faculty profile

Linda M. Beuscher   PhD, GNP, FNAP

Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Linda Beuscher has been a certified gerontological nurse practitioner since 1996. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholarship (2005-2007) program, which nationally acknowledged her expertise as a geriatric nurse leader and her potential as a researcher. She is a member of the Vanderbilt University Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. She served as a board member with the Meharry-Vanderbilt Consortium Geriatric Education Center.

For the past 4 years Dr. Beuscher has worked with Dr. John Schnelle and Sandra Simmons at the Center of Quality Aging conducting research that focused on improving the quality of life for LTC residents and quality improvement process in nursing homes.

Education

  • PhD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Long term care & Assisted Living
  • Dementia and Caregiver Care
  • Transitional Care 

Grants

Transitioning Care from Skilled Nursing Facility to Home: A Mixed Method Approach.  Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research, 2015- 2017 (Role: PI)

Reducing Hospitalizations in Medicare Beneficiaries: A Collaboration between Acute and Post-Acute Care. Funded by CMS Innovation Award. (Role: Transition Advocate) 2012-2015

Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrition Intervention in Long Term Care. Funded by RO1 NIH. (Role: Co-PI) 2015-2017
Offering Choice to Nursing Home Residents. Funded by RO1 NIH. (Role Co-PI) 2009-2013

Reducing Hospitalizations in Medicare Beneficiaries: A Collaboration between Acute and Post-Acute Care. Funded by CMS Innovation Award. (Role: Transition Advocate) 2012-2015

Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrition Intervention in Long Term Care. Funded by RO1 NIH. (Role: Co-PI) 2011-2015

Offering Choice to Nursing Home Residents. Funded by RO1 NIH. (Role Co-PI) 2009-2013

Representative Publications

Journals

Hande,K., Beuscher, L., Allison, T., Philippi, J. (2017). Navigating DNP Student Needs. Faculty Advising Competencies and Effective Strategies. Nurse Educator 42, (3) in print

Beuscher, L. & Dietrich, M. (2016). Depression Training in Assisted Living: A pilot study. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health, 54(5):25-31.

Beuscher, L. Cook, T, &Elliott, S. (2014). Aha! Moments: Student Insights of a New Doctor of Nursing Practice Program online. Journal NP Women's Healthcare, February
 http://npwomenshealthcare.com

Beuscher, L. (2014). A book review: Jade Angelica, Where two worlds touch: A spiritual journey through Alzheimer's disease. Dementia, 13(5):705.

Simmons, S., Durkin, DW., Rahman, A.N., Choi, L., Beuscher, L., Schnelle, J.F. (2014). Resident characteristics related to the lack of morning care provision in long-term care. The Gerontologist,33(6):655-71

Schnelle, JF, Rahman,A, Durkin,D, Beuscher, L, Choi, Simmons, S. F.(2013). A controlled trial of an intervention to increase resident choice in long-term care. Journal of America Medical Director Association. 14(5):345-51.

Beuscher, L. & Reeves, G. (2012). Brachialradial Pruritus:  Approach to the Patient with Engimatic Forearm Pruritus. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8(9), 736-741.

Schnelle, J.F., Buckhowski, M.S., Ikizler, T.A., Durkin, D.W., Beuscher, L, & Simmons, S.F. (2012). Evaluation of Two Fatigability Severity Measures in Elderly Subjects. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 60(8) 1527-1533.

Simmons S, Durkin DW, Rahman AN, Schnelle JF, and Beuscher L. (2012). The Value of Resident Choice During Daily Care: Do Staff and Families Differ? Journal of Applied Gerontology. 

Reviewer

  • Research in Gerontological Nursing Journal
  • Western Journal of Nursing Research
  • Journal for Nurse Practitioners
  • The Gerontologist Journal for Gerontological Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau, Iota chapter
  • Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association
  • Southern Nursing Research Society  
  • National League of Nurses

Honors/Awards

  • Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Scholar & Fellow. 2016
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association Award for Excellence in Research, 2015
  • Rebecca Culpepper Education and Mentorship Award (VUMC/VUSN),2015