Laura Wagner

Dr. Laura Wagner

Gerontological Nursing Research Scientist Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Research Focus

My research focuses on improving resident safety in long-term care settings, specifically nursing homes. I have conducted previous studies aimed at siderail and physical restraint reduction, falls prevention, and communication about safety among nurses in long term care. My research primarily focuses on helping nurses to improve nursing care processes related to safe resident care. In other words, how can nurses DO things better (i.e., more efficiently, ethically, evidence-based) so that safe resident care is enhanced. I am in the process of working on a study that queries both nursing home administrators and departments of health in the United States to examine their incident reporting policies, practices, procedures with an emphasis on health information technology being used to analyze the information. I am also working on a few pilot studies aimed at fall prevention and adverse event disclosure processes specific to nursing homes.

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
The benefits associated with volunteering among seniors: A critical review and recommendations for future research Psychological Bulletin Anderson ND, Damianakis T, Kröger E, Wagner LM, Dawson DR, Binns MA, Bernstein S, Caspi E, Cook SL, BRAVO Team 1408939200 Journal Article
Fall Risk Care Processes in Nursing Home Facilities Journal of the American Medical Directors Association Wagner LM, Dionne JC, Zive JR, Rochon PA 1309492800 Journal Article
Safety culture of nursing homes: Opinions of top managers. Health Care Management Review Castle NG, Wagner LM, Ferguson JC, Handler SM 1293858000 Journal Article
Nursing home deficiency citations for safety. Journal of Aging & Social Policy Castle NG, Wagner LM, Ferguson JC, Handler SM 1293858000 Journal Article
Falls communication patterns among nursing staff working in long-term care settings. Clinical Nursing Research Wagner LM, Damianakis T, Mafrici N, Robinson-Holt K 1280635200 Journal Article
Contractures in nursing home residents. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association Wagner LM, Clevenger C 1265000400 Journal Article
Falls among community-residing stroke survivors following inpatient rehabilitation: a descriptive analysis of longitudinal data BMC Geriatrics Wagner LM, Phillips VL, Hunsaker AE, Forducey PG 1255492800 Journal Article
Implementing Mental Health Huddles to Improve Safety at Baycrest OHA Patient Safety in Mental Health Conference Walsh L , Sokoloff L , Huijbregts M, Wagner L 1253246400 Presentation
Nurses perceptions of safety culture in long term care settings Journal of Nursing Scholarship Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Rice J 1246334400 Journal Article
Broadening the patient safety agenda to include safety in long term care Gerontologist Rust T, Wagner L, Rowe M, Neumann I, Hoffman C 1222833600 Abstract
Nursing staff perceptions of adverse incident disclosure in nursing homes Gerontologist Wagner L 1222833600 Abstract
Safety in long term care settings: broadening the patient safety agenda to include long term care services Canadian Patient Safety Institute Wagner LM, Rust TB 1216180800 Journal Article
Contractures in frail nursing home residents Geriatric Nursing Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Brush BL, Clevenger C, Boltz M, Renz S 1214884800 Journal Article
Least restrictive or least understood? Waist restraints, provider practices, and risk of harm Journal of Aging and Social Policy Capezuti E, Brush BL, Won RM, Wagner LM, Lawson WT 1214798400 Journal Article
Use of a falls incident reporting system to improve care process documentation in nursing homes Quality and Safety in Health Care Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Clark PC, Parmelee PA, Ouslander JG 1207022400 Journal Article
Volunteers' experiences visiting the cognitively impaired in nursing homes: A Friendly Visiting Program Canadian Journal on Aging Damianakis T, Wagner LM, Bernstein S, Marziali E 1199163600 Journal Article
Description of an advanced practice nursing consultative model to reduce restrictive siderail use in nursing homes. Research in Nursing & Health Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Brush B, Boltz M, Renz S, Talerico KA 1175400000 Journal Article
Consequences of an intervention to reduce restrictive siderail use in nursing homes Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Capezuti E, Wagner LM, Brush BL, Boltz M, Renz S, Talerico KA 1167627600 Journal Article
Contractures The Encyclopedia of Elder Care Wagner LM, Clevenger C 1167627600 Book Chapter
Reporting near-miss events in nursing homes Nursing Outlook Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Ouslander JG 1136091600 Journal Article
Restraints and Immobility Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine Fourth Edition Capezuti EA, Wagner LM 1136091600 Book Chapter
The role of the nurse in an ambulatory stroke and cognition clinic Axone Flogen BR, Stern B, Wagner LM 1136091600 Journal Article
Consequences of an APN intervention to reduce restrictive siderail use in nursing homes National State of the Science Congress in Nursing Research Capezuti E, Wagner LM, Brush BL, Boltz M 1136091600 Presentation
