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Valerie K. Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, ANEF, FAANP

Professor
Chair, Healthcare in Adult Populations Division
Phone: 
(919) 613-6010
Office: 
2059 Pearson Building

Valerie Sabol, PhD, AGACNP-BC, ANEF, FAANP, is the Chair for the Division of Healthcare in Adult Populations at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON).

Dr. Sabol has more than 20 years of acute and critical care experience and is board certified as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her BS in Nursing from Penn State University, her MSN degree from the University of Pennyslvania and her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Before being named Division Chair, Dr. Sabol served as the Accelerated BSN Program Director and the Director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty in the MSN Program at DUSON. Prior to working at Duke, Dr. Sabol taught at the University of Maryland School of Nursing for 11 years. She currently provides care as a nurse practitioner at Duke University Medical Center with the Endocrinology Inpatient Consultation Service.

Her clinical and research interests include translating and implementing evidence-based practices into the care of both obese and older adults in acute care settings. She serves on editorial boards for critical care, geriatric and obesity-focused journals, is a column co-editor for Geriatric Nursing and is on the Board of Directors for the Gerontology Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Academic Program Affiliations

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

Education

  • PhD - University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
  • BSN - Pennsylvania State University - University Park

Research Interests

Anemia and functional performance among older adults
Translating and implementing evidence-based practices in the care of older adults in acute and critical care settings
Obesity in acutely ill adults

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 || 2014-2015 Fellow, Duke-Johnson & Johnson Leadership Program
  • 2014 || Inducted as Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2014 || Shirley Novosel Award, Penn State Alumni Society
  • 2013 || Annual Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau ‒ Pi Chapter, University of Maryland SON
  • 2012 || Bayada Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education, Drexel University
  • 2010 || Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year Award, Sigma Theta Tau Pi Chapter
  • 2010 || Selected for participation in the 2010 NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research, National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • 2007 || Dean’s Teaching Scholar Award: CNL-APN Team-Based Learning: The Next Paradigm in Nursing Education, University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • 2007 || Sigma Theta Tau Scholarship for Doctoral Dissertation, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 2005 || Inducted, Sigma Phi Omega ~ National Academic and Professional Society in Gerontology
  • 1995 || Nursing Research Award, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1994 || Meritorious Award, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1994 || Nightingale Award Nomination
  • 1991 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Gerontology

Representative Publications

  • 2017 -- Miller, J. M., Sabol, V.K., & Pastva, A. M. Promoting older adult physical activity throughout care transitions using an interprofessional approach The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 13(1); 64-71
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 27968944 Aldrich, K. M. and Sabol, V. K. GAPNA Consensus Statement on Proficiencies for the APRN Gerontological Specialist: Proficiency Statement 6. Geriatr Nurs. 37(5); 412-414
  • 2016 -- Sabol, V. K. Exemplars in advanced practice gerontological nursing: A GAPNA series Geriatric Nursing. 2016 37(3); 239-243
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 26448157 Molloy, M. A. and Sabol, V. K. and Silva, S. G. and Guimond, M. E. Using Trigger Films as a Bariatric Sensitivity Intervention: Improving Nursing Students' Attitudes and Beliefs About Caring for Obese Patients. Nurse Educ. 2016
  • 2015 -- Sabol, V. K. and Molloy, M. A. Aging and obesity: General assessment and management considerations Geriatric Nursing. September, 2015 36(5); 407-409
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24859890 Stewart, J. and Carman, M. and Spegman, A. and Sabol, V. K. Evaluation of the effect of the modified early warning system on the nurse-led activation of the rapid response system. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Jul-Sep, 2014 29(3); 223-9
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24182895 Hayden, C. and Burlingame, P. and Thompson, H. and Sabol, V. K. Improving patient flow in the emergency department by placing a family nurse practitioner in triage: a quality-improvement project. J Emerg Nurs. July, 2014 40(4); 346-51
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 26246682 Oxendine, V. and Meyer, A. and Reid, P. V. and Adams, A. and Sabol, V. Evaluating Diabetes Outcomes and Costs Within an Ambulatory Setting: A Strategic Approach Utilizing a Clinical Decision Support System. Clin Diabetes. 32(3); 113-20
  • 2014 -- Fadale, K. L. and Tucker. D. and Dungan, J. and Sabol, V. Improving nurses’ vasopressor titration skills and self-efficacy via simulation-based learning. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. June, 2014 10(6); e291-e299
  • 2012 -- Steele, A. G. and Sabol, V. K. Common gastrointestinal disorders (Chapter 41). In Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach edited by Morton, P. G. & Fontaine, D. K.. October, 2012; : Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. October, 2012

