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Anna Beeber, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar
Gerontology

asbeeber@email.unc.edu

919.843.9489

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 5014

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Dr. Beeber is a recognized leader in gerontological nursing and health services research. She is an associate professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar at the School of Nursing, as well as a research fellow with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Dr. Beeber is an Investigator in the Translating Research in Elder Care program at the University of Alberta Canada. She is devoted to improving the quality and safety of long-term care and enriching the quality of daily living for older adults residing in these settings. With funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, she has worked on large-scale studies aiming to examine the role of staff – nursing assistants, RNs and LPNs in the quality and safety of health services provided in long-term care settings, as well as research to improve the care of older adults with dementia and the complex care of older adults residing in nursing homes and assisted living.

With her team, Dr. Beeber recently received a $1.5 million grant from AHRQ to create an evidence-based toolkit to improve resident and family caregiver engagement in the safety of assisted living (AHRQ R01 HS026473-01, 08/01/2019-05/31/2022). She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Beeber is passionate about inspiring the next generation of nurse and interprofessional scholars to provide innovative care for older adults across care settings and is currently accepting students (of all levels), and post-doctoral fellows interested in gerontological nursing and long-term care research.

2019-present               Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Scholar, UNC School of Nursing

2018-2019                   WR Kenan Jr Senior Faculty Research and Scholarly Leave, UNC Provost’s Office

2017-present               Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2013-present               Fellow, Health Sciences Section, Gerontological Society of America

2013                            Junior Faculty Leave, Spring Semester 2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

2011                            Alumnus of the Year, Department of Nursing, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

2010                            Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Award, Institute on Aging, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2007                            First place, Post-Doctoral Paper Category, 4th Annual Aging Exchange, Institute on Aging, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2006-2008                   Awardee, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.

2005                            Dean’s Award, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

2005                            Alumni Student Award, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

2001                            Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

1998                            Nightingale Society Honors, Department of Nursing, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRODUCTS OF SCHOLARSHIP

Books and Chapters:

Sloane P., Zimmerman, S., Beeber, A. S., & Gwyther, L. (2017). The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor. A Caregiver’s Guide to 54 Common Medical Signs and Symptoms Experienced by Those with Dementia. Forest Lake, MN: Sunrise River Press.

Beeber, A. S., & Kagan, S. H. (2002). Chronic wound management. In M. J. Goolsby (Ed.), Nurse Practitioner Secrets (pp. 158-165). Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, Inc.

Kagan, S. H., Puppione, A. A., Beeber, A. S., Fillman, M., Adler, J., & Chalian, A. A. (2002).

Pressure injury and ulceration. In V.T. Cotter & N.E. Stumpf (Eds.), Advanced practice nursing with older adults: Clinical guidelines (309-317). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Reports

Zimmerman S, Anderson W, Brode S, Jonas D, Lux L, Beeber A.S., Watson L, Viswanathan M, Lohr K, Middleton JC, Jackson L, Sloane P. Comparison of characteristics of nursing homes and other residential long-term care settings for people with dementia. Comparative effectiveness review no. 79. (Prepared by the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10056-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 12(13)-EHC127-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2012. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final/cfm. *

Beeber, A.S, Jones, C.B., Palmer, C., Waldrop, J., & Lynn, M. Determining the Role of the Nurse with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. Carolina Health Workforce Research Center Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy, HRSA Cooperative. * Agreement, U81HP26495-01-00.

Refereed Papers/Articles (* data-based):

Kistler, CE, Beeber, A.S., Zimmerman, S., Ward, K., Farel, C., Chrzan, K., Wretman, C., Boynton, M.H., Pignone, M., & Sloane, P.D. (in press). JAMDA.*

Edvardsson, D., Baxter, R., Corneliusson, L., Anderson, R. A., Beeber, A., Boas, P. V., Corazzini, K., Gordon, A.L., Hanratty, B., Jacinto, A., Lepore, M., Leung, A.Y.M., McGilton, K.S., Meyer, J., Schols, J.M.G.A., Schwartz, L., Shepherd, V., Skoldunger, A., Thompson, R., Toles, M., Wachholz, P., Wang, J., Wu, B., Zúñiga, F. (2019). Advancing Long-Term Care Science Through Using Common Data Elements: Candidate Measures for Care Outcomes of Personhood, Well-Being, and Quality of Life. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333721419842672. Open Access. PMCID: PMC6506925.*

