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Hilary Barnes

Hilary Barnes

Director, Nursing DNP Program

I am a health services researcher and nationally-recognized expert on the nurse practitioner workforce. My work examines the role of the nurse practitioner to improve care delivery and outcomes within the contexts of an evolving healthcare system and policy reform. I am also interested in role transition for the novice nurse practitioner and finding ways to support new nurse practitioners as they enter clinical practice.

I direct the DNP Program and teach in the DNP and PhD programs. I am passionate about mentoring students to explore their interests as the develop their own clinical and research scholarship.

I have expertise in secondary data analysis using large data sets, primary data collection, advanced statistical methods, and instrument development. I have published and presented my research widely for nursing and interdisciplinary audiences. I completed an NINR T32 post-doctoral research fellowship in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Jawanza R. Bundy

My research focuses on mentoring and parental involvement in the college-going process of African American students pursuing nursing education. Specifically it focuses on how these strategies facilitate the recruitment and retention of minority students in nursing education programs. In addition my research interest includes reducing health care disparities and inequalities by diversifying the nursing workforce and improving healthcare outcomes among this population.

Mary C. Francis

Mary C. Francis

Director, Acute Care (AGACNP) Program

My research interest is gun violence and how the experience has been perceived by the individual. It is important to understand the initial perception of the experience and the ongoing impact of the event.

Jihane Hajj

My research interest is in the area of radiation vasculopathy. We recently completed our retrospective research study on head and neck cancer patients who received radiation therapy to the head and neck. After analyzing our medical records, the majority of patients were at high risk of cardiovascular events. More information on this work: "Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Measurement Promises to Improve Cardiovascular Risk Evaluation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients." Our future plan in this field to explore biomarkers of atherosclerosis in setting of radiation therapy among head and neck cancer patients.

Meg Hall

My research interests are critical care nursing, including novice nurses in critical settings, and death and dying in the intensive or critical care units.