Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Rita Jablonski‚Äôs internationally-renowned program of research is focused on improving the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia who reside in nursing homes. Her most recent studies have tested interventions that improve oral hygiene for persons with dementia who resist care. The strategies for reducing threat perception using dementia-centric communication strategies are congruent with the principles of person-centered care and nursing home culture change initiatives.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Description of Process and Content of Online Dementia Coaching for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia.Healthcare.  7. 2019
    2018 Randomised clinical trial: Efficacy of strategies to provide oral hygiene activities to nursing home residents with dementia who resist mouth careGerodontology.  35:365-375. 2018
    2016 Geographic access to interventional cardiology services in one rural stateHeart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care.  45:434-440. 2016
    2015 Effectiveness of regionalized systems for stroke and myocardial infarctionBrain and Behavior.  5. 2015
    2015 Effectiveness of regionalized systems for stroke and myocardial infarctionBrain and Behavior2015
    2014 Can Speed of Processing Training Ameliorate Depressive Symptomatology in Adults with HIV?Annals of Depression and Anxiety.  1. 2014
    2014 A nurse developed toolkit for long-term care ombudsmenGeriatric Nursing.  35:111-113. 2014
    2014 Ask the Expert: Hands-on solutions for long-term care nurses providing oral healthcareAnnals of Long-Term Care2014
    2014 Can speed of processing training ameliorate depressive symptomatology in adults with HIV?Annals of Depression and Anxiety2014
    2014 Hands-on solutions for long-term care nurses providing oral healthcareAnnals of Long-Term Care.  22:20-22. 2014
    2013 Mouth Care as Oral Infection control to Reduce Ventilator-Associated PneumoniaAmerican Journal of Nursing2013
    2013 Mouth care to reduce ventilator-associated pneumoniaAmerican Journal of Nursing.  113:24-30. 2013
    2012 Workforce implications of injury among home health workers: Evidence from the national home health aide surveyGerontologist.  52:493-505. 2012
    2011 Reducing care-resistant behaviors during oral hygiene in persons with dementiaBMC Oral Health.  11. 2011
    2011 Profile of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia Who Require Assistance with Mouth CareGeriatric Nursing.  32:439-446. 2011
    2010 Examining oral health in nursing home residents and overcoming mouth care-resistive behaviorsAnnals of Long-Term Care.  18:21-26. 2010
    2009 Diabetes in the nursing homeAnnals of Long-Term Care.  17:42-46. 2009
    2009 Measuring the oral health of nursing home eldersClinical Nursing Research.  18:200-217. 2009
    2009 Strategies for improving family satisfaction with long-term care facilities: Direct care and family-staff interactionsAnnals of Long-Term Care.  17. 2009
    2009 Mouth Care in Nursing Homes: Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Nursing AssistantsGeriatric Nursing.  30:99-107. 2009
    2009 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Order AdultsAmerican Journal of Nursing2009
    2009 Physiology of aging: Impact on critical illness and treatment.Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults2009
    2008 Research Applications: Delivering Mouth Care to Persons with DementiaHartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at PSU2008
    2008 Skills-enhancement training program for home care providers: Implications for redefining quality careHome Health Care Management and Practice.  20:312-322. 2008
    2007 The value of geriatric care enhancement training for direct service workersGerontology and Geriatrics Education.  28:109-121. 2007
    2007 Decisions about transfer from nursing home to emergency departmentImage.  39:266-272. 2007
    2007 Enhanced care assistant training to address the workforce crisis in home care: Changes related to job satisfaction and career commitmentCare Management Journals.  8:71-81. 2007
    2006 Oral health measurement in nursing research: State of the scienceBiological Research For Nursing.  8:35-42. 2006
    2006 Oral health measurement in nursing research: state of the science.Biological Research For Nursing.  8:35-42. 2006
    2005 The role of biobehavioral, environmental, and social forces on oral health disparities in frail and functionally dependent nursing home eldersBiological Research For Nursing.  7:75-82. 2005
    2003 Recognition, Respect, and Responsiblity: Enhanced Care Assistant TrainingGeriatric Education Center2003
    1994 The Experience of Being Mechanically Ventilated: A Qualitative Study 1994
    1993 Nausea: The forgotten symptomHolistic Nursing Practice.  7:64-72. 1993

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Dementia and Memory Disorders in Abuse of Elderly 2019
    2018 Elder abuse and neglect [in Section 1: Emergency & Critical Care Nursing 2018

    Research Overview

  • Aging; dementia-related behaviors; oral health; long-term care; nursing home culture change; person-centered care; nursing assistant workforce issues; safety in nursing homes; nursing-home acquired pneumonia; evidence-based mouth care; mouth care for persons with dysphagia; advanced nursing practice; informal caregivers.
  • Teaching Activities

  • NRM781 - Quantitative Measure Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • NRM781 - Quantitative Measure Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • NRM781 - Quantitative Measure Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • NRM781 - Quantitative Measure Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • NAH692L - Residency: Adult/Gero NP (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • NRM798L - Research Immersion (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • NUR798 - Research Practicum (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • NRM781 - Quantitative Measure Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR798 - Research Practicum (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • NRM798L - Research Immersion (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR798 - Research Practicum (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • NUR799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • NRM781 - Quantitative Measure Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • NAH692L - Residency: Adult/Gero NP (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • NAH692L - Residency: Adult/Gero NP (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • NUR313L - Concepts Professional Nur Prac (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • NUR790 - Independent Study in Nursing (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • NUR798 - Research Practicum (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • NUR799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • NRM771 - Methods/Measurement in Nrs Res (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • NUR798 - Research Practicum (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • NRM771 - Methods/Measurement in Nrs Res (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • NRM772 - Designs of Nursing Studies II (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, University of Virginia 2003
  • Master of Nursing in Adult Health Nurse / Nursing, LaSalle University 1992
  • Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, 1986
  • Full Name

  • Rita Jablonski