Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAANP, FAAN
Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, NJ 07102
Office: (973) 353-3848
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
112 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ
Dr. Gray-Miceli’s interest in aging began as a teenager when she volunteered at a nearby nursing home. These first hand experiences later led to her professional practice career as a nationally certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and to shape her subsequent teaching and clinical research initiatives targeted to improve the quality and safety for vulnerable frail elders residing in long term care. For over 3 decades, Dr. Gray-Miceli has collaborated with inter-professional colleagues from geriatric medicine, social work, psychology, and more recently with bio-engineers and medical anthrolopology to create and test innovative educational solutions for practice change for care of frail elders and technological solutions for falls prevention.
Dr. Gray-Miceli’s scholarship centers on research in falls prevention within nursing homes, older adult’s perceptions of falls (qualitative dissertation research of lived experiences of a serious fall), clinical care of frail elders, and enhancing geriatric nursing education. Dr. Gray-MIceli’s innovation includes the development and testing of a practice based process of care measure for use by RNs with older patients who fall in nursing homes. As a John A Hartford Post-Doctoral Scholar (2002-2004), Dr. Gray-Miceli, along with colleagues have developed and tested a 30 item post fall assessment tool, called the Post Fall Index, shown effective in reducing falls by 30%. Dr. Gray-Miceli has extensive expertise examining fall related consequences among older adults in long term care facilities (e.g, predictors of head injury and orthostatic hypotension among elderly fallers) and staff nurse’s requisite knowledge of falls which ultimately impact on the health, safety and quality of care in the aftermath of a fall. Dr. Gray-Miceli has also led large scale educational interventions in acute-care hospitals, in state government, to reduce falls by creating novel nurse-driven educational solutions shown to significantly impact fall outcomes.
View Article: A Smartphone to Help Keep the Elderly Safe
May 2016 | Rutgers Today
View: Article: Once just a sign of aging falls merit complex care
Leland, J. (Interview: 2008, November 8). | The New York Times, Front Page
As a consummate educator, Dr. Gray-Miceli has developed a sound pedagogical approach to teaching clinical care of older adults along with resources to help faculty teach geriatric nursing care , e.g., evidenced-based white papers, case studies and lecture content, espoused in the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) curriculum. GNEC has been used to educate more than 808 faculty from over 418 Baccalaureate nursing programs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Dr. Gray-Miceli’s clinical work in falls prevention has been featured since 2008 on AHRQ’s National Clearing House, Clinical Practice Guidelines web page. She is the author of : 5 Easy Steps to Prevent Falls: The comprehensive guide to keeping patients of all ages safe, American Nurses Association, publication.
As a scholar clinician, Dr. Gray-Miceli is dedicated to teaching excellence in care of older adults, creation of evidenced-based solutions for falls prevention, including technological approaches to manage symptomatic falls and collaboration for policy change for older adults.
||The John A. Hartford Post-Doctoral Scholar, 2002-2004
||Widener University, 2001
||University of Pennsylvania, 1983
||Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1982
Honors and Awards (2006-present)
2003 - Fellow, The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
2005 - Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC
2007 - Scholar, National Institute of Aging, Summer Research Institute
2012 - Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2013 - Distinguished Alumni Award, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ
Peer-reviewed journal articles (from 2006-present):
Gray-Miceli, D, Mazzia, LM, Crane, G. (2017) Advanced practice nurse-led statewide collaborative to reduce falls in hospitals. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, April-June2017 32 (2). Published ahead of print, August 1, 2016. DOI:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000213.
Gray-Miceli, D, Ratcliffe, SJ, Thomasson,A, Quigley, PQ, Li, K, Craelius, W.
Clinical risk factors for orthostatic hypotension: Results among elderly fallers in long-
term care. Journal of Patient Safety, October 20, 2016. Published ahead of print.
DOI: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000274. Available on the Internet at:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27768653. PMID: 27768653.
- Gray-Miceli D, de Cordova PB, Quigley P, Crane G, & Ratcliffe SJ. Nursing Home
Registered Nurses’ and Licensed Practical Nurses’ Knowledge of Causes of Falls. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Apr-June; 31 (2): 153-60. Published ahead of print, DOI: 10.1097/NCQ00000000000000157. pp.1-8. Access: http://journals.lww.com/jncqjournal/toc/publishahead. PMID: 26421775.
- Manchester JA, Gray-Miceli D, Metcalf J, Paolini C, Coogle CL, Owens MG.
Facilitating Lewin’s Change Model with Collaborative Evaluation in Promoting
Evidence Based Practices of Health Professionals. Journal of Professional Education 47 (2014), 82-90, (published ahead of print, 3 September 2014). Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.08.007.
- Gray-Miceli D, Wilson LD, Stanley J, Watman R, Shire A, Soafer S, Mezey M. Improving the
Quality of Geriatric Nursing Care: Enduring Outcomes from the
Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium. Journal of Professional Nursing 30: 6 (November/December), 447-455. (published ahead of print, 12 May 2014). Doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2014.05.001.
- Gray-Miceli, D, Ratcliffe, S.J., Thomasson, A. 2013. Ambulatory assisted living elderly fallers at greatest risk for head injury. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 61 :10, 1817-1819. Doi : 10.1111/jgs.12467
- Gray-Miceli D, Ratcliffe SJ., Liu S., Watland D., & Johnson J, Orthostatic hypotension in elderly nursing home residents who fall: are they dizzy? 2012. Clinical Nursing Research 21 (1), 64-78
- Gray-Miceli D, Ratcliffe, S, Johnson, J. 2010. Use of a comprehensive post -fall
assessment tool for fall prevention in older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research 32(7): 932-48, 2010.
- Gray-Miceli, D., Strumpf, NE., Johnson, J.C., Dragascu, M., Ratcliffe, S. Psychometric properties of the post-fall index. Clinical Nursing Research 15:3, 157-176, 2006.
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