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Babette Biesecker

FNP-BC PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director, APN Family
Program Director, Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing Specialty Sequence

1 212 998 5338

433 First Avenue
Room 528
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Biesecker has taught graduate nursing for over 20 years and has practiced as a FNP in women’s health, maternal/child health, student health, OB/GYN, rehabilitative medicine, integrative medicine, internal medicine, and ambulatory cardiology arenas. Dr. Biesecker teaches multiple graduate courses and serves as the program director for the Family Nurse Practitioner program and the Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing Specialty Sequence.

Education

PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development - NYU College of Nursing
Post Masters Certificate in Advanced Holistic Nursing - Holistic Nurse Practitioner NYU
MS in Family Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner from SUNY Binghamton
BSN from Marywood College
Nursing Diploma from Community Medical Center School of Nursing

Honors and awards

Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant for PhD Dissertation
The Lived Experience of Mothering Following Cesarean Birth
Distinguished Student Award for Post-Masters Holistic Nurse Practitioner Program at NYU
Department of Nursing’s Faculty Award for Excellence - Marywood University
T. Catherine Hollow Award for Compassion and Outstanding Bedside Nursing Ability - Community Medical Center School of Nursing
Board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner
Board certified as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse
Non-profit Community Grants from Scranton Area Foundation Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and Margaret Briggs Foundation

Specialties

Women's health
Primary care
Families
Holistic care

Professional membership

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Holistic Nurses Association
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Lamaze International
Sigma Theta Tau
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Publications

Publications

Evaluation of the clinical hour requirement and attainment of core clinical competencies by nurse practitioner students

Hallas, D., Biesecker, B., Brennan, M., Newland, J., & Haber, J. (2012). Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 24(9), 544-553. 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00730.x
Abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze the national practice of fulfilling 500 clinical hours as a requirement for graduation from nurse practitioner (NP) programs at the master's level and to compare this standard to a comprehensive approach of evaluating attainment of clinical competencies. Data sources: The National Organization of NP Faculties (NONPF) and specialty accreditation bodies publications were used for references to clinical hour and core competency requirements for graduation from NP programs. Data from one university from student documentation on a commercial electronic tracking system were also analyzed. Conclusions: Data analysis revealed that the 500 clinical hours correlated to populations, skills performed, required levels of decision making, and expected diagnoses. However, assurance that these clinical hour requirements translated to exposure to all core competencies for entry into practice could not be established. Implications for practice: A more comprehensive approach to the evaluation of student core competencies by implementing one or more performance-based assessments, such as case-based evaluations, simulations, or objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), as a strategic part of NP evaluation prior to graduation is proposed. This change is viewed as critical to the continued success of NP programs as master's level education transitions to direct BS to DNP educational preparation for advanced nursing practice.

Nutrition profiles of American women in the third trimester

Gennaro, S., Biesecker, B., Fantasia, H. C., Nguyen, M., & Garry, D. (2011). MCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 36(2), 120-126. 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182057a13
Abstract
PURPOSE: To develop a profile of common nutritional patterns among pregnant African American women that will assist healthcare providers in identifying areas for improvement and change. STUDY DESIGN: This study was part of a larger NIH-funded (R03NR008548-01) study that examined risk factors associated with preterm labor and birth in high- and low-risk African American women. Data were collected on high-risk mothers (women experiencing preterm labor) before 34 weeks gestation and every 4 weeks until birth. Data were also collected on the low-risk mothers beginning at 28 weeks and then every 4 weeks until birth. For this study, high- and low-risk groups were collapsed to examine food choices over time in all participants (n ≤ 58). METHODS: Nutrition intake was examined by conducting one 24-hour diet recall at each time point. Food models and portion size pictures were used to improve accuracy. RESULTS: Overall, dietary intake was suboptimal, and micro- and macronutrient intake during the third trimester did not vary. Energy (caloric) intake was inadequate with the time-averaged probability of having inadequate caloric intake 64.4%. Protein intake was the most likely nutritional factor to be inadequate with a time-averaged estimated probability of inadequate intake 25.1%. Micronutrient intake from food was also inadequate. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: The persistence of suboptimal nutritional intake during the third trimester supports the importance of continually assessing nutritional status throughout pregnancy, with a focus on caloric requirements and protein intake.

New guidelines for maternal and neonatal resuscitation

Stringer, M., Brooks, P. M., King, K., & Biesecker, B. (2007). Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG, 36(6), 624-635. 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2007.00195.x
Abstract
New evidence has prompted changes in our national cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines for both neonates and adult patients. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the changes recommended by the American Heart Association, Academy of American Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, a strategy for implementing these guidelines into practice is suggested.