My contribution to nursing research, education and clinical practice is grounded in improving health care of vulnerable older adults. My interest in older adults began in clinical practice as a cardiac nurse where I learned to appreciate the unique needs of chronically ill older adults. My work as an educator involves developing curriculum and financial support to assure health care students are prepared to work as a team member to provide quality care and improve outcomes. In addition, my program of research extends to an understudied population of older patients with multiple sclerosis and their caregivers. My work is dedicated to building a sustainable educational infrastructure for ongoing research, education and practice related to care of older adults.
My program of research is focused on closing existing gaps in knowledge related to care of older adults with multiple sclerosis. In addition, I study the often-unrecognized burden among caregivers in this population. My initial study described this marginalized population of patients and caregivers. The results suggested caregivers lacked social support and often were unable to secure respite services. Accordingly, an intervention study was conducted to provide social support using the telephone. Results indicated that information on care of their loved one was lacking. My program of research informs my clinical practice and academic outreach efforts for educating providers in care of patients with multiple sclerosis.
My program of research is focused on closing existing gaps in knowledge related to care of older adults with multiple sclerosis. In addition, I study the often unrecognized burden among caregivers in this population. My initial study described this marginalized population of patients and caregivers. The results suggested caregivers lacked social support and often were unable to secure respite services. Accordingly, an intervention study was conducted to provide social support using the telephone. Results indicated that information on care of their loved one was lacking. A protocol is in development to address these needs. My program of research informs my clinical practice and academic outreach efforts for educating providers in care of patients with multiple sclerosis.
As an international leader in multiple sclerosis care, I educate nurses and other health professionals to improve the care of this population. I am a board member and committee chair on the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses and past president of the MS International Certification Board I also wrote numerous interprofessional programs for continuing education highlighting this population and their needs. My philosophy of education is built on the assertion that research, education and clinical practice are vitally linked. In response to our communities of interest, I developed two graduate programs in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership. I was the director and am a mentor and educator of students in these programs. These future nurse leaders will know how to combine education, practice and research to improve the health outcomes of their patients. I consistently mentor both students and junior faculty in disseminating research through presentations and publications. My goal is to support students and faculty as they develop the skills necessary for life-long learning, high-level evidence-based nursing practice and research to improve the care of vulnerable populations. Credentials Marijean Buhse, PhD, NP-BC, RN, MSCN, FAAN Education BSN, Downstate Medical Center MSN, Nursing Education,CUNY Lehman College Post Master’s, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adelphi University PhD, Nursing, Adelphi University Certifications in Clinical Specialties: Adult Health Nurse Practitioner; Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse Primary Teaching Areas: Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate Core Cores Nursing Education Research and Academic Interests: Education of Nurses Interprofessional Education Older Adults with Multiple Sclerosis and their Caregivers Research (selected) A Transformative Model in Interprofessional Education for the Care of Elderly persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions. HRSA, Funded Aging with Multiple Sclerosis. Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Funded Integration of Evidence Based Practice into Problem Based Learning Case Scenarios via Innovative Technologies. HRSA, Funded Publications (selected) Buhse, M. (2022). MS and the Older Population. MS Focus Magazine.24, (2), 15-17. Covey, T. J., Golan, D., Doniger, G. M., Sergott, R., Zarif, M., Srinivasan, J., Bumstead, B., Wilken, J., Buhse, M., Mebrahtu, S., & Gudesblatt, M. (2021). Visual evoked potential latency predicts cognitive function in people with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, 10.1007/s00415-021-10561-2. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-021-10561-2 Schuman, M., Buhse, M., Maloney, M., & Ugolini, H. (2021). Implementing P6 Acupressure in Conjunction With Pharmacotherapy to Decrease Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: A Nurse-Led EBP Initiative to Improve Care and Quality of Life. Continuing Professional Development. Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing. 18, (3), 234-236. Golan, D., Doniger, G., Srinivasan, J., Sima, D., Zarif, M., Bumstead, B., Buhse, M., Hecke, W., Wilken, J. &, Gudesblatt, M. (2020). The association between MRI brain volumes and computerized cognitive scores of people with multiple sclerosis. Brain and Cognition. 145:105614. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2020.105614. Thotam, S. & Buhse, M. (2020). Patient Satisfaction with Physicians and Nurse Practitioners in MS Centers. International Journal of MS Care. 22(14): 129-135. Buhse, M. & Della Ratta, C. (2017). Enhancing Interprofessional Collaboration with Team-Based Learning. Nurse Educator Journal. Sep/Oct; 42(5):240-244. PMID 28252549 Buhse, M. (2015). The Elderly Person with MS: Clinical Implications for the Increasing Lifespan. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. Dec;47(6):333-9. Buhse, M., Della Ratta, C., Galiczewski, J., Eckhardt, P. (2015). Caregivers of older persons with MS: determinants of health related quality of life. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 47:2, E2-E12, PMID: 24688350 Buhse, M., Banker, W. & Clement, L. (2014). Multiple Sclerosis and the Elderly: Perceptions of Health Related Quality of Life, International Journal of MS Care,16(1): 10–19. , PMID: 25700198 Buhse, M. (2013). Current and Emerging Therapies: An update. Supplement to: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, November, 13-18. Presentations (selected) Buhse, M. (2022). Risky Business: Shared decision-making and risk tolerance in multiple sclerosis care. Invited Presentation at the Consortium of MS Centers Annual International Conference, Washington, DC. Buhse, M. (2021). Fear of long-term immunosuppression: Is it justified? Invited presentation at the Immunology Crossroads Conference. University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia. Virtual presentation: April 30, 2021. Buhse, M. (2021). IOMSN 2021 Florence Nightingale Nurse Immersion program. 8 week virtual program for new nurses to MS. Moderator and Chair. March 24, 2021- May 12, 2021. Buhse, M. (2020). Treatment Precision: Newly diagnosed and relapsing MS. Invited live virtual presentation for CMSC with CME provided. July 15, 2020 Buhse, M. (2020). Clinical implications of aging with multiple sclerosis. Invited presentation at the 36th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. Virtual presentation: September 12, 2020 Buhse, M. (2020). Critical Thinking about Vaccines in MS. Invited presentation at Consortium of MS Centers Annual International Conference, Virtual. May 28, 2020 Buhse, M. (2020). Epidemiology and Clinical Features. Invited virtual presentation for CMSC with CME provided. vimeo.com/user/8076987/folder/1796120 April 17, 2020 Buhse, M. (2019). Essential topics in caring for persons with MS. Moderator. Managing difficult conversations. Invited presentation at Consortium of MS Centers Annual International Conference, Seattle, WA Buhse,M. (2016). The elderly person with MS, clinical implications. Invited presentation at the European Congress on Research and Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis, London, UK. Major Accomplishments / Honors 2021 Nurse of Excellence Award Nassau Suffolk Hospital Association 2017 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing 2016 Top 50 Women of Long Island 2013 Research Award, International Org of MS Nurses