Cristina Hendrix

Hendrix Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Create Elder Caregiving Training Center

Cristina Hendrix and her team received a $1.5 million, three-year grant from the Duke Endowment to create the Duke Elder Family/Caregiver Training (DEFT) Center. The DEFT Center will offer the first academic-medical-community model for assisting caregivers following hospital discharge.

The Center will incorporate services from DUSON, the Duke University Health System and the community. Caregivers of elderly patients discharged from the hospital will receive training that covers the technical and adaptive skills needed for effective home care.

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DNP Alumni Link Publishs Article in Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal

DNP alumni Tamara Link publishes an article entitled "Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Adults with Acute Bronchitis in an Urgent Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Initiative" in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. The article was co-authored with Cristina Hendrix and experts from Durham Veterans Affairs Medical and FastMed Urgent Care.

The Duke Elder Family/Caregiver Training Center Focuses on the Caregiver

Patients 60 years of age and older are often readmitted into an acute care hospital within 30 days of discharge. These readmissions can be costly for the patient and the facility. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, nearly one in five of all hospital patients covered by Medicare are readmitted within 30 days, accounting for $15 billion a year.

Hendrix Named New Division Chair

Cristina Hendrix was recently named the chair of the Clinical Health Systems & Analytics Division effective July 1. Hendrix joined DUSON in 2002 and is currently an associate professor with tenure. While she has been spending 50 percent of her position fulfilling a joint appointment at the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center of the Durham VA Health Sciences Center, Hendrix will transition this summer to having her position 100 percent time with DUSON.

Hendrix Publishes Articles, Presents at Conferences and Assumes Co-Chair Role with VHA

Cristina Hendrix published an article entitled "Implementation of a delirium assessment protocol in an inpatient hospice setting" in the June issue of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. The article was co-authored with DNP graduate Alison Harrison, Robert Smith, Beth Martin and Jennifer Pursley with Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, and Mary Champagne.

Cristina C. Hendrix, DNS, GNP-BC, FNP, FAAN

Dr. Hendrix completed her BSN at the University of Santo Tomás in Manila, Philippines. She earned an MSN-FNP at the University of Alabama and a DNS from Louisiana State University. She also completed a Post-Master's GNP (Gerontological Nurse Practitioner) at the Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Hendrix’s background includes experience as a critical care nurse, followed by practicing as a family nurse practitioner. She presently practices as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

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