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

College of Nursing
Assistant Professor
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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
Ph.D, Case Western Reserve University, 2013, MSN, Marquette University, 2003, BSN, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1994
Palliative care, Hospice Care, Family Caregiver, Hospice Nursing
  • Hansen, D.M., Sheehan, D., Stephenson, P. (05/2016 Accepted, in Print). The caregivers' experience with an illness blog: A pilot study. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
  • 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-Beckette, C. & Mayo, 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.
Sigma Theta Tau International, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 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.
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Health Resources and Services Administration 2009-2012
  • ‘Multiple Morbidities in Vulnerable Populations: Nurse Scientist Training’ 2007-2009 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award National Institutes of Health (T-32 pre-doctoral Fellow in Nursing)