Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN
Dr. Zègre-Hemsey is an associate professor with expertise in emergency cardiac care. Her research is focused on improving outcomes for individuals with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and other time-sensitive cardiovascular conditions.
In her current research, Dr. Zègre-Hemsey investigates (1) cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography) and other non-invasive physiological measures, and (2) implementation of evidence-based innovations into prehospital and acute care settings, to advance patient triage, diagnosis, and access to care.
Dr. Zègre-Hemsey is an emergency department nurse with a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) with a focus on critical-care trauma. Dr. Zègre-Hemsey holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.
2019 UNC Healthcare Faculty of the Year, UNC Medical Center Nurse leadership
2017 American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Early Career Travel Grant
2015 American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Early Career Research Travel Stipend
2014 Laurel Archer Copp Literary Achievement Award, UNC School of Nursing
Zègre-Hemsey, J.K., Asafu-Adjei, J., Fernandez, A., & Brice, J. (2019).
Characteristics of prehospital electrocardiogram use in North Carolina using a novel linkage of emergency medical services and emergency department data. Prehospital Emergency Care.
Zègre-Hemsey J.K.,Bogle B, Cunningham CJ, Snyder K, Rosamond W. (2018).Delivery of automated external defibrillators (AED) by drones: Implications for emergency cardiac care.Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports.
Zègre-Hemsey J.K.,Burke LA, DeVon HA. (2018). Patient-reported symptoms improve prediction of acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department.Research in Nursing and Health. Oct;41(5):459-468.
Zègre-Hemsey, J.K., Pickham, D, & Pelter, M.M. (2016). Electrocardiographic indicators of acute coronary syndrome are more common in patients with ambulance transport compared to those who self-transport to the emergency department. Journal of Electrocardiology, 49(6),944-950.
Zègre-Hemsey, J.K., Sommargren, C.E., & Drew, B.J. (2015). Normal prehospital electrocardiography is linked to long-term survival in patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome. Journal of Electrocardiology, 48(4),520-526.
Drew B.J., Harris P.R., Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Mammone T, Schindler D, Salas-Boni R, Bai Y, Tinoco A, Ding Q, & Hu X (2014). Insights into the Problem of Alarm Fatigue with Physiologic Monitor Devices: A Comprehensive Observational Study of Consecutive Intensive Care Unit Patients. PLOS ONE, 9(10), e110274.
Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Dracup K., Fleischmann K.E., Sommargren C.E., Paul S.M., & Drew B.J. (2013). Prehospital ECG manifestations of acute myocardial ischemia are an independent predictor of adverse hospital outcomes. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 44(5), 955-961
2019-2022, National Institutes of Health, National Institute Nursing Research, Grant K23NR017896. Project Title: Patient-reported Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Prehospital Cardiac Care. Role: PI
2018-2019, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant UNCSUR31707. Project Title: A Feasibility Study to Assess Delivery of Automated External Defibrillators via Drones. Role: Co-I
2016-2019, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant KL2TR0011009. Project Title: Optimizing Electrocardiographic Methods for the Early Identification of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction in Prehospital Cardiac Care. Role: PI
2014-2015, Support Pilots for Advancing Research and Knowledge, Research Support Center grant. Project Title: Prehospital Electrocardiography for Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome: Assessment of Current Utilization in North Carolina, Role: PI