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Harleah Buck

Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN

Associate Professor, College of Nursing

  • hgbuck@usf.edu
  • (813) 974-2519
  • MDN Building, Room 3032
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"Non-pharmacologic solutions to community care’s “wicked problems”"


  • PhD, Nursing, University of South Florida, 2008

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Cardiovascular Sciences

Research Interests

  • I have over 30 years experience in cardiovascular nursing. My national and international contributions include practice and research in older adults with heart failure and their informal caregivers.
  • I stand in a unique position at the nexus of palliative, geriatric, and cardiovascular nursing - contributing to international palliative care essential practices; leading funded interprofessional initiatives in rural geriatric care using distance technology; conducting NIH-funded cutting edge dyadic symptom management research; authoring multiple impactful conceptual and data based papers on multiple chronic conditions and presenting on palliative care topics in heart failure venues.
  • To see my SelectedWorks Scholars Profile visit: https://works.bepress.com/harleah-buck/


  • Best Cited Author (European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - 2017)
  • Innovation Award (Slack Publishers Inc. - 2017)
  • Mathy Mezey Excellence in Aging Award (American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing - 2017)

Recent Publications

  • Buck H, G, Stromberg A, Chung M, Donovan K, Harkness K, Howard A, Kato N, Polo R, & Evangelista L, . A Systematic Review of Heart Failure Dyadic Self-care Interventions Focusing on Components, Patient Outcomes, and Implementation. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 77: 232-242, 2018.
  • Gordon J, M, Lauver L, & Buck H, G, . Strict versus Liberal Insulin Therapy in the Cardiac Surgery Patient: An Evidence-Based Practice Development, Implementation and Evaluation Project. Applied Nursing Research. 39: 265-269, 2018.
  • Buck H, G, Hupcey J, Wang H, Fradley M, Donovan K, & Watach A, . Heart failure self-care within the context of patient and informal caregiver dyadic engagement: a mixed methods study. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 33(4) : 384-391, 2018.
  • Buck H, Pinter A, Poole E, Boehmer J, Foy A, Black S, Lloyd T. Evaluating the older adult experience of a web-based, tablet-delivered heart failure self-care program using gerontechnology principles. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.). , 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28554497
  • Lloyd T, Buck H, Foy A, Black S, Pinter A, Pogash R, Eismann B, Balaban E, Chan J, Kunselman A, Smyth J, Boehmer J. The Penn State Heart Assistant: A pilot study of a web-based intervention to improve self-care of heart failure patients. Health informatics journal. : 1460458217704247, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28504048
  • Nicholas Dionne-Odom J, Hooker SA, Bekelman D, Ejem D, McGhan G, Kitko L, Strömberg A, Wells R, Astin M, Metin ZG, Mancarella G, Pamboukian SV, Evangelista L, Buck HG, Bakitas MA. Family caregiving for persons with heart failure at the intersection of heart failure and palliative care: a state-of-the-science review. Heart failure reviews. , 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28160116
  • Buck HG, Hupcey J, Watach A. Pattern Versus Change. Clinical nursing research. : 1054773816688817, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28073288
  • Buck HG, Harkness K, Ali MU, Carroll SL, Kryworuchko J, McGillion M. The Caregiver Contribution to Heart Failure Self-Care (CACHS): Further Psychometric Testing of a Novel Instrument. Research in nursing & health. 40(2) : 165-176, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27859452
  • Buck HG, Hupcey J, Mogle J, Rayens MK. Caregivers' Heart Failure Knowledge is Necessary but not Sufficient to Assure Engagement with Patients in Self-care Maintenance. Journal of hospice and palliative nursing : JHPN : the official journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. 19(2) : 170-176, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28670203
  • Mogle J, Buck H, Zambroski C, Alvaro R, Vellone E. Cross-Validation of the Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire. Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 49(5) : 513-520, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28755434
  • Petruzzo A, Paturzo M, Buck HG, Barbaranelli C, D'Agostino F, Ausili D, Alvaro R, Vellone E. Psychometric evaluation of the Caregiver Preparedness Scale in caregivers of adults with heart failure. Research in nursing & health. 40(5) : 470-478, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28884832
  • Riegel B, Moser DK, Buck HG, Dickson VV, Dunbar SB, Lee CS, Lennie TA, Lindenfeld J, Mitchell JE, Treat-Jacobson DJ, Webber DE. Self-Care for the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke: A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association. Journal of the American Heart Association. 6(9) , 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28860232
  • MacKenzie MA, Buck HG, Meghani SH, Riegel B. Unique Correlates of Heart Failure and Cancer Caregiver Satisfaction With Hospice Care. Journal of pain and symptom management. 51(1) : 71-8, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26384557
  • Harkness K, Buck HG, Arthur H, Carroll S, Cosman T, McGillion M, Kaasalainen S, Kryworuchko J, O'Keefe-McCarthy S, Sherifali D, Strachan PH. Caregiver Contribution to Heart Failure Self-Care (CACHS). Nursing open. 3(1) : 51-60, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27708815
  • Buck HG, Kolanowski A, Fick D, Baronner L. Improving Rural Geriatric Care Through Education: A Scalable, Collaborative Project. Journal of continuing education in nursing. 47(7) : 306-13, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27351262
  • Pucciarelli G, Buck HG, Barbaranelli C, Savini S, Simeone S, Juarez-Vela R, Alvaro R, Vellone E. Psychometric Characteristics of the Mutuality Scale in Stroke Patients and Caregivers. The Gerontologist. 56(5) : e89-98, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27114475
