Dr. Lisa Kirk Wiese's nursing career began in 1978 with earning an ADN in her home state of West Virginia, followed by a BSN, and a MSN with a focus in Rural Community Health Nursing, both from the University of Virginia. In 2013, she earned a PhD in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Lisa discovered her love for teaching while working in Mexico with a missions team, as a cardiac patient educator in Ft. Myers, FL, and as a home-health nurse in Palm Beach County. She was a nursing educator at St. Mary's Hospital in W. Palm Beach, and faculty at Valencia and Palm Beach State Colleges before joining the faculty of the C. E. Lynn College of Nursing here at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Wiese is board certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing and Nursing Education.
The focus of Dr. Wiese's research is increasing the understanding, early detection, and prevention of Alzheimer's disease in rural populations. This interest extends from her own mother’s diagnosis and family’s struggles with dementia in her native West Virginia. Dr. Wiese is the recipient of a 2019 K01 Career Development Grant ($379,242) from the National Institute of Aging at the National Institutes of Health. This three-year grant is supporting her growth as a community-based participatory researcher, and for piloting the multi-faceted application of a “Faith Moves Mountains” model by Dr. Nancy Schoenberg among older rural adults at risk for cognitive decline. Mentors for the K01 grant also include Dr. James Galvin, neurologist as her primary (University of Miami), Dr. Jennifer Lingler as the nurse researcher studying provider-patient communication, health behaviors, and psychosocial and ethical implications (University of Pittsburgh), and Dr. Ishan Williams as a Diversity and Inclusion expert for working with vulnerable communities (University of Virginia).
Dr. Wiese previously received a 2017 Florida Department of Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Research $95,000 pilot grant to study the effectiveness of offering home-based cognitive screening, with follow-up dementia-specific assessment by trained nurse practitioners and resource referral as needed. The results of this study were presented at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.
With her colleagues Dr. Tappen and Dr. Williams, Dr. Wiese designed and piloted the Basic Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease (BKAD) survey for use in underserved populations. Small grants awarded by the Association of Community Health Educators and the C.E. Lynn College of Nursing’s Iota Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International supported the BKAD research. This work was presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual scientific meeting (2016). Stages and additional outcomes from this research have been presented at the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the National Rural Health Association, the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS), and the Association of Public Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE). Dr. Wiese is a board member of SGS and ACHNE. Dr. Wiese also serves on the board of Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) of the Glades Initiative. Dr. Wiese practices holistic nursing as a faith community nurse and as a volunteer at the C.E. Lynn College of Nursing, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center. Discovering "What Matters Most" from Boykin and Schoenhofer's (2001) philosophy and science of Nursing as Caring is the essential concept guiding her research, teaching, and practice.
Foundations of Caring in Nursing Situations, Population Health Nursing, Professional Preparation, Chronic Care of the Aging Adult, Nursing Situations in Individuals, Families, and Groups (Community Health)
- Florida Department of Health, Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Research Program (2017-2018). “Dementia Detection and Treatment Benefits through Home Health Care as Compared to Clinic Care in a Rural Florida Underserved Population”, $95,133; to study the effectiveness of a home health approach to cognitive screening in rural populations.
- Florida Department of Public Health Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Research Program. (2015-2017). “Cuidandote” (Caring for You), $250,000; to support dementia caregivers. (Galvin PI). Role: CO-I
- Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (2014-2015). “Basic Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease in Ethnically Diverse Populations”, $2,500; to study the effectiveness of a home health approach to cognitive screening in rural populations.
- Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Xi Chapter. (2012-2013). “Basic Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease in Ethnically Diverse Populations”, $1,500; one year pilot grant to study the effectiveness of a home health approach to cognitive screening in rural populations.
- Wiese, L., Williams, C., Tappen, R, Newman, D., & Rosselli, M.(2016). Assessment of basic knowledge about Alzheimer's disease among older rural residents: A pilot test of a new measure. In Press: Journal of Nursing Measurement; Fall, 2017.
- Williams, C., Tappen, R., Wiese, L., Newman, D., Corbett, M., Pinos, S., ... & Murray, B. (2016). Stress in persons with dementia: Benefits of a memory center day program. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.
