Monalesia Chapman is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Monalesia has worked in the nursing profession for 24 years with experience in medical-surgical, oncology, and staff development. She received her Master of Nursing from UNC-Greensboro, after completing her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Monalesia has been employed at the Durham VA Healthcare System in Durham, NC for 16 years. The last ten years she has worked as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist, currently over Ambulatory Care Services. She is a VHA certified mentor and serves on the Evidence-Based Practice Committee. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and a member of AACR (American Association for Cancer Research). She was an active participant of the development of the ECHO (Elder Care Hospital Program) at the Durham VA and coordinator of the RN-to Transition Program for new graduates. Monalesia’ s dissertation research will examine the HRQoL of CRC survivors in the Veteran population after their first year of treatment. With the VA being the largest healthcare system that provides cancer care in the United States, and a large percentage of colorectal cancer among those Veterans, determing the HRQoL for CRC survivors is critical. She is also interested because there have been few studies that have focused on the HRQoL among the Veteran population. Findings from this study can be used to inform intervention work with this population to improve their quality of life after cancer treatment.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar – Community-based Care
Dissertation: “Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in Veterans with colorectal cancer (CRC) after their first year of treatment.” With the VA being the largest healthcare system that provides cancer care in the United States, and because Veterans with CRC accounts for 9% of the 20% of all cancer among Veterans, determing the HRQoL for CRC survivors living in the community is critical. There is an increased survival rate associated with CRC due to early detection from screening, and new and improved treatment plans, but few studies have focused on the health-related quality of life of survivors, particularly among the Veteran population. My dissertation research will be a quantitative study examining the HRQoL of CRC survivors at the Durham VA Healthcare System. Findings from this study can be used to inform intervention work with this population to improve their quality of life after cancer treatment. This will be especially important for the Community clinic providers, staff, patients, and families.