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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:
  • Medical Oncology
Certifications:
  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

General Summary

Dr. Sabrina Mikan is Director of Research Support and Privacy Board Operations for Texas Oncology. Dr. Mikan is also a clinical nurse specialist 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 since 2003.

For eight years, Dr. Mikan was involved in the program development and clinical aspects of patient care statewide for the treatment review, advance care planning and survivorship programs. Specifically, she contributes to the care of individuals with advanced stage cancers, assists with advance care planning, and connecting individuals to palliative medicine. Always at the heart of her work is the focus on improving patient quality of life.

She is the Texas Oncology Privacy Board Chair. In this role, she provides oversight of the Privacy Board by supervising support services to investigators for non-funded trials. As Chair, she has established the Privacy Board bylaws, policies and procedures, plans and coordinates Board meetings, as well as monitors and mentors the progress of research activities. Non-Funded Trials research is often improving patient care through evidence-based practice and/or policy changes where these studies are presented to local, regional, national and international audiences.

Dr. Mikan 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

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

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 Thailand, Zambia and the Bahamas. She enjoys the cultural arts, including visiting museums, attending performances of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, Austin Traditional Jazz Society and a variety of events. Film and music are some of her passions, especially documentary films.

Publications

  • Does ACP Promote Increased Hospice Utilization? A Practice Experience Among 3 Diverse OCM Populations in Texas

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Palliative Care Symposium, 2018

  • Efficacy of an Antiemetic Therapeutic Interchange Protocol Driven by a Medically Integrated Pharmacy

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2018

  • Enhanced Compliance with Appropriate Antiemetic Prescribing Guidelines by Utilizing a Medically Integrated Pharmacy Antiemetic Therapeutic Interchange Protocol

    American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, 2018

  • APP Reported Use of Evidence Based Patient Education materials During Survivorship Visits

    Annual ONS Congress, 2018

  • 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

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

    Oncology Nursing Forum, 2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mid-Level 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

  • Walking Away from the Pain: the Adult HIV/AIDS Experience of Pain Management

    6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, 2011

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

    Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 2010

  • Health Implications; HIV/AIDS. UT Public Health course

    UT Austin School of Nursing, 2010

  • Promoting Health Internationally in Zambia—A Student Perspective, Promoting Health in Underserved Populations: Health Disparities, from Local to Global

    Podium, 2009

  • The Experience of Managing Pain in Adults Living With HIV/AIDS, Center for Health Promotion Research, Promoting Health in Underserved Populations: Health Disparities, from Local to Global

    Poster, 2009

  • A Feasibility Study of a Two Session Home Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Insomnia Intervention for Bereaved Family Caregivers

    Palliative & Supportive Care, 2009

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). Currently she serves on the Advanced Practice Nurse Advisory Council for the National Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association./p>

She 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 many other scholarships.

Memberships include the Oncology Nursing Society, Central Texas Oncology Nursing Society, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association.