Dana M. Hansen Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN | College of Nursing | Kent State University

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

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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.


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

Assistant Professor

Job Department

College of Nursing







Office Hours

I am available by appointment