Kirsten N. Corazzini, PhD, FGSA

Dr. Corazzini joined the School of Nursing after completing a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in 2002. She earned her PhD in gerontology from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, a core faculty member in Duke's Center of Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She was inducted as a Fellow of of the Gerontological Society of America in 2012.


The focus of Dr. Corazzini’s research is nursing management in long-term care, especially delegation and the role of professional nursing in nursing homes. With support from a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship Award, she is currently conducting research on how registered nurses in Sweden and the U.K. accomplish person-centered care in regards to frail older adults in residential long-term care with assistive caregivers.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • PhD in Nursing Program
Education
  • PhD - University of Massachusetts (Boston), McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies
  • AB - Bryn Mawr College
Research Interests
Dr. Corazzini is a social gerontologist whose research focuses on understanding how nursing clinical expertise affects care of older adults through systems-level factors that systematically shape how care occurs. To that end, she has examined how front-line, paraprofessional healthcare workers in both community-based and institutionalized long-term care settings operationalize licensed clinical care practices and the effects of these behaviors on patient outcomes, with particular attention to the role of RN clinical leadership in shaping these behaviors. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the Hartford Foundation.
Awards and Honors
  • 2012 || Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2008 || Member, North Carolina State Board of Nursing Task Force on LPN Practice
  • 2007 || Faculty Travel Award, Duke University Center for International Studies, Duke Global Health Institute
  • 2007 || Member, Expert Panel for research project on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by patients with Hepatitis C Infection
  • 2003 || Fellow Finalist, Brookdale Foundation
  • 2003 || Presenter, 5th Annual Health Care Organizations Conference, University of Michigan, School of Public Health (one of five papers selected for presentation nationally)
  • 2002 || Award for Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division
  • 2001 || Lawrence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award, Honorable Mention, American Public Health Association
  • 1999 || Academic year recipient, AARP Andrus Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Gerontology
  • 1999 || Gerontology Book Award for distinguished dissertation, University of Massachusetts Boston
Areas of Interest
• RN delegation in long-term care
• Organizational context of nursing care of older adults
• Regulation of nursing care in long-term care
• Program evaluation research
• Front-line caregivers in long-term care
Representative Publications
  • 1997 -- Coleman, N. and Corazzini, K. N. The policy primer. Outbreak -- nursing homes comply with regulations, but residents die. Aging Today. Jan.-Feb.,1997 18(1); 13.
  • 1998 -- Gruenberg, L. and Silva, A. and Corazzini, K. An examination of the impact of the proposed new Medicare capitation methods on programs for the frail elderly. 1998 .
  • 1998 -- Corazzini, K. and Gruenberg, L. Estimating payment rates with a health and functional status, risk-adjusted, payment model:  Impact on the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. 1998 .
  • 1998 -- Corazzini, K. and Caro, F. Aging Service Access Points quality assurance survey: Perceptions of adult day care providers. 1998 .
  • 1998 -- Corazzini, K. and Caro, F. Aging Service Access Points quality assurance survey: Perceptions of councils on aging. 1998 .
  • 2000 -- Gruenberg, L. and Corazzini, K. Research Study of Risk Adjustment and Geographic Variation Issues in Both Medicare and Non-Medicare Cost and Use: Literature Review of Survey Methodology. Paper prepared for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HCFA Order No. HCFA98-0559, by the Long Term Care Data Institute. 2000 .
  • 1995 -- PubMed # : 7580197 -- Lyketsos, C. G. and Corazzini, K. and Steele, C. Mania in Alzheimer's disease. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. Summer, 1995 7(3); 350-2.
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8845704 -- Lyketsos, C. G. and Corazzini, K. and Steele, C. D. and Kraus, M. F. Guidelines for the use of tacrine in Alzheimer's disease: clinical application and effectiveness. Johns Hopkins Dementia Research Clinic. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 8(1); 67-73.
