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Advancing Knowledge

VA Nurses continue to advance the knowledge of the greater national nursing communities through their work. VA Nurses publish, present oral and poster presentations at conferences, and deliver a variety of educational offerings through our academic affiliates and via webinars within VA and beyond. Below is an abridged list of examples of the knowledge VA Nurses are creating and sharing.

Features on this page: Publications Presentations Recognition Awards 


VA NurseAuthorsArticle TitleJournalYear
Guzman-Clark J, Johnson BSO, Mather ME, & Williams H Guzman-Clark J, Johnson BSO, Mather ME, & Williams H Infusing Gerontological Practice into PACT Federal Practitioner 2014
Laurel Radwin Trudeau, S., Horvath, K., Radwin, L., McConnell, E. Using the Parihs Framework to Plan Educational Interventions The Gerontologist 2014
Jill Bormann Bormann, J. E., Weinrich, S., Allard, C. B., Beck, D., Johnson, B. & Holt, L.  Mantram repetition: An evidenced-based complementary practice for military personnel and veterans in the 21st century Annual Review of Nursing Research 2014
Jill Bormann Bormann, J. E., Oman, D., Walter, K. H. & Johnson, B. Mindful attention increases and mediates psychological outcomes following mantram repetition practice in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder Medical Care 2014
Jill Bormann Oman, D. & Bormann, J. E. Mantram Repetition Fosters Self-Efficacy in Veterans for Managing PTSD: A Randomized Trial Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 2014
Carol Fletcher Carol E. Fletcher, PhD, RN; Allison R. Mitchinson, MPH, NCTMB; Erika L. Trumble, MPH Perceptions of Providers and Administrators in the Veterans Health Administration Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine Medical Care 2014
Lynn Reinke Reinke, L.F., Feemster, L.C., Backhus, L.M., Gylys-Colwell, I., Au, D.H. Assessment and management of symptoms for outpatients newly diagnosed with lung cancer American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, published on line 2014
Virginia Daggett  Daggett, Virginia S.; Woodward-Hagg, Heather; Damush, Teresa M.; Plue, Laurie; Russell, Scott; Allen, George; Williams, Linda S.; Chumbler, Neale R.;   Bravata, Dawn M. Health Care Systems Redesign Project to Improve Dysphagia Screening. Journal of Nursing Care Quality (in press) 2014
Mary Hagle McKinley, L., Moriarty, H., Short, TH., Hagle, M., Ranum, A., Valentine, S., & Safdar, N. Regional differences in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus colonization rates in critically ill veterans. American Journal of Infection Control 2014
Cynthia Phelan; Heather Royer Phelan, C., Schumacher, S., Roiland, R., Royer, H., & Roberts, T. Building Capacity for the Conduct of Nursing Research at a Veterans Administration Hospital Journal of Nursing Administration. 2014
Cynthia Phelan Roiland, R., Lin. F., Phelan, C., & Chapman, B. (Accepted). Stress regulation as a mechanism linking executive function and pre-frailty Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging 2014
Heather Royer Backonja, U., Royer, H.R. & Lauver, D.R Young women’s reasons to seek sexually transmitted infection screening Public Health Nursing 2014
Heather Royer Royer, H.R., Young, S.D. & Falk, E.C. (In press). Sex and social media: New venues for hookups and new opportunities for interventions Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews 2014
Mary Ellen Dellefield Dellefield ME, Castle NG, McGilton K, and Spilsbury K. (in press). The relationship between registered nurses and nursing home quality: An integrative review Nursing Economics 2014
Connie Uphold Uphold, C. R., Jordan, M., & Freytes, M. Family caregivers of Veterans: A critical review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future research Annual Review of Nursing Research 2014
Christine Olney Thomason, S.S., Powell-Cope, G., Peterson, M.J., Guihan, M., Wallen, E.S., Olney, C.M., Bates-Jensen, B. (Accepted 9-5-14). A multi-site quality improvement project to standardize the assessment of pressure ulcer healing in veterans with spinal cord injuries/disorders Advances in Skin and Wound Care.  2014
Christine Olney Gould LJ, Olney CM, Nichols JS, Block AR, Simon RM, Guihan M. Spinal Cord Injury Survey to Determine Pressure Ulcer Vulnerability in the Outpatient Population Medical Hypotheses 2014
Heather Gilmartin Gilmartin, HM., Larson, R. Improving school immunization rates may be as basic as record reconciliation and policy enforcement: A report from a rural Colorado public health/school district initiative J Public Health Manag Pract (Epub ahead of print). 2014
Judy Carlson Carlson, J., Cohen, R., & Bice-Stephens, W. Effectiveness of Telebehavioral Health Program Nurse Case Managers (NCM): Data Collection Tools and the Process for NCM-Sensitive Outcome Measures AMEDD Journal 2014
Lori Hoffman Hogg Hoffman Hogg, Lori Paths to Partnership: Veterans Health Administration’s Journey in Pilot Testing Breast Cancer Care Quality Measures Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 2014


VA NursePresentationLocationYear
Judy Murphy Using simulation to promote quality and safety through integration of interprofessional Education Core Competencies (IPEC) 31st Annual Rugers Interprofessional International Technology Conference Atlantic City, NY 2014
Jane Anderson Extending the time window with low dose IV abciximab in acute non-lacunar stroke The International Stroke Conference; Honolulu, HI 2014
Ursula Kelly Implementing evidence based treatments for PTSD in a VA outpatient treatment program Annual Meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Arlington, VA 2014
Jenice Guzman VA GLAHS Geris SCAN-ECHO Program-Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) Virtual Leadership Conference 2014
Patricia Birmingham Handoff Practices and the Clinical Environment: Challenging in Constructing the Story Anaheim, CA 2014
Lauren Broyles Expanding Nursing Roles for Alcohol-related Health Promotion in Inpatient and Primary Care Settings Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care, Ohio State University 2014
Jenice Guzman Care of Older Veterans in PACT VA Geriatrics Scholars Program Los Angeles 2014
Ursula Kelly An Evaluation of a PTSD Treatment Program for Women Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma Southern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Conference 2014
Jane Anderson Secondary stroke prevention program: Effect on stroke specific quality of life The International Stroke Conference, Honolulu, HI 2014

Recognition Awards

2015 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference

Drs.  Penny Kaye Jensen, Loretta Ford,  Kathy Rugen
Drs. Penny Kaye Jensen, Loretta Ford, Kathy Rugen at the AANP National Conference in New Orleans

Kathy Rugen, PhD, FNP-BC, Consultant, VA Centers for Excellence in Primary Care Education, was inducted into the AANP Fellowship at the AANP National Conference. Dr. Rugen was co-sponsored by Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen and was honored to meet Dr. Loretta Ford, co-founder of the nurse practitioner movement, still going strong at age 94! The NP profession is celebrating it's 50 year Anniversary (1965-2015).

2015 American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows Announced

VA Fellows inducted at the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) conference in October, 2015.

Cristina C. Hendrix, DNS, APRN, GNP BC, FAAN; Duke University / Durham VA Medical Center
Kathlyn Sue Haddock, PhD, RN, FAAN; William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, FAAN; Villanova University / Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, APN CS, RN, BC, FAAN; American Academy for Preceptor Advancement / VHA ISO Consultation Division, Office of Quality, Safety and Value, Orlando Regional Office
Ray Phillips PhD, MS, RN, CNS, FAAN; VA Northern California Health Care System (Mather, CA)