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Valerie Danesh, PhD, RN, CCRP | Assistant Professor

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Phone: 512 232-4722 (Office)

Office: NUR 3.446
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Mail Code D0100
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Danesh is an Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing. Her research program focuses on clinical deteriorations and evaluating subsequent interventions across the continuum of care (e.g., acute, subacute, home health). Most recently, her research has focused on rapid response system interventions for hospitalized patients. Her current research is on adverse events in hospitals, ICU survivorship, and telemedicine.

Dr. Danesh has extensive experience in research operations, administration and research education, including the execution of multi-center clinical trials (phase I-IV investigational drug/device studies and investigator-initiated projects) in hospital and ambulatory care settings. She is a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, and has also mentored research nurses, regulatory specialists and investigators in topics ranging from health care privacy practices in research to FDA audit preparation. Dr. Danesh is an item writer for the research certification exam (CCRP) for the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and serves as a Beacon Award for Excellence reviewer for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Ongoing Research

  • Principal Investigator. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome Self-Management for Intensive Care Unit Survivors: A Needs Assessment (PICS-SIS), UT Austin Center in Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-Management Science (PI – Kim, P30NR015335-0), $20,000 (6/2017-10/2018)
  • Principal Investigator. RoboAPRN: Telepresence Robots in Healthcare Education, UT Austin Faculty Innovation Center, $9,764 (7/2017-6/2018)

Selected Publications

  • Giuliano, K., Danesh, V., & Funk, M. (2016). The relationship between nurse staffing and 30-day readmission for adults with heart failure. Journal of Nursing Administration, 46 (1), 25-29. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000289 (#)
  • Patel, R., Schwarz, J., Danesh, V., et al. (2016). Clinical performance of the HeartBuds, an electronic smartphone listening device, compared to FDA approved Class I and Class II stethoscopes. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, 5(1), 45-51. doi: 10.7309/jmtm.5.1.7 (#)
  • Bassett, R., Adams, K., Danesh, V., et al. (2015). Rethinking critical care: Decreasing sedation, increasing delirium monitoring, and increasing patient mobility. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 41 (2), 62-74. (#)
  • Danesh, V. & Jimenez, E. (2015). Timing is everything: Do we need to redesign the afferent limb in rapid response? Critical Care Medicine, 43(10), 2247-2248. 10.1097/CCM.0000000000001239 [Invited Editorial]
  • Cook, D.J., Ferguson, N.D., Hand, L., Austin, P., Zhou, Q., Adhikari, N.K., Danesh, V., et al. (2015). Coenrolment in a randomized trial of high frequency oscillation: Prevalence, patterns, predictors, and outcomes. Critical Care Medicine. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000692. (#)
  • Gagan, K., Majumdar, T., Dagar, G., Danesh, V., Jacobs, E. & Nanchal, R. (2013). Outcomes of morbidly obese patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation: A nationwide analysis. CHEST 144 (1), 48-54. doi: 10.1378/chest.1-2310. (#)
  • Bellomo, R., Ackerman, M., Bailey, M., Beale, R., Clancy, G., Danesh, V., et al. (2012). A controlled trial of electronic automated advisory vital signs monitoring in general hospital wards. Critical Care Medicine, 40(8), 2349-2361. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318255d99a0. (#)
  • Danesh, V., Malvey, D., & Fottler, M. D. (2008). Hidden workplace violence: What your nurses may not be telling you. The Health Care Manager, 27(4), 357-363. doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e31818c810b.
  • Unruh, L., & Danesh, V. (2008). Forecasting the Supply and Demand of Florida Registered Nurses Using the Revised 2005 HRSA Model. In G. Dickson & L. Flynn (Eds.), Nursing Policy Research: Turning Evidence-Based Research into Health Policy Springer.