Beeber, A.S., Palmer, C., Waldrop, J., Lynn, M., & Jones, C.B. (2019). The role of Doctor of Nursing Practice-prepared nurses in practice settings. Nursing Outlook, 67, 354-364.*

Beeber, A.S., Zimmerman, S, Mitchell, C.M., & Reed, D. (2018). Staffing and service availability in assisted living: The importance of nurse delegation policies. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(11), 2158-2166. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15580.*

Knafl, G. Toles, M., Beeber, A.S., & Jones, C.B. (2018). Adaptive classification methods for predicting transitions in the nursing workforce. Open Journal of Statistics,8(3),497- 512. doi: 10.4236/ojs.2018.83032.*

Zimmerman, S., Sloane, P.D., Ward, K., Beeber, A.S., Reed, D.R., Lathren, C., Matchar, B. & Gwyther, L. (2018). Helping caregivers of people with dementia manage medical problems: benefits of an educational resource. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias 33(3):176-183. doi: 10.1177/1533317517749466.*

Jones, C., Toles, M. Knafl, G. & Beeber, A.S. (2018). An untapped resource in the nursing workforce:  Licensed practical nurses who transition to become registered nurses. Nursing Outlook, 66(1):46-55. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.07.007.*

Sloane, P. D., Schifeling, C. H., Beeber, A. S., Ward, K. T., Reed, D., Gwyther, L. P., Matchar, B. and Zimmerman, S. (2017), New or Worsening Symptoms and Signs in Community-Dwelling Persons with Dementia: Incidence and Relation to Use of Acute Medical Services. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65: 808–814. doi:10.1111/jgs.14672

Hanrungcharotorn, U., Pinyopasakul, W., Pongthavornkamol, K., Dajpratham, P., & Beeber, A.S. (2017). Factors Influencing Physical Activity among Women with Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research, 21, 1, 5-17. *‡

Kistler, CE, Beeber, A.S., Becker-Drep, S., Ward, K., Meade, M., Ross, B., & Sloane, P.D. (2017). Nursing home nurses’ and community-dwelling older adults’ knowledge, perceptions, and behavior toward antibiotic use. BMC Nursing,16, 12, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-017-0203-9.*

Scales, K., Zimmerman, S., Reed, D.R., Beeber, A.S., Kistler, C., Preisser, J.S., Weiner, B.J., Ward, K., Fann, A., & Sloane, P.D.  (2016). Nurse and medical provider perspectives on antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65 (1), 165-171.*

Zimmerman, S, Reed, D., Mitchell, C.M., Sloane, P.D., Harris-Wallace, B., Perez, Zimmerman, S., Mitchell, C.M., Beeber, A.S., Kistler, C., Reed, D., Chisholm, L, Bertrand, R., & Sloane, P.D.  (2015). Strategies to reduce potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in assisted living and nursing homes and inform other quality improvement efforts.  American Journal of Medical Research 2(1), 41-52.* ‡

Cohen, L.W., Reed, D., Gwyther, L.P., Sloane, P.D., Cagle, J.C., Beeber, A.S., Washington, T., & Zimmerman, S., (2014). Dementia in relation to family caregiver involvement and burden in long-term care. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(5) 522-540.* †

Zimmerman, S., Mitchell, C.M., Beeber, A.S., Kistler C.E., Reed, D., Chisholm, L. Bertrand, R., & Sloane, P.D, (June 2014). Strategies to reduce potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in assisted living and nursing homes. Advances in the Prevention and Control of Healthcare-Associated Infections. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.* †

Sloane, P.D., Zimmerman, S., Reed, D., Beeber A.S., Chisholm, L., Kistler, C., Khandelwal, C., Weber, D., & Mitchell, C.M. (2014). Antibiotic prescribing in 4 assisted-living communities: Incidence and potential for improvement. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 35(S3), S62-S68. * doi: 10.1086/677821* †

