Current Lecture

STEM Scholars Lecture

Dian Baker, Ph.D., RN
Professor, School of Nursing
California State University, Sacramento


Worlds to Discover

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Thursday, September 25th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
University Union, Redwood Room

U.S. hospitals are required to monitor ventilated patients who contract pneumonia but not those who aren’t on ventilators, making nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP) an underreported and unstudied disease. Sacramento State Nursing Professor Dian Baker teamed up with area nurse leaders to study methods of preventing NV-HAP. Their study focused on identifying the incidence of NV-HAP and determining the effectiveness of basic oral care in battling the disease. The nurse-led pilot program at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento produced remarkable results driving down the rates of pneumonia.

Speaker Bio

Dian Baker, Ph.D., MA, MS, CPNP, RN, is a professor in the School of Nursing at Sacramento State, an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute and volunteer clinical faculty in pediatrics at UC, Davis Medical Center. Dr. Baker obtained her Ph.D. from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC, Davis. She received her MS in Nursing and MA in Childhood Development from Sacramento State.

Baker’s research includes hospital-based studies as well as community based participatory research that rely on both qualitative and quantitative methods. During the span of her 30 plus year nursing career she has partnered with multiple organizations and hospitals to design research studies aimed at reducing health inequities. Baker has obtained over one million dollars in research funding and was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to reduce health inequities experienced by the Hmong community in the Sacramento Region. She is also currently working with local hospitals to reduce 30-day hospital admissions.

Contact Information

STEM Scholars Series

Sharon Puricelli
Coordinator, Center for STEM Excellence
(916) 278-2789