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Michelle Kimzey - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Michelle Kimzey Michelle Kimzey

Assistant Professor | Texas Christian University


Michelle Kimzey is an expert in gerontology, dementia care education, palliative care, and older adults with dementia.





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Frog for Life Podcast - Michelle Kimzey



Michelle Kimzey is an Assistant Professor of nursing, and is an expert in gerontology, dementia and palliative care.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Older Adults with Dimentia

Dementia Care Education


Palliative Care

Accomplishments (1)

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholar (professional)


Education (3)

Baylor University: B.S.

University of Texas - Tyler: Ph.D., Nursing 2014

Texas Woman's University: M.Sn., Nursing Education 2010

Affiliations (4)

  • National League for Nursing
  • National Gerontological Nursing Association
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Media Appearances (1)

What Does Dementia Feel Like?

TCU Magazine  online


Imagine wearing ungainly mittens, heavy headphones, blurry eyeglasses and shoes with lumpy insoles. Someone is speaking, but you can barely hear them above the white noise. You know you’re supposed to do something, but you don’t know what. You make clumsy motions and start to wander. In all respects, you look like someone with dementia.

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Articles (5)

Impact of dementia simulation on nursing students: When empathy breeds awareness

Teaching and Learning in Nursing

2022 The numbers of people living with dementia are overwhelming and underestimated. Care for people with dementia requires a better understanding of the reality of dementia. Dementia education must empower nursing students to understand, appreciate, provide care, and support the needs of people with dementia.

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Effects of Dementia-Specific Education for Nursing Students

Nurse Educator

2019 The numbers of people living with dementia are overwhelming. Dementia education is important to prepare nursing students to care for this population. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a virtual dementia experience on nursing students' attitudes and empathy for people with dementia, dementia knowledge, and self-confidence for dementia care.

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Dementia care boot camp: interprofessional education for healthcare students

Journal of Interprofessional Care


Dementia prevalence is increasing exponentially and has a profound effect on individuals diagnosed as well as their family caregivers. Dementia care should be patient focused, not task or medically oriented. Patient-centered dementia care requires more staff time, is complex, and, as a result, financially threatens the healthcare system.

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Nurses’ knowledge and attitudes about dementia care: Systematic literature review

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care


To explore nurse's knowledge and attitudes toward the care of people with dementia. A systematic review informed by the PRISMA‐P (preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta‐analyses protocols) guidelines in four databases (CINAHL, PsyINFO, Pubmed, Cohrane, EMBASE) using keywords “attitudes,” “behaviors,” “dementia,” “knowledge,” and “nurses.”

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The impact of educational experiences on nursing students' knowledge and attitudes toward people with Alzheimer's disease: A mixed method study

Nurse Education Today

2016 As the population ages, the effects of Alzheimer's disease will be felt by all nurses. Providing proper care for people with Alzheimer's disease is difficult and requires specific skills, attitudes, and knowledge. Limited data exists regarding nursing students' attitudes and knowledge toward people with Alzheimer's disease, whether undergraduate education prepares students to care for this population, or the best methods to support students in learning in an innovative and interactive environment.

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