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Vera Barton-Caro, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CHFN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 524
Phone: 412.396.1592
bartoncarov@duq.edu

Education:

PhD - West Virginia University
MSN - Wheeling Jesuit University
BSN - Wheeling Jesuit University
Bio

Dr. Barton-Maxwell joined the Duquesne University School of Nursing faculty as an Assistant Professor in August 2017. Her previous academic appointment was a four-year tenure with Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU). Dr. Barton-Maxwell earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing degrees from WJU. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from West Virginia University (WVU). She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and continues a part-time clinical practice as a cardiac and primary care provider with Wheeling Health Right, a primary care clinic serving the uninsured and underinsured of West Virginia. Dr. Barton-Maxwell has over 25 years vested as a clinician/ cardiac nurse practitioner / nurse manager. She has experience in the implantable cardiac device industry in the positions of Field Clinical Therapeutic Specialist and Senior Heart Failure Specialist. A past president of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), Dr. Barton-Maxwell is a published author with expertise in and a passion for the treatment of heart failure. She is a prolific professional speaker who enjoys traveling the country educating health care professionals on topics surrounding cardiac care and heart failure. In addition to her leadership roles with AAHFN, Dr. Barton-Maxwell has been vice president of The Advanced Practice Nurses of the Upper Ohio Valley, co-chair of the regional American Association Heart Walk, and is an active member of The Heart Failure Society of America, The American College of Cardiology, The Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau, The Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and The American Heart Association. Dr. Barton-Maxwell is a textbook author and reviewer and a manuscript reviewer for Heart & Lung, The Journal of Cardiac Failure, and The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Research

Dr. Barton-Maxwell's research interests include heart failure patient decision-making surrounding implantable cardiac devices.

Barton-Caro (2015). Embodied revelation: A classic grounded theory of heart failure patient decision making surrounding primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. Grounded Theory Review, 14 (2), 55-73.

Scholarship

Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Barton-Caro (2015). Embodied revelation: A classic grounded theory of heart failure patient decision making surrounding primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. Grounded Theory Review, 14 (2), 55-73.

Barton-Caro (2010). Are we all heart failure nurses? Heart and Lung, 39 (3), 179-180.
Barton-Caro & Angerstein, R. (2010). Is angina a forgotten symptom in heart failure? The Connection, 23, 7-9.

Barton-Caro (2009). The art of heart failure nursing. The Connection, 20, 7.

Content Reviewer:
Lewis, S.L., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M. M., & Harding, M.M. (2016). Medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems, 10th edition, St. Louis: Elsevier.

Manuscript Reviewer:
Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
The Journal of Cardiac Failure
The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

National Meeting Research Poster/Oral Presentation Abstract Reviewer:
The Heart Failure Society of America
The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

Selected Scholarly Presentations (Regional, National, International):
2017
Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Newport Beach, CA: "Women and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease."

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: Nurse Practitioners of Gainesville, Florida: "Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: General Practice Guidelines for Health Care Providers."

2016
Regional Meeting, Invited Presentation: Wheeling Hospital Annual Cardiovascular Conference, Wheeling, WV: " HFpEF, Diastolic Dysfunction, and Echo-Guided Therapy."

Regional Meeting, Invited Presentation: American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Irvine CA: "Stable Ischemic Heart Disease in the Older Adult: Diagnostic and Management Considerations."

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: Tristate Respiratory Therapists Annual Meeting, Wheeling, WV: "Heart Failure: Improving Patient Outcomes."

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: Annual Ohio and Marshall County Pharmacists' Association Spring Seminar, Wheeling, WV: "Reducing 30-Day Readmission Rates Following Heart Failure and Acute MI Hospitalizations."

2015
Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: Ohio-Marshall County Pharmacists Association's Fall Educational Meeting, Wheeling, WV: "Therapeutic Options for Heart Failure."

Regional Conference: Invited Presentation: Ohio Nurse Practitioner Organization Annual Educational Conference, Columbus Ohio: "Management of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: Novel Therapies."

Local Conference: Invited Presentation: Wheeling Hospital Medical Residents educational update, Wheeling, West Virginia: "Management of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: Novel Therapies."

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: National Association of Hispanic Nurses Association, Washington, D.C.: "Management Considerations in Patients with Stable Ischemic Heart Disease."

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: The Advanced Practice Nurses of the Upper Ohio Valley Annual Pharmacology Update, Wheeling, West Virginia: "HFpEF, Diastolic Dysfunction, & Echo-Guided Therapy", "How to Write an Abstract."

2014
National Conference, Peer Reviewed Presentation: American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Annual Scientific Meeting, Los Angeles, California: "Optimizing Therapy and Outcomes for the Stage A and B Heart Failure Patient and Moderator: Oral Research Presentations

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: The Advanced Practice Nurses of the Upper Ohio Valley Annual Pharmacology Update, Wheeling, West Virginia: "Therapeutic Options for Common Cardiac Arrhythmias."

2013
National Conference, Peer Reviewed: Poster Presentation: The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Annual Scientific Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: "Embodied Revelation: The Threat of Sudden Cardiac Death for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Candidates."

Regional Conference, Invited Presentation: The Advanced Practice Nurses of the Upper Ohio Valley Annual Pharmacology Update: "Emerging Therapies for Heart Failure."

Honors/Awards

St. Ignatious of Loyola award for outstanding alumnus-Wheeling Jesuit University

Anna Mary Miller Scholarship for outstanding PhD student-West Virginia University School of Nursing

State Award for Excellence - The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners- for her work in promoting aggressive therapy for heart failure patients in West Virginia.