concept Maps in nursing education

Representative Publications

  • 2012 -- Padilla, B. I. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Update for Primary Care (On-line course, Essential Learning) 2012
  • 2010 -- Seong, J. G. and Brush, B. L. and Padilla, B. I. Bridging the language gap in primary care The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners. June, 2010 14(6); 23-34

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Improving Diabetes Medication Adherence among Patients Receiving Primary Care at a Federally Qualified Health Center

    National Institutes of Health
    1 R01 DK100694-01
    01/2014 to 12/2014
    Role: Co-investigator

    Project Goal: to use the IMB model and clear health communication strategies to inform the content of a cell phone-delivered intervention to improve diabetes medication adherence among a racially diverse sample of low income adult patients with T2DM receiving primary care at a federally qualified health center.

  • FOOD: Family Overcoming Obesity and Diabetes

    Tennessee Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement
    07/2008 to 06/2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: This diabetes and obesity improvement program was framed by the six elements of the Chronic Care Model (CCM): community, health system, self-management support, delivery system design, decision support, and clinical information systems. The CCM has been associated with higher quality care in adults with diabetes. Therefore, based on evidence from prior implementation of the CCM, this program proposed to redesign all aspects of its Type II Diabetes Mellitus care processes and implement a unique, culturally appropriate, family focus support system that will aid in increasing self-care management, link patients to community resources that will promote healthy lifestyle. This redesign was undertaken within a primary care setting, among a population with significant inherent vulnerability.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Elaine Kauschinger, Iris Padilla, Kathryn Kreider and Liz Rende recently presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty 43rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Kauschinger presented on "eMentor Project: An informational, semi-structured online intercollegiate mentorship experience."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kathryn Kreider, Blanca "Iris" Padilla and Katherine Pereira published an article entitled "Hypoglycemia in Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in Care" in the March issue of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Iris Padilla was recently selected for the 2017-2018 Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Leadership Fellow at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing in Columbia, SC. The Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Leaderhip Development Program prepares nurse executive leaders to meet the increasingly urgent demands of today's health care organizations. the progressive program will advance a leader's ability to lead and navigate complex organizations and work effectively with interdisciplinary teams.

During the program participants will: 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Iris Padilla was recently selected for the 2017-2018 Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Leadership Fellow at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing in Columbia, SC. The Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Leaderhip Development Program prepares nurse executive leaders to meet the increasingly urgent demands of today's health care organizations. the progressive program will advance a leader's ability to lead and navigate complex organizations and work effectively with interdisciplinary teams.

During the program participants will: 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Duke University Direct Observation and Interprofessional Clinic recently treated its 1,000th patient! Duke University schools of nursing and medicine faculty members and students care for patients in this after-hours clinic, which is open four days a week from 5 to 9 p.m.

Launched in 2015, the clinic provides urgent care services to patients from the Duke University Hospital emergency room who present with less acute symptoms and provides students with an opportunity to provide patient care while being observed by faculty members.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Iris Padilla and Rémi Hueckel recently completed the Duke AHEAD Certificate Program in Health Professions Education and Teaching program. The 12-month program allows up to 10 faculty or professional staff from the School of Nursing, Physical Therapy Program, Physician Assistant Programs, School of Medicine, Duke University Health System, and Professors of the Practice of Medical Education to participate.

The objectives of the program include:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Kathyn Kreider and Iris Padilla published an article entitled "Type 1 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease" in the Nurse Practitioner journal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Blanca “Iris” Padilla, PhD, FNP-BC, assistant professor for Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and project director of the Communities of Practice grant, and Kathryn Kreider, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, assistant professor and lead faculty of the endocrinology specia

Friday, July 1, 2016

Iris Padilla and Kathryn Kreider delivered a podium presentation at the national American Association of Nurse Practitioners conference in June. The title of the talk was "Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes."