Khalilah LaRue is certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Khalilah completed her bachelor of arts in psychology and humanities from The Ohio State University in 2005 and her master of science in nursing at The Ohio State University in 2008. Khalilah is currently employed at Southeast, Inc. mental health and recovery services as a nurse practitioner and has been practicing for the past 9 years. She also partners with Mt. Carmel Outreach program providing mental health services to the underserved community. Khalilah has worked in a variety of clinical mental health arenas, including outpatient and inpatient community and private sectors as well as corrections. Khalilah has been a clinical preceptor for the past 8 years. She serves as a clinical faculty for the psychiatric/mental health graduate nursing specialty track. Clinical areas of interest include cultural competence and health promotion with the underserved chronically mental ill community. Khalilah is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She currently resides in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband and three children.
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.