Bethel Powers, PhD, RN, FSAA, FGSA

  • Professor
  • PhD Programs Director
  • Evaluation Office Director
Bethel Powers

Contact Information

255 Crittenden Blvd. Box SON Rochester, NY 14642
Work: (585) 275-8891
Fax: (585) 273-1268
Email:

Education

PhD, 1980. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US

MA, 1974. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US

MS, 1971. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US

BS, 1965. Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV, US

Experience

Faculty Appointments: 8/2011 - Current. Director PhD Programs. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 2005 - Current. Professor. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 2004 - Current. Director, Evaluation Office. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 1999 - 2010. Associate Director, Center for Nursing Research on Aging. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 1987 - 2005. Associate Professor. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 7/1993 - 1995. Interim Chair, Division of Health Restoration. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 7/1990 - 1995. Chair, Division of Health Promotion and Maintenance. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 1987 - 1995. Associate Professor (Secondary Joint Appointment). Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 1989 - 1990. Interim Chair, Division of Health Promotion and Maintenance. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Faculty Appointments: 1980 - 1987. Assistant Professor. University of Rochester School of Nursing. Rochester, NY, US.

Fellowship (Pre Doctoral): 1972 - 1980. Doctoral Student/Candidate. University of Rochester (Department of Anthropology). Rochester, NY, US.

Professional Experience: 1967 - 1974. Nursing Supervisor. University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital (Medicine & Rehabilitation). Rochester, NY, US.

Professional Experience: 1965 - 1967. Head Nurse/Staff Nurse. Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center (Medical Oncology/Neurology). Bronx, NY, US.

Research

Geriatric Depression and the Role of Disability in Home Health Care Patients. 12/2011 - 12/2011. Faculty Research Support Grant (FRSG).

Palliative Care in the Acute Setting. 6/2005 - Current. NINR, NIH.

Improving Outcomes of Hospitalized Elders and Caregivers. 4/2003 - 12/2008. NINR, NIH.

Palliative Care Needs of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia in the Last Year of Life: Should End-of-Life Care Begin Sooner?. 1/1999 - 12/2000. Department of Health, State of New York, Dementia Grant.

Spiritual Nurturance and Support for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. 1/1998 - 12/1999. Department of Health, State of New York, Dementia Grant.

Resolving Ethical Issues of Daily Living Affecting Residents with Dementia. 1/1997 - 12/1998. Department of Health, State of New York, Dementia Grant.

Humor Therapy for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. 1/1995 - 12/1996. Department of Health, State of New York, Dementia Grant.

Rocking Chair Therapy - An Environmental Management for Dementia. 1/1993 - 12/1994. Department of Health, State of New York, Dementia Grant.

Doing Good: Nursing Ethics in Long-Term Care. 7/1991 - 3/1992.

The Social Networks of Elderly Institutionalized People. 7/1984 - 12/1985. Division of Nursing, Health Resources Administration (HRA), United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

Social Support as a Factor in Health Maintenance. 1/1980 - 5/1981. Division of Nursing, Health Resources Administration (HRA), United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Clinical Research Facilitation Grant (CRFG).

Publications

Friedman, B., Yanen, L., Liebel, D., & Powers, B.. (2014). Effects of a home visiting nurse intervention versus care as usual on individual activities of daily living: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trail. BMC Geriatrics http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/14/24, 14 (24).

Lowey, DV, Powers, BA, Xue, Y. (2013). Short of breath and dying: State of the science on opioids for the palliation of refractory dyspnea in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39, 43-52.

Liebel, D.V., Powers, B.A., Friedman, B., & Watson, N.M.. (2012). Barriers and facilitators to optimize function and prevent disability worsening: a content analysis of a nurse home visit intervention. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 (1), 80-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05717.x.

Liebel, D. V., Friedman, B., Watson, N. M. & Powers, B. A.. (2012). Which components of a primary care affiliated home visiting nurse program are associated with disability maintenance/improvement?. Home Health Care Services Quarterly DOI: 10. 1080/01621424.2012.681550, 31, 155-180.

Li, H., Powers, B., Melnyk, B.M., McCann, R., Koulouglioti, C., Anson, E., Smith, J.A., Xia, Y., Glose, S., & Tu, X.. (2012). Randomized Controlled trial of CARE: An intervention to improve outcomes of hospitalized elders and family caregivers. Research in Nursing and Health, 35, 533-549. DOI: 10.1002/nur.21491.

Powers, B.A.. (2011). Critically appraising qualitative evidence for clinical decision (Chapter 6); Generating evidence through qualitative research (Chapter 18); Walking the walk and talking the talk: An appraisal guide for qualitative evidence (Appendix C). In B.M. Melnyk, E. Fineout-Overholt(Eds.) Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare (2nd ed.). Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Powers, B.A., Norton, S.A., Schmitt, M.H., Quill, T.E. & Metzger, M.. (2011). Meaning and practice of palliative care for hospitalized older adults with life limiting illnesses. Journal of Aging Research, doi:10.4061/2011/406164.

