|Present||Professor, University of Texas at Tyler ‐ Nursing|
Honors and Awards
- Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI - Fall 1991
- Piper Nominee for Outstanding Faculty, The Division of Nursing, Tyler, TX - Fall 1995
- Outstanding Nursing Faculty, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Tyler, TX - Spring 1996
- Recipient of FIRE (Fatigue Initiative through Research and Education) scholarship, Oncology Nursing Society - Fall 1996
- Professional Nurse Traineeship, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing - 1996-1997
- David Bruton, Jr. Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin - Fall 1997
- Outstanding Nursing Faculty, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Tyler, TX - Fall 1997
- One of 10 new researchers selected to participate in a one-day research course sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Oncology Nursing Society, New Orleans, LA - April 1997
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The University of Texas at Austin - Spring 1997
- Dr. Mary Sands Scholarship, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing - Spring 1998
- Thomas Jordan Doctoral Scholarship, Oncology Nursing Foundation - Spring 1998
- Integrated Scholarly Portfolio, The University of Texas at Austin College of Nursing - December 2001
- Outstanding Distance Educator Recognition, North East Texas Consortium and Centers for Education Technology - Spring 2003
- Outstanding Nursing Faculty, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Tyler, TX - Fall 2003
- UT Tyler Professor of the Year, Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tyler - Spring 2004
- Barbara Cushing Award of Excellence, Iota Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Spring 2009
- Honoree, Northwest Oklahoma Honor Society of Nursing - Fall 2009
- Excellence in Research, Iota Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International - Spring 2012
- David G. Braithwaite Professor of Nursing - Fall 2012
- NURS 6330: Quantitative Research Design
- NURS 6337: Advanced Research Design
- NURS 6339: Mixed Methods Research
|2001||Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin|
|1992||M.S.N., Marquette University|
|1975||B.S.N., The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire|
Research Works (33)
Effect of Tai Chi on Vascular Function Among Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy Nursing Faculty Publications and Presentations (2016)
Foot pain due to Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is one of the factors affecting walking ability. It has been reported that diminished vascular function contributes to a decrease in physical function in individuals with PN. Microvascular ...
Case Study of Persons with Cancer Participating in a Community-Based Exercise Program: An Exploration of Meaning and Change Nursing Faculty Publications and Presentations (2016)
Increasingly, research supports the importance of incorporating exercise into the cancer care paradigm. While quantitative studies have substantiated the significant effects of exercise on physical functioning, the individual’s perspective of participating in an exercise program ...
NEXus: Making Efficient Use of Limited Resources Journal of Professional Nursing (2016)
Faculty to teach and mentor doctoral nursing students are and will continue to be in short supply. Coupled with ever-increasing resource-constricted educational environments, doctoral programs are challenged to provide high-quality education with limited resources. The ...
Student reflections of psychiatric/mental health: Using journals and creative expressions Journal of Nursing Education and Practice (2016)
Second semester undergraduate nursing students in their psychiatric/mental health clinical rotation express an array of emotions as they frequently view the setting as foreign. Two assignments, reflective journaling and a form of expression were incorporated ...
Hospital Nurses' Perceptions of Human Factors Contributing to Nursing Errors Journal of Nursing Administration (2015)
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to understand the human factors associated with hospital errors to provide a framework to discuss why errors occur. BACKGROUND: Patient safety in hospitals has been a major focus ...
Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Transparent, Gauze, or No Dressing for a Tunnelled Central Venous Catheter in Canadian Stem Cell Transplant Recipients Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal (2015)
Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI), an avoidable risk in cancer nursing, contributes to patient morbidity, and increases health care spending. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the impact of three different nursing care strategies ...
NEXus: Evaluation of an Innovative Educational Consortium for Doctoral Education in Nursing Journal of Professional Nursing (2015)
The purpose of this article is to describe the evaluation of the Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus), a national consortium of doctor of philosophy in nursing (PhD) and doctor of nursing practice programs, administered by the ...
Tunnelled Central Venous Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection in Canadian Stem Cell Transplant Recipients: Associated Costs Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal (2015)
Problem: Central catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) is associated with increased health care costs and patient morbidity. The purpose of the study was to estimate the direct inpatient charges of CRBSI in Canadian blood and marrow ...
