UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Marci L. Nilsen, PhD, RN

Marci Nilsen
Assistant Professor of Acute & Tertiary Care


Contact Information

Contact Information

415 Victoria Buiding
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-648-3027
Email: mlf981@pitt.edu

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Symptom management; head and neck cancer; survivorship

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Nilsen's research interests include:

1. Impact of communication and interaction behaviors on nursing care quality of acutely ill older adults;

2. Acceptance and adoption of alternative communication tools to improve symptom management for older adults recovering from surgery for head and neck cancer; and

3. Survivorship and late effects of treatment for head and neck cancer.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Happ MB, Sereika SM, Houze MP, Seaman JB, Tate JA, Nilsen ML, van Panhuis J, Scuilli A, Baumann BM, George E, Angus DC, Barnato AE. Quality of care and resource use among mechanically ventilated patients before and after an intervention to assist nurse-nonvocal patient communication. Heart Lung. 2015 Sep-Oct;44(5):408-415.e2. PubMed Link
  • Happ MB, Seaman JB, Nilsen ML, Sciulli A, Tate JA, Saul M, Barnato AE. The number of mechanically ventilated ICU patients meeting communication criteria. Heart Lung. 2015 Jan-Feb;44(1):45-9. PubMed Link
  • Nilsen ML, Happ MB, Donovan H, Barnato A, Hoffman L, Sereika SM. Adaptation of a communication interaction behavior instrument for use in mechanically ventilated, nonvocal older adults. Nurs Res. 2014 Jan-Feb;63(1):3-13. PubMed Link
  • Tate JA, Sereika S, Divirgilio D, Nilsen M, Demerci J, Campbell G, Happ MB. Symptom communication during critical illness: the impact of age, delirium, and delirium presentation. J Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Aug;39(8):28-38. PubMed Link
  • Nilsen ML, Sereika S, Happ MB. Nurse and patient characteristics associated with duration of nurse talk during patient encounters in ICU. Heart Lung. 2013 Jan-Feb;42(1):5-12. PubMed Link

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