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Sabrina Q. Mikan, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC

Sabrina Q. Mikan, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC

Provider Type: Nurse Practitioner

Specialties:
Board Certifications:
  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

General Summary

Dr. Sabrina Mikan is director of supportive care programs for Texas Oncology. Dr. Mikan is also a clinical nurse specialist, an advanced practice provider, at Texas Oncology-Austin Central. Her career includes clinical care, nursing research, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She has worked in palliative and hospice care in for more than 14 years.

Dr. Mikan is involved in the program development and clinical aspects of patient care statewide. Specifically, she contributes to the care of individuals with advanced stage cancers, assists with advance care planning, and connecting individuals to and following them after referrals to palliative medicine all with a focus on improving individual quality of life. She is director of three programs statewide — Therapy Review and Coordination, My Choices, My Wishes Advance Care Planning, and Empowering Wellness Cancer Survivorship.

In addition to programs, Dr. Mikan is involved in research to improve quality of life for family caregivers of cancer patients and bereaved family caregivers. She has presented her research findings at national and international conferences including the International Congress of Palliative Medicine, Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, Center for Health Promotion Research at UT Austin, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Mikan is an adjunct clinical professor of nursing at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. In this role she serves as a clinical preceptor and professional mentor for master’s and doctoral students. She routinely gives lectures on palliative care, advance care planning, and survivorship at UT Austin, Concordia University, and Austin Community College.

Education

  • 2003: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • 2005: Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
    University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • 2011: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    University of Texas at Austin, TX

Her dissertation and area of research is palliative medicine and quality of life focusing on pain management in the adult HIV/AIDS population.

Medical Practice

Research Interest

Surgery Locations

Other Information

Dr. Mikan is a young philanthropist and completed the LBJ School of Public Affairs RGK Center’s Portfolio Program in Philanthropy due to her passion for health care advocacy. Her extracurricular activities include traveling for leisure to various parts of Europe and volunteering. She has volunteered in the Bahamas, Thailand and Lusaka, Zambia. She enjoys the cultural arts, including visiting museums, attending performances of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, Zachary Scott Theater and a variety of events. Film and music are some of her passions, especially documentary films.

Accolades & Memberships

Dr. Mikan's areas of leadership include serving as a board member for the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 5, serving as a board member for the Austin-Area HIV Planning Council, and serving as a Council Member for the Texas Exes representing the School of Nursing. She also served as President of the Austin chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

Dr. Mikan received the distinguished UT Austin University Fellowship for two years, the Joe and Tana Christie Endowed Presidential Scholarship for five years, Lee Hage and Joseph D. Jamail Endowed Scholarship in Nursing for two years, Texas Nurses Association Graduate Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau International Austin Chapter Scholarship, and the James S. Kemper Foundation Scholarship.

Memberships include the Oncology Nursing Society, Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, International AIDS Society, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care National and Austin Chapter (ANAC), American Nurses' Association (ANA), Texas Nurses' Association (TNA) and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).

Dr. Mikan was awarded as outstanding community outreach & research honor by the Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society.

Community Service

Publications

  • Successful Deployment of Nurse Practitioner (NP)-Faciliated Advance Care Planning (ACP) in a Radiation Oncology Department

    Annual Meeting American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 2017

  • Easing the Way to Measuring Sleep in a Community Oncology Care Setting

    Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, 2017

  • If We Don’t Ask, Our Patients Might Never Tell: The Impact of the Routine Use of a Patient Values Assessment

    Journal of Oncology Practice, 2017

  • A Pilot Study of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Oncology Nursing Forum, 2017

  • Improvements in Communication and Engagement of Advance Care Planning in Adults with Metastatic Cancer Through a Targeted Team Approach

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Survivorship Symposium, 2016

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  • Distress Screening: a Pilot Study Utilizing the Edmonton Symptom Assessment (ESAS) Scale in Community Oncology

    Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, 2016

  • Advanced Practice Providers and Survivorship Care Plans

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Survivorship Symposium, 2016

  • Brief Clinic Based CBTI for Patient-Caregiver Dyads

    Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, 2015

  • “When Do I Get My Brain Back?” Cancer Survivors’ Experience of Cognitive Problems

    Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2015

  • Patient-Centered Conversations: Advance Care Planning in the Adult Oncology Population

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Palliative Care Symposium, 2014

  • Spinning Tires: Exploring Cancer Survivors’ Perceptions of Chemobrain

    Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, 2014

  • Patient Values Mapping: Goals & Recommendations for Shared-Decision Making in Identified Adult Oncology Populations

    Center to Advance Palliative Care Annual Seminar, 2013

  • Sleep, Mood & Home Symptom Management in Cancer Patient-Caregiver Dyads

    Oncology Nursing Society Connections Annual Conference, 2013

  • MidLevel Provider Utilization Within a Large Community Oncology Network

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2013

  • Assessing Patient Values First: Creating a Platform for Advance Care Planning (ACP) in the Adult Oncology Population

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2013

  • Science of Quality: Communication, Decision Making, and Behavior

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2013

  • Systematic Identification of Metastatic Population Subsets for Advance Care Planning (ACP) Discussions: A Scalable Approach Using EHR Technology

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2013

  • How to Begin a Survivorship Program in Your Community Oncology Practice

    Community Oncology, 2013

  • Building Patient-Centered Care Through Values Assessment Integration with Advance Care Planning

    Community Oncology, 2013

  • Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention

    Oncology Nursing Forum, 2013

  • My Choices, My Wishes:Advance Care Planning Advocacy in the Adult Oncology Population

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2012

  • Having Health Conversations: The Evolving Role of Oncology Advanced Practice Nurses in Facilitating Advance Care Planning in Stage IV Populations

    Oncology Nursing Society Connections: Advancing Care through Science, 2012

  • A Year in Review: Palliative Care in Community Oncology

    Center to Advance Palliative Care National Seminar: Transforming Ideas; Achieving Excellence, 2012

  • Health Care Provider Stigma and Past Health Care Experiences' Influence on Communication of Chronic Pain in People Living with HIV/AIDS

    19th International Congress on Palliative Care, 2012

  • Coping with the Symptom of Pain in Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

    Palliative Care Network, 2012

  • Identification of Advance Care Planning Metrics for Stage IV Cancers and Strategies for Improved Utilization in the Oncology-setting

    The 3rd International Society of Advance Care Planning & End of Life Care Annual Conference, 2012

  • Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care for the Network

    McKesson Specialty Health Pharmacy and Therapeutics Annual Conference, 2012

  • Choices and Confidence: Pain Management Choices in Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

    MD Anderson 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2011