Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN

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.


Funded Research

  • 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.

Selected Publications

  • 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.

Professional Organizations

  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Southern Nursing Research Society

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  • Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing
  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator of Honors in the Major Program