New Faculty bring expertise in oncology and home-based care

Marie Flannery, RN, PhD

Marie Flannery, RN, PhD

Marie Flannery, RN, PhD, was appointed an assistant professor of nursing effective July 1. She will teach in the PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

While the position is new, Flannery certainly is not. She has held a joint appointment in the clinical track at the School of Nursing since 1998, teaching in the master’s and doctoral programs. A senior nurse practitioner at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center for 24 years, Flannery specializes in oncology nursing. She will maintain a clinical appointment at Wilmot in order to stay both connected to the patient population and clinically informed.

“I felt that I was successful in my nursing career and making a difference on the individual level,” she said. “This appointment is the next stage. It allows me to make a difference on a broader level for patients, families and nurses. I will be able to generate evidence to help cancer nurses improve care.”

Flannery’s research has examined opioid use and cancer pain, quality of life for lung-cancer patients, and, most recently, the nature and volume of phone calls received by the ambulatory oncology department at Wilmot. Her findings led to changes in the way nurses practice. Staffing levels were adjusted and nursing assignments altered.

Flannery’s plans for future research projects remain focused on ambulatory oncology. She plans to study the experiences of individuals as they deal with their cancer diagnoses, treatment and side effects, as well as examine the role of the nurse in ambulatory oncology settings. “I am completely committed to this population,” she said. “They really need nurses to help them adapt to the disease, manage symptoms, enhance quality of life and satisfy educational needs.”

Flannery earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany and her master’s and PhD from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She has received many professional honors, is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and is active as a journal reviewer for several publications.

Dianne Liebel, RN, PhD

Dianne Liebel, RN, PhD

Dianne Liebel, RN, PhD, assistant professor of nursing, joined the faculty on July 1. She was previously a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow in Geriatrics and Gerontology and a postdoctoral fellow at the School, focusing on home-based care and gerontologic research. Liebel will teach Research Principles for Evidence-Based Practice in the masters of nursing program and Research Data Collection and Intervention Administration in the Clinical Research Coordinator program.

With a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alfred University and a master’s degree in community health education from the State University of New York at Brockport, Liebel was able to blend her interests when she took on the role of intervention supervisor for a major Medicare Demonstration Project in 1998. This five-year study, her first foray into research, was a multi-site nurse intervention project conducted in three states with  more than 1,000 disabled, community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries. She was responsible for management of all phases of the research project, including implementation of the nurse intervention.

Liebel helped to conduct two follow-up studies after the Medicare Demonstration project ended; one looked at the effect of health promotion nurse model on depression in primary care and the effect of the nurse model for health promotion and chronic-disease self-management in rural areas.

In 2007, Liebel had the distinction of being the 100th graduate of the School of Nursing’s PhD program. She was named a postdoctoral fellow that same year, and focused on further reviewing nurse data from the Medicare project. In the short term, Liebel hopes to pilot test a new integrated intervention she developed for frail elderly receiving home care. Her long-term career goal is to become a leading expert, designing models and structures of nurse home visiting that will maximize independence for community-dwelling older people with chronic illness and disability.

“As a faculty member at the School of Nursing I will have the unique privilege to work with a dedicated team of researchers, educators, and clinicians striving to enrich student experiences and transform healthcare. This position also provides the opportunity to continue my research helping to create new models and structures of homecare that will enable older persons with chronic illness and disability to live in the community for as long as possible.” she said.

Liebel is a member of several organizations, including the American Geriatrics Society and the American Public Health Association. She received the Jill Thayer Dissertation Award from the University of Rochester in 2006.


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