Mary Medysky awarded Ph.D. HARP


We are pleased to announce Mary Medysky as the 2018 recipient of the Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) for Ph.D. students. This award helps support select students in the final stages of their dissertation and will help Mary complete and disseminate her research.

Mary's dissertation topic, "Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Yoga Therapy to Mitigate Functional Declines in Lung Cancer Survivors", is both innovative and relevant as there is insufficient research on yoga's ability to mitigate functional declines in lung cancer patients.

Hearst Endowed Scholar Named for AY 2018-19

Carly Hernandex

Our Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence is proud to announce our recipient of The Hearst Foundations' Endowed Scholarship for AY 2018-19. Please join us in congratulating Carly Hernandez Kadell (pictured left), who is in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, 

When Carly heard about her award she wrote, "I am truly honored to be the recipient of this scholarship, and couldn't be more excited to embark on the next phase of my education - that of the DNP. Thank you for investing in my future success." She has strategically placed herself in a Medicare-funded, home health clinic, working with a geriatric PMHNP to implement a suicide-screening tool for her DNP project.

As our population ages it becomes vital that nurses, the largest segment of the nation's health care system, be trained and competent in the care of older adults.

The Hearst Endowed Scholarship, awarded for the DNP year, covers the cost of tuition, fees, and stipend up to a maximum of $15,000. The Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence is honored to steward this vital scholarship. Since 2002, $353,865 has been awarded from this endowment to 58 graduate students preparing to become advanced practice nurses in the field of geriatrics.

Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarships Awarded!

Miles, Pusateri, Samuel

Congratulations to Master of Nursing students Allison Miles, Lisa Pusateri, and Nathan Samuel who are the recipients of the Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarship for AY 2018-19. They are all enrolled in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Allison is dedicated to a nursing career caring for adult oncology patients. She is pursuing an advanced practice nursing degree to care for patients on a "holistic level… addressing patient education and treatment preferences" and to be an advocate for patients with complex care needs.

Lisa also practices nursing in adult oncology and as she continues her education she aspires to lead in the improvement of older adult cancer care. She has an understanding of the complexity of co-morbidities and social determinants of health and how they play a role in patient's goals, education, and home support.

With gratitude for the financial aid, Nathan wrote, "I take this support with the utmost seriousness and want to reemphasize my dedication to following through with the strong commitment to gerontological care..." Nathan recognizes the necessity of care planning and utilizing patient-centered strategies when caring for some of our most vulnerable and unique people. He has aspirations for leadership, research, and quality improvement.

The Phyllis J. Michaelson Scholarship Fund in Gerontological Nursing was established in 1996 by Jerry Michaelson. It was created to support students enrolled in graduate nursing programs of the School of Nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University with a gerontological nursing specialty. The Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence is honored to steward this endowedscholarship.

2017 PhD HARP Awardees!

Congratulations to Wafaa BinAli and Maggie Rising, 2017 recipients of our Hartford Center's PhD Candidate - Hartford Award for Research andPractice (HARP). They will both receive $1,000 to use toward the completion of their dissertations.

The focus of Wafaa's research has great potential for enhancing how nurses care for persons with acute kidney injury by addressing nurses' perceptions of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) practice in the ICU.

Maggie's dissertation, "Hospice Decision Making in Mexican Americans with Terminal Cancer", takes an approach that is critical to understanding the unique needs of individuals at the end of life.

Join us in offering them both continued progress on their dissertation research.

2017 Faculty HARP Awardees!

Martha Driessnack, PhD, PPCNP-BC and Richie Kohli, BDS, MS are the 2017 recipients of our Hartford Center's Faculty - Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP). 

Dr. Driessnack's practice-change project, "Intergenerational relationships and family lore: Moving from knowledge creation to knowledge use", will include clinical sites in Portland and La Grande. Using the "Aware-Adopt-Adapt Knowledge Transfer Model" as a guiding framework for implementation, the short-term focus is on identifying provider-related factors that affect reach (conceptual use) and uptake (instrumental use).

Dr.Kohli is the first recipient of the Interprofessional Faculty HARP. This pilot study will establish an interprofessional training program for nurses at OHSU to screen the oral health of their patients and improve nursing personnel's ability to appropriately make a referral to a dentist. An interprofessional research team is a requirement of this award and there must be a Co-Investigator (Co-I) from the School of Nursing; Paula Gubrud-Howe, EdD, RN will serve as Co-I.

Congratulations to them all!

Hartford Center Awards Three Hearst Foundations Scholarships

The Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence at OHSU is proud to announce three new recipients of The Hearst Foundations' Endowed Scholarship for AY 2017-18. Please join us in congratulating Capella Crowfoot Lapham who is in the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP program and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP students, Callie Sockler and Christine Lasich. Through their DNP clinical residencies and quality improvement projects they feel confident they can influence practice and policy environments that affect the health and/or health care of older adults.

Capella, Callie, Christine cropped

Congratulations to Basilia Basin

Basilia Basin Headshot

Basilia Basin, B.S., R.N.-B.C., clinical nurse, educator, and leader, successfully defended her dissertation in September. It is titled,"The influence of pets on older adults' decision-making: A grounded theory study";  it is an innovative, important, and rarely studied topic. She has been heartened by the interprofessional interest in her topic at regional and national forums and is "dedicated to the lives of older adults, elevating the nursing profession, and leading the way in Human-Animal Interaction research of older adults."

Basilia plans to publish and present findings from her dissertation and to propose a revision to the OHSU pet-visitation policy to liberalize pet visitation for hospitalized patients.

Our Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence sponsored Basilia's Jonas Center grant. She also received the Doctoral - Hartford Award for Research and Practice and the Naomi Ballard Research Award.

Basilia's Dissertation Committee was composed of Dr. Kristin Lutz (Chair), Dr. Pat Berry, Dr. Seiko Izumi and Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello.

Daniel Mick

Archbold Scholar Completes PhD

We are very pleased to announce that Daniel Mick, BSN, RN, and now PhD, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on April 20, 2017. His thesis titled, "Sarcopenic obesity in older female cancer survivors and the association with poor physical function",  may inform health care outcomes for the many older women who survive cancer. His dissertation committee was composed of Kerri Winter-Stone (Chair), Lillian Nail, Nathan Dieckmann, and Lisa Wood.

The last of twenty Patricia G. Archbold Scholars at our School's Hartford Center of Gerontological Excellence, Daniel has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Heritage University in Washington State, where one of his responsibilities will be integrating more gerontology into the curriculum.


Where in the world is Elizabeth Eckstrom?

Elizabeth in Sweden 2017

This will be her last post as she returns to OHSU the end of October. She is eager to implement some of the things she learned in her travels to Japan, Italy, and from Coast to Coast here in the U.S.

Scholarship Awarded

Allen Graduation

Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholar Awarded!

Congratulations to Master of Nursing Education student,Tiffany Allen, who is the recipient of the Michaelson Geriatric Endowed Scholarship.

Tiffany served as a research assistant on two grants that were focused on older adults with dementia, then went on to graduate from Ashland's undergraduate nursing program with Gerontological Nursing Honors in 2014.

After graduation from her MNE program, Tiffany plans to become a nurse educator and researcher and to continue to be a leader in her community. In the words of faculty member Glenise McKenzie, "She is a gerontology nurse educator's dream come true!"