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Debbie Volker, PhD, RN AOCN, FAAN | Associate Professor

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Phone: 512 471-9088
Fax: 512 471-3688

Office: NUR 4.124
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Volker is an Associate Professor. Her research focuses on ethical issues and end-of-life care for adults with a cancer diagnosis. Her teaching includes bioethics, oncology nursing, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Volker was honored as Professor of the Year by The University of Texas at Austin Senate of College Councils in 2010 and selected as an ING Professor of Excellence at UT in 2011. 

Dr. Volker’s research activities focus on ethical issues and end-of-life care. Her populations of interest include adults with a cancer diagnosis and adults with disabling conditions who are facing the end of life. 

  • Principal Investigator, "Patient Control, Ethnicity, and End-of-Life Care." Funded by NIH/NINR, Academic Research Enhancement Award. 1R15NR07986-01, ($150,000, 9/30/02-9/29/06)
  • Principal Investigator, "Patient Control and End-of-Life Care", Oncology Nursing Society Foundation/Genentech, Inc. Outcomes Research Grant, ($24,996, 5/01-10/02).
  • Co-Investigator, "The Meaning of Cancer Survivorship for Hispanic Addolescents: A Qualitative Pilot Study." Jones, B., Principal Investigator. Pilot study. Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention research in Underserved Populations, Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator. National Institute of Nursing Research, P30 NR005051 ($20,000, 6/01/05-5/31/06).
  • Volker, D.L., Becker, H., Kang, S.J., & Kullberg, V.K. (in press). A double whammy: The voice of cancer survivors with pre-existing functional limitations. Oncology Nursing Forum.
  • Volker, D.L., Zolnierek, C., Harrison, T., & Walker, J. (in press). End of life and women aging with a disability. Journal of Palliative Medicine.
  • Wang, Y.L., & Volker, D.L. (in press). Caring for students with type I diabetes: School nurses’ experiences. Journal of School Nursing.
  • Wu, H.L., & Volker, D.L. (2012). Humanistic Nursing Theory: Application to hospice and palliative nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, 471-479.
  • Beal, C. C., Stuifbergen, A., & Volker, D. (2012). A narrative study of women’s early symptom experience of ischemic stroke. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27, 240-252.
  • Volker, D. L., & Wu, H. (2011). Cancer patients’ preferences for control at the end-of-life. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 1618-1631.
  • Volker, D.L., Watson, J., Scott, T., & Becker, H. (2011). Assessing cancer-related learning needs of Texas nurses. Cancer Nursing, 34(5), E20-E27.
  •  Flores, B., & Volker, D.L. (2011). Cervical cancer screening and older Mexican American women: A case study.Research in Gerontological Nursing, 4(1), 3-8.
  • Jones, B.L., Volker, D. L., Vinajeras, Y., Butros, L., Fitchpatrick, C., & Rossetto, K. (2010). The meaning of cancer survivorship for Latino adolescents and emerging young adults. Cancer Nursing, 33, 74-81.
  • Beal, C. C., Stuifbergen, A., Volker, D. L., & Becker, H. (2009). Women’s experiences as members of attention control and experimental intervention groups in a randomized controlled trial. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 41, 16-31
  • Wu, H., & Volker, D.L. (2009). The use of theory in qualitative approaches to research: Application to end-of-life studies. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65, 2719-2732.
  • Wu, H., & Volker, D.L. (2009). Living with death and dying: The experience of Taiwanese hospice nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum, 578-584.
  • Pierini, D., & Volker, D.L. (2009). The oldest old: Living alone in community. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research. 3(2).
  • Volker, D. L., & Limerick, M. (2007). What constitutes a dignified death? The voice of oncology advanced practice nurses. Clinical Nurse Specialist: A Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 21, 241-247.
  • Volker, D. L. (2007). The Oregon experience with assisted suicide. Journal of Nursing Law, 11, 152-162.
  • Volker, D. L. (2005). Control and end-of-life care: Does ethnicity matter? American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 22, 442-446.
  • Bakewell, R. T., & Volker, D. L. (2005). Sexual dysfunction related to treatment of young women with breast cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 9, 697-702.
  • Volker, D. L. (2004). Medical futility and the Texas solution to conflict about care. Journal of Nursing Law, 9(3), 29-36.
  • Volker, D. L., Kahn, D., & Penticuff, J. (2004). Patient control and end-of-life care: Part I: The advanced practice nurse perspective. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31, 945-953.
  • Volker, D. L., Kahn, D., & Penticuff, J. (2004). Patient control and end-of-life care: Part II: The patient perspective. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31, 954-960.
  • Volker, D. L. (2004) Methodological issues associated with studying an illegal act. Advances in Nursing Science, 27, 117-128.
  • Volker, D. L., & Clark, A. P. (2004). Taking the high road: What should you do when an adverse event occurs? Clinical Nurse Specialist, 18, 180-182.
  • Volker, D. L. (2003). Assisted dying and end-of-life symptom management. Cancer Nursing, 26(5), 392-399.
  • Volker, D. L. (2003). Is there a unique nursing ethic? Nursing Science Quarterly, 16(3), 207-211.
  • Clark, A. P., & Volker, D. L. (2003). Truthfulness. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 17(1), 17-18.
  • Volker, D. L. (2001). Oncology nurses’ experiences with receiving requests for assisted dying from terminally ill patients with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 28, 39-49.
  • Volker, D. L. (2001). Carcinogenesis: Application to clinical practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 5, 225-226, 229.
  • Volker, D. (1998). Assisted suicide and the domain of nursing practice. Journal of Nursing Law, 5(1), 39-50.
  • Volker, D. (1998). Fever of unknown origin. Nurse Practitioner Forum, 9, 170-176.
  • Volker, D. (1995). Assisted suicide and the terminally ill: Is there a right to self- determination? Journal of Nursing Law, 2(4), 37-47.

Book Chapters

  • Volker, D. L. (2010). Palliative care and requests for assisted dying. In B.R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Volker, D. L., & Coward, D. D. (2010). End-of-life care. In M. Haas (Ed.). Contemporary issues in lung cancer (2nd ed., pp. 131-154). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Volker, D.L. (2009). Is there a unique nursing ethic? In P.G. Reed & N.C. Shearer (Eds.), Perspectives on nursing theory (5th ed., pp. 590-597). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Volker, D. L. (2006). Palliative care and requests for assisted dying. In B.R. Ferrell & N. Coyle (Eds.), Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (2nd ed., pp. 1067-1075). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Volker, D. L. (2005). Biology of cancer and carcinogenesis. In K. Taoka & J. Itano (Eds.), Core curriculum for oncology nursing (4th ed., pp. 443-464). Philadelphia: Elsevier / Saunders.
  • Volker, D. L. (2005). Biology of cancer and carcinogenesis. In S. Mahon (Ed.), Study guide for the core curriculum for oncology nursing (4th ed., pp. 173-176). Philadelphia: Elsevier / Saunders.
  • Volker, D. L. (2004). Other cancers. In C. Varricchio (Ed.), A cancer sourcebook for nurses (8th ed., pp. 309-326). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Volker, D. L. (2001). Normal cell biology and the biology of cancer. In P. Rieger (Ed.), Biotherapy (2nd ed., pp. 65-84). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.