- Wiese, L. & Wolff, L. (2016). Supporting safety in the older adult driver. Journal of Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12274
- Wiese & Williams (2015). Annual Cognitive Screening for Older Adults: AN Update for Nurses. Journal of Community Health Nursing.
- Wiese, Williams, & Tappen (2014). Analysis of barriers to cognitive screening in rural populations in the United States. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(4), 327-339. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000049
- Wiese, L., Williams, C., Tappen, R., Newman, D. “Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge and Health Literacy in Rural Residents of Florida and West Virginia”. Podium Presentation: International Congress on Geriatrics and Gerontology, San Francisco, July, 2017.
- Wiese, L., Williams, C., Tappen, R., Newman, D. Testing a Measure of Basic Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge in Varied Rural Populations. Presentation: Geriatric Society of America, New Orleans, November, 2016.
- Wiese, L.K, Williams, C. L., & Tappen, R. M. “Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge in Ethnically Diverse Rural Older Adults”. State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Determinants of Health. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, September 16, 2016. Washington, D.C.
- Wiese, L.K. (2016). “Conducting Cognitive Assessment when Assessing Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge in Rural Older Adults”. National Gerontological Nurses Association, July 23, 2016. Indianapolis, IA.
- Wiese, L.K, Williams, C. L., & Tappen, R. M. “Measurement of Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge in Rural Older Adults”. Joint meeting of Association of Community Health Nursing Educators and Association of Public Health Nurses joint meeting, June 4-6, 2016, Indianapolis, IN, June 4-6, 2016.
- Wiese, L.K. “Empowering Rural Residents to Access Web-Based Patient Teaching Materials Using IPADS”. Florida Atlantic University; Teaching with Techonology 2016 Showcase. April 16, 2016, Boca Raton, FL.
- Wiese, L. K., Williams, C. L., Tappen, R. M., “Development and Testing of a Novel Measure of Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge in an Older Appalachian Population.” Presented at the National Rural Health Association conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 17, 2015.
- Wiese, L. K., Williams, C. L., Tappen, R. M. “Evaluation of the Feasibility, Readability and Usability of a Novel Measure of Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge for Rural Appalachian Older Adults.” Presented at the 27th annual Southern Nursing Research (SNRS) conference, Tampa, FL, February 26, 2015.
- Wiese, L. K., Williams, C. L., Tappen, R. M., “Development and Testing of a Measure of Alzheimer’s Disease in a Rural Population.” Presented at the annual scientific conference of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC, November 8, 2014.
- Wiese, L. K. “Nursing’s response to America’s view of Alzheimer’s dementia from the late 1800s to the early 21st century.” Poster presented at the American Association for the History of Nursing, Cleveland, OH, September 27, 2013.
- Wiese, L. K. “Intentional Listening Presence: A Model of Caring.” Poster presented at the 34th annual International Association of Human Caring” conference, Orlando, FL, May 31, 2013, Orlando, FL.
- 2017 Daisy Faculty Award
- Parliament of Owls (Older, Wiser, Owls) Recent Outstanding Graduate Award
- 2013 FAU Biomedical and Health Sciences Graduate Student Research Award
- 2013 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society Inductee
- 2013 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Nominee
- 2012 Daisy Award Nominee, Nursing Adjunct Faculty, FAU
- 2011 FAU Doctoral Student Stipend Awards FY 2011, 2012, & 2013
- 1994 Employee of the Month, St. Mary's Hospital
- 1984 Sigma Theta Tau Inductee
- 1984 Recipient; two academic scholarships for Masters of Science Program of study; University of Virginia
- 1979 Ambassador of Good Will to the State of WV Award
- 1978 Outstanding Student Nurse of Graduating Class Award
- PHD: Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (2013)
- Master of Nursing Science: Rural Community Health University of Virginia (1985)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Virginia (1984)
- Associate of Science in Nursing: Shepherd University (1978)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certification: Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) (2014)
- Hartford Institute for Gerontological Nursing 2014 Summer Research Scholarg (APHN-BC) (2014)
- National League for Nursing Board Certification: Certified Nursing Educator (CNE) (2015)