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Deborah C Messecar Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.

  • Portland Campus

    • Associate Professor School of Nursing
    • Co-Program Director, VA Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) Program School of Nursing

I am currently the manager of our Masters of Nursing Education program, and the Co-Director of our VA Nursing Academic Partnership between VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) and Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing (OHSU SON) in Portland, Oregon.

Areas of interest

  • My gerontology program of research focuses on family caregiving for chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. I also have done research with veteran populations and have specifically focused on family responses to returning veterans coping with chronic anxiety symptoms.

Education

  • B.S., University of Colorado Health & Science Center, Denver Colorado United States 1977
  • Ph.D., Oregon Health & Sciences School of Nursing, Portland Oregon United States 1997
  • M.P.H., Oregon Health & Sciences School of Medicine, Portland Oregon United States 1999
  • M.S., University of Portland School of Nursing, Portland Oregon United States 1982
  • Certifications:

    • A.G.C.N.S.-B.C.
    • G.C.N.S.-B.C.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Messecar, D.C., and Tanner, C.A. Evidence-based practice (in press). In: Joel, L.A. Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials for Role Development (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.

  • Messecar, D. (2017). Finding Their Way Back in: Family Reintegration Following Guard Deployment. Military Medicine, 182,266, pp. 266-273.

  • Ingelse, K., & Messecar, D. (2016). Rural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Services. Archives Of Psychiatric Nursing, 30(2), 244-248 5p. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.11.008.

  • Messecar, D. C. Family Caregiver Interventions. In M. Kluger (2016) Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice,5th Edition. New York: Springer.

  • Messecar, D. C., Parker-Walsch, C., & Lindauer, A. Family Caregiving (2010) In V. Hirth Geritrics: A Case-based Approach. Burr Ridge, IL: McGraw-Hill.

  • Messecar, D.C., and Chorpenning, L., Families in War and Disaster (2010). In: Hanson, S. M.; Gedaly-Duff, V. & Kaakinen, J. R. (2010) Family Health Care Nursing (4th ed.).. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.

Publications

  • "Finding their way back in : Family reintegration following guard deployment." Military Medicine In: , Vol. 182, 266, 01.03.2017, p. 266-273.
  • "Rural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Services." Archives of Psychiatric Nursing  In: , Vol. 30, No. 2, 01.04.2016, p. 244-248.
  • "Growing old with fibromyalgia : Factors that predict physical function." Nursing Research  In: , Vol. 62, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 16-24.
  • "Mammography decision making in older women with a breast cancer family history." Journal of Nursing Scholarship In: , Vol. 42, No. 3, 09.2010, p. 348-356.
  • "Commentary : Review: Admission-avoidance hospital-at-home decreases mortality at 6 months but does not differ from inpatient care for readmission." Evidence-based nursing  In: , Vol. 12, No. 3, 2009, p. 82.
  • "The Family preferences index : Helping family members who want to participate in the care of a hospitalized older adult. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins." American Journal of Nursing In: , Vol. 108, No. 9, 09.2008, p. 53-59.
  • "The Family Preferences Index : helping family members who want to participate in the care of a hospitalized older adult." American Journal of Nursing In: , Vol. 108, No. 9, 09.2008.
  • "Commentary : Review: Several interventions reduce fear of falling in older people living in the community." Evidence-based nursing In: , Vol. 11, No. 1, 2008, p. 21.
  • "How frail elders evaluate their caregiver's role enactment : A scale to measure affection, skill, and attentiveness." Journal of Family Nursing In: , Vol. 12, No. 3, 08.2006, p. 251-275.
  • "Mentoring geriatric nurse scientists, educators, clinicians, and leaders in the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence." Nursing Outlook  In: , Vol. 54, No. 4, 07.2006, p. 183-188.
  • "Successful recruiting into geriatric nursing : The experience of the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence." Nursing Outlook In: , Vol. 54, No. 4, 07.2006, p. 197-203.
  • "Reading statistics in nursing research : A self-study CD-ROM module." Journal of Nursing Education  In: , Vol. 42, No. 5, 05.2003, p. 220-226.
  • "Home environmental modification strategies used by caregivers of elders." Research in Nursing and Health  In: , Vol. 25, No. 5, 10.2002, p. 357-370.
  • "Commentary : Older people perceived health as going and doing something meaningful." Evidence-based nursing In: , Vol. 5, No. 3, 2002, p. 96.
  • "Feasibility of a virtual health and wellness center for the Oregon Air National Guard." Military Medicine  In: , Vol. 167, No. 1, 2002, p. 38-43.
  • "Smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women to prevent low birth weight : what does the evidence show?" Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners In: , Vol. 13, No. 4, 04.2001, p. 171-177.
  • "Cigarette smoking in the Oregon Air National Guard : Findings from a health promotions survey." Military Medicine In: , Vol. 166, No. 9, 2001, p. 774-776.
  • "Factors affecting caregivers' ability to make environmental modifications." Journal of Gerontological Nursing In: , Vol. 26, No. 12, 12.2000, p. 32-42.
  • "Mammography screening for older women with and without cognitive impairment." Journal of Gerontological Nursing In: , Vol. 26, No. 4, 04.2000, p. 14-24.
  • "Commentary : Caregivers of family members with dementia described the experience of quality respite as a 3 phase cognitive journey towards a sense of "being free"." Evidence-based nursing  In: , Vol. 3, No. 2, 2000, p. 64.
  • "Commentary : " Hospital at home" care was generally as effective as routine hospital care for older adults." Evidence-based nursing  In: , Vol. 2, No. 2, 1999, p. 51.
  • "Commentary : "Hospital at home" care was as effective as routine hospital care for older adults." Evidence-based nursing  In: , Vol. 2, No. 2, 1999, p. 50.
  • "Guard and reserve spouse separation during the Persian Gulf War : Coming to terms with uncertainty." Journal of Family Nursing  In: , Vol. 4, No. 3, 1998, p. 309-333.

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