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About Barbara A. Rakel

Barbara Rakel joined the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 2005 after serving as a Research Nurse Specialist and Advanced Practice Nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) for over 15 years, during which time she promoted research and evidence-based practice within and outside the Department of Nursing.
Dr. Rakel's program of research focuses on pain management in older adults, examining non-pharmacologic strategies to address movement-evoked pain and promote function in elders. She was a John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Postdoctoral Fellow from 2003-2005. In 2007 she received two R-series grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research to test the effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) on pain, hyperalgesia, and function in older adults with osteoarthritis and post total knee replacement. She was the recipient of the Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award in 2008 from the Midwest Nursing Research Society.
Dr. Rakel's primary area of nursing practice has been in the acute care setting, including cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. She was UIHC's first Cardiothoracic Transplant Coordinator when the program began in 1984.
PhD, The University of Iowa College of Nursing
MA, The University of Iowa College of Nursing
BSN, The University of Iowa College of Nursing


Present Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Iowa

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