  • 1996 -- PubMed # : 8569457 -- Gianino, C. A. and Corazzini, K. and Tseng, W. T. and Richardson, J. P. Factors affecting influenza vaccination among attendees at a senior center. Md Med J. January, 1996 45(1); 27-32.
  • 2000 -- PubMed # : 11211322 -- Corazzini, K. N. Case management decision making: goal transformation through discretion and client interpretation. Home Health Care Serv Q. 18(3); 81-96.
  • 2002 -- PubMed # : 12451155 -- Corazzini-Gomez, K. The relative effects of home care client characteristics on the resource allocation process: do personality and demeanor matter? Gerontologist. December, 2002 42(6); 740-50.
  • 2003 -- PubMed # : 14596390 -- Corazzini, K. How state-funded home care programs respond to changes in Medicare home health care: resource allocation decisions on the front line. Health Serv Res. October, 2003 38(5); 1263-81. PMC1360946
  • 2004 -- Corazzini, K. and McConnell, E. S. and Rapp, C. G. and Anderson, R.A. A conceptual framework for understanding the decision making processes of nursing assistants in providing dementia care. Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly. Jul./Sep., 2004 5(3); 197-206.
  • 2004 -- PubMed # : 15197292 -- Anderson, R. A. and Corazzini, K. N. and McDaniel Jr., R. R. Complexity science and the dynamics of climate and communication: reducing nursing home turnover. Gerontologist. June, 2004 44(3); 378-88. PMC2271037
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 17334452 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Piven, M. L. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Bailey, D. and Ammarell, N. and Anderson, R. A. "The Golden Rule": Only a starting point for quality care. Director. 2005 14(1); 255-293. PMC1636677
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 15839289 -- Anderson, R. A. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey, D. E. and Colon-Emeric, C. and Corazzini, K. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Piven, M. L. and Utley-Smith, Q. The power of relationship for high-quality long-term care. J Nurs Care Qual. May, 2005 20(2); 103-6. PMC1993898
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 16221876 -- Anderson, R. A. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey Jr, D. and Colón-Emeric, C. and Corazzini, K. N. and Lillie, M. and Piven, M. L. and Utley-Smith, Q. and McDaniel Jr, R. R. Nurse assistant mental models, sensemaking, care actions, and consequences for nursing home residents. Qual Health Res. October, 2005 15(8); 1006-21. PMC2211272
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16394208 -- Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey, D. and Corazzini, K. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Piven, M. L. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Anderson, R. A. Patterns of medical and nursing staff communication in nursing homes: implications and insights from complexity science. Qual Health Res. February, 2006 16(2); 173-88. PMC1474048
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 16585806 -- Piven, M. L. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey, D. and Corazzini, K. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Anderson, R. A. MDS coordinator relationships and nursing home care processes. West J Nurs Res. April, 2006 28(3); 294-309. PMC1472871
  • 2006 -- PubMed # : 17099107 -- Utley-Smith, Q. and Bailey, D. and Ammarell, N. and Corazzini, K. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Piven, M. L. and Anderson, R. A. Exit interview-consultation for research validation and dissemination. West J Nurs Res. December, 2006 28(8); 955-73. PMC1636585
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17077708 -- Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey, D. and Piven, M. L. and Corazzini, K. and Anderson, R. A. Connection, regulation, and care plan innovation: a case study of four nursing homes. Health Care Manage Rev. Oct-Dec, 2007 31(4); 337-46. PMC1952654
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17767682 -- Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Lekan, D. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey, D. and Corazzini, K. and Piven, M. L. and Anderson, R. A. Barriers to and facilitators of clinical practice guideline use in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. September, 2007 55(9); 1404-9. PMC2276683