Tracking and measuring falls: Using technology to improve quality and documentation in long term care homes Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors Wagner LM 1136091600 Presentation
Delivery of Long-Term Care Services College of Nursing, University at Buffalo Wagner LM 1136091600 Presentation
The I's of Geriatrics; Geriatric Syndromes, and End- of-Life Care Lectures for baccalaureate nursing student in gerontological nursing course Wagner LM 1136091600 Presentation
Physical Restraints and Siderails Trillium Health Centre Wagner LM 1136091600 Presentation
Nursing Care and Patient Safety in Long Term Care Settings University of Toronto Institute for Life Course and Aging Noon-Hour Seminar Series Wagner LM 1136091600 Presentation
Consequences of an APN Intervention to Reduce Restrictive Siderail Use in Nursing Homes 2006 National State of the Science Congress in Nursing Research Capezuti E, Wagner LM, Brush BL, Boltz M 1136091600 Presentation
Impact of a falls menu-driven incident reporting system on documentation and quality improvement in nursing homes Gerontologist Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Taylor JA, Sattin RW, Ouslander JG 1133413200 Journal Article
Disclosure of medical errors and adverse incidents in nursing homes GERONTOLOGIST Wagner L, Capezuti E 1132290000 Abstract
Use of a content analysis procedure for the development of a falls management audit tool Journal of Nursing Measurement Wagner LM, Clark PC, Parmelee PP, Capezuti L, Ouslander J 1104555600 Journal Article
The Role of the Nurse in a Stroke and Cognition Clinic Krembil Neuroscience Nursing Symposium Flogen BA, Wagner LM 1104555600 Presentation
Delivery of Long-Term Care Services College of Nursing, University at Buffalo Wagner LM 1104555600 Presentation
The I's of Geriatrics; Geriatric Syndromes, and End- of-Life Care Lectures for baccalaureate nursing student in gerontological nursing course Wagner LM 1104555600 Presentation
Building a Program of Research in Nursing Humber College School of Nursing Wagner LM 1104555600 Presentation
Dementia and Delirium Brock University School of Nursing Wagner LM 1104555600 Presentation
Improving Safety in Nursing Homes Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit Grand Rounds, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care Wagner LM 1104555600 Presentation
Consequences of an Advance Practice Nursing Intervention to Reduce Restrictive Siderail Use in Nursing Homes American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference Capezuti E, Wagner L 1072933200 Presentation
Alteration in Bowel and Bladder Nursing Science IV: Care of Adults and Elders Wagner LM 1072933200 Presentation
Physical Restraints & Siderails in Older Adults Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine Wagner LM 1072933200 Presentation
Falls: Successful programming Director Wagner LM, Richards D, Oliver M 1041397200 Journal Article
Functional level and frequency of falls in stroke patients following inpatient rehabilitation 14th Annual Southeastern Regional Student Convention in Gerontology and Geriatrics: The Cultural Diversity of Aging Wagner LM, Phillips VL, Egner AM, Post LR, Forducey PG 1041397200 Presentation
Functional Level and Frequency of Falls in Stroke Patients Following Inpatient Rehabilitation 2003 Regional Research Conference, Emory University School of Nursing Wagner LM, Phillips VL, Egner AM, Post LR, Forducey PG 1041397200 Presentation
The Hospitalized Older Adult Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Wagner LM 1041397200 Presentation
Physical Restraints & Siderails in Older Adults Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine Wagner LM 1041397200 Presentation
Elder abuse and neglect Advanced Practice Nursing with Older Adults Wagner LM, Greenberg S, Capezuti E 1009861200 Book Chapter
Advance care planning and end-of-life care for nursing home residents Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Happ MB, Capezuti E, Strumpf N, Wagner L, Cunningham S, Evans L, Maislin G 1009861200 Journal Article
Physical Restraint Use in Older Adults Georgia Rehab Nurses Association Conference Wagner LM 1009861200 Presentation
Physical Restraints & Siderails in Older Adults Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine Wagner LM 1009861200 Presentation
Identifying & Intervening with Mistreated Elders American College of Nurse Practitioners National Conference Wagner LM 978325200 Presentation
APN Interventions in Reducing Bilateral Siderail Use Among Frail Nursing Home Residents American College of Nurse Practitioners Conference Capezuti E, Wagner L 978325200 Presentation
The special physical and mental health challenges of older men Geriatric Care Management Journal Wagner L, Strumpf N 946702800 Journal Article
APN interventions in reducing bilateral siderail use among frail nursing home residents National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners Capezuti E, Wagner L 946702800 Presentation
The Effect of a Low-Height Bed Intervention on Bed-Related Outcomes Among Frail Nursing Home Residents 12th Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society Capezuti E, Renz S, Boltz M, Talerico K, Wagner L, Becker H, Strumpf N, Maislin G 946702800 Presentation
Elder Abuse & Neglect: Guidelines for APN's Gerontological Nurse Practitioner course at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Wagner LM 946702800 Presentation
Depression in Older Adults Columbus Jewish Community, Wexner Heritage Village Wagner LM 946702800 Presentation

