Recent Submissions

  • Opportunities to “Make Macro Matter” through the Grand Challenges for Social Work 

    Teixeira, Samantha; Augsberger, Astraea; Richards-Schuster, Katie; Martinez, Linda Sprague; Evans, Kerri (SAGE, 2021-04-07)
    The Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative, led by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), aims to organize the social work profession around 12 entrenched societal challenges. Addressing the ...
  • An Exploratory Study of Neighborhood Choices Among Moving to Opportunity Participants in Baltimore, Maryland: The Influence of Housing Search Assistance 

    Bembry, James X.; Norris, Donald F. (ScholarWorks, 2005)
    This study examined the neighborhood choices of 150 families who participated in the Moving To Opportunity Program (MTO) in Baltimore, Maryland. The MTO program, utilizing an experimental design, provided intensive housing ...
  • Meaningful Engagement in the Nursing Home 

    Morley, John E.; Kusmaul, Nancy; Berg-Weger, Marla (Taylor & Francis Online, 2020-12-22)
    Throughout her career, Rosalie Kane made a major impact in her efforts to improve quality of life for persons living in nursing homes. Near the end of her career, she suggested that it was time to “re-imagine long term ...
  • Practice Considerations for Trauma-Informed Care at End of Life 

    Ricks-Aherne, Elizabeth S.; Wallace, Cara L.; Kusmaul, Nancy (Taylor & Francis Online, 2020-09-22)
    Trauma is widespread, and its symptoms can adversely impact wellbeing at end of life, a time when hospice seeks to maximize quality of life. This article reviews research on trauma at end of life, provides an overview of ...
  • It’s Complicated: Having a Family Member Die on Hospice Not-of-Covid-19 

    Kusmaul, Nancy (Taylor & Francis, 2020-08-02)
    As the world has rightfully focused on COVID-19 people have continued to die of other things, and their needs and the needs of their loved ones have been overshadowed by the pandemic. My mother died of stage IV pancreatic ...
  • Nursing Home Social Workers Perceptions of Preparedness and Coping for COVID-19 

    Miller, Vivian J.; Fields, Noelle L.; Anderson, Keith A.; Kusmaul, Nancy; Maxwell, Christy (Oxford University Press, 2020-08-29)
    Objectives Social work has a long history of responding to the needs of vulnerable populations during times of crisis and disaster. Social workers are working at the front lines responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic ...
  • Nursing Home Social Work During COVID-19 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Bern-Klug, Mercedes; Heston-Mullins, Jennifer; Roberts, Amy; Galambos, Colleen (Taylor & Francis, 2020-07-10)
    As the impacts of COVID-19 on nursing facilities became apparent, the members of the U.S. based National Nursing Home Social Work Network (NNHSWN) immediately considered what it could offer as a useful response to assist ...
  • COVID-19 and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights 

    Kusmaul, Nancy (Elsevier, 2020-07-29)
  • Perspectives on caregiving: A qualitative evaluation of certified nursing assistants 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Bunting, Morgan (Elsevier, 2016-10-12)
    This study sought Certified Nursing Assistants' (CNAs) perspectives on the activities that compose quality care. CNAs provide the majority of hands on care in nursing homes positioning them to have a unique perspective on ...
  • Client Experiences of Trauma-Informed Care in Social Service Agencies 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Wolf, Molly R.; Sahoo, Shalini; Green, Susan A.; Nochajski, Thomas H (Taylor & Francis, 2018-10-25)
    This paper describes a qualitative study of individual client interviews (n = 26) from four social service agencies to understand how clients experience trauma-informed care services and implementation challenges. We used ...
  • Ethical Issues in Long-term Care: A Human Rights Perspective 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Bern-Klug, Mercedes; Bonifas, Robin (Springer Nature, 2017-08-17)
    Nursing home residents do not relinquish human rights just because they need care. In nursing homes in the USA, federal law guarantees certain rights to residents. This article provides a broader context for understanding ...
  • Applying a trauma-informed perspective to loss and change in the lives of older adults 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Anderson, Keith (Taylor & Francis, 2018-03-09)
    Traumatic events are widely acknowledged to have long-term impacts on individuals, yet only recently have health-care professionals begun to assess for and gain an understanding of trauma in the lives of older adults. For ...
  • The Infusion of Trauma-Informed Care in Organizations: Experience of Agency Staff 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Wilson, Bincy; Nochajski, Thomas (Taylor & Francis, 2015-01-26)
    The implementation of trauma-informed care is a transformational organizational change, incorporating all levels of staff and fundamentally changing the hierarchical structure of the organization (Bloom, 2006). Using the ...
  • Using an Experiential Learning Assignment to Teach BSW Students about Culture and End-of-Life Care Planning 

    Kusmaul, Nancy (Taylor & Francis, 2019-02-07)
    In response to needs identified by the Institute of Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers, this article describes an experiential assignment to increase BSW students’ skills in end-of-life care. In this ...
  • The content of education for direct caregivers 

    Kusmaul, Nancy (Taylor & Francis, 2015-10-15)
    Direct caregivers in nursing homes are the certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who provide the majority of hands-on care. This study administered a knowledge instrument to a sample of CNAs () employed at nursing homes in ...
  • Trauma-informed supervision: Core components and unique dynamics in varied practice contexts 

    Knight, Carolyn; Borders, L. DiAnne (Taylor & Francis, 2018-05-11)
    The Co-Editors of the special issue on trauma-informed supervision describe the need for increased attention to this topic and their goals for this issue. They then provide an overview of each article, all written by persons ...
  • ‘We’re Civil Servants’: The Status of Trauma-Informed Care in the Community 

    Wolf, Molly R.; Green, Sue A.; Nochajski, Thomas H; Mendel, Whitney; Kusmaul, Nancy S (Taylor & Francis, 2013-12-12)
    Trauma-informed care (TIC) in social service organizations means that the organizations operate with the understanding that everyone involved has possibly experienced trauma in their lifetime. This qualitative study examined ...
  • The Role of Empowerment in Home Care Work 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Butler, Sandy; Hageman, Sally (Taylor & Francis, 2020-03-14)
    The home care industry experiences similar problems with the recruitment and retention of direct care workers (DCWs) as those faced by institutions, and it is important to identify strategies to help retain and grow this ...
  • Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment 

    Gibson, Allison; Kusmaul, Nancy; Leedahl, Skye; Rizzo, Victoria M. (Springer, Cham, 2019-12-01)
    Communities across the globe, including the United States, face unprecedented environmental challenges influenced by factors such as climate change and an increasing global population. This chapter will focus specifically ...
  • Turning Doctoral Students into Faculty in Gerontological Social Work: The AGESW Experience 

    Kusmaul, Nancy; Wladkowski, Stephanie; Hageman, Sally; Gibson, Allison; Mauldin, Rebecca L.; Greenfield, Jennifer C.; Fields, Noelle L. (Taylor & Francis, 2019-10-29)
    Developing faculty interested in aging may help social work meet the needs of our growing aging population. However, doctoral students need a variety of supports to complete PhDs and become gerontological social work ...

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