Faculty Sketch

Linda Beuscher, PhD, GNP‐BC

Assistant Professor


Current Research Interest

Dr. Beuscher’s research interest is the improvement of  quality of life for nursing home residents and assisted living with emphasis on dementia care. In her joint position with the Center of Quality Aging, she has completed intervention studies focusing on staff training.  She is currently involved in several projects to improve transiting care of older adults.  Dr. Beuscher is the co-director for the VUSN Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the school of nursing.


Vanderbilt "Reducing Hospitalizations in Medicare Beneficiaries:  A Collaboration between Acute and Post-Acute Care” CMS Innovation Award funded: July 2012-2015 Role: Transition Advocate


Vanderbilt “Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrition Intervention in Long Term Care”
September 2011-2015   RO1 NIH funded:  Role: Co-Investigator


Vanderbilt “Offering Choice to Nursing Home Residents” October 2009- April 2013.
RO1 NIH funded: Role Co-Investigator


Vanderbilt “Integrated Interventions to Improve Fecal Incontinence” July 2007-April 2009. RO1 NIH funded Role: Program Manager


Vanderbilt School of Nursing “Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Evaluation” August       

2009-present   Partially funded Sigma Theta Tau Iota Chapter   Role: PI


Vanderbilt School of Nursing “Staff Knowledge and Recognition of Depression Among      

Assisted Living Residents: pilot study” August 2009- 2010    Unfunded  Role: PI


JA Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar 2005‐2007

Representative Publications

Journal Articles

Beuscher, L. Cook, T, Elliott, S. (2014) Aha! Moments: Student Insights of a New Doctor of Nursing Practice Program online Journal NP Women’s Healthcare, 2014 February http://npwomenshealthcare.com 

Beuscher, L., Reeves, G. (2012) Brachialradial Pruritus:  Approach to the Patient with Engimatic Forearm Pruritus.  Journal for Nurse Practitioners 8(9), 736-741.
doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2012.08.007


Schnelle, JF,Buckhowski, MS. Ikizler, TA, Durkin DW. Beuscher, L,& Simmons SF
(2012). Evaluation of Two Fatigability Severity Measures in Elderly Subjects Journal of American Geriatrics Society 60(8) 1527-1533. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04062.x


Schnelle, JF,  Rahman,A, Durkin,D, Beuscher, L,Choi, Simmons, SF. A controlled trial of an intervention to increase resident choice in long-term care J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013 May;14(5):345-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2012.11.013. Epub 2013 Jan


Simmons,S, Durkin, DW. Rahman AN, Choi L, Beuscher L, Schnelle JF (in press)
Resident characteristics related to the lack of morning care provision in long-term care. The Gerontologist doi:10.1093/geront/GNS065


Simmons S, Durkin DW, Rahman AN, Schnelle JF, and Beuscher L. The Value of
Resident Choice During Daily Care: Do Staff and Families Differ? Journal of Applied Gerontology 0733464812454010, first published on August 1, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0733464812454010


Simmons S, Rahman A, Beuscher L, Jani V, Durkin DW, Schnelle JF (2011). Residents-directed long-term care: Staff provision of choice during morning care. The Gerontologist June 30, doi:10.1093/geront/gnr/066


Schnelle JF, Leung FW, Rao SS, Beuscher L, Keeler E, Clift JW, Simmons S. (2010).
A Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Improve Urinary and Fecal Incontinence and Constipation. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 58(8):1504-11. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02978 PMID: 20653804


Beuscher, L. & Grando, VT. (2009). Using spirituality to cope with early stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Western Journal of Nursing Research. 31(5), 583-599. Epub
2009 Mar 11.PMID: 19282270 PMCID: PMC3079522


Beuscher, L. & Grando, VT. (2009). Challenges in conducting qualitative research with individuals with dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing 2(1), 6-11. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20090101-04.PMID: 20077988 PMCID: PMC3076620


Schnelle JF, Simmons SF, Beuscher L, Peterson EN, Habermann R, Leung F. (2009)Prevalence of constipation symptoms in fecally incontinent nursing home residents. Journal of American
Geriatric Society, 57 (4):647-52.

Beuscher, L. & Beck, C. (2008) A literature review: Exploring spirituality in coping with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness in association with Journal of Clinical Nursing 17, (5a), 88–97.


Beuscher, L. (2007). Exploring spirituality in coping with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Dissertation, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences  UMI:3256216

Abstract and Conferences

Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Training Nursing Aides to Communicate Choices to Nursing Home Residents II:  An Innovative Model
Little Rock, AR    2/21/13


Southern Gerontological Society Conference, “Training Nursing Aides to Communicate Choices to Nursing Home Residents: An Innovative Model”  Nashville, TN


Art of Holistic Geriatrics Conference, “Implementing Choices in Patient-Centered Care” Nashville, TN 4/13/12


Southern Nursing Research Society “Staff Knowledge and Recognition of Depressive Symptoms in Assisted Living Residents”  New Orleans, 2/8/2012


American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference, ‘Taking it up a notch”: Students’ Perspectives of a New Doctor of Nursing Practice Program” Naples, FL 1/26/12


Eldercare Resource for Vanderbilt University “Practical Tips for Long Distance Caregiver” 10/19/11


Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association “Moving your Project into Reality:   Confer with the Experts” panel discussion 9/17/11


Professional Associations

  • Sigma Theta Tau Iota chapter
  • Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association
  • Southern Nursing Research Society 
  • National League of Nurses



  • Research in Gerontological Nursing Journal
  • Western Journal of Nursing Research
  • Journal for Nurse Practitioners
  • The Gerontologist
  • Journal for Gerontological Nursing