Breitenstein is a native Ohioan who moved back to Columbus in 2018 after living in Chicago for 25 years. After many years working in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings with children, adolescents and families, she expanded her clinical work and research in the community, with a focus on mental health promotion and prevention. Her research focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationships and supporting optimal child development. As the director of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, she is excited to support and expand upon the work happening across our college to promote health and well-being in our community.
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.