Debbie ten Cate is nurse, lecturer and PhD candidate. Since November 2014 she works as a PhD candidate in the Chronic Illnesses Research Group. Subject of her PhD program is "Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in community-dwelling elderly".
Malnutrition is a frequent and major problem in elderly and the prevalence ranges from 0% to 51% in community-dwelling elderly and from 3.1% to 51% in hospitalized elderly. Malnutrition is associated with negative outcomes such as infections, lower functional status and mortality. In order to prevent malnutrition in these elderly an optimal nutritional status is important. Homecare and hospital nurses can make a key contribution to achievement of an optimal nutritional status. In her PhD program Debbie develops an early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition in community-dwelling elderly before and after their hospitalization. In the run-up to the development of the intervention, Debbie analyzed the current practice from the perspective of the elderly and their informal caregivers, homecare and hospital nurses and various professionals working in primary and hospital care. In addition Debbie conducted a systematic review with the aim to provide an overview of effective interventions to prevent malnutrition in the elderly.
For the development of the nursing nutrition intervention the guidelines for development and evaluation of complex interventions of the Medical Research Council are followed. The goal of the intervention is to prevent malnutrition in community-dwelling elderly before and after hospitalization. This intervention will be used by homecare and hospital nurses. This PhD program is part of the Dutch project “Basic Care Revisited”. A total number of ten intervention studies in nursing basic care are performed to generate scientific evidence to inform nursing practice, because nursing interventions generally still lack scientific evidence.
In addition to the PhD program Debbie is a lecturer at the Bachelor of Nursing. She supervises among others final year students during their internship and graduation project. Also Debbie supervises students from various Bachelor and Master programs who participate in her PhD program during their graduation project.
- 2010 – present: Member of the Counsel on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP).
- 2009 – present: Member of Rho Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at Large International Honor Society of Nursing.
- 2004 – present: Member of the Dutch Society of Cardiovascular Nursing (NVHVV).
- 2014 – present: PhD candidate, Chronic Illnesses Research Group, University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Utrecht. PhD program: "Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in community-dwelling elderly" (part of the project "Basic Care Revisited"). Supervisors: Prof. M.J. Schuurmans and Dr. R.G.A. Ettema, Hogeschool Utrecht and Utrecht University.
- 2010 – present: Lecturer, Bachelor of Nursing, Hogeschool Utrecht.
- 2008 – 2010: Research Nurse, Research & Development Cardiology, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein.
- 2006 – 2008: Senior Nurse, Department of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein.
- 2004 – 2006: Registered Nurse, Department of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein.
- 2007 – 2010: Master Health Sciences, Utrecht University. Specialization: Nursing Science. Thesis: Awareness, risk perception and behavioural intention in patients with myocardial infarction”. Graduated in 2010.
- 2000 – 2003: Bachelor of Nursing, Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden. Graduated in 2003.
- 1996 – 2001: Doctoral General Linguistics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Major: Neurolinguistics. Graduated in 2001.
- 1995 – 1996: Propaedeutic phase Dutch Language and Literature, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.