Dr. Loerzel’s research primary research interests include older persons with cancer, quality of life, symptom self-management, and cognitive representations of symptoms and illness. Her primary research goal is to assist older adults to self-manage treatment-related side effects and optimize health at all stages of the cancer trajectory by developing new and innovative methods to educate them about symptom self-management options. Secondary research interests include educating nursing students about oncology and end of life topics.
Principal Investigator, Promoting Cancer Symptom Management in Older Adults, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research ($463,104).
Principal Investigator, eSSET-CINV Serious Game Development, UCF Foundation, Gurecki Foundation ($41,467).
Principal Investigator, Exploring Cognitive Representation of Treatment-related Side Effects in Women with Breast Cancer, UCF Office of Research and Commercialization ($7,500).
Cognitive representations of treatment related side effects in older persons with cancer. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, 2013
Evaluating Cancer Education through focus groups. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, 2012
Theory development: Older women surviving with breast cancer. UCF College of Nursing Start-up funding, 2009-10.
Older Women Surviving Breast Cancer: An exploration of their lives. American Nurses Foundation, 2008 Virginia Stone, RN Scholar, 2008-10.
Geddie, P.I., Loerzel, V.W., & Norris, A.E. (2016). Family caregiver knowledge, patient illness characteristics, and unplanned hospital admissions in older adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(4), 453-463.
Geddie, P., Loerzel, V.W., & Norris, A. (2016). Family caregivers, patient illness characteristics, and unplanned hospital admissions in older adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(4), 453-463.
Loerzel, V.W. (2016). Cognitive representation of treatment-related symptoms in older adults with cancer. Cancer Nursing. Advance online publication.
Loerzel, V.W. (2015). Symptom experience in older adults under treatment for cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(3), E269-E278.
Loerzel, V.W., Hunt, D., & Rash, E. (2015). A pap test doesn’t screen for everything: Nurse practitioner students’ knowledge of ovarian cancer. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 27(3), 124-130 doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12151
Burg, M., Adorno, G., Lopez, E.D.S., Loerzel, V.W., Stein, K., Wallace, C., & Sharma, D.K.B. (2015). Current Unmet Needs of Cancer Survivors: Analysis of Open-Ended Responses to the American Cancer Society Study of Cancer Survivors II. Cancer, 121(4), 623-30.
Munroe, T.M. & Loerzel, V.W. (2015). Assessing nursing students’ knowledge of genomic concepts and readiness for use in practice. Nurse Educator, 41(2), 86-89.
Loerzel, V.W., Crosby, W.W., Reising, E., & Sole, M.L. (2014). Developing the tracheostomy care anxiety relief through education and support program (T-CARES). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(5), 522-527.
Loerzel, V.W. & Conner, N. (2014). Advances and challenges: Student reflections from an online death and dying course. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049909114549182
Conner, N.E., Loerzel, V., Uddin, N. (2014). Nursing student end-of-life care attitudes after an online death and dying course. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(6), 374-382. doi 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000080
Loerzel, V.W. (2013). Assessing baccalaureate students knowledge of ovarian cancer over time. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(1), 51-52.
Loerzel, V.W., & Aroian, K. (2013). A bump in the road: Older women integrating breast cancer into life. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31, 3-18.
- Oncology Nursing Society
- Sigma Theta Tau International
- Southern Nursing Research Society