  • Buck HG, Dickson VV, Fida R, Riegel B, D'Agostino F, Alvaro R, Vellone E. Predictors of hospitalization and quality of life in heart failure: A model of comorbidity, self-efficacy and self-care. International journal of nursing studies. 52(11) : 1714-22, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26234935
  • MacKenzie MA, Meghani SH, Buck HG, Riegel B. Does Diagnosis Make a Difference? Comparing Hospice Care Satisfaction in Matched Cohorts of Heart Failure and Cancer Caregivers. Journal of palliative medicine. 18(12) : 1008-14, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26275175
  • Buck HG, Mogle J, Riegel B, McMillan S, Bakitas M. Exploring the Relationship of Patient and Informal Caregiver Characteristics with Heart Failure Self-Care Using the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model: Implications for Outpatient Palliative Care. Journal of palliative medicine. 18(12) : 1026-32, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26540092
  • Savini S, Buck HG, Dickson VV, Simeone S, Pucciarelli G, Fida R, Matarese M, Alvaro R, Vellone E. Quality of life in stroke survivor-caregiver dyads: a new conceptual framework and longitudinal study protocol. Journal of advanced nursing. 71(3) : 676-87, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25186274
  • Vellone E, D'Agostino F, Buck HG, Fida R, Spatola CF, Petruzzo A, Alvaro R, Riegel B. The key role of caregiver confidence in the caregiver's contribution to self-care in adults with heart failure. European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology. 14(5) : 372-81, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25125351
  • Buck HG, Harkness K, Wion R, Carroll SL, Cosman T, Kaasalainen S, Kryworuchko J, McGillion M, O'Keefe-McCarthy S, Sherifali D, Strachan PH, Arthur HM. Caregivers' contributions to heart failure self-care: a systematic review. European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology. 14(1) : 79-89, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399843
  • Jurgens CY, Goodlin S, Dolansky M, Ahmed A, Fonarow GC, Boxer R, Arena R, Blank L, Buck HG, Cranmer K, Fleg JL, Lampert RJ, Lennie TA, Lindenfeld J, Piña IL, Semla TP, Trebbien P, Rich MW. Heart failure management in skilled nursing facilities: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America. Journal of cardiac failure. 21(4) : 263-99, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25863664
  • Lee CS, Vellone E, Lyons KS, Cocchieri A, Bidwell JT, D'Agostino F, Hiatt SO, Alvaro R, Buck HG, Riegel B. Patterns and predictors of patient and caregiver engagement in heart failure care: a multi-level dyadic study. International journal of nursing studies. 52(2) : 588-97, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25468283
  • Zambroski CH, Buck H, Garrison CM, McMillan SC. Lessons from the field: challenges in accruing hospice heart failure patients to intervention research. The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 29(1) : 91-7, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23416935
  • Lee CS, Chien CV, Bidwell JT, Gelow JM, Denfeld QE, Masterson Creber R, Buck HG, Mudd JO. Comorbidity profiles and inpatient outcomes during hospitalization for heart failure: an analysis of the U.S. Nationwide inpatient sample. BMC cardiovascular disorders. 14: 73, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24898986
  • Dickson VV, Buck H, Riegel B. Multiple comorbid conditions challenge heart failure self-care by decreasing self-efficacy. Nursing research. 62(1) : 2-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23052421
  • Buck HG, Zambroski CH, Hupcey JE. Assessing the response of patients and spousal/partner caregivers to a new instrument measuring dyadic heart failure care types. European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology. 12(2) : 209-13, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23283568
  • Buck HG, Zambroski CH, Garrison C, McMillan SC. "Everything They Were Discussing, We Were Already Doing": Hospice Heart Failure Caregivers Reflect on a Palliative Caregiving Intervention. Journal of hospice and palliative nursing : JHPN : the official journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. 15(4) : 218-224, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23853527
  • Buck HG, Akbar JA, Zhang SJ, Bettger JA. Measuring comorbidity in cardiovascular research: a systematic review. Nursing research and practice. 2013: 563246, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23956853
  • McMillan SC, Small BJ, Haley WE, Zambroski C, Buck HG. The COPE Intervention for Caregivers of Patients with Heart Failure: An Adapted Intervention. Journal of hospice and palliative nursing : JHPN : the official journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. 15(4) , 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24288455
  • Buck HG, Kitko L, Hupcey JE. Dyadic heart failure care types: qualitative evidence for a novel typology. The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 28(6) : E37-46, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23388704
  • Buck HG, Meghani SH. Spiritual expressions of African Americans and Whites in cancer pain. Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. 30(2) : 107-16, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22024953
  • Buck HG, Meghani S, Bettger JP, Byun E, Fachko MJ, O'Connor M, Tocchi C, Naylor M. The use of comorbidities among adults experiencing care transitions: a systematic review and evolutionary analysis of empirical literature. Chronic illness. 8(4) : 278-95, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22514061
  • Buck HG, McMillan SC. A psychometric analysis of the spiritual needs inventory in informal caregivers of patients with cancer in hospice home care. Oncology nursing forum. 39(4) : E332-9, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22750903
  • Riegel B, Ratcliffe SJ, Sayers SL, Potashnik S, Buck HG, Jurkovitz C, Fontana S, Weaver TE, Weintraub WS, Goldberg LR. Determinants of excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue in adults with heart failure. Clinical nursing research. 21(3) : 271-93, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21878581
  • Buck HG, Zambroski CH. Upstreaming palliative care for patients with heart failure. The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 27(2) : 147-53, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22210148