Factors Associated with Inpatient Falls and Fall-Related Injuries in Acute Care Hospitals
This dissertation earned Zhao the 2015 Ruth O. McKibben Alumni Research Award by the University of Kansas School of Nursing. In fall 2016, Dr. Zhao presented her dissertation study in the Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship program at Sigma Theta Tau International’s Leadership Connection conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Results of the study showed factors associated with inpatient injurious falls, and the significance of each factor. Findings of the study could guide healthcare professionals and acute care hospitals in planning and implementing effective and cost-reducing preventions for inpatient falls and fall-related injuries in acute care settings.
Dr. Zhao’s research interests include aging, gerontology, and health promotion. Her clinical expertise is nursing care for adult medical-surgical patients and community health nursing. Dr. Zhao is interested in nursing education and health promotion. Currently, she teaches community and population health nursing. She incorporates her clinical expertise and evidenced-based practice into clinical learning experiences for undergraduate nursing students.