Constance G. Visovsky, PhD ’02, RN, APRN-NP
Dr. Constance Visovsky is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Master’s Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing.
She received her BSN in 1994 and her MSN as an acute care nurse practitioner in oncology in 1995 at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, in Rochester, New York. Shortly after graduation with her master’s degree, a job change for her husband took her to Cleveland, Ohio, where she began working as a Clinical Instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. During her time at the school, she was influenced by a cadre of strong nursing leaders and mentors. She recalls that Dr. Linda Workman provided her with a solid foundation as a nurse educator as she strove to become an expert teacher and clinician. It was also Dr. Workman who encouraged her to enter the doctoral program and assisted her in securing a prestigious scholarship from the American Cancer Society.
During her PhD coursework, Dr. Visovsky was exposed to the enormous amount of nursing research being done at FPB. The strong mentorship she received during her doctoral studies helped shape her as a nurse scientist. Dr. Visovsky learned research first-hand as the Project Director for Dr. Shirley Moore and Dr. Patricia Brennan on their study “HeartCare”, which implemented an internet-derived recovery information for patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery. She feels she was privileged to be able to learn research from such talented senior researchers, who willingly shared their time and insights. Dr. Visovsky credits these experiences and close working relationships with Dr. Workman and Dr. Moore for the success she has been able to achieve in her academic career.
Dr. Visovsky continued to work as a nurse practitioner throughout her studies, and her patient experiences helped her to define the challenges faced by patients as they undergo treatment for cancer. Her research interest in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy grew out of her experiences as a nurse practitioner. She continues to practice to this day, caring for women with breast cancer at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Her career progression included post-doctoral study supported by the Translational Research Oncology Grant at Case Western Reserve University, which culminated in securing funding for her first grant, Strength Training for Biotherapy-induced Muscle Weakness, from the National Cancer Institute. Currently she is PI of a Dean’s Cancer Initiative Pilot Study titled “Heading Off Peripheral Neuropathy with Exercise (HOPE)”. The study is testing a home-based aerobic and strength training exercise program both during and after taxane-based chemotherapy in women with breast cancer, to prevent or modify chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Visovsky has been appointed to a National Cancer Institute grant review panel and is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a leader in the area of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and cancer symptom management.