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Barbara J. Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Research
Professor
School of Nursing

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
MSN, University of Cincinnati
BSN, University of Cincinnati


Overview

  • KU faculty since 2019
  • Editorial Board Member, Public Health Nursing
  • Treasurer, Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE)
  • Member, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing & Environment Sections
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Member, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)
  • Member, Environmental and Public Health Expert Panel, American Academy of Nursing

Academic Program Affiliations

  • PhD
  • DNP

Select Publications

  • Polivka B., Anderson, S., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D., Wills, C. &, Darragh, A. (2018) Efficacy and usability of a virtual simulation training system for health and safety hazards encountered by healthcare workers. Games for Health Journal, 8(2). DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2018.0068. Published online: 9/19/2018
  • Polivka, B., Folz, R., Myers, J., Barnett, R., Antimisiaris, D., Jorayeva, A., & Beatty, B. (2018). Identifying phenotypes and factors impacting outcomes in older adults with asthma: A research protocol and recruitment results. Research in Nursing and Health, 41(4), 336-345. DOI: 10.1002/nur.21880
  • Polivka, B. (2018). The Great London Smog of 1952. American Journal of Nursing, 118(4), 57-61. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000532078.72372.c3
  • Polivka, B., Chaudry, R. (2018). A scoping review of environmental health nursing research. Public Health Nursing. 35, 10-17. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12373
  • Cavallazzi, R. Jorayeva, A., Beatty, B., Antimisiaris, D., Gopalraj, R., Myers, J., Folz, R., Polivka, B. (corresponding author) (2018). Predicting asthma in older adults on the basis of clinical history. Respiratory Medicine, 142, 36-40. 10.1016/j.rmed.2018.07.010. NIHMS 1500741.
  • Darragh, A.R., Lavender, S., Polivka, B., Sommerich, C.M., Wills, C.E., Hittle, B.A., Chen, R. Stredney, D.L. (2016). Gaming simulation as health and safety training for home healthcare workers. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12, 328-335. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2016.03.006
  • Polivka, B.J., Wills, C.E., Darragh, A., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., & Stredney, D. (2015). Environmental health and safety hazards experienced by home health care providers: a room-by-room analysis. Workplace Health & Safety, 63(11), 512-522. DOI: 10.1177/2165079915595925
  • Wills, C.E., Polivka, B.J., Darragh, A., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., & Stredney, D. (2015). "Making Do" Decisions: How home healthcare personnel manage their exposure to home hazards. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(4), 411-426. DOI: 10.1177/0193945915618950

Select Presentations

  • Polivka, B., Jorayeva, A., Folz, R. (Nov. 2018). Disparities in Quality of Life in Older Adults with Asthma. Poster, 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Polivka, B., Darrah, A., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D. & Wills, C. (Nov. 2018). Virtual Simulation Training for Home Healthcare workers (HH-VSTS). Podium, 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Polivka, B. (2018, September). Relationship between indoor volatile organic compounds and asthma outcomes in older adults. "Environmental determinants of health: Air Quality' symposium presentation at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) 2018 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, DC.
  • Polivka, B., Cavallazzi, R., Jorayeva, A., Myers J., Beatty, B., & Folz, R. (2018, May). Predicting positive bronchial challenge test with methacholine in older adults with asthma. Poster, 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Folz, R., Myers, F., Jorayeva, A., & Polivka B., (2018, May). Phenotyping older adults with asthma via clinical cluster analysis. Poster, 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Polivka, B., Jorayeva, A., Antimisiaris, D., & Folz, R. (2018, May). Age, number of medications, and allergy testing in older adults with asthma. Poster, 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Polivka, B., Jorayeva, A., Myers, J., & Folz, R. (2018, May). Gender differences in asthma burden and quality of life in older adults. Poster Discussion, 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Wills C., Polivka, B., Darragh, A., B. Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., & Stredney, D (2018, Apiril). Accuracy of Home Healthcare Worker Risk Perceptions and Decision-making Following a Virtual Simulation Training for Managing Home Health Hazards. Paper, 2018 Midwest Nursing Research Society Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio.

Selected Grants

  • Racial Disparities in Older Adults with Auto-immune Comorbid Asthma. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, Administrative supplement, $70,067. PI
  • Asthma in older adults: Identifying phenotypes and factors impacting outcomes- Strength of Specific Medication Literacy and Clinical Correlates in Low Income Older Adults with Asthma. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, Administrative supplement, $69,220. PI
  • Asthma in older adults: Identifying phenotypes and factors impacting outcomes - Examination of bioactive lipids to assess racial differences in redox imbalance in older adults with asthma. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, Administrative supplement, $84,525. PI
  • Asthma in older adults: Identifying phenotypes and factors impacting outcomes. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging. $2,316,821. PI
  • Coal Ash and Children: A Community Study of the Association between Ash and ADHD". National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. K. Zierold, PI. Co-I
  • Home healthcare hazard training through virtual simulation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, $870,621. PI
  • Resilience, Moral Distress, and Workplace Engagement in Emergency Department Nurses. P. Clark (PI), American Nurses Foundation. Co-I
  • The Cancer Survivorship Experience of Muslims in the US: Comparison of Three Muslim Ethnic Groups. F. Alalouo (PI), Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. Co-I

Awards & Honors

  • Midwest Nursing Research Honor a Researcher Program Award, 2018
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section, 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2017
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Research through Academic Clinical Partnerships Outstanding Partnership Award, 2015
  • Dean Marcia J. Hern Research Award, 2015
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing 125th anniversary Legacy Honoree, 2015
Last modified: Apr 16, 2019

Contact

Barbara J. Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean, Research
Professor

bpolivka@kumc.edu

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