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Dana M. Hansen Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN

College of Nursing
Associate Professor
Campus:
Kent
Office Hours:
I am available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and by appointment.
Contact Information
Phone:
330-672-8779
Fax:
330-672-1564
Personal Website:

Biography

My research is focused on understanding the presence and nature of interaction and relationships for persons with serious illness and their family caregiver. Previous research has examined family relationships in patients with serious illness based on levels of comfort, relatedness states and life-closure. My current work incorporates social media to understand these dynamic family relationships. Social media has shifted the patterns of societal communication patterns and engagement. Use of social media provides connections, information, and support. My goal is to uncover evidence to understand how participating in an illness blog affects the family caregiver and family interaction.

Courses

  • NURS 40872 - Introduction to Evidenced Based Practice
  • NURS 60101 - Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice
  • NURS 70715 - Theory Construction and Development in Nursing

Research Grants

Hansen, D., Sheehan, D., Drew, B. Family Caregiver Recruitment through Social Media. New Investigator Seed Grant, Midwest Nursing Research Society. (March 2016-March 2017) $10,000.00.

Stephenson, P., Sheehan, D., Hansen, D., & Broome, B. proposal submitted April, 2016, Determining the Feasibility of the State of Spirituality Scale. Palliative Collaborative Research Consortium (PCRC) subsidized by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). 2016-2017. $17, 999.

Stephenson, P., Sheehan, D., Mayo, M., Hansen, D., proposal submitted April, 2015, Uncertainty at the end of life. Kent State University Research Council Award. 2015-2016. $2,495.

Hansen, D., Sheehan, D. The caregivers’ experience with an illness blog: A pilot study. Zeller Scholarship Fund. (October 2014-October 2015) $2,500.00.

Stephenson, P., Hansen, D., Sheehan, D. Infusing interactive pedagogical methods into a core graduate nursing course. Kent State University Teaching Council Summer Teaching Development. (May 2014 to August 2014) $6,500.00. 

Hansen, D. Exploring the associations among comfort, relatedness states and life-closure. Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Alumni Research Committee, Case Western Reserve University. (January, 2012 to January 2013) $500.00.

Education

Ph.D, Case Western Reserve University, 2013, MSN, Marquette University, 2003, BSN, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1994

Expertise

Palliative care, Hospice Care, Family Caregiver, Hospice Nursing, Family relationships during serious illness, social media illness stories as a communication mechanism

Publications

  • Hansen, D., Petrinec, A., Hebeshy, M., Sheehan, D., & Drew, B.L. (2019). Advancing the science of recruitment for family caregivers: Focus group and delphi methods. Journal of Medical Internet Research Nursing, 2(1), e13862. DOI: 10.2196/13862
  • Hansen, D., Petrinec, A. & Harb, N. (2019). Use of social media as a communication tool for people with serious illness and their families. In B. Ferrell, N. Coyle and J. Paice (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (5th ed. Pp. 791-799). New York:
  • Hebeshy, M., Hansen, D., Broome, B., Bernert, D., Murrock, C.J., Abo Abdou, Somaya. (in print). Development of the nurses’ intention to use deep vein thrombosis preventive measures questionnaire. Journal of Nursing Measurement. Accepted on May 16, 2019.
  • Hansen, D.M. (2018). Cornelia M. Ruland and Shirley M. Moore: Peaceful end of life theory. In M. Alligood (Ed.) Nursing Theorists and Their Work (9th ed., pp. 564-571) St. Louis: Mosby/Elsevier
  • Hansen, D.M., Sheehan, D. & Stephenson, P. (2017) Family caregiver recruitment via social media: challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned. International Journal of Palliative Nursing,23(2), 608-611. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2017.23.2.84
  • Hansen, D.M., Sheehan, D. & Stephenson, P. (2016). The caregivers' experience with an illness blog: A pilot study. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 18(5), 464-469. DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000276.
  • Hansen, D.M., Sheehan, D.K., Stephenson, P.S. & Mayo, M. (2015). Parental relationships beyond the grave: Adolescents description of continued bonds. Palliative and Supportive Care, 14(4), 358-363.
  • Hansen, D.M., Higgins, P.A., Warner, C.B. & Mayo, M.M. (2015). Exploring family relationships through associations of comfort, relatedness states, and life closure in hospice patients: A pilot study. Palliative and Supportive Care, 13 (2), 305-311
  • Sheehan, D., Hansen, D., Stephenson, P.S., Mayo, M.M., Albatainey, R. & Anaba, E. (2019). Telling adolescents that a parent has died. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 21(2), 152-159.
  • Stephenson, P. S., Sheehan, D., Hansen, D. & Mayo, M. M. (2015). Uncertainties experienced by family members when one parent is dying. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 21(10):488-494.

Affiliations

Sigma Theta Tau International, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association

Awards/Achievements

  • Hansen, D. Health Care Provider Experiences with Patient Social Media Illness Stories. Kent State University Research Council Award. (February 2019- February 2020). $2,500.00. PI
  • Hansen, D., Sheehan, D., Drew, B. Family Caregiver Recruitment through Social Media. New Investigator Seed Grant, Midwest Nursing Research Society. (March 2016-October 2018). $10,000.00. PI
  • Hansen, D., Sheehan, D. The family caregivers’ experience with an illness blog: A pilot study. Zeller Scholarship Fund. (October 2014-October 2015). $2,500.00. PI
  • Hansen, D. Exploring the associations among comfort, relatedness states, and life-closure. Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Alumni Research Committee, Case Western Reserve University. (January 2012 to January 2013). $500.00. PI
  • Stephenson, P., Sheehan, D., Hansen, D., & Broome, B. Determining the Feasibility of the State of Spirituality Scale. Palliative Collaborative Research Consortium (PCRC) subsidized by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). (May 2016-May2017).
  • Stephenson, P., Sheehan, D., Hansen, D. Understanding Spiritual Uncertainty among Hospice and Palliative Care Providers. American Nurses Foundation. (October 2016- September 2018). $4,887.20; Co-I
  • Stephenson, P., Sheehan, D., Mayo, M., Hansen, D., proposal submitted April, 2015, Uncertainty at the end of life. Kent State University Research Council Award. 2015-2016. $2,495. Co-I.

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