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Graduate Program Director of PhD, Professor, Adult e="{attributes: { "border": "", "class": "noborder", "cp-enable": "false", "float": "right", "height": "184", "margin": "", "padding": "", "width": "122" }}">Photo of Kristen Sethares
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PhD, Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA
MSN, University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Nursing, Boston, MA
BSN, Southeastern Massachusetts University, College of Nursing, Dartmouth, MA 

Research Interests

  • Chronic cardiac illness
  • Symptom management
  • Self-care
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Using technology to manage chronic illness

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Sethares, K.A., & Morris, N.S. (2016). Learning about and benefiting from peer review: A course assignment for doctoral students at two different universities.  Journal of Nursing Education, 55, 342-344. doi:10.3928/01484834-20160516-17.

Sosa, M, & Sethares, K. A. (2015). An integrative review of the use and outcomes of health education systems, Inc © testing in nursing baccalaureate programs. Nursing Education Perspectives 36(4), 237-243. doi: 10.5480/14-1515.

Bruno, A. & Sethares, K.A. (2015). Definitions, measurement and interventions for fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease: An integrative review. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 47, 146-153. Doi: 10.1097/JNN.00000000000131.

Sethares, K.A., Chin, E., & Jurgens, C.Y. (2015). Predictors of delay for heart failure patients and consequences for outcomes. Current Heart Failure Reports, 12, 94-105. Doi 10.1007/s11897-014-0241-5.

DaSilva, P., Fortier, P. J. & Sethares, K.A. (2015). Electrocardiogram collection, pattern recognition, and classification system supporting a mobile cardiovascular disease detection aid. Sensors and Transducers, 184 (1), 92-100.

Foster, M.V. & Sethares, K.A. (2014). Facilitators and barriers to the implementation of telehealth in older adults: An integrative review. Computers, Informatics and Nursing, 32(11), 523 - 533

Sethares, K.A., Flimlin, H.E., & Elliott, K.M. (2014). Perceived benefits and barriers of heart failure self-care during hospitalization, one week and one month after acute hospitalization: The patient's perspective.  Home Healthcare Nurse, 32(8), 1-7.

Sethares, K.A., Sosa, M.B., Fisher, P., & Riegel, B (2014). Factors associated with delay in seeking care for acute decompensated heart failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 29(5), 429-438.

Sethares, K.A. & Gramling, K. (2014). Appreciating a discipline specific perspective in undergraduate education: Newman’s Health as Expanding Consciousness. Nursing Science Quarterly, 27(4), 302-307.

Sethares, K. A., Chin, E., & Costa, I. (2013). Levels of pain, interference and treatment modalities in post CABG patients the first 12 weeks after surgery.  Applied Nursing Research, 26, 174-178.

Westlake, C., Sethares, K. & Davidson, P.  (2013). How Can Health Illiteracy Influence Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients? Mechanisms and Interventions.  Current Heart Failure Reports. 10(3):232-43. (Invited paper)

Thomas, K. M. & Sethares, K.A. (2010). Is guided imagery effective in reducing pain and anxiety in the post-operative total joint replacement patient? Orthopedic Nursing, 29(6), 393-399.

Jurgens, C.Y., Moser, D.K., Armola, R., Carlson, B., Sethares, K., & Riegel, B. (2009). Symptom clusters of heart failure. Research in Nursing and Health, 32(5), 551-560.

Sethares, K.A. & Gramling, K. (2009).  A retrospective analysis of “being with Angela” using Halldorsdottir’s Model. International Journal of Human Caring, 13(3), 22-28.

Riegel, B., Moser, D.K., Rayens, M.K., Carlson, B., Pressler, S.J., Shively, M., Albert N.M., Armola, R., Evangelista, L., Canary, C.W., & Sethares, K. (2008). Ethnic differences in quality of life in persons with heart failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 14, 41-47.

Thomas, K. M. & Sethares, K. A. (2008). An investigation of the effects of pre-operative patient education on understanding postoperative expectations following a total joint arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopedic Nursing. 27,374-38.

Dluhy, N., Christopher, K., Gramling, K., Leffers, J., Russell, G., & Sethares, K. (2007). Embedded, engaged, evolving: A consortium of nurse scholars and clinicians. Nursing Outlook.59, 75-84.

Sethares, K.A., & Elliott, K. (2004).  The effect of a tailored message intervention on readmission rates, quality of life and benefit and barrier beliefs in persons with heart failure.  Heart & Lung, 33 (4), 249-260.  

Winder, P. A.., Hiltunen, E. F., Sethares, K. A. & Butzlaff, A. (2004). Partnerships in mending hearts: Nurse and peer collaboration for recovering cardiac elders.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19(3), 184-191.

Riegel, B., Moser, D., Carlson, B., Deaton, C., Armola, R., Sethares, K., Shively, M., Evangelista, L. & Albert, N. (2003). Differences in quality of life in men and women with heart failure:  Is it gender or treatment bias?  Journal of Cardiac Failure, 9 (1), 42-48.

Riegel, B., Moser, D., Glaser, D., Carlson, B., Deaton, C., Armola, R., Sethares, K., Shively, M., Evangelista, L. & Albert, N. (2002). Sensitivity to treatment intensity of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire. Nursing Research, 51(4), 209-218.

Book Chapters

Sethares, K., Brisbois, M., & Chin, E.D. (2016). Nursing theories: Uncertainty in illness. In D. Kantor (Editor), Issues of Cancer Survivorship: An interdisciplinary team approach to care, (1st edition, pp 126-136). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Sethares, K.A. & Gramling, K.L. (2014). Deepening learning in foundational skills:  Visual Thinking Network strategy (Ch. 11, pp. 87-94). Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing.  Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Sethares, K. A., Seifert, P., & Smith, H. (2008).Care of patients undergoing cardiac surgery (Ch.65) in Moser, D. and Riegel, B. (eds).  Cardiac Nursing: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease. St. Louis: W.B. Saunders.


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