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Denise Lucas, PhD, FNP-BC, CRNP, FAANP

Clinical Associate Professor
Chair, Advanced Practice Programs
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 525
Phone: 412.396.6542
lucasd2495@duq.edu

Education:

PhD, Nursing, West Virginia University, 2010
MSN, Nursing, Wheeling Jesuit University, 2001
BSN, Nursing, Wheeling Jesuit University, 1995
ADN, Nursing, WV Northern Community College, 1986
Bio

Dr. Denise Lucas, Chair of Advanced Practice, comes to Duquesne University with vast nursing and academic experiences. Dr. Lucas began her career with an Associate Degree in Nursing from West Virginia Northern Community College. Her BSN is from Wheeling College and MSN from Wheeling Jesuit University in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She then pursued her PhD in Nursing from West Virginia University where she studied women who work, yet remain poor and marginalized.

Dr. Lucas taught at Wheeling Jesuit University from 2003-2008, then took a hiatus to complete her doctoral studies. Upon completion of the studies she was a faculty member at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she earned the position of Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is now the Chair of Advanced Practice, overseeing the Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs.

As a family nurse practitioner Dr. Lucas has worked in many primary care settings to include free clinics, federally qualified health centers, and private physician practices. She currently practices and precepts nurse practitioner students at the Ohio Valley Health Center in Steubenville, Ohio. In 2010 she was named the WV Nurse Practitioner of the Year. Her research interests those who are working and poor, antibiotic overuse, and diabetes.

Expertise
  • Medically underserved
  • Working poor women and their resources
  • Poverty
  • Chronic illness (especially hypertension and diabetes)
  • Antibiotic overuse
Research

2012 - Center for Nursing Research funded study titled : Learned resourcefulness in working, urban, poor women"

2010 - Dissertation study titled: Learned resourcefulness in working women who remain poor and uninsured


Scholarship

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Deem, M., Kronk, R., Staggs, V., & Lucas, D. (2020). Nurses' Perspectives on the Dismissal of Vaccine-Refusing Families from Pediatric and Family Care Practices. American Journal of Health Promotion, 34(6), 622-632. doi: 10.1177/0890117120906971

Lucas, D., Bischof, J., & Resick, L. (2019). Life, God, and help. Resources for women who are working and poor. Journal of Christian Nursing, 36(3), 166-171. doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000614

Lucas, D., & Van Fossan, J. (2014). An over the counter "prescription" for common URI complaints. Clinician Reviews, 24 (9), 33-40.

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. (2014). Advancing nurse practitioner preceptor and student engagement in evidence-based practice at the point of care. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10, 25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2014.06.005

Invited Publications

Lucas, D., Bischof, J., & Crimm, L. (in press). Unique issues of assessment, evaluation and accreditation in distance education. In K. Wheeler & J. Knestrick (Eds.). Education compendium for distance education of advanced practice nurses, Slack Incorporated.

Johnson, C., & Lucas, D. (2020). Competency-based education for graduate (MSN) nursing curricula. In R. Wittmann-Price & K. Gittings (Eds.), Fast facts about competency-based education in nursing: How to teach competency mastery, Springer.

Lucas, D. (2018). Prostatitis. In L. Kennedy-Malone, K. Ryan Fletcher, & L. Martin-Plank (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults (2nd ed., pp. 380-382). New York, NY: FA Davis.

Lucas, D. (2018). Prostate cancer. In L. Kennedy-Malone, K. Ryan Fletcher, & L. Martin-Plank (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults (2nd ed., pp. 378-380). New York, NY: FA Davis.

Lucas, D. (2018). Impotence. In L. Kennedy-Malone, K. Ryan Fletcher, & L. Martin-Plank (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults (2nd ed., pp. 375-378). New York, NY: FA Davis.

Lucas, D. (2018). Benign prostatic hypertrophy. In L. Kennedy-Malone, K. Ryan Fletcher, & L. Martin-Plank (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults (2nd ed., pp. 373-375). New York, NY: FA Davis.

Lucas, D. (2014). Prostate cancer. In L. Kennedy-Malone, K. Ryan Fletcher, & L. Martin-Plank (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults (pp. 378-380). New York, NY: FA Davis.

Lucas, D. (2014). Prostatitis. In L. Kennedy-Malone, K. Ryan Fletcher, & L. Martin-Plank (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing in the Care of Older Adults (pp. 380-382). New York, NY: FA Davis.