Washington, T., Zimmerman, S., Cagle, J.C., Reed, D., Cohen, L.W., Beeber, A.S., & Gwyther, L.P.  (2014). Fidelity decision-making in long term care intervention research: A case example. Social Work Research,38(3), 155-162. * †

Zimmerman, S., Sloane, P.D. Bertrand, R., Olsho, L., Beeber, A.S., Kistler, C., Haddon, L., Weber, D., & Mitchell, C.M.(2014). Successfully reducing antibiotic prescribing in nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(5), 907-912.*

Beeber, A.S., Zimmerman, S, Reed, D., Mitchell, C.M., Sloane, P.D., Harris-Wallace, B., Perez, R., & Schumacher, J. G. (2014). Licensed nurse staffing and health service availability in residential care/assisted living. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(5), 805-811.* doi: 10.1111/jgs.12786

Sloane P.D., Kistler, C., Mitchell, C.M., Beeber, A.S., Bertrand, R.M., Edwards, A.S., Olsho, L.E.W., Hadden, L.S., Bateman, J.R., & Zimmerman, S. (2014).  The role of body temperature in diagnosing bacterial infection in nursing home residents. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(1), 135-140.* doi: 10.1111/jgs.12596

Beeber, A.S., Cohen, L.W., Zimmerman, S., Gwyther, L.P., Washington, T., Cagle, J.C., & Reed, D. (2014).  Differences in assisted living staff perceptions, experiences, and attitudes. Journal of Gerontological Nursing,40(1), 41-49. * † doi:10.3928/00989134-20130731-03

Zimmerman, S., Cohen, L.W., Reed, D., Gwyther, L.P., Washington, T., Cagle, J.C., Beeber, A.S., & Sloane, P.D. (2014). Comparing families and staff in nursing homes and assisted living: Implications for social work practice. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(6), 535-553. * † doi: 10/1080/01634372.2013.811145

Zimmerman, S., Anderson, W.L., Brode, S., Jonas, D., Lux, L., Beeber, A.S., Watson, L.C., & Sloane, P.D. (2013). Systematic review: Effective characteristics of nursing homes and other residential long-term care settings for people with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(8), 1399-1409.*

Kistler C.E., Sloane, P.D. Platts-Mills, T.F., Beeber, A.S., Khandelwal, C., Weber, D.J., Mitchell, C.M., Reed, D.A., Chisholm, L. & Zimmerman, S. (2013). Challenges of antibiotic prescribing for older adults in assisted living: The perspective of medical providers, staff, residents, and families. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,61(4), 565-570. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12159 * †

Beeber, A.S, & Zimmerman, S. (2012). Adapting the Family Management Styles Framework (FMSF) for families caring for older adults with dementia. Journal of Family Nursing, 18(1), 123-145.*

Sloane, P.D., Zimmerman, S., Perez, R., Reed, R., Harris-Wallace, B., Khandelwal, C., Beeber, A.S., Mitchell, C.M., & Schumacher. J. (2011). Physician perspectives on medical care delivery in assisted living. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59, 2326-2331.*

Harris-Wallace, B., Schumacher, J. G., Perez, R., Eckert, J. K., Doyle, P.J., Beeber, A.S., & Zimmerman, S. (2011). The emerging role of health care supervisors in assisted living. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 19, 97-108.*

Zimmerman, S., Mitchell, C. M., Reed, D., Fletcher, S., Beeber, A. S., Reed, P. S., Gould, E., Hughes, S., McConnell, E. S., Corazzini, K. N., Lekan, D., & Sloane, P. D. (2010). Outcomes of a dementia care training program for staff in nursing homes and residential care/assisted living settings. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 11(2), 83-99. * †

Mitchell, C. M., Zimmerman, S., & Beeber, A. S. (2010). Dementia care training for long-term care staff: If you provide it, will they come? Alzheimer’s Care Today, 1(1), 40-50.*

Fletcher, S., Zimmerman, S., Preisser, J. S., Reed, D., Mitchell, C. M., Gould, E., Beeber, A. S., & Reed, P. S. (2010). Implementation fidelity of a standardized dementia care program across multiple trainers and settings.  Alzheimer’s Care Today, 1(1), 51-60. * †

