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

Valerie K. Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, 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 25 years of acute and critical care experience and is board certified as an Adult Acute Care and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She received her BS in Nursing from Penn State University, her MSN degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Before being named Division Chair at Duke, 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 across care settings. She has served on editorial boards for critical care, geriatric and obesity-focused journals, and is the next President-Elect of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA).

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
Representative Publications
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 20921327 -- Sabol, V. K. and Resnick, B. and Galik, E. and Gruber-Baldini, A. L. and Morton, P. G. and Hicks, G. E. Exploring the factors that influence functional performance among nursing home residents. J Aging Health. 23(1); 112-34.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20685904 -- Sabol, V. K. and Resnick, B. and Galik, E. and Gruber-Baldini, A. L. and Gonce Morton, P. and Hicks, G. E. Anemia evaluation and management in nursing home residents. West J Nurs Res. June, 2010 32(4); 447-61.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20074191 -- Sabol, V. K. and Resnick, B. and Galik, E. and Gruber-Baldini, A. and Morton, P. G. and Hicks, G. E. Anemia and its impact on function in nursing home residents: what do we know? J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 22(1); 3-16.
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17284946 -- Sabol, V. K. and Carlson, K. K. Diarrhea: applying research to bedside practice. AACN Adv Crit Care. 18(1); 32-44.
  • 2005 -- PubMed # : 15586160 -- Sabol, V. K. Nutrition assessment of the critically ill adult. AACN Clin Issues. 15(4); 595-606.
  • 1997 -- PubMed # : 9313378 -- Sabol, V. K. and Friedenberg, F. K. Diarrhea. AACN Clin Issues. August, 1997 8(3); 425-36.
  • 2001 -- Sabol, V. K. Addisonian crisis: this life-threatening condition may be triggered by a variety of stressors. American Journal of Nursing. July, 2001 101(7); 24AAA-24DDD.
  • 2003 -- Sabol, V. K. Diarrhea 2003 1-20.
  • 2012 -- Steele, A. G. and Sabol, V. K. Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system (Chapter 38). October, 2012 .
  • 2010 -- Hardin-Pierce, M. and Appleby, T. L. and Sabol, V. K. Alterations in gastrointestinal function 2010 682-705.
  • 2010 -- Sabol, V. K. and Appleby, T. L. and Hardin-Pierce, M. Alterations in metabolism 2010 759-782.
  • 2010 -- Sabol, V. K. and L’Ecuyer, K. H. and Wagner, K. Determinants and assessment of nutrition and metabolic function 2010 744-758.
  • 2009 -- Steele, A. G., and Sabol, V. K. Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system. 2009 .
  • 2009 -- Steele, A. G., and Sabol, V. K. Patient management: gastrointestinal system. 2009 .
  • 2009 -- Steele, A. G., and Sabol, V. K. Common gastrointestinal disorders. 2009 .
  • 2005 -- Sabol, V. K. and Wagner, K. D. Metabolic responses August, 2005 .
  • 2005 -- Sabol, V. K. and Wagner, K. D. Fluid and electrolyte balance in the high acuity patient August, 2005 .
  • 2004 -- Steele, A.G. and Sabol, V. K. Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system 2004 .
  • 2004 -- Sabol, V. K. and Steele, A. G. Patient management: gastrointestinal system 2004 .
  • 2004 -- Steele, A.G. and Sabol, V. K. Common gastrointestinal disorders 2004 .
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20185805 -- Resnick, B. and Sabol, V. and Galik, E. and Gruber-Baldini, A. L. The impact of anemia on nursing home residents. Clin Nurs Res. May, 2010 19(2); 113-30.
  • 2010 -- Sabol, V. K. Functional impairment and anemia in older adults. Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland (NPAM) Oracle Newsletter. 2010 18(9); 9.
  • 2012 -- Steele, A. G. and Sabol, V. K. Common gastrointestinal disorders (Chapter 41). October, 2012 .
  • 2012 -- Sabol, V. K. and Steele, A. G. Patient management: Gastrointestinal system (Chapter 40) October, 2012 .
  • 2012 -- Sabol, V. K. Dyspnea. July, 2012 .
  • 2012 -- Sabol, V. K. Heart failure. July, 2012 .
  • 2012 -- Sabol, V. K. Pulmonary function. July, 2012 .
  • 2012 -- Sabol, V. K. and Hammersla, M., and Idzik, S. R. Incorporating obesity education into adult primary and acute care nurse practitioner programs. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care. June, 2012 7(2); 62-69.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 23095959 -- Sabol, V. K. Reviving the advanced practice column: a clinically and academically relevant endeavor. AACN Adv Crit Care. October, 2012 23(4); 357.
  • 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 # : 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 -- 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 2015 -- Sabol, V. K. and Molloy, M. A. Aging and obesity: General assessment and management considerations Geriatric Nursing. September, 2015 36(5); 407-409.
  • 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 -- Sabol, V. K. Exemplars in advanced practice gerontological nursing: A GAPNA series Geriatric Nursing. 2016 37(3); 239-243.
  • 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.
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.
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