Peer-Reviewed Podium Presentations

Vanfossan, J. A., & Lucas, D. (2020 - June). Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. (national). Accepted, not presented due to COVID-19

Lucas, D., Kosnosky, F., White, D., & Crimm, L. (2020 - April). Clinical Core: Connecting the "P's" Using Threaded Case Studies and Problem Maps. National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. (national). Accepted, not presented due to COVID-19

Lucas, D., Crimm, L., & Kosnosky, K. (2019). Innovative Approach for Mapping the Clinical Core (3Ps) and Connecting the Concepts. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Education Conference. Tampa, FL. (national)

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. (2016). "Free to be healthy:" Chronic diabetes management in a nurse practitioner free clinic. American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. (national)

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. (2016). Free to be healthy diabetic program. Robinson Memorial Hospital 22nd Annual Research Day. Ravenna, OH. (regional)

Lucas, D., Bischof, J., & Resick, L. (2014). Life, thoughts, and perceptions of women receiving care at a free health care clinic. Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling. Erlanger, KY. (national)

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. (2013). Symposium presentation: Infuse it - Research. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. (national)

Invited Scholarly Presentations

Lucas, D. (2018, December) Panel Discussion: Preparing for a senior academic leadership position. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Special Topic Conference. Bethesda, MD. (national)

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. (2014, October) Academic partnerships and grant writing: Selling your outcomes. Ohio Association of Free Clinics. Columbus, OH. (regional)

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations

Baker, C., & Lucas, D. (2021). Use of a remote patient home telemonitoring system (Engage-RPM) in a rural health system to decrease rural patients' utilization of acute healthcare services: A quality improvement study. Eastern Nursing Research Society, Annual Conference, Virtual Format due to COVID-19.

Crimm, L., Gibson-Antonich, M., & Lucas, D. (2018). Steering NP education toward the future. National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Crimm, L., & Lucas, D. (2018). Comparison of traditional on-campus orientation to a virtual orientation experience for new graduate FNP MSN students. National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Lucas, D., VanFossan, J. A., & Bischof, J. (2017). Pilot analysis of patient self- report from an over the counter prescription template for viral upper respiratory complaints. Duquesne University, Doctoral Event. Pittsburgh, PA.

Lucas, D., VanFossan, J. A., & Bischof, J. (2016). Pilot analysis of patient self- report from an over the counter prescription template for viral upper respiratory complaints. Robinson Memorial Hospital, 22nd Annual Research Day. Ravenna, OH.

Lucas, D., & VanFossan, J. A. (2014). The use of an over the counter prescription template in common upper respiratory complaints. Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Lucas, D., & VanFossan, J. A. (2014). The use of an over the counter prescription template in common upper respiratory complaints. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Annual Conference. Nashville, TN.

Lucas, D. (2014). Incorporating electronic logs with other critical documents to monitor clinical encounters of nurse practitioner students. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Lucas, D. (2012). Learned resourcefulness in women who remain poor and uninsured. Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling, Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Lucas, D. (2012). Resourcefulness in working, urban women who remain poor and uninsured. Midwestern Nursing Research Society, Annual Conference. Dearborn, MI.

Lucas, D. (2011). A description of well-being in uninsured, working poor women. Robinson Memorial Hospital, 17th Annual Nursing Research Day. Ravenna, OH.

Lucas, D. (2011). Learned resourcefulness in working women who are poor and uninsured. Midwestern Nursing Research Society, Annual Conference. Columbus, OH.

Grants

Lucas, D. & Bischof, J. "Quality of Care Development Grant." Awarded $20,000, December, 2020 from Charitable Health Network Development Grant Funding.

Lucas, D. & Bischof, J. "Technology Development Grant" Awarded $20,000, December, 2020 from Charitable Health Network Development Grant Funding.

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. "‘Free to be Healthy.' Diabetic program for patient care at Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center." Awarded $2,500, January, 2015, from American Association of Nurse Practitioners Sanofi Diabetes Grant.

Lucas, D., Bischof, J., & VanFossan, J. A. "An over-the-counter prescription template for viral upper respiratory complaints. A program designed to measure the effectiveness of specific over-the-counter medications." Awarded $1,000, August, 2014 from Jefferson County Youth Advisory Committee.

Lucas, D. "Free to be healthy." Diabetic program for patient care at Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center." Awarded $10,000, February, 2014 from American Nurse Practitioner Foundation/Novo Nordisk.

Lucas, D., & Bischof, J. "Factors influencing the daily lives of working women who are poor and uninsured." Awarded $5,000, May, 2011 from Duquesne University Center for Nursing Research.

Honors/Awards

2018 Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

2018 Ohio Valley Health Center Provider of the Year

2014 NONPF Outstanding Poster Award

2013 Duquesne University Rita Carty Faculty Leadership Award

2010 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) West Virginia Nurse Practitioner of the Year

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