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Doreen Wagner


Professor of Nursing

Kennesaw State University

Doreen Wagner is a Professor at the Kennesaw State University, WellStar School of Nursing.

For more than two decades, Dr. Wagner has focused on advancing the quality and safety of patient care in the perioperative setting at the state, national, and global levels. As a respected perioperative nurse expert and educator, she has a sustained record of evidence-based practice, policy, and research dissemination through her presentations, publications, webinars and podcasts. Dr. Wagner’s program of research has focused on the impacts of unplanned perioperative hypothermia and its relationship to complications such as intraoperatively acquired pressure ulcers, thermal stress, and postoperative delirium. She developed a Thermal Comfort Inventory to quantify the impact of hypothermia on surgical patient comfort. This instrument is unique in the field and has been adapted and used globally. Dr. Wagner’s seminal research into the physiological impact of unplanned hypothermia as it relates to postoperative delirium is poised to strategically impact perioperative patient assessment and management across all age groups. She has improved patient outcomes through evidence-based clinical practice guideline development and research into the psychological and physiological impacts related to perioperative hypothermia. Additionally, Dr. Wagner’s policy work includes legislative activism in the Georgia Nurses Association and the Georgia Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses in support of healthcare and nursing legislation. Presently she is promoting legislation for the mandate to evacuate toxic surgical smoke in Georgia operating rooms.

Dr. Wagner received a MSN from Georgia State University and her PhD in Nursing Science at the University of South Florida.

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