Jablonski named visionary, innovator in geriatric nursing

Among 55 honored by Geriatric Nursing for significant impact on specialty

Photo: Rita JablonskiBy Frank Couch

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Professor and Director of Research and Scholarly Development Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN, was recently recognized by Geriatric Nursing as a visionary leader and innovator in the field of geriatric nursing.

Jablonski was among 55 nurse leaders and innovators who have had a “significant impact on the development and growth of gerontological nursing” as noted by the peer-reviewed journal. The article highlights exemplary gerontological nurses advancing the research, practice and education of the mature specialization of gerontological nursing. Geriatric Nursing is the official journal of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, National Gerontological Nursing Association and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Jablonski’s research and clinical practice reflects her passion to improve the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia and who reside in nursing homes. She has developed and tested methods to reduce threat perception from patients using dementia-centric communication strategies. She also has focused much of her research on changing the culture in nursing homes to ensure patients receive high-quality care.

Photo: Rita Jablonski “To me, research is a way to answer the question, ‘What is the best way to fix this problem?’ In my case, it was the problem of noticing how people with dementia living in nursing homes were not receiving good mouth care. This is still a problem,” Jablonski said.

In addition to her research in and work with nursing homes, Jablonski maintains a faculty practice in the UAB Memory Disorders Clinic and has appointments as a scientist in the UAB Alzheimer’s Disease Center, UAB Center for Comprehensive Aging and a secondary faculty appointment in the UAB School of Dentistry. In addition to her clinical and research responsibilities, she mentors UAB School of Nursing undergraduate honors students and integrates them into her research teams in order to create a pipeline of future nurse researchers and clinicians interested in dementia care and the needs of family caregivers.

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