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17710200 -- Piven, M. L. and Ammarell, N. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Corazzini, K. N. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Bailey, D. and Anderson, R. A. Paying attention: A leap toward quality care. Director. Winter, 2007 15(1); 58-60, 62-3. PMC1948878
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19452736 -- McConnell, E. S. and Lekan, D. and Bunn, M. and Egerton, E. and Corazzini, K. N. and Hendrix, C. D. and Bailey Jr, D. E. Teaching evidence-based nursing practice in geriatric care settings: the geriatric nursing innovations through education institute. J Gerontol Nurs. April, 2009 35(4); 26-33; quiz 34-5.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19182546 -- Corazzini, K. and Rapp, C. G. and McConnell, E. S. and Anderson, R. A. Use of a handheld computer observational tool to improve communication for care planning and psychosocial well-being. J Nurses Staff Dev. May, 2009 25(1); E1-7.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19649311 -- Utley-Smith, Q. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Lekan-Rutledge, D. and Ammarell, N. and Bailey, D. and Corazzini, K. and Piven, M. L. and Anderson, R. A. The Nature of Staff - Family Interactions in Nursing Homes: Staff Perceptions. J Aging Stud. August, 2009 23(3); 168-177. PMC2711636
  • 2010 -- Zimmerman, S. and Mitchell, C. M. and Reed, D. and Preisser, J. S. and Fletcher, S. and Beeber, A. S. and Reed, P. S. and Gould, E. and Hughes, S. and McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. N. and Lekan, D. and Sloane, P. D. Outcomes of a dementia care training program for staff in nursing homes and residential care/assisted living settings. Alzheimer’s Care Today. Apr.-Jun., 2010 11(2); 83-99.
  • 2010 -- McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. N. and Lekan, D. and Bailey, D. E. and Sloane, R. and Zimmerman, S. and Mitchell, C. M. and Landerman, L. R. and Champagne, M. T. Staff perception of new pain care practices in dementia care: Psychometric properties of the Duke Diffusion of Innovation in Long-Term Care Battery Alzheimer’s Care Today. Apr.-Jun., 2010 11(2); 122-133.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20552768 -- McConnell, E. S. and Lekan, D. and Corazzini, K. N. Assuring the adequacy of staffing of long-term care, strengthening the caregiving workforce, and making long-term care a career destination of choice: from mission impossible to mission critical? N C Med J. Mar-Apr, 2010 71(2); 153-7.
  • 2010 -- Corazzini, K. N. and McConnell, E. S. and Anderson, R. A. and Reed, D. and Champagne, M. T. and Lekan, D. and Preisser, J. S. and Bailey, D. and Zimmerman, S. The importance of organizational climate to training needs and outcomes in long-term care. Alzheimer’s Care Today. Apr.-Jun., 2010 11(2); 109-121.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20481420 -- Egerton, E. O. and McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. and Kitzmiller, R. R. and Crook, J. O. Birds of a feather: introducing a virtual learning community for geriatric nurse educators. J Contin Educ Nurs. May, 2010 41(5); 203-8; quiz 209-10.
  • 2010 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Rapp, C. G. and Mueller, C. and McConnell, E. and Lekan, D. Delegation in long-term care: Scope of practice or job description? Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. May, 2010 15(2); Manuscript 4.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20479137 -- Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Plowman, D. and Bailey, D. and Corazzini, K. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Ammarell, N. and Toles, M. and Anderson, R. Regulation and mindful resident care in nursing homes. Qual Health Res. September, 2010 20(9); 1283-94. PMC2918733
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21767817 -- Lekan, D. A. and Corazzini, K. N. and Gilliss, C. L. and Bailey Jr, D. E. Clinical leadership development in accelerated baccalaureate nursing students: an education innovation. J Prof Nurs. Jul-Aug, 2011 27(4); 202-14.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 21702425 -- McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. N. and Lekan, D. and Bailey, D. E. and Sloane, R. and Landerman, L. R. and Champagne, M. T. Diffusion of innovations in long-term care measurement battery. Res Gerontol Nurs. Winter, 2012 5(1); 64-76.
  • 2011 -- Corazzini, K.N. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and McConnell, E. S. and Landerman, L. R. and Thorpe, J. M. and Short, N. M. Regulation of LPN scope of practice in long-term care. Journal of Nursing Regulation. July, 2011 2(2); 30-36.
