- Professional overview
Dr. McCabe is a board certified geriatric nurse practitioner and certified wound care nurse. She has spent her career working with older adults in the acute care, nursing home and community settings. She has a particular interest in the quality and safety of care for older adult patients. Much of her advanced practice career has been dedicated to working with nurse quality indicators such as fall reduction, pressure ulcer prevention, and physical restraints.
DNP(2009) - Case Western Reserve UniversityMA(2002) - NYU College of NursingBSN(1995) - Mount Saint Mary College
- Professional membership
The American Geriatric SocietyGerontological Advanced Practice Nurses AssociationNew York State Nurses AssociationSigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Attaining Baccalaureate CompetenciesforNursing CareofOlder Adults Through Curriculum InnovationMAURO, A.M.P., HICKEY, M.T., McCABE, D.E., & EA, E. (2012). Nursing Education Perspectives 33, (187-190). 10.5480/1536-5026-33.3.187 Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health).
Cultural competence among staff nurses who participated in a family-centered geriatric care program.Salman, A., McCabe, D., Easter, T., Callahan, B., Goldstein, D., Smith, T. D., … Fitzpatrick, J. J. Journal for nurses in staff development : JNSD : official journal of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization 23, (103-11; quiz 112-3). 10.1097/01.NND.0000277179.40206.be
The purpose of this training program was to prepare nursing staff in family-centered geriatric care that emphasizes providing culturally competent care to hospitalized elders at two major tertiary hospitals in New York. This research report corresponds to the first phase of a 3-year project. In this research project, a descriptive exploratory design was used to identify the levels of cultural awareness and cultural competence of nursing staff who participated in a family-centered geriatric care training program.
Perceptions of physical restraints use in the elderly among registered nurses and nurse assistants in a single acute care hospital.McCabe, D. E., Alvarez, C. D., McNulty, S. R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.) 32, (39-45). 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2010.10.010
Physical restraint use among hospitalized older adults remains an important issue. Despite evidence indicating that restraints can be harmful and strict regulatory rules restricting the use of restraints, healthcare practitioners continue to utilize physical restraints, often in the name of safety. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions regarding physical restraint use among registered nurses (RNs) and nursing assistants (NAs). The Perceptions of Restraint Use Questionnaire (PRUQ) was used to evaluate nursing staff perceptions. The overall mean score for the PRUQ was 2.8 out of a possible 5, indicating a neutral perception. Both RNs and NAs identified treatment interference as the most important reason for restraining a patient and substituting of restraints for staff as the least important reason. This study revealed an overall less favorable perception of restraints than previous studies. NAs favored physical restraint for fall prevention more than RNs. It was also noted that protection from physical abuse and patient combativeness was the most salient reason cited by the emergency department staff.