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Study by nursing professor featured in online healthcare site

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A study by an assistant professor in Hood College’s bachelor of science in nursing completing program was the topic of an article recently published by an online healthcare site.

Kelly Watson-Wolfe, DNP, CRNP, in collaboration with Elizabeth Galik and Jennifer Klinedinst of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Nicole Brandt of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, researched the use of anti-psychotic drugs in the long-term care of nursing home residents with dementia, and the feasibility of replacing those medications with other interventions to effectively manage behavioral symptoms. She describes the study in an interview featured in elderbranch, an online information portal for people looking for long-term care for themselves or for a loved one.

Watson-Wolfe has more than 20 years of nursing experience, 16 of which have been with adult and geriatric populations. Her focus has been primarily on nursing home residents with dementia. She also maintains a clinical practice with an internal medicine group.

At Hood, she teaches in the BSN completion program, coordinates students’ clinical experiences and works with nurse preceptors to enhance that training. She also provides primary and urgent care in the College’s health center for students and staff.

Elderbranch regularly publishes cutting-edge research and its implications in a format that its audience—the elderly as well as their family members researching long-term care options—can understand.

For more information, and to read the full article, go to www.elderbranch.com/blog/reducing-antipsychotic-medication-use-dementia/