  • 2011 -- Johnson, C. M. and Corazzini, K. N. and Shaw, R. Assessing the feasibility of using virtual environments in distance education. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal. March, 2011 3(1); 5-16.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22037647 -- Hunt, S. R. and Probst, J. C. and Haddock, K. S. and Moran, R. and Baker, S. L. and Anderson, R. A. and Corazzini, K. Registered nurse retention strategies in nursing homes: a two-factor perspective. Health Care Manage Rev. August, 2012 37(3); 246-56.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22166907 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and Thorpe, J. M. and McConnell, E. S. Jurisdiction Over Nursing Care Systems in Nursing Homes: Latent Class Analysis. Nurs Res. January, 2012 61(1); 28-38.
  • 2012 -- Mueller, C. and Anderson, R. A. and McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. N. Licensed nurse responsibilities in nursing homes: a scope of practice issue. Journal of Nursing Regulation. April, 2012 3(1); 1-8.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22376375 -- Anderson, R. A. and Corazzini, K. and Porter, K. and Daily, K. and McDaniel Jr, R. R. and Colon-Emeric, C. CONNECT for quality: protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial to improve fall prevention in nursing homes. Implement Sci. February, 2012 7(1); 11.
  • 2012 -- Bailey Jr., D. E. and Docherty, S. L. and Adams, J. A. and Carthron, D. L. and Corazzini, K. and Day, J. R. and Neglia, E. and Thygeson, M. and Anderson, R. A. Studying the clinical encounter with the Adaptive Leadership framework. Journal of Healthcare Leadership. August, 2012 2012(4); 83-91.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22929379 -- Toles, M. and Barroso, J. and Colón-Emeric, C. and Corazzini, K. and McConnell, E. and Anderson, R. A. Staff interaction strategies that optimize delivery of transitional care in a skilled nursing facility: a multiple case study. Fam Community Health. October, 2012 35(4); 334-44.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22316015 -- White, H. K. and Corazzini, K. and Twersky, J. and Buhr, G. and McConnell, E. and Weiner, M. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. Prioritizing culture change in nursing homes: perspectives of residents, staff, and family members. J Am Geriatr Soc. March, 2012 60(3); 525-31.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 23164251 -- Siegel, E. O. and Anderson, R. A. and Calkin, J. and Chu, C. H. and Corazzini, K. N. and Dellefield, M. E. and Goodman, C. Supporting and promoting personhood in long term care settings: contextual factors. Int J Older People Nurs. December, 2012 7(4); 295-302.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23445182 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Mueller, C. and Anderson, R. A. and Day, L. and Hunt-McKinney, S. and Porter, K. Pain medication management in nursing homes and nursing scope of practice. J Gerontol Nurs. April, 2013 39(4); 40-6.
  • 2013 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and Hunt-McKinney, S. and Day, L. and Porter, K. Understanding RN and LPN patterns of practice in nursing homes. Journal of Nursing Regulation. April, 2013 4(1); 14-18.
  • 2013 -- Day, L. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and Hunt-McKinney, S. and Porter K. and Corazzini, K. N. Data collection and assessment in nursing homes: Practice, regulation, and education. The Director. Winter/Spring, 2013 21(1/2); 29-33.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23704219 -- Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Pinheiro, S. O. and Anderson, R. A. and Porter, K. and McConnell, E. and Corazzini, K. and Hancock, K. and Lipscomb, J. and Beales, J. and Simpson, K. M. Connecting the Learners: Improving Uptake of a Nursing Home Educational Program by Focusing on Staff Interactions. Gerontologist. May, 2013 .
