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Gale Spencer was named to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Decker School of Nursing in 2007. She is also a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994) and received the Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring from the Graduate School (2004). A mentor to students and junior faculty as well as a national leader in community health nursing education, Spencer was appointed to an endowed professorship, the Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing, in 2006.

Spencer has had many years of experience in both practice and teaching in community health nursing. Her research interests include community health assessment, geography and health, as well as intimate partner violence (in both dating and marital relationships).

She has held a variety of positions in the Decker School including counselor for registered nurses, faculty member, director of Kresge Center for Nursing Research (1994-2006) and as the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing.

Spencer started the master's program in community health nursing in 1985 as the co-project director. She became project director in 1987 and has held that position continually since then. This program was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from 1985-2015. The Community Health Program educates community health nursing master's students for administrator, educator and nurse practitioner positions in New York and for practice throughout the U.S.

Spencer has served or serves on advisory boards for major national associations such as program planner and member of the Educational Board for the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association; member of the New York State Nurses Foundation Research Committee; member of the New York State Public Health Association Board; chair of the Lourdes-At-Home Advisory Board; and member of the Hartwick College Nursing Advisory Board. She has also served as chair, Salvation Army Advisory Board; member, Family and Children's Society Board of Directors; member, Mothers and Babies Board of Directors, vice president, YWCA Board of Directors; and president, SOS Shelter Board of Directors.

Education

  • PhD, higher post-secondary education administration, Syracuse University
  • MS, community health nursing, Syracuse University
  • BS, nursing, Hartwick College

Courses recently taught

  • Essentials of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Community Health Nursing II
  • Community Health Nursing III
  • DNP Capstone I
  • PhD Research Seminars II-IV

Current professional activities

  • Member, Education Committee, PHN Section, APHA
  • Advisory Committee New York State Nurses Foundation Research Committee
  • Advisory Committee, Hartwick College Nursing Program
  • Chair, Lourdes-At-Home Advisory Board

Research interests

  • Dating violence in college students
  • Use of the Health Belief Model to investigate health providers' practice behaviors
  • Relationship between geography and health

Recent publications

  • Sutherland, J. & Spencer, G. (2106) HIV Screening Intentions, Behaviors, and Practices Among U.S. Nurse Practitioners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, accepted for publication September 5, 2016.
  • Quaranta, J. & Spencer, G. (2016) Barriers to Asthma Management as Identified by School Nurses. The Journal of School Nursing, October, 2016, 32(5) 365-73.
  • Flanagan, N. & Spencer, G. (2016) Informal Caregivers and Detection of Delirium in Post Acute Care: A correlational study of the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), Confusion Assessment Method-Family Assessment Method (CAM-FAM) and DSM-IV Criteria. International Journal of Older People Nursing.
  • Quaranta, J. & Spencer, G. (2015) Using the Health Belief Model to Understand School Nurse Asthma Management. The Journal of School Nursing, Vol. 31(6) 430-440.    
  • Klotzbaugh, R. & Spencer, G. (2015) Cues-to-Action in Initiating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Related Policies among Magnet Hospital Chief Nursing Officers: A Demographic Assessment. Advances in Nursing Science, April-June 2015, 38(2) 110-120.
  • Flanagan, N. & Spencer, G. (2015) Family Recognition of Delirium in Post-Acute Care: Implications for the Rehabilitation Team. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 31(2) 129-134.
  • Klotzbaugh, R. & Spencer, G. (2014) Magnet Nurse Administrator Attitudes and Opportunities: Toward Improving LGBT Specific Health Care. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(9) 481-486.
  • Pribulick, M., Fahs, P.S., Spencer, G. Grabo, T.N., & Wiitala, S. (2013) C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP), Diet, and Physical Activity in Rural Women. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 13(1) 92-126.
  • Hoover, E., Pierce, C., Spencer, G., Britten, M., Neff-Smith, M., James. G., & Gueldner, S. (2012) Relationships among Functional Health Literacy, Asthma Knowledge and the Ability to Care for Asthmatic Children in Rural Dwelling Parents. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 12(2), Fall 2012.
  • Spencer, G. (2010), Ask the Expert: Adult Vaccinations. NYSNA Newsletter.
  • Chiu, T.I. & Spencer, G. A. (2010) Functional health status among rural and urban older adults in Taiwan: the effect of personal control and social control. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 5: 202–210. 
  • Chiu, T. & Spencer G. (2009) Functional health status among rural and urban older adults in Taiwan: the effect of personal control and social control. International Journal of Older People Nursing. Early Publication online Oct. 2009. Digital object identifier (DOI) 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2009.00194.x
  • Spencer, G. (2008) Waterless disinfectant dispensers increase hand washing. New York State Nurse. Sept/Oct2008.

Recent book chapters

  • Butts, J. & Spencer, G. (2016) "Caring for populations and communities" in Lundy, K.S. and Janes, S. (Eds.). Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health (3rd E.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
  • Spencer, G. & Sutherland, J. (2016) "Program Planning for School Nurses" in Ervin, N. (Eds.) School Nursing: Public Health Handbook. Silver Springs, MD.: NASN. 
  • Janes, S. & Spencer, G., (2009) "Communicable disease" in Lundy, K.S., & Janes, S. (Eds.). 2nd edition. Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishing.
  • Spencer, G. & Morgan, L., (2009) "Rural Populations" in Lundy, K.S. & Janes, S., (Eds.) 2nd edition. Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishing.

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Last Updated: 2/28/17