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Measuring Entry-Level Nurses' Self Efficacy, Attitudes and Knowledge Related to the Care of Bariatric Patients

    Sigma Theta Tau International - Pi Chapter
    07/2013 to 06/2014

    Project Goals:
    Aim 1: Improve entry-level nursing student’s self-efficacy, attitudes, and knowledge regarding obesity-related care by implementing an obesity-targeted module and/or hands-on experience
    with bariatric-sized mannequins/actors;
    Aim 2: Design and create a realistic and reusable bariatric suit for mannequins and/or actors to wear to enhance obesity-targeted clinical instruction/ simulation and evaluate bariatric clinical competencies and skill sets;
    Aim 3: Evaluate and refine the obesity-targeted module and hands-on clinical experience for future integration into the undergraduate curriculum.

  • Incorporating Obesity Education into the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum

    Duke University SON CONCEPT Office CATALYST Award
    01/2013 to 12/2013
    Role: Co-PI

    Project Goals:
    Aim 1: Develop an obesity-targeted module for entry-level nurses and standardized obesity-focused clinical competencies;
    Aim 2: Create an interdisciplinary video (in collaboration with Duke Ergonomics, Division of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy) for entry-level providers that addresses obesity-related sensitivity and safe patient handling concerns. Video clips to demonstrate ergonomically correct safe patient positioning and transfer techniques using bariatric-sized mannequins or actors.

  • Corporate Donation (Loan) of BariRehab Platform 2 Bed

    Sizewise, Inc.
    01/2014 to 12/2016
    Role: Project Leader

    Ongoing loan of bariatric bed to Duke University School of Nursing Center for Nursing Discovery. Bed to be used to teach safe patient handling and transfer techniques to students (across nursing programs and other professional disciplines). Sizewise will provide ongoing maintenance and will upgrade equipment and/or software as new technology emerges.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that during the next 25 years the population of Americans who are 65 years and older will double to about 72 million. With this increase in the older adult population comes a need to raise awareness of vital aging issues through education, research, clinical practice and community or population health.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Valerie Sabol publishes article entitled "Promoting Older Adult Physical Activity Throughout Care Transitions Using an Interprofessional Approach" in the January issue of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Other co-authors include experts from Rush University in Illinois and Duke University School of Medicine.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Several DUSON faculty members including Dean Marion E. Broome, Terry Valiga and Marilyn Oermann attended the 2016 National League for Nursing Education Summit along with Duke University Health System (DUHS) leaders including Mary Ann Fuchs to support Jennie De Gagne and Valerie Sabol who were inducted as fellows.

DUHS was also designated and recognized as one of the NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Jennie C. De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, associate professor, and Valerie K. Sabol, PhD, ACNPBC, GNPBC, CNE, FAANP, professor and chair of the Health Care in Adult Populations Division, both for Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), will be inducted as fellows in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education on September 23 in Orlando, Florida.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jennie De Gagne and Valerie Sabol are two of 18 who were recently selected as 2016 National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellows. They will be inducted at the Summit Honors Convocation in Orlando, Florida in September.

Congratulations!

Friday, July 8, 2016

School of Nursing faculty, staff and students were quite busy in San Antonio, Texas as they represented nursing excellence at the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference June 21-26.

Podium or panel presentations were completed by:

  • Iris Padilla and Kathryn Evans Kreider, entitled "Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.”

  • Kathy Trotter, entitled “When breast cancer survivors return to primary care: Beyond pink ribbons.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Margie Molloy recently presented on "Nurse Educators Thinking Outside the Box: Exploring Uses of Innovative Technologies" and "Current Modalities for Operationalizing a Research Study: Recruitment and Retention of Participants" at the 2016 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Margie Molloy, Valerie Sabol and Susan Silva co-author an article entitled "Using Trigger Films as a Bariatric Sensitivity Intervention: Improving Nursing Students' Attitudes and Beliefs About Caring for Obese Patients" in the January/February issue of the Nurse Educator.

Friday, October 16, 2015

DUSON and its faculty, students and staff were very visible throughout the National League for Nursing (NLN) annual Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this month. Here are the highlights: 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Janet Campbell, MSN program nurse educator, and Valerie Sabol, ABSN program director, recently completed their one-year fellows program with the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. The program provided leadership development for advanced practice nurses to enable them to effectively address the health needs of their communities.

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