Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN

As the Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professor in Oncology Nursing, Dr. Loerzel’s research primary research interests include older persons with cancer, quality of life, symptom self-management, and cognitive representations of symptoms and illness. Her primary research goal is to assist older adults to self-manage treatment-related side effects and optimize health at all stages of the cancer trajectory by developing new and innovative methods to educate them about symptom self-management options. Secondary research interests include educating nursing students about oncology and end of life topics.

Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator, Promoting Cancer Symptom Management in Older Adults, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research ($463,104).

  • Principal Investigator, eSSET-CINV Serious Game Development, UCF Foundation, Gurecki Foundation ($41,467).

  • Principal Investigator, Exploring Cognitive Representation of Treatment-related Side Effects in Women with Breast Cancer, UCF Office of Research and Commercialization ($7,500).

  • Cognitive representations of treatment related side effects in older persons with cancer. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, 2013

  • Evaluating Cancer Education through focus groups. UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, 2012

  • Theory development: Older women surviving with breast cancer. UCF College of Nursing Start-up funding, 2009-10.

  • Older Women Surviving Breast Cancer: An exploration of their lives. American Nurses Foundation, 2008 Virginia Stone, RN Scholar, 2008-10.

Selected Publications

  • Geddie, P.I., Loerzel, V.W., & Norris, A.E. (2016). Family caregiver knowledge, patient illness characteristics, and unplanned hospital admissions in older adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(4), 453-463.

  • Geddie, P., Loerzel, V.W., & Norris, A. (2016). Family caregivers, patient illness characteristics, and unplanned hospital admissions in older adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(4), 453-463.

  • Loerzel, V.W. (2016). Cognitive representation of treatment-related symptoms in older adults with cancer. Cancer Nursing. Advance online publication.

  • Loerzel, V.W. (2015). Symptom experience in older adults under treatment for cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(3), E269-E278.

  • Loerzel, V.W., Hunt, D., & Rash, E. (2015). A pap test doesn’t screen for everything: Nurse practitioner students’ knowledge of ovarian cancer. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 27(3), 124-130 doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12151

  • Burg, M., Adorno, G., Lopez, E.D.S., Loerzel, V.W., Stein, K., Wallace, C., & Sharma, D.K.B. (2015). Current Unmet Needs of Cancer Survivors: Analysis of Open-Ended Responses to the American Cancer Society Study of Cancer Survivors II. Cancer, 121(4), 623-30.

  • Munroe, T.M. & Loerzel, V.W. (2015). Assessing nursing students’ knowledge of genomic concepts and readiness for use in practice. Nurse Educator, 41(2), 86-89.

  • Loerzel, V.W., Crosby, W.W., Reising, E., & Sole, M.L. (2014). Developing the tracheostomy care anxiety relief through education and support program (T-CARES). Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(5), 522-527.

  • Loerzel, V.W. & Conner, N. (2014). Advances and challenges: Student reflections from an online death and dying course. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049909114549182

  • Conner, N.E., Loerzel, V., Uddin, N. (2014). Nursing student end-of-life care attitudes after an online death and dying course. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(6), 374-382. doi 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000080

  • Loerzel, V.W. (2013). Assessing baccalaureate students knowledge of ovarian cancer over time. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(1), 51-52.

  • Loerzel, V.W., & Aroian, K. (2013). A bump in the road: Older women integrating breast cancer into life. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31, 3-18.

Professional Organizations

  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Southern Nursing Research Society

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  • Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing
  • Director, Honors in the Major Program
  • Associate Professor
Dr. Victoria LoerzelVicki Loerzel: Advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer
“How did I go from a history major to cancer nurse researcher? I chose to change my path to follow what I love, and chose to be challenged to make myself better.” Meet Vicki Loerzel, ’07PhD alumna, associate professor and advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer.
 

Vicki Loerzel, PhD alumna, associate professor and advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer.

Knights in Nursing: Vicki Loerzel

Advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer

“How did I go from a history major to cancer nurse researcher? I chose to change my path to follow what I love, and chose to be challenged to make myself better.

Soon after graduating with a history degree I realized that it wasn’t for me. I applied to nursing school and was accepted. That began my career in cancer nursing and academia. 

My first job was a bone marrow transplant nurse at Cleveland Clinic while I pursued a master’s degree in oncology nursing. The first exposure I had to research was here at UCF, working as a research nurse for a nationally funded study – and it was exciting! A nursing PhD program was just beginning, and I was in the inaugural class. In the years since joining the faculty full time after graduation, I have been appointed to an endowed professorship and awarded federally funded grants.

My research focus on improving quality of life for older adults with cancer became clear early in my career. While working on a study, I discovered older survivors behaved differently than younger survivors. They tend to minimize cancer, often doing little or nothing to manage symptoms, and are at high risk for severe side effects. But they don’t have to live like that.

My current funded study is helping get their mind ‘into the game’ of proper self-care with an innovative educational tool. I never would have thought about using technology without my colleagues’ encouragement to think outside the box.

As a nurse, we have many options and I love sharing that with students. Research is hard work, but it is never boring.”


Vicki Loerzel, ’07PhD, RN, OCN
Alumna of UCF’s first Nursing PhD cohort,
Associate Professor, UCF College of Nursing
Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing
Coordinator of nursing's Honors in the Major (HIM) program, encouraging undergraduate research

Vicki Loerzel: Advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer
Dr. Victoria Loerzel“How did I go from a history major to cancer nurse researcher? I chose to change my path to follow what I love, and chose to be challenged to make myself better.” Meet Vicki Loerzel, ’07PhD alumna, associate professor and advocate of improving life for older adults with cancer.
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