Barbara M. Raudonis began her professional nursing career in 1978 as an Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Her passion for gerontological nursing and care of the dying grew from “seeds planted” during that time of service.Dr. Raudonis joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in 1997. She taught gerontological nursing courses in both the BSN and RN-BSN programs. Her primary teaching responsibilities are now in the MSN and PhD programs. Dr. Raudonis holds the Myrna R. Pickard Professorship. She also holds fellowship status in the National Gerontological Nurses Association and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal, Geriatric Nursing. Dr. Raudonis was inducted into the Universtiy of Texas at Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2012.The focus of her program of research is symptom science in gero-palliative care. After completing the Summer Genetics Institute on the NIH Campus she is integrating genomics into her program of research.
Study Title: "Evaluation of the Reliability of the Nurse's Self-Assessment of Genetics in Practice Inventory (NSGPI) in Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses in the United States". Funding source:Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Education. (2012-2013).
All nurses including hospice and palliative care nurses must recognize genomic components underlie almost all diseases. A British survey of 400 hospice nurses found that although the majority of respondents believed genetic-related activities were important to hospice care, they lacked confidence in their ability to carry out those activities. To date there are no published studies exploring genetics-related activities in palliative care with American hospice nurses.
We conducted a national randomized survey of members of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) to explore the current state of genetic and genomic related activities in palliative care in the United States. Seventy-one members of HPNA completed a computerized version of the Nurse’s Self-Assessment of Genetics in Practice Inventory (NGSPI). Participants believed the clinical and biological categories of genetic-related activities were important but they lacked confidence in carrying out those activities. Respondents rated psychosocial related genetic activities, more important and were more confident in carrying them out. Genetics education is needed for nurses at all levels of academic preparation and specialities so all nurses meet patient and family needs experiencing inherited genetic and complex conditions.
Overall interest: symptom science in geriatric oncology and palliative care. Also interested in gerontological nursing, hospice and palliative care nursing and end of life issues. Currently exploring 1) symptoms (ex.fatigue) experienced by older women with breast cancer and multiple comorbidities; 2) community-based exercise intervention for cancer patients; and survivorship issues of older adult cancer patients with multiple comorbidities.
Podium presentation by Sandra A. Laird; Barbara M. Raudonis was second author.
Virtual poster presentation available online.
Newcomb, P., Golden, P., Canclini, S., Cauble, D., & Raudonis, B. Poster presentation at the Texas Health Fort Worth Annual Poster Reception
Authors: Raudonis, B.M., & Cauble, D. Poster presentation
Authors: Raudonis, B.M., & Cauble, D. Podium presentation by B. Raudonis at the 42nd Biennial Convention of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Internation, November 16-20, 2013
Authors: Raudonis, B.M., & Cauble, D. Poster presentation at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference, October 4-6, 2013, Bethesda, MD
Using Virtual Reality to Communicate about Genomics in the Healthcare Community
Authors were: Newcomb, P., Jones, S., Baker, J.D., Cauble,D., & Raudonis, B. Podium presentation was by Cauble and Raudonis
Older Adults and FamilyHealth History Now or Never: Using the Surgeon General's Family Health Portrait.
Poster presentation by Raudonis, B., & Cauble, C.
Virtual poster presentation
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Geriatric Nursing
Chairperson of the UTCON Graduate Studeis Commitee and the Graduate Education Program Committee
Elected as one of four Senators from CON to the UTA Facutly Senate
Elected as a representative from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Chairperson (College of Nursing)