Gwen Hooper, PhD, RN, FNP, APRN-BC

Gwen Hooper - Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor

Dr. Hooper is an Assistant Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing.  She is double board certified as a Family and Urology Nurse Practitioner.  She received her undergraduate nursing degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Kentucky.  She obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Her primary areas of research focus on quality of life in patients living with urologic diseases and conditions.  Her expertise is in urology, rural populations, and clinical research. She has a funded research study on quality of life in women with pelvic organ prolapse and use of a pessary.

Her dissertation explored influence of coping styles on anxiety levels, perceived severity of illness, satisfaction with information and the relationship between perceived severity of illness and Gleason Score of men diagnosed with prostate cancer.  The three-manuscript dissertation included a psychometric analysis of the SF-12 in 140 men diagnosed with prostate cancer 1 month after undergoing radical prostatectomy, a cross-sectional study of 62 men on the influence of two coping styles (monitor and blunter) on anxiety levels, and an examination of sources of information and satisfaction with information received in a group of 62 men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

She is currently President of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates.  She teaches in the graduate program with her teaching focus on preparing nurse practitioners to address the health care needs of rural communities. She additionally advises Doctor of Nursing Practice students.

Hooper, G. L.  (2018). Patient centered care for patients with pessaries. Nursing Clinics of North America.

Graniero, C., Hooper, G.L (2017). Prostate cancer: An unfolding case study. Urologic Nursing. Sept/Oct, 37 (5).

Hooper, G.L. Allen, R.S., Payne-Foster, P., Oliver, J.S. (2017). A qualitative study to determine barriers for prostate cancer screening in African American men. Urologic Nursing. Nov/Dec, 37 (6).

Hooper, G.L. Atnip, S., O’Dell, K. (2017). Optimal pessary care: A modified Delphi consensus study. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health July

O’Dell, K., Atnip, S. Hooper, G. (2016). Pessary care practices of nurse-providers in the United States.Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  2016 Jul-Aug; 22(4): 261-6.

Hooper, G.L. & Quallich, S. A. (2016). Health seeking behavior in men: A concept analysis. Urologic Nursing. Continuing Nursing Education Series: 36 (4) 163-171.

Stinson, C., Hooper, G. L., Oliver, J. (2015). Cocooning: a dual approach to newborn pertussis           prevention: Development of an evidence based protocol.  Nursing for Women’s Health. Featured Article: 19 (5).

Hooper, G. L. & Gerber, E. (2014). Measuring quality of life in men with prostate cancer. Urologic Nursing Journal.  Jul/Aug; 34 (4): 177-84.