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

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

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


  • 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 -- 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
  • 2016 -- Sabol, V. K. Exemplars in advanced practice gerontological nursing: A GAPNA series Geriatric Nursing. 2016 37(3); 239-243
  • 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 # : 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 -- 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 -- 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


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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Valerie Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, ANEF, FAANP, professor at Duke University School of Nursing, was recently selected as one of The Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina by The Great 100, Inc. for 2018.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 DUSON cohort of Teaching for Equity Fellows Health Professions Educators: Nancy Crego, Valerie Sabol, Brigit Carter, Jennie De Gagne, Midge Bowers, Michelle Hartman, Jill Brennan-Cook, Sharron Rushton, Jen Graf-Perkins and Lisa Lewis!

Monday, April 16, 2018

DNP alumna Ariella Jolly, Anne Derouin, Valerie Sabol and colleagues recently published an article entitled "Protocol for Treating Obese Pediatric Patients" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Zach Wachtl is a co-author of the article. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Duke University School of Nursing’s Institute for Educational Excellence will host the 8th annual Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education Conference March 22 and 23. This year’s theme is “The Science of Learning.”

Monday, October 30, 2017

Valerie Sabol, Benjamin Smallheer and Marilyn Oermann recently published a chapter entitled "Basic skills for teaching and the advanced practice registered nurse" in the fourth edition of Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials for role development

Friday, October 20, 2017

Valerie Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, ANEF, FAANP was recently inaugurated as president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), for the 2017-2018 term, and won their Award for Excellence in Research. She won this award as a result of her commitment to research in nursing that benefits the geriatric community.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Valerie Sabol was recently awarded the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Award for Excellence in Research. This award for research is given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to research in nursing that benefits the geriatric community. Award recipients must have a broad-based, continuing commitment to research as reflected in a variety of programs and initiatives which are responsive to the geriatric nursing community.

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.