Carolyn Dickens, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr Carolyn Dickens is the Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois.  Under her leadership, she has standardized and optimized the practice of APP’s in nine specialties within the Department of Medicine.  Dr Dickens maintains a clinical practice in cardiology with an emphasis on improving transitions of care from the inpatient to outpatient setting. Through her involvement in several national health care organizations, Dr Dickens plays a key role in the promotion and excellence of Nurse Practitioners. Dr Dickens is particularly interested in issues related to health policy and improving health disparities of the medically underserved.

Current Area of Teaching

Carolyn precepts UIC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students. She guest lectures at a variety of academic institutions on health literacy and heart failure.

Service / Practice

Carolyn works at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in the inpatient setting as a nurse practitioner managing heart failure patients. She also has an outpatient transitional care clinic.

Selected Honors & Awards

2017 Recipient of the Deans Award for Research - UIC College of Nursing
2107 Recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Merit Award for the student qualities of Scholarship, Leadership and Service - UIC College of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Lambda
2015 Heart Failure Society America (HFSA) Nursing Research Award
2015 Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Lambda Nursing Research Award
2015 UIC CON PhD Nursing Research Award
2014 UIC Seth Rosen Research Award

Selected Publications

Romano S, Mansour IN, Kansal M, Gheith H, Dowdy Z, Dickens CA, Buto-Colletti C, Chae JM, Saleh HH, Stamos TD. Left Ventricular global longitudinal strain predicts heart failure readmission in acute decompensated heart failure. Cardiovascular ultrasound. 2017;15(1):6. Epub 2017/03/17. doi: 10.1186/s12947-017-0098-3. PubMed PMID: 28298230; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc5353964.

Shah V, Dileep A, Dickens C, Groo V, Welland B, Field J, Baumann M, Flores JD, Shroff A, Zhao Z, Yao Y, Wilkie DJ, Boyd AD. Patient-Centered Tablet Application for Improving Medication Adherence after a Drug-Eluting Stent. Frontiers in public health. 2016;4:272. Epub 2016/12/27. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00272. PubMed PMID: 28018897; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc5149519.

Dickens C, Weitzel D, Brown S. Mr. G And The Revolving Door: Breaking The Readmission Cycle At A Safety-Net Hospital. Health affairs. 2016;35(3):540-3. Epub 2016/03/10. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0967. PubMed PMID: 26953309.

Przytula K, Bailey SC, Galanter WL, Lambert BL, Shrestha N, Dickens C, Falck S, Wolf MS. A primary care, electronic health record-based strategy to promote safe drug use: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015;16(1):17. Epub 2015/01/28. doi: 10.1186/s13063-014-0524-x. PubMed PMID: 25622970; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc4322813.

Boyd, AD, Moores, K, Shah V, Shroff A, Groo V, Dickens C, Field J, Baumann M, Welland B, Flores J, Gutowski G, Zhao Z, Bahroos N, Hynes DM Wilkie DJ. Patient centered design methodology of my Interventional Drug Eluting Stent application (My IDEA) patient education app. Patient-Centered Design Methodology2015;3(3):e74. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4021. PubMed PMID: 26139587.

Dickens, C., Lambert, BL., Cromwell, T., & Piano, M.. Nurse overestimation of patients health literacy. Journal of Health Communication. 2013:18, (62-69). Dickens, C., & Piano, M. Health literacy and nursing: An update. American Journal of Nursing. 2013;113(6):52-57.

Dandekar VK, Ertel AW, Dickens C., Gonzalez RC, Farzaneh-Far A. Assessment of global myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR) using coronary sinus flow measurements during Regadenoson stress CMR: Initial Results. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2013;14:i31.

Dickens, C., Vuckovic, K., Nehmer, M., DiDomenico, R., Kerbow, D., Stamos, T., Kondos, G., & Piano, M.. Improving the heart failure readmission rate at an urban medical center, Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2012;34(8): 1066-7.

Dickens, C., Lulla, S., Katta, S., & Shroff, A. Adverse outcomes in patients with end stage liver disease who undergo cardiac catheterization. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2012:5:Supp 1.

Dickens, C., & Shroff, A. Developing a same day PCI program. Cardiac Interventions Today. 2012; 6(1):19-25.

Current Research

6/2015-Present Self-care among heart failure patients with low SES who experience an unplanned hospital readmission: A mixed methods study.
Role: Principal Investigator

6/2015-Present Integrating patient perspectives with doctor and nurse documentation to create discharge narratives for patients with heart failure. Submitted to NIH
Role: Co-Investigator
Co-PI: A. Boyd MD B., Di Eugenio PhD