Dora Lendvai Wischik, RN was recently accepted to pursue her doctorate education in Nursing Science at Yale University’s School of Nursing under the mentorship of Robin Whittemore, RN FAAN. Dora has worked as a research nurse and study coordinator for national, VA-funded clinical trials at the West Los Angeles Healthcare system since 2014. Prior to her full-time engagement in research, she has worked as a bedside nurse at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dora comes from a diverse background. As a native of Hungary, she has immigrated to the US to further her education and completed her BA in Political Science at Rutgers University with a full athletic scholarship. She has gained experience at a political think tank in New York City, then as a research analyst and administrative assistant at Southern California Public Radio before changing her career and pursuing nursing. Dora has a strong motivation to help and assist underserved populations in their healing and ask research questions that could mitigate today’s health problems. Most remarkably she travelled to Uganda on a nursing mission trip with UCLA to provide medical care to remote areas of the region. Additionally, she recently completed a self-initiated, 6-month research project at the West Los Angeles VA in the goal of finding nursing interventions that bring safer relief to patients’ anxiety and pain during invasive cardiac catheterization. Dora along with her husband and son has relocated to New Haven, CT to pursue her PhD at Yale starting in Fall 2018.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Chronic Health
Dissertation: Topic: Nursing Management of Effective Lifestyle Modifications in Veterans diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes Description: My dissertation will be focusing on identifying a cost-effective and impactful lifestyle modification nursing intervention that will be targeted to veterans diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Over 80 million Americans are diagnosed with this health condition and are expected to further develop diabetes (type 2) during their adult life. Lifestyle modifications – such as healthy eating, exercise, social networking, purposeful living with constant cognitive challenges and spirituality are all known to help offset the development of this chronic disease. Nurses are in a unique and primary role in helping and supporting patients to help find the most effective ways to get back into better health. As a nurse working with veterans and conducting research studies over the past 7 years, I would like to focus my efforts on this patient group.