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The January-March 2008 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, dealing with the theme of Geriatric Care in Acute & Critical Care Settings, was co-edited by three nursing professors at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center: Victoria Schirm, Ph.D, RN; Judy Norris Himes, MSN, CAN, BC; and Tamara H. Murphy, MS, APRN, BC, CCRN. Ten of the thirteen articles were written by Penn State nurses and focus on the complex issues faced by older adults and their families in acute tertiary hospital settings.

Other recent publications by Penn State’s Geriatric Center faculty may be viewed on their individual webpages (see Faculty and Staff). Selected highlights of these publications include:

Fick, D.M. & Mion, L.C. (2008). How to try this: Delirium superimposed on dementia. American Journal of Nursing. 108(1), 52-60; quiz 61.

Fick, D.M., Mion, L.C., Beers, M.H. & Whaller, J.L. (2008). Health outcomes associated with potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. Research in Nursing and Health, 31(1), 42-51.

Kolanowski, A. & Buettner, L. (2008). Prescribing activities that engage passive residents. An innovative method. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 34(1), 13-18.

Kolanowski, A., Buettner, L., Fick, D., Fitzsimmons, S. & Cornacchione, M. (2008). Instituting cognitive rehabilitation in post-acute care. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, 16(2), 40-46.

Loeb, S. J., Penrod, J., Kolanowski, A., Hupcey, J. E., Haidet, K. K., Fick, D. M., et al. (2008). Creating cross-disciplinary research alliances to advance nursing science. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(2), 195-201.

Loeb, S., Kolanowski, A ,Penrod, J., Hupcey, J., Haidet, K. K., Yu, F. & Fick, D. (2008). Creating cross-disciplinary alliances to advance nursing research. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(2), 234-249.

McGonigle, D. (October, 2008). Editorial: Computational science – what’s the status of this new science? On-Line Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 11 (1). [Online]. Available at

McGonigle, D., Mastrian, K., & Pyke, R. (2008). Telehealth and telenursing in case management. In S. Powell & H. Tahan Eds.), CMSA core curriculum for case management (2nd ed., 324-346). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Steis, M.R. & Fick, D.M. (2008). Are nurses recognizing delirium? A systematic review. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 34(9), 40-48.

Yevchak, A.M., Loeb, S.J. & Fick, D.M. (2008). Promoting cognitive health and vitality: A review of clinical implications. Geriatric Nursing, 29(5), 302-310.

Fick, D. M., Kolanowski, A., Beattie, E. & McCrow, J. (2009). Delirium in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease: Enhancing cognitive reserve as a possible preventive measure. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(3), 30-38.

Hupcey, J. E., Penrod, J. & Fenstermacher, K. (2009). A model of palliative care for heart failure. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 26(5), 399-404.

Hupcey, J. E., Penrod, J. & Fogg, J. (2009). Heart failure and palliative care: Implications in practice. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 12(6), 531-536.

Kolanowski, A, Fick, D., & Buettner, L. (2009). Recreational activities to reduce behavioural symptoms in dementia. Geriatrics & Aging, 12(1), 37-42.

Kolanowski, A., Fick, D. M., Campbell, J., Litaker, M. & Boustani, M. (2009). A preliminary study of anticholinergic burden and relationship to a quality of life indicator, engagement in activities, in nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 10(4), 252-257.

McGonigle, D. & Mastrian, K. (Eds). (2009). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

McGonigle, D. (February, 2009). Editorial: From Wearing Nanotechnology To Treating Patients To Nanoinformatics – We Are Just Beginning… On-Line Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 13 (1). [Online]. Available at

McVeigh, S.E., Jablonski, R. A., and Penrod, J. (2009). Strategies for improving family satisfaction with long term care facilities: Direct care and family-staff interactions. Annals of Long Term Care, 17(4), 25-28.

Yu, F. & Kolanowski, A. (2009). Facilitating aerobic exercise training in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. Geriatric Nursing, 30(4), 250-259.