Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor


My program of research has focused on improving patient safety among nurses. In particular I focus on nursing care processes to improve the EFFICIENCY of care, provide ETHICAL care, and ensure safe care is EVIDENCE-based. I have conducted several funded studies on improving adverse event reporting system software, managing nursing care around falls management, reducing physical restraints and siderails, improving adverse event disclosure, and assessing safety culture in the nursing home setting. My service work has included working with the National Quality Forum to update their list of Serious Reportable Events to include Long-Term Care as well as working as a Faculty member with Safer Healthcare Now! Initiative in Canada to develop the "Getting Started Kit" for falls management in healthcare settings and also chairing the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guideline development for Alternatives to Restraint Use.


Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2013
New Investigator Award in Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2009
Springer Award in Geriatric Nursing Research, Springer Publishing Company, 2008


Wagner LM, Dolansky MA, Englander R. Entrustable professional activities for quality and patient safety. Nurs Outlook. 2017 Nov 22.
Wagner LM, Brush BL, Castle NG, Engberg JB, Capezuti EA. Nursing Home Patient Safety Culture Perceptions Among US and Immigrant Nurses. J Patient Saf. 2017 Nov 04.
Wagner LM, Driscoll L, Darlington JL, Flores V, Kim J, Melino K, Patel HD, Spetz J. Nurses' Communication of Safety Events to Nursing Home Residents and Families. J Gerontol Nurs. 2018 Feb 01; 44(2):25-32.
Wagner LM. Improving the Patient Safety Culture in Nursing Homes Through WalkRounds. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016 12; 42(12):543-544.
Bleijlevens MH, Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Hamers JP. Physical Restraints: Consensus of a Research Definition Using a Modified Delphi Technique. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Nov; 64(11):2307-2310.
Castle N, Engberg JB, Wagner LM, Handler S. Resident and Facility Factors Associated With the Incidence of Urinary Tract Infections Identified in the Nursing Home Minimum Data Set. J Appl Gerontol. 2017 Feb; 36(2):173-194.
Zhou M, Wagner LM, Diflo T, Naegle M. Implementation of the High-Risk Alcoholism Relapse Scale in a Liver Transplant Clinic. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 38(6):447-54.
McDonald SM, Wagner LM, Gruneir A. Accreditation and Resident Safety in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes. Healthc Q. 2015; 18(1):54-9.
Wagner LM, Brush BL, Castle NG, Eaton M, Capezuti E. Examining differences in nurses' language, accent, and comprehensibility in nursing home settings based on birth origin and country of education. Geriatr Nurs. 2015 Jan-Feb; 36(1):47-51.
Wagner LM, Huijbregts M, Sokoloff LG, Wisniewski R, Walsh L, Feldman S, Conn DK. Implementation of Mental Health Huddles on Dementia Care Units. Can J Aging. 2014 Sep; 33(3):235-45.
Anderson ND, Damianakis T, Kröger E, Wagner LM, Dawson DR, Binns MA, Bernstein S, Caspi E, Cook SL. The benefits associated with volunteering among seniors: a critical review and recommendations for future research. Psychol Bull. 2014 Nov; 140(6):1505-33.
Wagner LM, Roup BJ, Castle NG. Impact of infection preventionists on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid quality measures in Maryland nursing homes. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Jan; 42(1):2-6.
Castle N, Handler S, Wagner L. Hand Hygiene Practices Reported by Nurse Aides in Nursing Homes. J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Mar; 35(3):267-85.
Castle NG, Handler SM, Wagner LM. Potential prescription drug misuse in assisted living. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 7(1):25-32.
Capezuti E, Boltz MP, Shuluk J, Denysyk L, Brouwer JP, Roberts MC, Dickson VV, Cline DD, Wagner LM, Fairchild S, Kim H, Secic M. Utilization of a benchmarking database to inform NICHE implementation. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Jul; 6(3):198-208.
Renz SM, Boltz MP, Wagner LM, Capezuti EA, Lawrence TE. Examining the feasibility and utility of an SBAR protocol in long-term care. Geriatr Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug; 34(4):295-301.
Wagner LM, McDonald SM, Castle NG. Impact of voluntary accreditation on short-stay rehabilitative measures in U.S. nursing homes. Rehabil Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug; 38(4):167-77.
Wagner LM, Damianakis T, Pho L, Tourangeau A. Barriers and facilitators to communicating nursing errors in long-term care settings. J Patient Saf. 2013 Mar; 9(1):1-7.
Boltz M, Capezuti E, Wagner L, Rosenberg MC, Secic M. Patient safety in medical-surgical units: can nurse certification make a difference? Medsurg Nurs. 2013 Jan-Feb; 22(1):26-32, 37.
McDonald SM, Wagner LM, Castle NG. Staffing-related deficiency citations in nursing homes. J Aging Soc Policy. 2013; 25(1):83-97.
Wagner LM, Castle NG, Handler SM. Use of HIT for adverse event reporting in nursing homes: barriers and facilitators. Geriatr Nurs. 2013 Mar-Apr; 34(2):112-5.
Capezuti E, Boltz M, Cline D, Dickson VV, Rosenberg MC, Wagner L, Shuluk J, Nigolian C. Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders - a model for optimising the geriatric nursing practice environment. J Clin Nurs. 2012 Nov; 21(21-22):3117-25.
Castle N, Wagner L, Ferguson J, Handler S. Hand hygiene deficiency citations in nursing homes. J Appl Gerontol. 2014 Feb; 33(1):24-50.
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Sonon K, Ferguson-Rome JC. Measuring administrators' and direct care workers' perceptions of the safety culture in assisted living facilities. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2012 Aug; 38(8):375-82.