Powers, B.A. & Watson, N.M.. (2011). Spiritual nurturance and support for nursing home residents with dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 10 (1), 59-80.

Powers, B.A. & Knapp, T.R.. (2011). Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research (Fourth Edition). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Norton, S., Powers, B.A., Schmitt, M.H., Metzger, M., Fairbanks, E., Deluca, J. and Quill, T. E.. (2011). Navigating Tensions: Integrating Palliative Care Consultation Services into an Academic Medical Cneter Setting. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Powers, B.A.. (2010). Comfort feeding for persons with advanced dementia. New York Nurse, 41 (8), 14.

Powers, B.. (2010). Avoiding Polypharmacy in Older Adults. New York Nurse.

Grace, JT & Powers, BA. (2009). Claiming our core: Appraising qualitative evidence for nursing questions about human response and meaning. Nursing Outlook, 57, 27-34.

Liebel, DV, Friedman, B, Watson, NM, & Powers, BA. (2009). Review of nurse home visiting interventions for community-dwelling older persons with existing disability. Medical Care Research and Review, 66, 119-146.

Messecar, D, Powers, BA, & Nagel, CL. (2008). How to Try This: The Family Preferences Index. American Journal of Nursing, 108 (9), 52-60.

Powers, BA & Watson, NM. (2008). The meaning and practice of palliative care in nursing homes for residents with dementia at end of life. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 23, 319-325.

Powers, BA. (2008). Better palliative care for persons with dementia. New York Nurse, 39 (1), 14.

Powers, BA & Knapp TR. (2006). Dictionary of nursing theory and research. (Third Edition)..

Powers, BA. (2005). Nursing home ethics inside out. Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 31 (3), 23-25.

Powers, BA. (2005). Critically appraising qualitative evidence (Chapter 6); Generating evidence through qualitative research (Chapter 11); Critically appraising qualitative research (Appendix B); & Looking for best evidence: 'A rose by any other name...' (Appendix F). . In B. M. Melnyk & E. Fineout-Overholt (Eds.), Evidence-based practice in nursing and health: A guide to best practice. , 127-162; 283-298; 491-527; 547-555.

Powers, B.A.. (2005). Everyday Ethics in Assisted Living Facilities: A Framework for Assessing Resident-Focused Issues. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 31, 31-37.

Powers, BA (Book Review). (2004). Ethical patient care: A casebook for geriatric health teams by Mezey, Casse, Bottrell, Hyer, Howe, & Fulmer. For Journal of Interprofessional Care, 18, 92-94.

Powers, BA. (2003). Nursing home ethics: Everyday issues affecting residents with dementia. (2004 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award)..

Powers, B.A.. (2003). The Significance of Losing Things for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia and Their Families (2004 Edna Stilwell Writing Award). Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 29, 43-52.

Powers, B.A.. (2001). Ethnographic Analysis of Everyday Ethics in the Care of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Taxonomy. Nursing Research, 50, 332-339.

Kitzman, H.J., Powers, B.A., Schmitt, M.H.. (2000). The School of Nursing: Integrating Practice, Research, and Education. J. Cohen (Ed.), Teaching, Discovering, Caring: University of Rochester Medical Center 1925-2000.

Powers, B.A.. (2000). Everyday Ethics of Dementia Care in Nursing Home: A Definition and Taxonomy. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 15, 143-151.

Powers, B.A.. (1997). Social Support, Social Networks, and the Problem of Loneliness in Elder Care. E.A. Swanson & T. Tripp-Reimer (Eds.) Advances in Gerontological Nursing: Chronic Illness and the Older Adult, 136-158.

Powers, B.A.. (1996). Relationships Among Older Women Living in a Nursing Home. Journal of Women & Aging, 8 (4), 179-198.

Powers, B.A.. (1995). From the Inside Out: The World of the Institutionalized Elderly. J.N. Henderson & M. Vesperi (Eds.), The Culture of Long Term Care: Nursing Home Ethnography, 179-196.

Powers, BA & Knapp, TR. (1995). A dictionary of nursing theory and research. (Revised and Expanded Second Edition)..

Powers, BA (Book Review). (1993). The ends of time: Life and work in nursing home by Savishinsky. For Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 7 (1), 112-113.

Powers, BA (Book Review). (1993). Handbook of humanities and aging by Cole, Van Tassel, and Kastenbaum (Eds.). For Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 41, 1378-1379.

