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Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC

Location: 5-262 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 794-7609
E-mail: jmentes@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: Improving the care of older adults, primarily in areas of oral hydration, oral care, and delirium detection and management. Current research emphasis is on early detection and management of dehydration in older adults in community and institutional settings, through the use of various biomarkers, such as urine and salivary parameters along with hydration habits.

Clinical: Gerontological and psychiatric nursing

I have developed the following products from my research:
Hydration Management Protocol (Available from the University of Iowa)
Validated a urine color chart for evaluating hydration status in nursing home residents 
A typology of hydration problems in nursing home residents

Website Links
For information about evidenced-based protocols, including my Hydration Management Protocol, use the following address: http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/centers/gnirc/protocols.htm
Information about the John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Fellowships: http://www.geriatricnursing.org/


N19 (Fiat Lux), N210, N226, N232F/232

Professional Activities

Gerontological Society of America
American Geriatrics Society
Western Institute of Nursing


The Pennsylvania State University, BSN, Nursing
University of Maryland at Baltimore, MS, Nursing
Binghamton University, GNP certificate
University of Iowa, PhD, Gerontological Nursing

Honors and Awards

2001-03 John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Post-doctoral Fellow
2002 Fellow, Grantmakers in Aging
2004, Western Institute of Nursing Regional Gerontological Nursing Research Award for a New Researcher
2009 Fellow, Gerontological Society of America


Tailakh, A., Mentes, J., Morisky, DE, Pike, N., Phillips, L., & Evangelista, L. (2012). Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension among Arab Americans. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22722474

Pieters HC, Heilemann MV, Maliski S, Dornig K, Mentes J. (2012). Instrumental relating and treatment decision making among older women with early-stage breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, e10-9.

Mentes, J, Kang, S., Spackman, S., & Bauer, J. (in press). Can a licorice lollipop decrease cariogenic bacteria in nursing home residents? Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Hooper, L., Attreed, NJ, Campbell, WW, Channell, AM, Chassagne, P., Culp, KR, Fletcher, SJ, Fuller, N., Gaspar, P., Gilbert, DJ., Heathcote, AC., Linder, G., Mack, GW., Mentes, JC, Needham, RA, Olde Rikkert, MGM, Ransson, SC, Ritz, P., Rowat, AM, Smith, AC, Stookey, JJD, Thomas, DR, Wakefiekd, BJ., Ward, S., Potter, JF, & Hunter, PR (2011). Clinical and physical signs for identification of impending and current water-loss dehydration in older people [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2. Art No. CD009647. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009647.

Jang, H., Anderson, P, & Mentes, J. (2011). Aging and living with HIV/AIDs. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37 (12), 4-7.

Woods, DL, & Mentes, J. (2011). Spit: Saliva in nursing research, uses and methodological considerations for older adults. Biological Research for Nursing. 13, 320-327. DOI: 10.1177/1099800411404211 [E-pub ahead of print].

Hu, C., He, J., Eckert, R., Wu, X., Li, L., Tian, Y., Lux, R., Shuffer, J., Gelman, F., Mentes, J. Spackman, S., Bauer, J., Anderson, M., & Shi, W. (2011). Development and evaluation of a safe and effective sugar-free herbal lollipop that kills cavity-causing bacteria. International Journal of Oral Science, 3 (1), 13-20.

Shinnick, M., Woo, M., Mentes, J. (2011). Human patient simulation: State of the science in pre-licensure nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 50,65-72.

Child, R. & Mentes, J. (2010). Violence against women: The phenomenon of workplace violence against nurses. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 89-95.

Egan, B. & Mentes, J. (2010). Benefits of physical activity for knee osteoarthritis. A brief review. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36 (9),

Mentes, J. & Wang, J. (2010). Evaluation of the Dehydration Risk Appraisal Checklist. Research in Gerontological Nursing. May 31: 1-9. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20100504-02 [Epub ahead of print].

Wakefield, B., Mentes, J, Holman, J., & Culp, K. (2009). Post admission dehydration: Risk factors, indicators and outcomes. Rehabilitation Nursing. 34, 209-216.

Wang, J. & Mentes, J. (2009). Factors determining nurses' judgment about hospitalized elderly patients with acute confusion. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30,399-405.

Wakefield, B., Mentes, J, Holman, J., & Culp, K. (2008). Risk factors and outcomes associated with hospital admission for dehydration. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33, 233-241.

Mentes, J. (2006). Oral hydration in older adults. American Journal of Nursing, 106 (6), 40-49.

Mentes, J. (2006). A typology of oral hydration problems exhibited by nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 32 (1), 13-21.

Mentes, J., Wakefield, B., & Culp, K. (2006). Use of a urine color chart to monitor hydration status in nursing home residents. Biological Research for Nursing, 7, 197-203.

Mentes, J., Chang, B., & Morris, J. (2006). Keeping nursing home residents hydrated. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 28, 392-406.

Morris, DL, & Mentes, J. (2006). Geropsychiatric nursing education: Challenge and opportunity. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, 12 (2), 105-115.

Wang, J., & Mentes, J. (2006). Cultural influences in the detection of acute confusion in Taiwanese elders. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 32 (6), 7-12.

Woods, DL, & Mentes, J. (2006). Agitated behavior as a prodromal symptom of physiological illness: A case of the flu. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,54, 1953-1954.

Mentes, J., Teer, J., & Cadogan, M. (2004). The pain experience of cognitively impaired nursing home residents: Perceptions of family members and certified nursing assistants. Pain Management Nursing, 5 (3), 118-125.

Culp, K., Mentes, J., & Wakefield, B. (2003). Hydration and acute confusion in long-term care residents, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 25, 251-266.

Mentes, J., & Culp, K. (2003). Reducing hydration-linked events in nursing home residents, Clinical Nursing Research, 12, 210-225.

Mentes, J., & Tripp-Reimer, T. (2002). Barriers and facilitators in nursing home intervention research, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24, 918-936.

Wakefield, B., Mentes, J., Diggelmann, L., & Culp, K. (2002). Monitoring hydration status in elderly veterans, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24, 132-142.

Culp, K., Mentes, J., McConnell, E. (2001). Studying acute confusion in long-term care: clinical investigation or secondary data analysis using the minimum data set. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 27(4), 41-48.

Rapp, C. G., Onega, L., Tripp-Reimer, T., Mobily, P., Wakefield, B., Kundrat, M., Akins, J., Wadle, K., Mentes, J., Culp, K., Meyer, J., & Waterman, J. (2001). Training of Acute Confusion Resource Nurses: Knowledge, perceived confidence, and role. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 27 (4), 34-40.

Mentes, J. C., & Iowa-Veterans Affairs Nursing Research Consortium. (2000). Hydration Management research-based protocol. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 26 (10), 6-15.

Rapp, C.G., Wakefield, B., Kundrat, M., Mentes, J., Tripp-Reimer, T., Culp, K., Mobily, P., Akins, J., & Onega, L. (2000). Acute confusion assessment instruments: Clinical versus research utility. Applied Nursing Research, 13, 37-45.

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