Fletcher, S., Zimmerman, S., Preisser, J. S., Mitchell, C. M., Reed, D., & Beeber, A. S.  (2010) Trainee and trainer reactions to            a scripted dementia care training program in residential care/assisted living settings and nursing homes.  Alzheimer’s Care Today, 1(1), 61-70. * †

Beeber, A. S., Zimmerman, S., Fletcher, S., Mitchell, C. M., & Gould, E. (2010). Challenges and strategies for implementing and evaluating dementia care staff training in long-term care settings. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 1(1), 17-39. * †

Beeber, A. S. (2008). Luck and happenstance:  How older adults enroll in a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Professional Case Management, 13, 277-283.*

Beeber, A. S., Thorpe, J. M., & Clipp, E. C. (2008). Patterns of community-based support service use by elders with dementia and their informal caregivers: A latent class analysis. Nursing Research, 57, 312-321.*

Beeber, A. S. (2008). Interdependence: Building partnerships to continue elders’ community residence. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 34(1), 19-24.

Schumacher, K. S., Beidler, S. M., Beeber, A. S., & Gambino, P. (2006). A transactional model of family caregiving skill. Advances in Nursing Science, 29, 271 -286.*

 

Funded (Active)

Principal Investigator, A Safer Assisted Living: Creating a Toolkit for Person and Family Engagement. $1,500,000. 50%. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 1 R01 HS026473-01. 08/01/2019-05/31/2022.

Co-Investigator, The Influence of Context on Implementation and Improvement (ICII). $2,096,101. 5%. PI C.A. Estabrooks, Canadian Institute of Health Research: Project Grant. 07/10/2019-01/10/2023.

Funded (Completed)

Co-Investigator, Improving Primary Care Clinicians’ Communication Skills in Dementia Palliative Care. $512,241. 5%, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. PI C. Kistler and L.C. Hanson, (Co-PIs). 6/15/17-8/15/19.

Co-Investigator, Nurse and Physician Decision-making for Suspected Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Homes: Potential Targets to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse, $1,470,233, 20%, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, PI: C. Kistler, 1R01HS024519-01, 04/01/2016- 03/31/2019.

Co-Investigator, Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor: A Symptom and Sign Management Toolkit for Caregivers, $2,522,204, 15%, National Institute of Nursing Research, PI: Philip Sloane, 1R01NR014199-01, 09/27/2012 – 06/30/2018.

Co-Investigator, Barriers and facilitators for the LPN-to-RN transition: Perspectives from practicing LPNs PI: Cheryl Jones. Carolina Health Workforce Research Center Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy, HRSA Cooperative Agreement, $40,000, 6%, U81HP26495-01-00, 08/01/2016-07/31/2017.

Co-Investigator, Barriers and facilitators for the LPN-to-RN transition: Perspectives from practicing LPNs PI: Cheryl Jones. Carolina Health Workforce Research Center Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy, HRSA Cooperative Agreement, $40,000, 6%, U81HP26495-01-00, 08/01/2016-07/31/2017.

Co-Investigator, Infection Management and Antibiotic Stewardship, $ 498,698, 2%, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, PI: Philip Sloane, R18HS022846-01, 05/01/2014 – 04/30/2017.

Principal Investigator, Determining the Value and Outcomes of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). $40,000, 10%, Carolina Health Workforce Research Center Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy, HRSA Cooperative Agreement U81HP26495-01-00, 08/01/2015-07/31/2016.

Co-Investigator, Pathways in Nursing Careers: Transitions from the Role of Practice Nurse to Registered Nurse in North Carolina, PI: Cheryl Jones. Carolina Health Workforce Research Center Program on Health Workforce Research & Policy, HRSA Cooperative Agreement, $40,000, 20%, U81HP26495-01-00, 08/01/2014-07/31/2015.

Role: Scholar, Developing Best Nursing Practices in Assisted Living, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, $350,000, 75%, 09/01/2011-08/31/2014.

Role: Principal Investigator, Understanding Staffing, Service Delivery, and Resident Outcomes in Assisted Living, , 1/01/2012-12/31/2012, $7,500.

  • Health services research – evaluating and improving the quality of care in long-term care settings
  • Gerontological nursing and care of older adults (including dementia care)
  • Workforce issues in residential care/assisted living