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Barbara King

Barbara King

Expert on Hospital Acquired Disability, including losing ability to walk; hospital fall prevention programs; and nurses' role in maintaining mobility

Associate Professor/School of Nursing School of Nursing Work: 608-263-5319 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @barbkingMOVIN


  • Hospital Acquired Disability in older adult: This preventable problem erodes functional status and robs older adults of ability to walk and independence
  • Application of a human factors or systems engineering model that removes barriers to walking and improves patient mobility during hospitalization
  • Nurses are responsible for walking patients in hospital settings. However, multiple barriers prevent them from getting patients up during a hospital stay.
  • CMS "never event" for falls leads to unintended negative consequences for nurses and care of patients identified as fall risk; other medicare policy issues


  • Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest recognition for nursing leadership.
  • Member of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, global nursing honor society recognizing excellence in nursing education, research and practice
  • John A. Hartford Pre-Doctoral Scholar, 2007-2009, an elite scholarship to recognize leaders in geriatric nursing