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Donna Fick

Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State
Editor, Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Contact Information

306 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802-6509

(fax) 814-865-6625


Ph.D., University of California at San Francisco
M.S., Nursing Science, Major in Gerontological Nursing, University of Cincinnati
B.S.N., Nursing Science, Berea College

Research Interests


  • Inappropriate medication use in older adults
  • Recognition & management of delirium superimposed on dementia
  • Implementation of ultra-brief delirium screening in hospital settings

Funded Research Projects

Network for Investigation of Delirium across the U.S. (NIDUS). Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. 2016-2021 Inouye, S.K. (PI) and Fick, D.M

Funded Research Projects

READI: Researching Efficient Approaches to Delirium Identification. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / National Institutes of Health. 2016 – 2018 Fick, D.M. (PI), Penrod, J.L., and Leslie, D.L.

Funded Research Projects

Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia-END-DSD. National Institute of Nursing Research, R01NR011042. 2010-2016. D. Fick (PI), A. Kolanowski (Co-I).

Funded Research Projects

RESERVE For Delirium Superimposed on Dementia (DSD). NINR (R01 NR012242),2010-2016. A. Kolanowski (MPI), D. Fick (MPI).