  • 2013 -- McConnell, E. S. and Matters, L. and Bunn, M. and Egerton, E. and Welch, A. and Summner, T. and Devarayshamudram, S. and Mitchell, M. and Carthron, D. and Day, L. and Corazzini, K. Creating a "world without woe" for people who have dementia: A Grand Challenge approach. The Director. Summer, 2013 21(3); 22-26.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23995465 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and Thorpe, J. M. and McConnell, E. S. Licensed practical nurse scope of practice and quality of nursing home care. Nurs Res. Sep-Oct, 2013 62(5); 315-24.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 24279686 -- Colon-Emeric, C. S. and McConnell, E. and Pinheiro, S. O. and Corazzini, K. and Porter, K. and Earp, K. M. and Landerman, L. and Beales, J. and Lipscomb, J. and Hancock, K. and Anderson, R. A. CONNECT for better fall prevention in nursing homes: results from a pilot intervention study. J Am Geriatr Soc. December, 2013 61(12); 2150-9.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 24349771 -- Anderson, R. A. and Plowman, D. and Corazzini, K. and Hsieh, P. and Su, H. F. and Landerman, L. R. and McDaniel, R. R. Participation in decision making as a property of complex adaptive systems: developing and testing a measure. Nurs Res Pract. November, 2013 2013 706842. PMC3857844
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 24451896 -- Corazzini, K. and Twersky, J. and White, H. K. and Buhr, G. T. and McConnell, E. S. and Weiner, M. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. Implementing Culture Change in Nursing Homes: An Adaptive Leadership Framework. Gerontologist. August, 2015 55(4); 616-27. PMC4542586
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24754382 -- Kamhawy, H. and Holditch-Davis, D. and Alsharkawy, S. and Alrafay, S. and Corazzini, K. Non-nutritive sucking for preterm infants in Egypt. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. May-June, 2014 43(3); 330-40.
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24652943 -- Hunt, S. R. and Corazzini, K. and Anderson, R. A. Top nurse-management staffing collapse and care quality in nursing homes. J Appl Gerontol. February, 2014 33(1); 51-74.
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24903706 -- Anderson, R. A. and Toles, M. P. and Corazzini, K. and McDaniel, R. R. and Colón-Emeric, C. Local interaction strategies and capacity for better care in nursing homes: a multiple case study. BMC Health Serv Res. June, 2014 14 244. PMC4059721
  • 2014 -- Day, L. and Turner, K. and Anderson, R. A. and Mueller, C. and McConnell, E. S. and Corazzini, K. N. Teaching Delegation to RN Students. Journal of Nursing Regulation. July, 2014 5(2); 10-15.
  • 2014 -- Yap, T. L. and Kennerly, S. and Corazzini, K. and Porter, K. and Toles, M. and Anderson, R. A. Evaluation of cueing innovation for pressure ulcer prevention using staff focus groups. Healthcare. July 25, 2014 2(3); 299-314.
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25237881 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. Adaptive leadership and person-centered care: a new approach to solving problems. N C Med J. September/October, 2014 75(5); 352-4.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 25383063 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Day, L. and McConnell, E. S. and Mueller, C. and McKinney, S. H. When a situation is "not black or white": Using adaptive leadership to address complex challenges in nursing home care. Director. 21(4); 34-37.
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 23704219 -- Colón-Emeric, C. S. and Pinheiro, S. O. and Anderson, R. A. and Porter, K. and McConnell, E. and Corazzini, K. and Hancock, K. and Lipscomb, J. and Beales, J. and Simpson, K. M. Connecting the learners: improving uptake of a nursing home educational program by focusing on staff interactions. Gerontologist. June, 2014 54(3); 446-59. PMC4031566
  • 2014 -- Song, Y. and Anderson, R. A. and Corazzini, K. N. and Wu, B. Staff characteristics and care in Chinese nursing homes: A systematic literature review International Journal of Nursing Sciences. December, 2014 1(4); 423-436.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 25383063 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Anderson, R. A. and Day, L. and McConnell, E. S. and Mueller, C. and McKinney, S. H. When a situation is "not black or white": Using adaptive leadership to address complex challenges in nursing home care. Director. Fall, 2013 21(4); 34-37. PMC4220552
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25647829 -- Anderson, R. A. and Bailey Jr, D. E. and Wu, B. and Corazzini, K. and McConnell, E. S. and Thygeson, N. M. and Docherty, S. L. Adaptive leadership framework for chronic illness: framing a research agenda for transforming care delivery. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. April-June, 2015 38(2); 83-95. PMC4417005
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26259021 -- McKinney, S. H. and Corazzini, K. and Anderson, R. A. and Sloane, R. and Castle, N. G. Nursing home director of nursing leadership style and director of nursing-sensitive survey deficiencies. Health Care Manage Rev. August 6, 2015, Epub ahead of print .