Powers, B.A.. (1992). The Roles Staff Play in the Social Networks of Elderly Institutionalized People. Social Science & Medicine, 34, 1335-1343.

Powers, B.A.. (1991). The Meaning of Nursing Home Friendships. Advances in Nursing Science, 14 (2), 42-58.

Powers, BA (Book Review). (1991). Cross-cultural nursing: Anthropological approaches to nursing research by Morse (Ed.). For Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 5 (4), 412-413.

Jurgens, J., Powers, B.A.. (1991). An Exploratory Study of Menstrual Euphemisms, Beliefs, and Taboos of Head Start Mothers. D.Taylor & N. Woods (Eds.), Menstruation, Health, Illness, 35-40.

Powers, BA (Book Review). (1991). Aging in a technological society by Lesnoff-Caravaglia (Ed.). For The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 179 (4), 237-238.

Powers, B.A.. (1990). Nursing and Aging. R. Rubenstein (Ed.) Anthropology and Aging, 69-105.

Smith, T., Powers, B.A.. (1990). An Integrative Approach to Quality Assurance. Nursing Management, 21 (6), 28-30.

Powers, BA (Book Review). (1990). Nursing research: A quantitative and qualitative approach by Roberts & Burke. For Research in Nursing & Health, 13, 351-352.

Powers, BA & Knapp, TR. (1990). A dictionary of nursing theory and research. First Edition (Japanese Language Edition 1994 by Igaku-Shoin, Ltd, Tokyo).

Powers, BA. (1988). Social support for elderly people. Nursing Times, 84, 54-55.

Powers, B.A.. (1988). Social Networks, Social Support, and Elderly Institutionalized People. Advances in Nursing Science, 10 (2), 40-58.

Powers, B.A.. (1988). Self-Perceived Health of Elderly Institutionalized People. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 3, 299-321.

Powers, B.A.. (1987). Taking Sides: A Response to Goodwin and Goodwin. Nursing Research, 36, 122-126.

Powers, BA. (1987). Special Features Editorial Commentary: Gerontological nursing research and anthropology of aging. Participants: Molly Dougherty (Florida) and Toni Tripp-Reimer (Iowa). Association for Anthropology and Gerontology Newsletter, 8 (3), 3-5.

Powers, B.A., Smith, T.. (1986). An Approach to Undergraduate Student Investigations in Clinical Settings. Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 18, 15-17.

Powers, BA. (1985). The social networks of elderly institutionalized people. . Proceedings, Sigma Theta Tau National Conference on Social Support and Health. University of Rochester, School of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Xi Chapter..

Powers, B.A.. (1982). The Use of Orthodox and Black American Folk Medicine. Advances in Nursing Science, 4 (3), 35-47.

Presentations

Opiod use for the palliation of terminal dyspnea in older adults with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Annual Scientific Sessions, Eastern Nursing Research Society

Structure and process components associated with disability maintenance/improvement of a primary care affiliated home visiting nurse intervention.
66th Annual Scientific Meeting, Gerontological Society of America

Nursing home residents with dementia and the pallaitive care umbrella.
The First National Palliative Care Summit

Imporving outcomes of family caregivers caring for hospitalized elders: The CARE Program.
65th Annual Scientific Meeting, The Gerontological Society of America

Rules at the border: Passport to institutionalizing palliative care.
Annual Assembly, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Nurse home visiting to older adults with disability: A qualitative study of program implementation.
Annual Scientific Meeting, American Geriatrics Society

Weathering the storm: Nurse home visiting to prevent disability worsening.
Annual Conference, State Society on Aging of New York

Nurse home visiting to older adults with disability: A qualitative study of program implementation.
Annual Scientific Meeting, Gerontological Society of America

A bioethical construct for issues of spirituality and religion.
Spiritual Care Rounds, University of Rochester Medical Center

Nursing Home Ethics.
Ethics Committee Luncheon, St. John's Home

Qualitative Methods.
5th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Qualitative Methods Workshop, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Nursing Home Ethics.
Annual Family and Ethics Committee Dinner Meeting, The Friendly Home

Nursing Home Ethics.
Alzheimer's Association Professional Network Series, Monroe Community Hospital

Gauging Decline: End of Life Care of Residents with Dementia in Three Nursing Home Settings.
Gerontological Society of America

Everyday Decision Making by Residents in Assisted Living.
Gerontological Society of America

Spiritual Nurturance and Support for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.
Gerontological Society of America

At the Crossroads of Nursing Home Reform: Linkages Between Interpersonal and Organizational Ethics.
Gerontological Society of America

Resolving Ethical Issues of Daily Living Affecting Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.
Eastern Nursing Research Society

Ethics in Action: An Appreciation for the Ordinary in Dementia Care.
Society for Applied Anthropology

