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Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN

Constance Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN

Lewis & Leona Hughes Endowed Chair, College of Nursing

Director, College of Nursing

Professor, College of Nursing

  • 8139743831
  • MDN Building, Room 3017
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  • PhD, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 2002
  • MS, Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, 1995
  • BS, Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, 1994

Research Interests

  • Dr. Visovsky's current research study investigates the effectiveness of a home-based gait/balance and resistance exercise program for women with treated for breast cancer who have long tern peripheral neuropathy resulting from taxane-based chemotherapy.
  • A researcher and oncology nurse practitioner with an interest in the neurotoxic and myotoxic effects of chemotherapy.


  • Book of the Year: Primary Care (American Journal of Nursing - 2023)
  • Spirt of Interprofessional Award (USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences - 2023)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (USF - 2019)
  • Fulbright Global Scholar Award (Fulbright Scholar Program - 2018)
  • Global Achievement Award (University of South Florida - 2016)
  • Clinical Article of the Year (University of South Florida, College of Nursing - 2016)
  • Fellow (American Academy of Nursing - 2016)
  • Scholarly Writing Award (University of South Florida College of Nursing - 2015)
  • Mentor in Research Award (University of South Florida, College of Nursing - 2015)


  • Research Advisory Council (Sigma Theta Tau International, 2020 - Present)
  • Member (Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology & Oncology, 2012 - Present)
  • Associate Editor Newsletter (Southern Nursing Research Society, 2010 - Present)
  • Member (Oncology Nursing Society, 1994 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Schwab, LP & Visovsky, C Psychological distress in breast cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: An integrative review Frontiers in Oncology. 10(12) , 2023.
  • Marshall VK, Visovsky C, Advani P, Mussallem D, Tofthagen C Cancer treatment-specific medication beliefs among metastatic breast cancer patients: a qualitative study Supportive Care in Cancer. 30(8) : 6807-6815, 2022.
  • Visovsky C, Ozorio Dutra SV, Szalacha L, Schwab L, López Castillo H Characterization of breast cancer among women in Panama, 2012-2016. Revista Médica de Panamá.. 42(1) : 11-15, 2022.
  • Teran-Wodzinski P, Haladay D, Vu T, Ji M, Coury J, Adams A, Schwab L, Visovsky C. Assessing gait, balance, and muscle strength among breast cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN): study protocol for a randomized controlled clinical trial. Trials. 23(1) : 363, 2022.
  • Ruble M Visovsky C & Tofthagen . Prescription medication and supplement use by community-dwelling individuals with peripheral neuropathy J Nurse Practitioners. , 2020.
  • Clochesy J, & Visovsky C, . Preparing nurses for faculty roles: The Institute for faculty recruitment, retention and mentoring (Inform). Nurse Education Today. 10: 79:63-66., 2019.
  • Wang HL, McMillan SC, Vijayakumar N, McDonald S, Huang LT, Gwede C, Padhya T, Russell J, Vondruska K, Buck HG, Huang Y, Visovsky C. A Behavioral Physical Activity Intervention to Manage Moderate and Severe Fatigue Among Head and Neck Cancer Patients-Pre-efficacy Study in the National Institutes of Health ORBIT Model. Cancer Nursing. 42(1) : E1-E14, 2019.
  • Tofthagen C, Visovsky C, Dominic & McMillan. Neuropathic symptoms, physical and emotional well-being, and quality of life at the end of life Supportive Care in Cancer. , 2019.
  • Tofthagen C, Visovsky C, Eckelman E, Clatterbuck B, Leggatt M, Buck H. Starting a nurse-led clinic for patients with peripheral neuropathy. Nursing. 48(8) : 39-42, 2018.
  • McGhee S, Visovsky C, & Zambroski C, & Finnegan A, . Lyme’s disease: recognition and management for emergency nurses. Emergency Nurse. : 26(3), 17-34, 2018.
  • Visovsky C, Maguire DJ, Zambroski C, Palacios L. Bringing Evidence-Based Practice to Latin America: Transforming Nursing Education and Practice. Journal of continuing education in nursing. 48(11) : 512-516, 2017.
  • Kurtin S, E, Visovsky C, Brady E, D, & Brody A. SMARTIE: A novel initiative to evaluate the impact of advanced practitioner continuing education. J. Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. : 8 (7), 776-78, 2017.
  • Wang HL, Visovsky C, Ji M, Groer M. Stress-related biobehavioral responses, symptoms, and physical activity among female veterans in the community: An exploratory study. Nurse education today. 47: 2-9, 2016.