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 24451896 -- Corazzini, K. and Twersky, J. and White, H. K. and Buhr, G. T. and McConnell, E. S. and Weiner, M. and Colón-Emeric, C. S. Implementing Culture Change in Nursing Homes: An Adaptive Leadership Framework. Gerontologist. August, 2015 55(4); 616-27. PMC4542586
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26465626 -- Cai, Y. and Mao, Z. and Corazzini, K. and Petrini, M. A. and Wu, B. Nursing Workforce in Hubei China: Implications for the Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine Education. Holist Nurs Pract. Nov-Dec, 2015 29(6); 370-6.
  • 2015 -- Corazzini, K. N. and Vogelsmeier, A. and McConnell, E. S. and Day, L. and Kennerly, S. and Mueller, C. and Flanagan, J. T. and Hawkins, K. and Anderson, R. A. Perceptions of nursing practice: capacity for high-quality nursing home care Journal of Nursing Regulation. October, 2015 6(3); 17-24.
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • Regulating Licensed Nursing Practice in Nursing Homes: Enacted RN and LPN Scopes of Practice and Care Outcomes
    National Council of State Boards of Nursing
    R50007
    01/2013 to 12/2014
    Project Goals: To identify the set of behaviors and strategies that RN Directors of Nursing (DONs) in nursing homes and their licensed nursing staff can use to enact their full scope of practice to improve quality of care, accounting for between state differences in Nurse Practice Acts (NPAs).
  • Practical nurse, Registered nurse and Aide, Collaborative Team In CarE (PRACTICE) Intervention Planning Grant
    John A. Hartford Foundation
    07/2014 to 06/2015
    Role: PI
    Project Goals: To develop the team infrastructure and intervention materials of the PRACTICE intervention to reduce avoidable nursing home resident hospitalizations by targeting how assessment and care planning, delegation and supervision occur in nursing homes.
  • Wide Area Patient Mobility Assessment Radar (PMAR) for Pressure Ulcer Prevention
    Information Initiative at Duke - Research Incubator Award
    08/2013 to 07/2014
    Unique collaboration between the School of Nursing and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering for the purpose of preventing pressure ulcers among patients in nursing homes and hospitals by developing novel radar signal analysis tools and techniques to monitor patient mobility.
  • CONNECT for Better Falls Prevention in VA Community Living Centers
    VA Health Services Research and Development
    EDU 08-417
    08/2009 to 07/2012
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Project Goal: In this longitudinal, randomized, controlled trial using multiple levels of analysis, we will compare the uptake of fall risk factor reduction practices and related patient fall-related outcomes in nursing homes, under two approaches to education: (1) FALLS, which is delivered using content-focused approaches to education including self-instructional modules, an in-house falls program coordinator, academic detailing sessions and audit and feedback and (2) FALLS as described above, plus CONNECT, which is delivered using learner-centered approaches and is intended to increase information exchange among staff of all levels and disciplines, increase direct care nursing providers’ participation in decision-making, and increase cognitive diversity when implementing evidence-based care practices.
  • Outcomes of Nursing Management Practice in Nursing Homes
    National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research
    2R56-NR003178-09
    10/2009 to 08/2010
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Project Goal: This research will test the benefit of a new staff interaction intervention (CONNECT) over and above a falls quality improvement intervention in reducing patient fall rates in nursing homes.
  • Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in Geriatric Settings
    DHHS/HRSA/Division of Nursing
    5D62-HP01909-07-00
    07/2009 to 06/2012
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Project goals: The purpose of this grant is to bring nursing experts, education and clinical improvement projects to nurses in geriatric settings across North Carolina by engaging registered nurses across the spectrum of elder care from five targeted communities in North Carolina in an in-depth Continuing Education Institute.
  • Regulating licensed nursing practice in nursing homes: RN delegation, LPN practice, and care outcomes
    National Council of State Boards of Nursing
    P19004
    07/2008 to 09/2010
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: To measure the relationships between state Nurse Practice Acts’ codification of RN delegation and LPN practice, and facility-level outcomes of care.
  • Geriatric Nursing Education Center of Excellence
    The Duke Endowment
    01/2008 to 12/2010
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Project Goal: This project seeks to expand the capacity for developing nursing faculty with expertise in geriatric nursing, through expanding career pathways, developing new models of clinical instructor development, and establishing a virtual community of nursing educators who share expertise in geriatric nursing education techniques.
  • Case Study of a Participatory Model of Improving Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly
    Duke University Center for International Studies Travel Grant
    07/2007 to 06/2008
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: To evaluate a collaboration between the Duke University School of Nursing and the Pan American Health Organization: Caribbean Program Coordination to improve the management of cardiovascular disease in the elderly.
  • Partner Team for the NC New Organizational Vision Award (NC NOVA)
    NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs, Inc.
    03/2007 to 07/2007
    Role: Co-PI
  • RN Delegation and Quality of Care in Long-Term Care
    University of Iowa
    01/2006 to 12/2006
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: The purpose of the mentoring grant was to further a program of research related to RN Delegation in long-term care with the assistance of Christine Mueller, RN, PhD.
  • Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in Geriatric Settings
    DHHS/HRSA/Division of Nursing
    2-D62-HP-01909-04-00
    06/2006 to 06/2009
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Project Goal: The purpose of this grant was to bring nursing experts, education and clinical improvement projects to nurses in geriatric settings across North Carolina.
  • Translating Nursing Systems Science into Practice in LTC: The PALS Intervention
    University of Iowa GNIRC/Hartford Center
    01/2007 to 12/2007
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: To develop a culturally relevant, feasible and acceptable methodology for translating systems-level empirical findings into practice which served as the basis for an intervention amenable to testing in a randomized-controlled trial design.
  • Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing
    University of Iowa
    1000612739
    01/2006 to 12/2011
  • DUMC Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Program Adoption Grant
    John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.
    No.-R5578-0415
    06/2002 to 08/2003
    Role: PI
    Project Goal: The purpose of this grant was to strengthen interdisciplinary teamwork training for advanced practice gerontological nursing students, geriatric medicine residents, and pharmacy residents, using distance-based and hand-held computing technology.
  • Pilot Feasibility Study 3: Trajectories of Aging & Care in Nursing Science
    National Institutes of Health
    1 P20-NR07795-01
    09/2001 to 08/2004
    Role: Pilot Study Principal Investigator
    Project (2003-2004): Effects of Nursing Home Structure on Resident Disability. Project Goal: The purpose of this study was to examine the stability of nursing facility organizational attributes and to identify subgroups of nursing home residents by disability risk factors that experience more rapid decline in ADL performance as a result of such organizational attributes.

    Project (2001-2002): Certified Nursing Assistants: Partners in Improving Nursing Home Resident Care and Care Planning. Project Goal: The goal of this project was to improve nurse aide psychosocial well-being and job performance by having nurse aides record observations of residents using hand-held computers for care planning.

  • Nurses Aides’ Response to Work Environment
    National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging
    T32AG00029-25
    09/2000 to 08/2002
    Role: Post-doctoral fellow
    Project Goal: The purpose of this project was to apply the dissertation-developed model of organizational influences on front-line worker decision making to institutionalized long term care settings.
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