April 04, 2019
Fellowship recognizes leadership in practice, scholarship and policy to support interprofessional care

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Academies of Practice (NAP) recently inducted Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, F-NAP, FAAN from The Ohio State University College of Nursing as a new Distinguished Fellow of NAP in Nursing during a gala banquet in Pentagon City, Virginia.

Fellowship in NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP's unique perspective – that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interprofessional dialogue and advocacy.

Tucker serves as the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the Ohio State College of Nursing and director of the Translational/Implementation Research Core at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Her election as a NAP Distinguished Fellow recognizes Tucker’s leadership as a nationally and internationally-known researcher focusing on behavioral strategies to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and reduce stress and risks among children and working mothers.

“The passion behind our purpose with our partners at NAP is to share our experiences and expertise to affect change that benefits every corner of our communities,” Tucker said. “I am honored to join this distinctive group of leaders who have committed their life’s work to advocating for a healthier world.”

Founded in 1981, NAP is an interprofessional, nonprofit organization, with membership representing 14 health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere. The 14 academies of practice within the NAP include: Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech‐Language Pathology and Veterinary Medicine.

New Fellows were inducted following a two‐day forum on “Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Advocacy for Population Health.” For more information on nominating potential Fellows to NAP, call the NAP office at 859‐514‐9184 or visit NAPractice.org.

March 03, 2017

Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, PMHCNS-BC, recently joined The Ohio State University College of Nursing as the Grayce M. Sills Endowed Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and director of the Translational Research Core of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP).

 

Tucker was previously the director of nursing research, EBP and quality for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and prior to that was in a similar role at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She remains associate editor for Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, is on the board of directors and serves as the newly elected treasurer for the Midwest Nursing Research Society, is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

 

She has spent more than 20 years in clinical settings, working in mental health, behavioral health, critical care and as a nurse examiner in sexual assault cases. Early in her career, she observed people who struggled with poor health behaviors and became interested in developing a deeper understanding of how to help families – especially those with young children – learn healthier habits and maintain good mental health. Her curiosity led her to pursue graduate studies, and eventually set the stage for intervention research designs.

 

“From mental health to obesity to creating a culture of wellness, the thread through it all is behavioral strategies,” said Tucker. “How do you promote mental health? How do you help people stay fit? And how do we promote behavior change?”

 

Tucker’s goals include conducting rigorous research to develop a better understanding of how to change behaviors to improve health and wellness, and integrating that research in to practice.

 

“I think people are confused by mixed messages about fat and dietary concerns, for example,” she said. “People will excuse any study to support what they want to do. While dietary composition is complex and not a one-size-fits-all approach, the data [is] much clearer on (the importance of) physical activity. My ultimate goal is to understand what factors help people adopt healthier habits. We know prevention makes a difference but it takes a long time to demonstrate and most people want rapid results, thereby making long-term behavior change challenging.”

 

On Tuesday, March 7, Tucker will offer a brief discussion of her research on human factors and environments for promoting behavior change  beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Newton Hall at 1585 Neil Ave.