Carol R. Geary

Carol - Student of Distinction

Carol R. Geary

PhD in Nursing

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (2013-2015)

The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (F31) program is to train future generations of outstanding nurse scientists who are committed to research careers in scientific health-related fields relevant to the programmatic interests of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Carol Geary was awarded a prestigious F31 award for her project, entitled “Hospitalized Older Adults’ Care Transition: Themes, QoL, and Utilization.” Her study will provide an in-depth description of care transitions (e.g. leaving the hospital to a nursing home) from the perspective of older adults with complex health needs. This population is at-risk for negative transition outcomes, such as poorly managed symptoms, decreased quality of life, and high utilization of health care resources. Better understanding of patients’ experiences will contribute to the design of new patient-oriented systems of care in the context of health care reform.  Carol received her PhD in Nursing in May 2016, studying under the mentorship of Karen L. Schumacher, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Community-Based Health.