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Dr Dana Dermody

Dr. Gordana “Dana” Dermody is a teaching and research scholar in the position of Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is actively engaged in conducting research at the Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (CNMRC), Edith Cowan University. Dana’s research focuses on the development and implementation of aging in place technologies (AiPT) and solutions to support safe mobility and home management of older adults with significant chronic disease who desire to remain living at home as they age.

Current Teaching

Dana is the Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Care of the Ageing (I68). She also teaches the Mixed Methods Stream of the Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches (RES5115). Dana coordinates several units each term, including a master’s unit Clinical Leadership and Management (CLM6100), and the Contemporary Care of the Ageing I and II (NUR5211, NUR5212).

Background

  • 2015 - 2017: Clinical Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Spokane WA
  • 2012 - 2014: Special Projects Coordinator, Saint Anthony Medical Center Rockford, IL
  • 2012 - 2015: Assistant Professor, Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL
  • 2002 - 2012: Clinical Nursing Practice.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Gerontologic Society of America
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

Government, Private or Professional Society Advisory Committees

2016 onwards:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Association International Advisory Board Member
  • Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) Board of Commissionaire, Member.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 - 2015: Chancellor Scholar University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM)
  • 2014: Harriet Werely Doctoral Fellow, UWM
  • 2014: Mathy Mezzey Scholar
  • 2014: Helen Bader Scholarship for Studies in Aging, UWM
  • 2013: Chancellor Award, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) ($25,000)
  • 2013: Helen Bader Scholarship for Studies in Aging, UWM ($3,000).

Research Areas and Interests

Dr. Dermody’s research focuses on using ageing-in-place technologies (AiPT) such as smart homes to support older adults across the aging and care continuum. In particular, she is interested in the aging-in-pace movement and use of remote health monitoring to promote safe ageing-in-place of older adults with chronic conditions, frailty and associated functional decline which frequently impact this population.  Currently, a major line of research inquiry is the use of aging in place technologies (AiPT) such as smart homes with artificial intelligence capabilities to support aging-in-place and the home management of persons with significant chronic disease. This multidisciplinary research is performed in the space between nursing and engineering and under the umbrella of a newly emerging field, Gerontechnology.

Book Chapters

  • Dermody, G., & Van Son, C. (2016). Evidence-based practice in the global community: Building bridges. In H.R. Hall & L.A. Roussel (Eds.), Evidence-based practice an integrative approach to research, administration and practice (2nd ed.) (pp. 357-371). Jones & Bartlett.
  • Dermody, G. (2016). The evolution of a nurse-driven mobility initiative on a certified stroke unit: Pioneering the Clinical Nurse Leader role in a Magnet designated medical center. In J.L. Harris, L. Roussel, & P.L. Thomas (Eds.). Initiating and sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader role: A practical guide (3rd ed.) (pp. 13-19). Jones & Bartlett.
  • Dermody, G. (2016). Overcoming Resistance to Change with Complexity Change Theory. In J.L. Harris, L. Roussel, & P.L. Thomas (Eds.), Initiating and sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader role: A practical guide (3rd ed.) (pp. 217-218). Jones & Bartlett.