Education

  • 2004: PhD, Nursing, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Atlanta, GA ( 2002-2004 John A. Hartford Foundation “Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity” Pre-Doctoral Scholar)
  • 1999: MSN , Primary Care Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing Philadelphia, PA
  • 1997: BSN, Nursing; Magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Cleveland, OH

Academic Appointments

  • 2005–Present: Gerontological Nursing Research Scientist, Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2005–2010: Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Health Sciences, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2005–2010: Assistant Professor (Status only), Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies)

Research Groups

  • 2008–Present: Christina Pataky Forsyth, MSc Committee Member, Pharmacodynamics of IV citalopram in the elderly: A functional magnetic resonance imaging analysis, University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2010–Present: Mary Chiu, Committee Member, Identifying the risk factors associated with falling in community dwelling Chinese elders, University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2014: New Investigator Award in Aging, Canadian Institute of Health Research, 2009-2014
  • 2008: Springer Award in Geriatric/Gerontologic Nursing Research
  • 2007: Baycrest Nurse Hero, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Research Projects

External

  • 2009–2013: Baycrest Research about Volunteering in Older Adults (BRAVO)
    Collaborators: PI: Nicole Anderson. Co-I: Deirdre Dawson, Laura Wagner, David Streiner, Thecla Damianakis, Malcolm Binns

    Sponsors: CIHR, 422,199 (CAD)

    Operating Grant
  • 2009–2014: Disclosure of Adverse Events in Long-Term Care Settings
    Collaborators: PI: Laura M. Wagner

    Sponsors: CIHR, 300,000 (CAD)

  • 2009–2010: Communicating about Nursing Errors (CANE) in Nursing Home Settings
    Collaborators: PI: Laura M. Wagner; Co-I: Philip Hebert, MD, Paula Rochon, MD

    Sponsors: CIHR, 59,012 (CAD)

  • 2009: Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care (LTC): Implications for Improving Mobility and Safety
    Collaborators: Laura M. Wagner, (Co-I): Maria Huijbregts, David Conn, Ken LeClair, and 4 others

    Sponsors: Government of Ontario, 30,000 (CAD)

  • 2007–2009: Survey of Incident Reporting Systems in Nursing Homes
    Collaborators: PI: Nicholas Castle; Co-Investigator: Laura Wagner

    Sponsors: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, 98,035 (USD)

    (R03 HS016547-01- Small Research Grant Program), (Priority Score: 190; Percentile: 12.5)
  • 2008–2009: Development and evaluation of an e-learning program to support nursing caregivers
    Collaborators: PI: Elsa Marziali; Co-Investigator: Corey MacKenzie, Laura M. Wagner

    Sponsors: National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly, 34,550 (CAD)

    Personal Support Workers [PSWs])
  • 2008: Connecting Research and Clinical Care: Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Settings
    Collaborators: Laura M. Wagner (PI), Kelsey Simons (Co-PI), David Streiner

    Sponsors: CIHR, 10,000 (CAD)

    Research on Aging Advancement Program (RAAP) for conference support. Conference to be held on October 17, 2008.

Licensure and Certification

Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario

Registered Professional Nurse License: Georgia

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center- Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit
Baycrest
3560 Bathurst Street, 754
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6A 2E1 Phone: 416-785-2500 x2934 Email: lwagner@klaru-baycrest.on.ca Fax: 416-785-2491