Wagner LM, Harkness K, Hébert PC, Gallagher TH. Nurses' disclosure of error scenarios in nursing homes. Nurs Outlook. 2013 Jan-Feb; 61(1):43-50.
Wagner LM, McDonald SM, Castle NG. Relationship between nursing home safety culture and Joint Commission accreditation. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2012 May; 38(5):207-15.
Wagner LM, McDonald SM, Castle NG. Joint commission accreditation and quality measures in U.S. nursing homes. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2012 Feb; 13(1):8-16.
Wagner LM, McDonald SM, Castle NG. Impact of voluntary accreditation on deficiency citations in U.S. nursing homes. Gerontologist. 2012 Aug; 52(4):561-70.
Wagner LM, McDonald SM, Castle NG. Nursing home deficiency citations for physical restraints and restrictive side rails. West J Nurs Res. 2013 May; 35(5):546-65.
Wagner LM, Harkness K, Hébert PC, Gallagher TH. Nurses' perceptions of error reporting and disclosure in nursing homes. J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Jan-Mar; 27(1):63-9.
Wagner LM, Castle NG, Reid KC, Stone R. U.S. Department of Health adverse event reporting policies for nursing homes. J Healthc Qual. 2013 May-Jun; 35(3):9-14.
Wagner LM. Improving the ability to predict falls among older adults following inpatient rehabilitation. Evid Based Nurs. 2012 Jan; 15(1):26-7.
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Ferguson JC, Smith ML, Handler SM. Alcohol misuse and abuse in assisted living. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 Jan; 13(1):e7.
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Ferguson-Rome JC, Men A, Handler SM. Nursing home deficiency citations for infection control. Am J Infect Control. 2011 May; 39(4):263-9.
Wagner LM, Scott V, Silver M. Current approaches to fall risk assessment in nursing homes. Geriatr Nurs. 2011 Jul-Aug; 32(4):238-44.
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Ferguson JC, Handler SM. Safety culture of nursing homes: opinions of top managers. Health Care Manage Rev. 2011 Apr-Jun; 36(2):175-87.
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Ferguson JC, Handler SM. Nursing home deficiency citations for safety. J Aging Soc Policy. 2011 Jan; 23(1):34-57.
Wagner LM, Dionne JC, Zive JR, Rochon PA. Fall risk care processes in nursing home facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2011 Jul; 12(6):426-30.
Wagner LM, Damianakis T, Mafrici N, Robinson-Holt K. Falls communication patterns among nursing staff working in long-term care settings. Clin Nurs Res. 2010 Aug; 19(3):311-26.
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Perera S, Ferguson JC, Handler SM. Assessing resident safety culture in nursing homes: using the nursing home survey on resident safety. J Patient Saf. 2010 Jun; 6(2):59-67.
Wagner LM, Clevenger C. Contractures in nursing home residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2010 Feb; 11(2):94-9.
Wagner LM, Phillips VL, Hunsaker AE, Forducey PG. Falls among community-residing stroke survivors following inpatient rehabilitation: a descriptive analysis of longitudinal data. BMC Geriatr. 2009 Oct 14; 9:46.
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Rice JC. Nurses' perceptions of safety culture in long-term care settings. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2009; 41(2):184-92.
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Brush BL, Clevenger C, Boltz M, Renz S. Contractures in frail nursing home residents. Geriatr Nurs. 2008 Jul-Aug; 29(4):259-66.
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Clark PC, Parmelee PA, Ouslander JG. Use of a falls incident reporting system to improve care process documentation in nursing homes. Qual Saf Health Care. 2008 Apr; 17(2):104-8.
Capezuti E, Wagner L, Brush BL, Boltz M, Renz S, Secic M. Bed and toilet height as potential environmental risk factors. Clin Nurs Res. 2008 Feb; 17(1):50-66.
Rust TB, Wagner LM, Hoffman C, Rowe M, Neumann I. Broadening the patient safety agenda to include safety in long-term care. Healthc Q. 2008; 11(3 Spec No.):31-4.
Capezuti E, Brush BL, Won RM, Wagner LM, Lawson WT. Least restrictive or least understood? Waist restraints, provider practices, and risk of harm. J Aging Soc Policy. 2008; 20(3):305-22.
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Brush B, Boltz M, Renz S, Talerico KA. Description of an advanced practice nursing consultative model to reduce restrictive siderail use in nursing homes. Res Nurs Health. 2007 Apr; 30(2):131-40.
Capezuti E, Wagner LM, Brush BL, Boltz M, Renz S, Talerico KA. Consequences of an intervention to reduce restrictive side rail use in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Mar; 55(3):334-41.
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Ouslander JG. Reporting near-miss events in nursing homes. Nurs Outlook. 2006 Mar-Apr; 54(2):85-93.
Flogen BR, Stern B, Wagner LM. The role of the nurse in an ambulatory stroke and cognition clinic. Axone. 2006; 27(3):34-9.
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Taylor JA, Sattin RW, Ouslander JG. Impact of a falls menu-driven incident-reporting system on documentation and quality improvement in nursing homes. Gerontologist. 2005 Dec; 45(6):835-42.
Wagner LM, Clark PC, Parmelee P, Capezuti E, Ouslander J. Use of a content analysis procedure for the development of a Falls Management Audit Tool. J Nurs Meas. 2005; 13(2):101-13.
Wagner LM, Richards D, Oliver M. Falls: successful programming. Director. 2003; 11(4):197-201.
Happ MB, Capezuti E, Strumpf NE, Wagner L, Cunningham S, Evans L, Maislin G. Advance care planning and end-of-life care for hospitalized nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002 May; 50(5):829-35.
Laura M. Wagner
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