Maggie Thompson »
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I have been a Registered Nurse for five years with a background in acute, cardiac care. Currently, I work as a Clinical Nurse II at UCSF Medical Center. I work on the adult cardiothoracic, vascular, and transplant transitional care unit at the Parnassus Heights campus. A large portion of the patients I care for have been diagnosed with advanced stage heart and/or lung disease, admitted for either exacerbations of chronic conditions or evaluations and implementation of advanced, high-risk therapies. Through my experience in the acute care setting, and particularly working with this specialty population, I have developed a strong interest in how we as a healthcare system may improve primary and secondary prevention services.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Environmental Health
Dissertation: I am finishing my first year in the DNP-FNP/MPH program at University of San Francisco, expecting to graduate in 2021. Though some conditions are genetic, a number of contributing factors to disease development are rooted in lifestyle choices and environmental exposures. For older adults, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, it is possible that individuals may have experienced a lifetime of harmful environmental exposures through previous working and living conditions. With this in mind, my goal is to develop an environmental hazard screening tool for the outpatient, community setting bundled with a targeted adult and older adult education program. The program would be aimed at identifying and reducing exposure to controllable environmental risk-factors so as to prevent complex health concerns from developing or further progressing. With a significant proportion of the general population entering older adulthood, it is imperative that we as a healthcare community provide the necessary education and resources to support healthy aging in a meaningful and accessible manner.