Naturally Occurring Humor of Nursing Home Staff and Residents with Dementia.
Gerontological Society of America

Relationships Among Older Women Living in a Nursing Home.
Society for Applied Anthropology

New Theory From the Multicultural Study of Aging and Well-Being.
Society for Applied Anthropology

Researching Dilemmas in Long-Term Care.
Induction Ceremony, Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Xi Chapter

Everyday Ethics in Health Care.
American Anthropological Association

Researching Dilemmas in Long-Term Care.
Distinguished Nurse Researcher Presentation, Foundation of New York State Nurses

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Televised Interview on Nursing Home Research, Rainbow's End Talk Show

In the Hands of These Care People: New Grounds for Kinship Allegiances.
American Anthropological Association

Beyond These Walls: Bridging to the Community.
American Anthropological Association

Friendships Among Nursing Home Residents.
Eastern Nursing Research Society

The Meaning of Nursing Home Friendships.
American Anthropological Association

Roles Staff Play in the Social Networks of Elderly Institutionalized People.
Co-Sponsored Session: Aging & Health in Cultural Context, American Anthropological Association

Self Perceived Health of Elderly Institutionalized People.
Co-Sponsored Session: Aging, Culture, and Health, American Anthropological Association

How Has it Been For You Here?...Social Networks of Elderly Institutionalized People.
The Genesee Conference of Senior Citizen Directors, 6th Annual Aging Awareness Day Conference, Roberts Wesleyan College

The World of Elderly Institutionalized People: Making the Connection Between Interactional Patterns and Social Context.
Annual Research Symposium, Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Xi Chapter

What Does it Mean to Grow Old?.
Issues 31, Host: Tom Ryan, WUHF-TV

The Social Networks of Elderly Institutionalized People.
Invited Session: Implications of Anthropological Research for Practice, Planning and Policy Making in Gerontology, New York State Association of Gerontological Educators

Awards

American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.
American Nurses Association, 2005

Journal of Gerontological Nursing Edna Stilwell Writing Award.
SLACK Publishing, 2004

Fellow.
Gerontological Society of America, 2001

Excellence in Nursing Research Award.
Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, 1997

Fellow.
Society for Applied Anthropology, 1995

Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award.
Foundation of New York State Nurses, 1991

Outstanding Faculty Colleague Award.
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 1990

Faculty Bridging Fellowship Award.
University of Rochester, 1985

National Nursing Honor Society.
Sigma Theta Tau International, 1982

Memberships

Genesee Valley Nurses Association (GVNA), Member

New York State Nurses Association, Member

Eastern Nursing Research Society, Member

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Fellow

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Fellow

Council on Nursing and Anthropology (CONAA), Member

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE), Member

American Nurses Association (ANA), Member

American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Member

Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Member

Sigma Theta Tau International

Community Service

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, Recording Secretary

Health Research Board, Research Proposal Reviewer

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, Newsletter Special Features Editor

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, Teaching Guide Contributor

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, Annual Meetings Program Chair

Foundation of New York State Nurses and New York State Nurses Association Council on Nursing Research, Member, Center for Nursing Research - Setting the Statewide Agenda for Nursing Research in New York State

Eastern Nursing Research Society, Abstract Reviewer

Eastern Nursing Research Society, Abstract Reviewer

Eastern Nursing Research Society, Abstract Reviewer

Gerontological Society of America, Assisted Living Special Interest Group

Alzheimer's Association, Research Proposal Reviewer

Greater Rochester Area Health Survey for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Consultant

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, AAA Meeting Program Chair

Kirkhaven Nursing Home, Ethics Committee

Kirkhaven Nursing Home, Resident Life Committee

Kirkhaven Nursing Home, Board of Directors

Kirkhaven Nursing Home, Ethics Committee

Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, Workshop Moderator

St. John's Home for the Aging and St. John's Nursing Home, Chair

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, Research Proposal Reviewer

St. John's Home for the Aging and St. John's Nursing Home, Chair, Education Sub-Committee

DHHA, NIH, Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel, Social Sciences, Nursing, Epidemiology and Methods Initial Review Group, NURS RO1 Study Section

St. John's Home, Strategic Planning Committee

St. John's Home, Human Subjects Committee

St. John's Home for the Aging and St. John's Nursing Home, Board of Directors

Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Chair, Research Committee

St. John's Home, Pension/Personnel Committee

St. John's Home, Health Services and Patient Care Committee

Rochester Area Pepper Center, Gerontology Seminar Series Steering Committee

Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, Executive Committee

International Caring Conference, Program Subcommittee

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, Research Proposal Reviewer

Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Research Committee

Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Program Committee

St. John's Nursing Home, Ad Hoc Committee on Education, Research, Library and Archives

American Heart Association, Instructor, Care of Stroke Patients