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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

An evaluation of stroke education in AVAIL registry hospitals.
West A, Cox M, Zimmer LO, Fedder W, Weber C, Drew L, Peterson ED, Bushnell C, Olson DM J Neurosci Nurs 2012 Jun 44 3 115-23
Depression and antidepressant use after stroke and transient ischemic attack.
El Husseini N, Goldstein LB, Peterson ED, Zhao X, Pan W, Olson DM, Zimmer LO, Williams JW, Bushnell C, Laskowitz DT Stroke 2012 Jun 43 6 1609-16
Use of tissue-type plasminogen activator before and after publication of the European Cooperative Acute Stroke Study III in Get With The Guidelines-Stroke.
Messé SR, Fonarow GC, Smith EE, Kaltenbach L, Olson DM, Kasner SE, Schwamm LH Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2012 May 5 3 321-6
Saving the brain with therapeutic hypothermia.
Olson DM, Britt ES, Garvin KA, Grissom JL, Laaro KH, Halley N Nursing 2012 May 42 5 59-62
Predictors of rapid brain imaging in acute stroke: analysis of the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program.
Kelly AG, Hellkamp AS, Olson D, Smith EE, Schwamm LH Stroke 2012 May 43 5 1279-84
Data quality in the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke): results from a national data validation audit.
Xian Y, Fonarow GC, Reeves MJ, Webb LE, Blevins J, Demyanenko VS, Zhao X, Olson DM, Hernandez AF, Peterson ED, Schwamm LH, Smith EE Am. Heart J. 2012 Mar 163 3 392-8, 398.e1
Relationship of national institutes of health stroke scale to 30-day mortality in medicare beneficiaries with acute ischemic stroke.
Fonarow GC, Saver JL, Smith EE, Broderick JP, Kleindorfer DO, Sacco RL, Pan W, Olson DM, Hernandez AF, Peterson ED, Schwamm LH J Am Heart Assoc 2012 Feb 1 1 42-50
Electroencephalography leads placed by nontechnologists using a template system produce signals equal in quality to technologist-applied, collodion disk leads.
Kolls BJ, Olson DM, Gallentine WB, Skeen MB, Skidmore CT, Sinha SR J Clin Neurophysiol 2012 Feb 29 1 42-9
Neurocritical care nursing research priorities.
Olson DM, McNett MM, Livesay S, Le Roux PD, Suarez JI, Bautista C Neurocrit Care 2012 Feb 16 1 55-62
Representativeness of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Registry: comparison of patient and hospital characteristics among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with ischemic stroke.
Reeves MJ, Fonarow GC, Smith EE, Pan W, Olson D, Hernandez AF, Peterson ED, Schwamm LH Stroke 2012 Jan 43 1 44-9


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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)