Jennifer Kawi

My program of research focuses on chronic pain, opioids, and biobehavioral factors affecting pain including self-management, self-management support, pain care disparities, and biomarkers. I recently completed an R56 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research entitled “Pilot Testing A Theory-Driven Self-Management Intervention for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain” in interdisciplinary collaboration with Johns Hopkins and UTHealth Houston. She has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at regional, national, and international conferences. She received several awards for her nursing contributions.

Gail Lupica

Undergraduate, pre-licensure faculty are faced with the challenges of preparing a nursing workforce that is well equipped to navigate a dynamic, complex, stressful, healthcare environment. Cognitive overload, poor interpersonal skills, differences in training and education among the healthcare team and constant distraction contribute to poor communication practices for nurses (Noland, 2014). The Joint Commission has reported that 80% of all medical errors in the healthcare setting is attributed to “miscommunication” (“Joint Commission Center,” 2012).

Evette Fuerniss

Patient education and readmission rates in the acute care setting