Scott Community College (1986), Nursing
Teikyo Marycrest University (1997), Nursing
Graduate School
University of N C-Chapel Hill (2007), Nursing

Research Interest

  • Impact of nursing care on outcomes for neurocritical care patients
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring
  • Research methodology


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Strategies used by hospitals to improve speed of tissue-type plasminogen activator treatment in acute ischemic stroke.
Xian Y, Smith EE, Zhao X, Peterson ED, Olson DM, Hernandez AF, Bhatt DL, Saver JL, Schwamm LH, Fonarow GC Stroke 2014 May 45 5 1387-95
Nursing collaboration: a key element in debunking neurocritical care myths.
Olson DM, Figueroa SA Curr Opin Crit Care 2014 Feb
Sex differences in quality of life after ischemic stroke.
Bushnell CD, Reeves MJ, Zhao X, Pan W, Prvu-Bettger J, Zimmer L, Olson D, Peterson E Neurology 2014 Feb
Predictors of extraventricular drain-associated bacterial ventriculitis.
Williamson RA, Phillips-Bute BG, McDonagh DL, Gray MC, Zomorodi AR, Olson DM, Britz GW, Laskowitz DT, James ML J Crit Care 2014 Feb 29 1 77-82
Measuring and Monitoring ICP in Neurocritical Care: Results from a National Practice Survey.
Olson DM, Batjer HH, Abdulkadir K, Hall CE Neurocrit Care 2014 Feb 20 1 15-20
Exploring the impact of augmenting sedation assessment with physiologic monitors.
Olson DM, Zomorodi MG, James ML, Cox CE, Moretti EW, Riemen KE, Graffagnino C Aust Crit Care 2013 Oct
Continuous cerebral spinal fluid drainage associated with complications in patients admitted with subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Olson DM, Zomorodi M, Britz GW, Zomorodi AR, Amato A, Graffagnino C J. Neurosurg. 2013 Oct 119 4 974-80
Effects of nursing interventions on intracranial pressure.
Olson DM, McNett MM, Lewis LS, Riemen KE, Bautista C Am. J. Crit. Care 2013 Sep 22 5 431-8
Significant practice pattern variations associated with intracranial pressure monitoring.
Olson DM, Lewis LS, Bader MK, Bautista C, Malloy R, Riemen KE, McNett MM J Neurosci Nurs 2013 Aug 45 4 186-93
Planning for study design and analysis for point-of-care research teams: does size matter?
Olson DM, Zhao Y AACN Adv Crit Care 2013 Jul-Sep 24 3 333-6


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Honors & Awards

  • D-Magazine Excellence in Nursing
    Award for Excellence in Nursing Research (2014)
  • Fellow, Neurocritical Care Society
  • Presidential Citation
    Award for recognition from the Neurocritical Care Society (2013)
  • North Carolina Great 100
    Recognition for top 100 nurses in N.C. (2011)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (2007)
  • Neurocritical Care Society (2005)
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (1990)