Dr. Laura M. Wagner is faculty at Healthforce Center at the UCSF. In addition, she is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Systems and Specialty Director of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She previously worked for New York University College of Nursing and Baycrest Health Sciences and the University of Toronto in Ontario Canada where she still maintains an active research appointment.
Dr. Wagner’s program of research has focused on improving patient safety and quality improvement skills among nurses. As a result of this work, Dr. Wagner has directly participated on a national panel to develop a standard warning label for portable bedrails and led the development of an international best practice guideline for the use of restraint alternatives.
Dr. Wagner earned her doctoral degree in nursing from Emory University (2004). She received her training as a nationally certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania (1999) where she was a researcher alongside nurse scholars who transformed the practice of restraint free care that we know today. Dr. Wagner was inducted as a 2013 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has received a number of national and international awards for her research including the Springer Award in Geriatric Nursing Research, the Western Institute of Nursing/American Nurses Foundation Scholar Award, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator in Aging Award. She was a 2013 UCSF Hellman Fellow and participated in the inaugural 2015-2016 UCSF Tideswell National Leadership Development Program.
In 2017, Dr. Wagner founded the UCSF FirstGenRN program, a program that aims to provide career development to nursing students who are the first in their family to attend and graduate from college.