Dr. Sharon Tucker was appointed as the Grayce M. Sills Endowed Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in January 2017. A psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, Dr. Tucker is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher focusing on behavioral strategies to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and reduce stress and risks among children and working mothers. She is also a recognized expert in evidence-based practice and evidence-based quality improvement, and has served as director of large, Magnet-designated hospital programs for the past 15 years. She will lead the Translation Research Core of the College of Nursing’s new Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare.
Dr. Tucker earned her BSN from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, an MSN from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and her PhD in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago. In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Nursing Research Society and was recently elected as Treasurer, is the associate editor of Worldviews in Evidence-based Nursing, and regularly reviews manuscripts for several interdisciplinary and nursing journals. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.
- Professional Activities
- Associate Editor of Worldviews in Evidence-based Nursing
- Alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program
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.