George Washington University School of Nursing
Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has over 20 years of experience in geriatrics and long-term care, and is Board-Certified as a Gerontological Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. After completing her PhD in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, she joined the faculty at Duke University School of Nursing. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America, and as a 2017-2018 Health and Aging Policy Fellow she served the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).
Her program of research, focused on improving nutritional outcomes for nursing home residents with dementia, has been supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the National Institute of Health/National Institute for Nursing Research. She has published multiple peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and presented her work at national and international scientific conferences. She is the primary author of the clinical practice guidelines for optimizing mealtimes in dementia. Based on this work, she co-developed a Train-the-Trainer program with Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) to train nursing home staff how to use different handfeeding techniques with residents with dementia to improve meal intake. Initial training and evaluation of the handfeeding skills program in the first 40 skilled nursing homes is complete, and HHS staff are in process of statewide implementation (demonstration video available at MelissaBPhD.com/NOSH).
Tuesday, October 15
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM