Cathy Carlson, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, RN-BC

Title: Professor
Division: Nursing
Office Location: Nursing 178
Office Phone: 815-753-6573
Office Fax: 815-753-0814

Courses Taught

  • NURS 652 Primary Care Adult
    NURS 605 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Nursing Science
  • M.S., Ball State University, Nursing Education
  • B.S., University of St. Francis, Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing, Rockford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Pain Management 
  • Evidence-based Nursing Practice
  • Contraceptives

Research Projects

Meyer, L., Sedlmeyer, R., Carlson, C., & Modlin, S. Essential Clinical Behavior Database, a web-accessed database for evaluation of nursing students' clinical experiences and skills.

Altering Prior Conditions Inhibiting the Adoption of Research-Based Pain Management Practices, Dissertation Topic, 1996 to present.

"Cultural Responses to Seven Common Types of Pain." Research Incentive Fellowship project, 1997-1998.

"Comparison of the Prevalence of Adult Children of Alcoholics Between Nursing and Noncaretaking Occupations." Thesis for completion of Master's Degree at Ball State University.

Selected Publications

Oliver, J., & Carlson, C. (2020). Misperceptions about the ‘opioid epidemic:’ Exploring the facts. Pain Management Nursing, 21, 100-109. DOI: j.pmn.2019.05.004

Carlson, C., Plonczynski, D., & Vitucci, D. (2016). My Choice: Navigating contraception application development. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 34(10), 1-6.

Carlson, C. L. (2016). Effectiveness of the World Health Organization cancer pain relief guidelines: An integrative review. Journal of Pain Research, 9, 515-534.

Carlson, C. L., & Plonczynski, D. J. (2016). The impact of personal characteristics on contraceptive choices and use over 5 years. Sage Open Nursing, 2, 1-10.

Oliver, J., Carlson, C., Hagan, S. & Bolyanatz, P. (2015). Statement regarding the use of opioids for chronic pain while preventing abuse and diversion. American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

Carlson, C. L. (2010). Prior conditions influencing nurses’ decisions to adopt evidence-based postoperative pain assessment practices. Pain Management Nursing, 11(4), 245-258. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmn.2009.05.003

Carlson, C. L. (2009). Use of three evidence-based postoperative pain assessment practices by registered nurses. Pain Management Nursing. 10(4), 174-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmn.2008.07.001

Carlson, C. L. (2008). Development and testing of four instruments to assess prior conditions that influence nurses’ adoption of evidence-based pain management practices. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 64(6), 632-643. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04833.x

Carlson, C. L., & Plonczynski, D. J. (2008). Has the BARRIERS Scale changed nursing practice? An integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 63(4), 322– 333. DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04705.x

Other Information

  • Member of American Society of Pain Management Nursing
  • Education Committee, 2010-present
  • Co-Chair Education Committee, 2011–2013

Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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