Brenda has been a registered nurse for 33 years. She received her BSN, MSN and DNP from The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She holds certifications as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, she was appointed as the Director of Health System Nursing Education at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor for The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Previously, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit for 16 years. She is an Evidence Based Practice Mentor, and has authored/co-authored numerous evidence-based practice guidelines for her organization. Dr. Hixon has been a presenter at multiple conferences related to critical care nursing and involved with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Association of Nursing Professional Development, and American Organization of Nurse Executives.
The need for human touch is universal among critical care patients and is an important component of the nurse–patient relationship. However, multiple barriers to human touch exist in the critical care environment. With little research to guide practice, we argue for the importance of human touch in the provision of holistic nursing care.
The five-year, $3.13 million grant will deploy social-assistive robots at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber and Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton near Canton for an eight-week trial. The study is aimed at curbing loneliness and apathy in older adults, especially for those with dementia.