Barb J. King, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN

Position title: Professor, Charlotte Jane and Ralph A. Rodefer Chair, and Center for Aging Research & Education Director


Phone: 608-263-5319

4143 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing, 2010
MS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing, 1987
BA, College of St. Scholastica; Nursing, 1980

The overall goal of Dr. King’s research program is to improve functional outcomes for hospitalized older adults by improving care delivery during a hospital stay. Dr. King uses multiple methods in her research studies to understand and evaluate the older adult patient perspective and experience with inpatient care delivery, nursing staff barriers and facilitators for delivery of high quality functional care, and how to optimize the hospital work system to improve patient, nursing staff, and organizational outcomes.

Research focus areas

Aging and Care for Older Adults

  • Creating innovative solutions for improving care of older adults in hospital systems.
  • Understanding how care delivery in hospital settings impacts older adult ambulation recovery post discharge and the patient experience.
  • Determining nursing staff barriers and facilitators to delivering high quality care to hospitalized older adults.
  • Creating sustainable models of care that promote early patient ambulation and improve functional outcomes.

Aging and Care for Older Adults

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