February Researcher: Dr. Carolyn Dickens

Community Research Summary:

Nurse Overestimation of Patient’s Health Literacy

Carolyn Dickens MSN, APN, ACNP-BC Doctoral Candidate
Nurse Practitioner, Adjunct Faculty
Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences,
UIC College of Nursing

Email: cdickens@uic.edu

Carolyn Dickens is a nurse practitioner working with heart failure patients at UIC and also a College of Nursing PhD candidate. Her research interests focus on health care utilization of heart failure patients and developing effective strategies for improving care and lowering health care costs. She has 20 years clinical experience as a nurse and a nurse practitioner working with low socioeconomic minority patients with heart failure and cardiovascular disease and is intimately aware of the challenges these patients face regarding their health. She is the founding member and co-chair of the Reducing Unwanted Heart Failure Readmissions (RUHFR) Committee at UIH, which is an interdisciplinary committee implementing interventions for patients with heart failure and high utilizers of the emergency department and inpatient services. She is also doctoral student who will be defending her dissertation this Spring. The title of her dissertation is Exploring Self-Care Among Low Socioeconomic Status Heart Failure patients: A Mixed Methods Study.