Presentations

  • International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, May 2019. Dermody, G.,& Fritz, R.Conceptual framework for clinician-in-the-loop smart home predictive analytics. Podium presentation.
  • International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, May 2019. Dermody, G.,Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., Slider, M., Bakker, J., & Glass, C. A volunteer program to promote ambulation of hospitalized adult patients: A pilot Study. Podium presentation.
  • National Kidney Foundation, Spring Clinical Meeting. Boston, May 2019. Pleyo, R., & Dermody G. Kidney Care Decision Making Tool. Poster presentation.
  • Western Institute of Nursing Symposium: Conceptual frameworks for clinicians working with smart homes, Spokane, Washington State, April 2018. Dermody, G.,& Fritz, R. Conceptual frameworks for clinician-in-the-loop smart homes predictive analytics. Symposium.
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Summit,California, February 2018. Dermody, G.,Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., Slider, M., & Bakker, J. The Feasibility of a Volunteer Walking Program to Promote the Physical Activity of Hospitalized Adult Patients: A Pilot Study. Poster presentation, honourable mention.
  • AACN Doctoral Education Conference, California, January 2017. Dermody, G.,& Bryant, R. Rethinking Translational Science: The DNP-PhD Praxis Education Model.Poster presentation.
  • Dermody, G., & Thomas, T. The Global Vision to Advancing Nursing Leadership Internationally:  Academic and Practice Partnerships and Mentoring for International Clinical Nurse Leader Role Development. Podium presentation.
  • AACN Clinical Nurse Leader Summit,California, February 2017. Katsumata, A., Kakuta, M., & Dermody, G. Power of Nursing Leadership: Clinical Nurse Leader Role Implementation in Japan through Academic Clinical Collaboration. Poster presentation.
  • Western Institute of Nursing Research, Colorado, April 2017. Dermody, G., Kovach, C.K., Parrish, R., & Zimmerman, J.Nurses’ Perspectives on Barriers to Promoting Mobility in Hospitalized Older Patients. Poster presentation.
  • Western Institute of Nursing Research, Colorado, April 2017. Dermody, G., & Abshire, D. Improving the hospital-to-home transition of rural-dwelling older adults. Poster presentation.
  • Sigma Theta Tau 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, July 2017. Dermody, G., & Bryant, R. Participatory Approach to Build Capacity: Nurse-Led Research to Overcome Insufficient Mobility in Hospitalized Older Adults. Podium presentation.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, United States of America, 2016.
  • Master of Science in Nursing, United States of America, 2011.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, United States of America, 2002.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • The Implementation of Health-Assistive Smart Home Technology in Independently-Dwelling Older Adults ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $87,664.
  • Readiness to adopt health-assistive smart home technology in community-dwelling older adults,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $5,196.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Dermody, D., Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., Glass, C., (2020), Hospitalized Adult Patient Characteristics Associated with Participation in a Volunteer- Assisted Mobility Program (VAMP): A Feasibility Study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 35(4), 351-347, DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000460.
  • Dermody, D., Whitehead, L., Graham, W., Glass, C., (2020), The role of virtual reality in improving health outcomes for community-dwelling older adults: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 1(22), e17331, DOI: 10.2196/17331.
  • Dermody, D., Fritz, R., (2019), A conceptual framework for clinicians working with artificial intelligence and health-assistive Smart Homes. Nursing Inquiry, 26(1), Article Number 12267, DOI: 10.1111/nin.12267.
  • Fritz, R., Dermody, D., (2019), A nurse-driven method for developing artificial intelligence in "smart" homes for aging-in-place. Nursing Outlook, 67(2), 140-153, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2018.11.004.
  • Dermody, D., Tiedt, J., (2019), Enhancing Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice students' analytic skills. Nursing Forum: an independent voice for nursing, 54(2), 232-237, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12322.
  • Dermody, D., Kovach, C., (2018), Barriers to Promoting Mobility in Hospitalized Older Adults. Research In Gerontological Nursing, 11(1), 17-27, DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20171023-01.
  • Smart, DA., Dermody, D., Coronado, ME., Wilson, M., (2018), Mobility programs for the hospitalized older adult. Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 4(JAN-DEC 2018), 1-18, DOI: 10.1177/2333721418808146.
  • Dermody, D., Kovach, C., (2017), Nurses' experience with and perception of barriers to promoting mobility in hospitalized older adults: A descriptive study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43(11), 22-29, DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20170518-01.
  • Dermody, D., Sawyer, P., Kennedy, R., Williams, C., Brown, C., (2017), ED Utilization and Self-Reported Symptoms in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 43(1), 57-69, DOI: 10.1016/j.jen.2016.10.001.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research: Mobility programs for the hospitalized older adult: A scoping review
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Improving primary care provider’s compliance of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (KDOQI) clinical practice guidelines
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Medication reconciliation in the emergency department: A pilot project with pharmacy students

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research: Improving Adherence to Fall Prevention Measures within an Acute Care Setting
  • Master by Research: Implementation of a VTE Prophylaxis Bundle
  • Master by Research: Mobility programs for the hospitalized older adult: A scoping review
  • Master by Research: Reducing Catheter Acquired Infection through a Nurse-Driven Protocol
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