Selected Presentations

  • Danesh, V, & Jones, T. (Upcoming, 2018). Nursing surveillance and unplanned ICU transfers: Big Data applications for administrative data. 2018 American Nurses Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. [Podium]
  • Danesh, V. (Upcoming, 2017). Appraising the evidence: Research, practice guidelines and QI. Texas Nurse Practitioner’s Annual Conference, Austin, TX. [Podium]
  • Danesh, V, Roberts, T., Brown, S., Martin-Miller, M., Feazell, A. & Giordano, P. (2017). Quality assurance: Using feedback loops for Good Clinical Practice audits. Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). 2017 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, San Antonio, TX. (#) [Poster].
  • Danesh, V., Batta, M., Brown, M., & Sadowsky, J. (2016). Robotic telepresence by intensivists for night-shift coverage: Clinician perspectives. Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2016 Annual Congress, Orlando, FL. (#) [Oral/Poster]
  • Zad, O., Britt, C., Gisi, B. & Danesh, V. (2015). Fecal occult blood tests: Valuable for screening, wasteful for diagnostics. Institute for Healthcare Improvement 27th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Orlando, FL. (#) [Poster]
  • Danesh, V., Neff, D. F., Giordano, P., et al. (2014). Success stories: Integrating pre-licensure students, clinical research and quality improvement initiatives into Intensive Care Units. Institute for Healthcare Improvement 26th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Orlando, FL. [Poster]
  • Danesh, V., Austin, P., Cook, D., et al. (2014). Variability in time to local regulatory approvals for multicenter clinical trials – Experiences in the OSCILLATE trial. European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, 27th Annual Congress, Barcelona, Spain. (#) [Oral/Poster]
  • Ruiz-Rodriguez, O., Danesh, V., Jimenez, E.J. (2014). Demyelinating encephalomyelitis and pneumomediastinum in an 18-year-old with Influenza A. Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2014 Annual Congress, San Francisco, CA. [Case Study]
  • Danesh, V. (2014). Rapid response systems – Training the team: The Orlando experience. 9th International Conference on Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams, Miami, FL. [Podium]
  • Danesh, V., Guerrier, L., & Jimenez, E.J. (2013). Proactive vs Reactive Rapid Response Systems: Decreasing unplanned ICU transfers. Society of Critical Care Medicine, 42nd Critical Care Annual Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (#) [Podium]
  • Danesh, V. (2012). Year in review: Nursing. Society of Critical Care Medicine 41st Critical Care Congress, Houston, TX. [Podium]
  • Jimenez, E. & Danesh, V. (2012). Using data-driven algorithms in RRS proactive rounding: The air traffic controller has arrived. 7th International Conference on Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams, Sydney, Australia. (#) [Podium]
  • Danesh, V., & Sole, M.L. (2012). Coordinating inpatient trials: Tips & tricks. Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). 2012 Global Conference, Houston, TX. [Podium]
  • Danesh, V., Jimenez, E.J. (2012). Algorithm-based proactive Rapid Response Team rounds: Developing a safety net for patients and nurses. Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2012 Annual Congress. Houston, TX. (#) [Oral/Poster]
  • Anderson, R., Fox, M., Brady, J., Danesh, V., Sadowsky, J. (2012). Therapeutic hypothermia after in-hospital PEA and asystolic cardiac arrest. Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2012 Annual Congress. Houston, TX. (#) [Oral/Poster]
  • Jimenez, E. & Danesh, V. (2010). Reviewing patient events to improve crisis identification and response: A novel algorithm. Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams 6th Annual Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. (#) [Podium]
  • Jimenez, E. & Danesh, V. (2010). Monitoring with embedded EWS devices. Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams 6th Annual Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. (#) [Podium]
  • Danesh, V. (2010). Inpatient trials: Study awareness and subject evaluability. Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). 2010 Global Conference, Tampa, FL. [Podium]


  • 2013: Annual Scientific Award (1 of 10 awards from 1,250+ overall abstracts) Society of Critical Care Medicine

    2012: Katie Brush Research Scholarship Award Society of Critical Care Medicine

    2007: Outstanding Student Health Services Administration Graduate Program University of Central Florida