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Valerie Danesh, PhD, RN, CCRP | Assistant Professor

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Phone: 512 232-4722 (Office)

Office: NUR 5.137
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Mail Code D0100
Austin, TX 78712

Dr. Danesh is an Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing. Her research program focuses on nursing surveillance across the continuum of care (e.g., acute, subacute, home health). Her current research is on nurse surveillance (including Rapid Response Teams and Early Warning Scores), 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 has served as an item writer for the research certification exam (CCRP) for the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and currently serves as a Beacon Award for Excellence reviewer for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and on the Discovery Steering Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2019, she will be inducted into the American College of Critical Care Medicine as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine.

Research and Scholarly Interests

Nursing surveillance
ICU survivorship

Clinical Focus

Acute care

Professional Education

PhD, University of Central Florida, Nursing Research
MS, University of Central Florida, Health Services Administration
BSN, University of Central Florida, Clinical Nursing
BS/BA, University of Central Florida, Psychology

Certification and Licensure

RN, Texas (active)
RN, Florida (active)
Certified Clinical Research Professional, Society of Clinical Research Associates (active)
CCRN-K, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (active)


2013: Annual Scientific Award 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

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)

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  • Research project summaries are posted to Eureka, a searchable database supporting student participation in research across The University of Texas at Austin.

Completed Research

Selected Publications

  • Danesh, V. & Jones, T. (2018). Technology-enhanced surveillance: Can facial expression analysis add predictive power to EWS? Critical Care Medicine, 46(7) 1185-1186. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003168. [Invited Editorial]
  • Danesh, V. (2018). Escalations in care: Do interhospital transfers lead to greener pastures? Critical Care Medicine, 46(1), 175-176. [Invited Editorial]
  • 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.

Google Scholar Profile | NCBI Bibliography

Selected Presentations

  • Danesh, V, & Jones, T. (2018). Nursing surveillance and unplanned ICU transfers: Big Data applications for administrative data. 2018 American Nurses Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. [Podium]
  • Roberts, T., Danesh, V, Brown, S., Martin-Miller, M., & Giordano, P. (2018). Systematic site audit preparation: The WAR ROOM. Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). 2018 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, San Diego, CA. [Late Breaker Poster]
  • Danesh, V. & Shearey, N. (2018). ICU Survivorship: Breathing Easy? Texas Nurse Practitioner’s 30th Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Wilkinson, L., Reid, J., Danesh, V., Bradley, P. (2017). Tailored training: Improving nurse satisfaction and retention with a reduction in orientation length and cost. Institute for Healthcare Improvement 29th National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Orlando, FL.
  • Danesh, V. (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].
    Related coverage: “Quality Assurance Project Designed to Improve Good Clinical Practice and Compliance” by Melinda Young, in IRB Advisor (2018), June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 2.
  • 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]


  • Spring 2019: Research Realities: Biomedical Research & Clinical Trials (UGS 302)
  • Fall 2018: Application of Healthcare Research (N392E)
  • Fall 2017: Application of Healthcare Research (N392E)
  • Spring 2017: Application of Healthcare Research (N392E)
  • Fall 2016: Application of Healthcare Research (N392E)

Student Opportunities (Graduate or Undergraduate)

Dr. Danesh is open to co-advising honors theses and other works. She feels that undergraduate research is one of the most important aspects of undergraduate education.

Committee member roles for graduate students: Dr. Danesh is particularly interested in PhD students with prior experience in direct-care nursing in acute care settings and nursing administration, an interest in critical illness survivorship or telemedicine, or questions concerning nursing surveillance and/or acute care work environments.

Please feel free to email Valerie Danesh with any questions.