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Donelle M Barnes


[Barnes, Donelle M]
  • Assoc Prof


I have been a registered nurse for 35 years, and a nurse educator for 17 years.  I have practiced nursing in North, Central and South America, the longest period being 8 years in Quito, Ecuador.  My first teaching job was community health nursing for BSN-level students at the Catholic University in Quito, in Spanish.  I have taught at UT Arlington for 7 years, all in English!  I teach quantitative research to masters students, and qualitative methods to PhD students.

My current research is focused on the problem of uncontrolled high blood pressure among Mexican-origin adults who have a diagnosis of hypertension.  I hope to do an interventional study that will have an impact on that problem.

Professional Preparation

    • 1996 Ph.D. University of California San Francisco


    • Feb 2016 to Jan 2018 Secretary
      American Heart Association (AHA)   Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS)


  • Membership
    • Jan 2016 to Jan 2016 American Heart Association (AHA)  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

Research and Expertise

  • Hypertension in Mexican immigrants

    My current research focuses on the problem of the lack of a controlled blood pressure among known hypertensive Hispanics.  In Texas, the largest group of Hispanics is Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans.  I also have training and experience in qualitative research methods in nursing, specifically grounded theory with Anselm Strauss at the University of California San Francisco.


      Journal Article Forthcoming
      • Phillips, F. H., & Barnes, D. M. (in press). The meaning of adherence in Hepatitis C infected military veterans. Journal of Gastroenterology Nursing.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2013
      • Denke, L., & Barnes, D. M. (2013). An ethnography of chronic pain in veteran enlisted women. Pain Management Nursing, 14(4), e189-e195. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2011.10.004

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2012
      • Barnes, D.M., & Lu, J.H. (2012). Mexican immigrants’ and Mexican Americans’ perceptions of hypertension. Qualitative Health Research, 22(12), 1685-1693. doi: 10.1177/1049732312458181
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Adegbola, M. A., Barnes, D. M., Opollo, J. G., Herr, K., Gray, J., & McCarthy, A. M. (2012). Voices of adults living with sickle cell disease pain. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 23(2), 16-23.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2008
      • Wells, J. N., Cagle, C. S., Bradley, P., & Barnes, D. M. (2008). Voices of Mexican American caregivers for family members with cancer. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 19(3), 223-233.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2007
      • Barnes, D. M. & Aguilar, R. (2007). Community social support for Cuban refugees in Texas. Qualitative Health Research, 17(2), 225-237.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2005
      • Barnes, D. M. & Almasy, N. (2005). Refugees’ perceptions of healthy behaviors. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(3), 185-193.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]


    • February  2015
      An MSN writing coach to improve student success.

      Poster presentation

    • March  2014
      Self-Efficacy, Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control in Mexican Immigrants.

      Poster presentation

    • February  2014
      Controlled hypertension in Mexican immigrants.

      Poster presentation

    • October  2013
      Mexican-origin clients with hypertension.

      Podium presentation

    • January  2013
      Preparing PhD graduates to be scientists.

      Poster presentation.

    • October  2011
      Recent presentations

      *Barnes, D.M. (2011). Lived experience of Mexican-origin clients with hypertension. Oral Presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International 41st Biennial Convention, Grapevine, Texas, October 29-November 2, 2011.

      *Barnes, D.M. (2011). Auto cuidado de la hipertensión en los mexicanos en Texas, EEUU. Poster presentation at the X Reunión Internacional sobre Investigación Cualitativa en Salud, San Luis Potosí, México, September 28-30, 2011 (Spanish).

      *Barnes, D.M. (2010). Mexican immigrants living with hypertension. Poster presented  at the 24th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Austin, TX, February 3-6, 2010.

      *Wells, J.N., Cagle, C.S., Bradley, P., & Barnes, D. (2007, September). Team-generated grounded theory: Mexican American female cancer caregivers’ ‘Becoming stronger.’ Oral presentation at the Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

      *Barnes, D.M. (2007, February). Measuring social support for Cuban refugees. Oral presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society, Galveston, TX.

      *Wells, J.N., Cagle, C.S., Bradley, P., & Barnes, D. (2007, February). We are stronger than the cancer: The voices of Mexican American family caregivers of cancer patients. Poster presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. Also presented at Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, TX, April 23, 2007.

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Sept 2013 to Aug 2014 Hypertension in Mexican immigrants: Blood pressure control sponsored by  - $2000
    • Nov 2012 to Oct 2013 Hypertension in Mexican Immigrants: Blood pressure control sponsored by  - $1000


Other Teaching Activities

  • 2016
    • MSN Student Success
      • Jan 2016 MSN Writing Coach

        In response to a high number of low grades and withdraws from students in the MSN core courses, I am currently assisting students with writing course papers.  Students currently enrolled in theory, research, and EBP core courses can send me drafts of upcoming paper assignments.  I give editorial advice and feedback of ways they can improve their scientific writing skills and revise the paper.

    • Dissertation Committee Chair
      • Jan 2016 I chair several dissertation committees for PhD students in nursing. See C.V. for student names.

        Act as mentor and guide for doctoral students in the PhD program who are conducting original research as their final product for the PhD in nursing.