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Release: April 24, 2001

UI nursing faculty writing highlights special journal issue

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A special issue of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing features contributions by University of Iowa nursing faculty and other investigators. The journal's April edition focuses on acute confusion and includes articles examining the state of scientific knowledge and special topics related to the problem.

According to a feature article in the journal, studies show acute confusion, or delirium, affects anywhere from 14 to 80 percent of hospitalized elderly patients and about 40 percent of nursing home residents. Symptoms can include cognitive impairment, hallucinations, wandering, apathy and lethargy. The condition often complicates other illnesses and is a particular challenge to nurses working with individuals suffering from it.

Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research in the UI College of Nursing, served as guest editor of the special issue. The journal's permanent editor is Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., professor of nursing and associate provost for health sciences at the UI. The articles featured in this issue resulted from a series of collaborative studies funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the UI's Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

Iowa investigators whose work appears in the journal include: Kennith Culp, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the UI; Julie Johnson, oncology nurse clinician and hospice coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City; Janet Mentes, Ph.D., formerly a project director for the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center's Research Dissemination Core at the UI and currently an assistant professor of nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles; Paula Mobily, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the UI; Carla Gene Rapp, Ph.D., formerly a graduate research assistant at the UI College of Nursing and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas; Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research at the UI College of Nursing; Bonnie Wakefield, Ph.D., research scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City and clinical assistant professor at the UI College of Nursing; and James Waterman, a doctoral student of nursing at the UI.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks the UI's gerontological nursing program fourth in the United States. The federally funded Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center and the recently established Iowa Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence specialize in supporting research and disseminating knowledge about the best nursing practices for older adults.