Tracy Merrell, ,BSN, RNSUNY Buffalo PhD
I am currently a second year PhD student studying at the University at Buffalo’s School of Nursing. I have been active in the nursing field since 1992, working in acute care, long term care, and for the past 7 years, as a secondary level career and technical education instructor at Madison-Oneida BOCES in Verona, New York. My educational preparation pathway has involved an Associate Degree in Applied Science; Nursing from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Utica College of Syracuse University in Utica, New York, and NYS Teacher Certification through the Vocational Teacher Preparation Program at SUNY Oswego. I have been an American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider instructor since 2008, and an Exploring Humanitarian Law Master instructor for the American Red Cross since 2011. My research interests revolve around person-centered dementia care training methods and the early integration of teaching PCDC to secondary nurse assisting students enrolled in a career and technical program. This population encompasses a potentially large number of direct care providers who, upon certification, would be the primary caregivers to those with dementia and other cognitive conditions. Awards received include the Nova and Gustave Petsan Scholarship (Fall 2013), the A. Margaret Larsen Award (Fall 2013), and the VNA Elizabeth Coe Marshall Scholarship (Spring 2014), all awarded for academic merit at UB. Other academic awards include the All American Scholar Award (1994), and Summa Cum Laude Honor graduate status from UC in 2010.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Person-Centered Dementia Care Education
Dissertation: Early integration of person-centered dementia care in career and technical education nurse assistant students