FIT to Care: An Action Research Study Exploring the Use of Communication Theory to Strengthen Caring Relationships between Teachers and Students International Journal for Human Caring (2014)
A caring-trusting relationship between teacher and student is foundational in caring educational environments. This relationship can be threatened when negative feedback to students is required. Instructional feedback based on feedback intervention theory (FIT) has been ...
One Step at a Time: A Journey of Hope, Inspiration, and Determination The Qualitative Report (2014)
Approximately three million persons in the United States face the challenge of living with Parkinson's Disease (PD). In spite of medical and surgical interventions, the disease progresses, resulting in bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability that ...
Expectations and Self-Efficacy of African American Parents Who Discuss Sexuality with their Adolescent Sons: An Intervention Study Public Health Nursing (2014)
Objective Despite research that suggests parental communication may help deter high-risk sexual behavior among adolescents, parents report a lack of confidence in their ability to answer sexually related questions. The purpose of this study was ...
Military Nurses Caring for the Enemy International Journal for Human Caring (2014)
Purpose: This phenomenological study described the lived experience and aftermath of U.S. military nurses assigned enemy detainees during Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Operation Enduring Freedom. Two themes emerged: Insurgent Assignments (subthemes included identification of and interactions ...
The Effect of a Wellness Program on Adolescent Females Western Journal of Nursing Research (2014)
Guided by Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory, the purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a comprehensive wellness intervention on total wellness, physical fitness, and self-efficacy for health promoting behaviors in adolescent females, ...
The Role of Exercise in Cancer Treatment: Bridging the Gap Current Sports Medicine Reports (2014)
In recent years, there has been a burgeoning amount of evidence-based scientific data demonstrating the benefit of exercise during and following cancer treatment. This compelling evidence has resulted in major stakeholders in cancer management, including ...
Using a Strengths Model to Build an On-line Nursing Education Program Journal of Professional Nursing (2014)
The on-line environment is the new frontier for academia struggling to define its place in the evolving economy. A concern is how to engage students who maximize their on-line experience and graduate in a timely ...
Pain Management Knowledge and Attitudes of Baccalaureate Nursing Students and Faculty Pain Management Nursing (2013)
Pain affects approximately 76 million adults in the US. Though pain management has been targeted as a top priority, it continues to be inadequately addressed. Nursing faculty are in a unique position to significantly address ...
Community-Based FitSTEPS for Life Exercise Program for Persons with Cancer: 5-Year Evaluation Journal of Oncology Practice (2012)
Purpose: To determine the effects of a community-based program of exercise on quality of life (QOL) of persons with cancer over time. Methods: Participants were referred by their physician to participate in an individualized program ...
Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Parkinson Disease: An Integrative Review Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (2012)
The purpose of this study is to systematically examine the scientific literature and report the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of persons with Parkinson disease and their adaptation to the disease, to discuss methodological challenges associated ...
Model for a Community-Based Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors: Taking Patient Care to the Next Level Journal of Oncology Practice (2011)
This article describes the development and refinement of a not-for-profit, community-based exercise program, the Cancer Foundation For Life (CFFL), designed to improve quality of life (QOL) for persons with cancer, regardless of type or stage ...
Fatigue, Self-efficacy, Physical Activity, and Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer Cancer Nursing (2011)
Background: More than 192 000 US women faced the challenge of living with breast cancer in 2009. Although exercise may help combat treatment-related symptoms, cancer-related fatigue has been identified as a potential barrier to engaging ...
Journey to a Doctoral Program Journal of Professional Nursing (2011)
Several nursing programs will be developing either doctor of philosophy or doctor of nursing practice programs in the near future. There is little literature available to advise and guide program planners about the challenges and ...
Measuring Self-Efficacy: Development of the Physical Activity Assessment Inventory Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research (2010)
Self-efficacy focuses on an individual's self-assessment of his or her ability to perform a particular behavior. Existing self-efficacy scales for physical activity address exercise, a subset of physical activity. The Physical Activity Assessment Inventory (PAAI) ...
Effect of an Educational Intervention on Attitudes Toward and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing (2008)
Purpose: Transitioning to an evidence-based practice (EBP) environment is a new and often overwhelming challenge for many organisations. The most effective strategies to implement EBP have yet to be determined. In this study an accelerated ...
Navigating the Evidence-based Practice Maze Journal of Nursing Management (2008)
Aim This article's purpose is to provide nurses with key points to consider in facilitating informed decision making while navigating the evidence-based practice (EBP) maze. Background EBP in nursing evolved from the medical model and ...