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Investigator Spotlight - Student and Graduate


Faculty Investigator's Student and Graduate Investigator's

Dr. Cynthia Connelly The Office of Nursing Research is pleased to present the Investigator Spotlight. The spotlight features both faculty and students research publications, projects, and presentations. If you would like any information concerning this web page, please contact Dr. Cynthia Connelly at connellyc@sandiego.edu.

Amy Carney, PhD(c), N.P.

Amy Carney Amy Carney is teaching as adjunct faculty in nursing at California State University San Marcos. She is board certified as a nurse practitioner in Family Practice with 13 years experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Forensic Science, and has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Nursing. She is currently doing quantitative research in elder abuse, exploring the relationship between victim and abuser in cases prosecuted through the San Diego District Attorney's Office. She has presented a research poster at the Western Institute of Nursing, and is preparing another for the 2010 conference.

Jackie Close MSN, RN

Close, J., Sparks, M. (2009). Sundowning. SIGN, 16(4), 2.
National Gerontological Nurses Association newsletter

Linda Good, PhD, RN
Manager, Employee Occupational Health Services, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla

Linda Good Dr. Linda Good, a USD graduate (2009) and Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist is conducting research on the fears and concerns healthcare workers’ (HCWs) have working during a pandemic disaster. Now that the long-predicted worldwide influenza pandemic is reality, the implications are on the minds of HCWs. Most healthcare organizations have well-crafted disaster plans in place; however, these plans often rely on the assumption that HCWs will report to work as usual, which may not be the case. A new instrument, the Provider Response to Emergency Pandemic (PREP) Tool© was developed by Dr. Good to study whether HCWs’ fears and concerns are a predictor of their willingness to report to work during a sustained biologic emergency. This study will provide new insight into the HCW report to work decision using this new instrument designed to evaluate this largely unexplored aspect of healthcare. Results will inform evidence-based disaster planning that assures business continuity, resulting in a more achievable disaster plan, carried out by a loyal, more confident staff, resulting in a safer, more protected community.

Regina Izu, PhD(c), RN, PHN, HTP, FAHA
Clinical Associate Professor

Regina Izu Regina Izu is teaching in the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Program as lead faculty. She has years of experience in various settings as an APN in Adult Health and Medical-Surgical Nursing. She has completed quantitative research with Roy's Adaptation Model in Critical Care prior to the pursuit of her PhD in nursing. As a healing touch practitioner and ELNEC certified trainer for APNs and Geriatrics, her mixed methodology research dissertation is focused on palliative care. Her current interest is in the effects of Lavendula angustifolia on informal caregiver burden. Her research will study informal caregivers enrolled in San Diego Hospice and the Institute of Palliative Medicine while caring for end-of-life dementia patients. In collaboration with Dr. Georges' and her concepts of informal caregiver suffering, Regina has presented a research poster at the Western Institute of Nursing research conference. Currently, she is in pursuit of the first research grant offered by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.