  • Visovsky C, Beedy DM. A template for building global partnerships: The Joining Forces conference goes across the Atlantic from the US to the UK. Nurse education today. 47: 99-100, 2016.
  • Visovsky C, McGhee S, Clochesy JM, Zambroski C. Zika virus: emergency and aftercare of patients. Emergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association. 24(4) : 20-3, 2016.
  • Visovsky C, McGhee S, Jordan E, Dominic S, Morrison-Beedy D. Planning and executing a global health experience for undergraduate nursing students: A comprehensive guide to creating global citizens. Nurse education today. 40: 29-32, 2016.
  • Visovsky C. Treatment options and considerations for optimizing quality of life in patients with hormone-responsive metastatic breast cancer. ADVANCE for NPs and PAs.. , 2016.
  • Wang H, Ji M, Visovsky C, Rodriguez C, S, Elliott A, F, Gwede C, K, Padhya T, Ridley M, B, & McMillan S, C, . Clinically relevant four-level cancer-related fatigue among patients with various types of cancer. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. : 7, 23-37, 2016.
  • Visovsky C, & Corripio J. Feasibility and acceptability of a resistance exercise intervention for women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Nursing & Health. : 3(5), 110-119, 2015.
  • Visovsky, C., Berger, A. & Hertzog, M. & Rice, J. (in press). Physical activities, physical and mental health, sleep and fatigue among women with breast cancer: A breast cancer registry study. J of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship.. , 2014.
  • Visovsky, C. Bovaird, J., Tofthagen, C., & Rice, J. (in press). Heading off peripheral neuropathy with exercise. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. , 2014.
  • Visovsky, C. (in press). Treatment considerations for the management of patients with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology.. , 2014.
  • Tofthagen C, Visovsky CM, Hopgood R. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: an algorithm to guide nursing management. Clinical journal of oncology nursing. 17(2) : 138-44, 2013.
  • Tofthagen C, Gonzalez L, Visovsky C, Akers A. Self-management of oxaliplatin-related peripheral neuropathy in colorectal cancer survivors. Chemotherapy research and practice. 2013: 547932, 2013.
  • Tofthagen, C., Gonzalez, L., Visovsky, C., & Akers, A. Self-management of oxaliplatin- related peripheral neuropathy in colorectal cancer survivors. Chemotherapy Research and Practice.. , 2013.
  • Visovsky, C. Challenges in the conduct of research: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology.. 5(4) : 369-71, 2013.
  • Visovsky, C. Kip, K Rice, Hardwick, M & Hall, P. Comparing the gold standard: An evaluation of two activity monitors in healthy women. Journal of Novel Physiotherapies Journal of Novel Physiotherapies. 5(3) , 2013.
  • Tofthagen, C. & Visovsky, C. Peripheral neuropathy caused by paclitaxel and docetaxel: A detailed evaluation and comparison of symptoms. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. (4) : 204-14, 2013.
  • Stark L, Tofthagen C, Visovsky C, McMillan SC. The Symptom Experience of Patients with Cancer. Journal of hospice and palliative nursing : JHPN : the official journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. 14(1) : 61-70, 2012.
  • Tofthagen C, Visovsky C, Berry DL. Strength and balance training for adults with peripheral neuropathy and high risk of fall: current evidence and implications for future research. Oncology nursing forum. 39(5) : E416-24, 2012.
  • Berger, A.M., Visovsky, C., Hertzog, M., Holtz, S. & Loberizo, F. Usual and worst symptom severity and interference with function in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Supportive Oncology.. 3(10) : 112-18, 2012.
  • Becher, J. & Visovsky, C. Horizontal violence in nursing. MedSurg Nursing. 4(21) : 210-14, 2012.
  • Visovsky, C. Acupuncture for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. 3(3) : 178-80, 2012.
  • Visovsky, C. Haas, M., Faiman, B., Kurtin, S., Shaftic, A. Nurse self-evaluation of assessment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with cancer. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, 3(5),319-325.. 5(3) : 319-25, 2012.
  • Beusterien, KM, Grinspan, J, Tencer, T, Brufsky, A, Visovsky, C. Patient preferences for chemotherapy in breast cancer. International Journal of Women’s Health. (4) : 279-87, 2012.
  • Visovsky C López Castillo H Maguire D Hernandez I Palacios L Dague S Klovensky K Paloumpis L Salcedo C Building nursing research capacity in Panama Visión Antataura..
  • Visovsky C. Treatment Considerations for the Management of Patients With Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer. Journal of the advanced practitioner in oncology. 5(5) : 321-30