At the Forefront of Healthcare & Education – 2016

at the forefront of education

Chamberlain University is focused on academic excellence that is driven by our academic leadership and our esteemed and accomplished faculty. Many of our faculty continue to expand their educational footprint by conducting studies, holding positions on advisory boards, publishing books or writing journal articles.

To better understand how our faculty contributes to healthcare scholarship and the continued transformation of nursing education, Chamberlain’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research conducted a survey in 2016 collecting information from all faculty and academic administration colleagues related to professional service, scholarly activities, professional development and other key achievements. We are thrilled with the caliber of scholarship efforts across the University, which further empowers our students to be successful in their studies and their chosen field.

Championing the Nursing Profession

Healthcare Professionals and the “Stress of Conscience”

Muder Alkrisat, PhD, RN, CSHA, CSSBB, PIA, HACP, CPHQ
Associate Professor
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

alkrisatDr. Alkrisat collaborated on a study focusing on how workers in healthcare systems are predisposed to work-related stress based on moral factors. Such experiences have been described as stress of conscience because they give rise to a troubled conscience. Empirical studies indicate that healthcare employees, including nurses, sometimes refer to stress of conscience when faced with ethically difficult situations related to patient care.

Alkrisat, M. & Alatrash, M. (2016). Stress of conscience: concept clarification. Online Journal of Health Ethics, 12(1).

“Show Me Your Stethoscope”

Ellen Poole, PhD, RN, CPAN, CNE
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing – Phoenix Campus

pooleLike many nurses after the 2016 Miss America pageant, Dr. Poole became passionate about sharing the value of her profession. She authored an editorial describing the social media response to the pageant’s runner-up, Kelly Johnson, RN, who used nursing as her pageant talent. Johnson’s move received a worldwide response which continues today through the “Show Me Your Stethoscope” Facebook group, where nurses and other medical personnel share personal experiences and pictures of their impact on healthcare.

Poole, E.L. (2016). “Show me your stethoscope”–social media response. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 31(3): 282-284.

Confronting Gender Barriers for Male Nursing Students

Chad O’Lynn, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Director of Evaluation and Innovation
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

olynnDr. O’Lynn is known internationally for his research on gender barriers for male nursing students and published an article focused on male registered nurses in Turkey. Prior to 2007, men were forbidden from being registered nurses in Turkey. This situation changed overnight when the government ordered nursing schools to begin admitting men. This sudden change did not allow for a smooth transition. Since Turkey has a culture and social structure that is much more patriarchal than many Western countries, the sudden change presented many challenges and opportunities.

Arslan, I., Kulakac, O., & O’Lynn, C. (2015). Faculty experiences with rapid integration of male nursing students within a patriarchal societal context. Nurse Education Today, 35(11): 1075-1079.

"Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!"

David Woodruff, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, CNE, FNAP
Faculty Development Specialist
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

woodruffCombining his experience in both critical care nursing and nursing education, Dr. Woodruff edited the 4th edition of Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy. “I once had a professor tell me that if you really understand a concept, you can explain it to a child,” said Dr. Woodruff, a faculty development specialist at Chamberlain. “That level of understanding takes simple yet complete education to achieve. This book strives to achieve that outcome.”

Woodruff, D. (2016). Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! D. Woodruff (Ed.), Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-13: 9781496306937, ISBN-10: 1496306937.

Ethical Decision Making In Case Management

David Zaworski, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

zaworskiTo strengthen continuing education for case managers in the nursing field, David Zaworksi, contributed to an article that considers the background of ethical decision making in case management, takes a look into the ethical dilemmas that surround case managers and analyzes the tools available to assist in identifying, clarifying and resolving ethical issues as they arise. Care for self and others is shown through addressing these issues in a manner that takes the perspective of the patient/client into consideration while also respecting the needs and beliefs of the overall team.

Dailey, E., Hopkins, M., & Zaworski, D. (2016). Ethical dilemmas in case management. Care Management, 22(1): 15-19.

Advancing Education & Promoting Healthy Communities

Treating Nicotine Dependence

Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, PHNA-BC, FIAAN
Professor – Graduate Programs
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

fildesTobacco use remains the single-most preventable cause of death and disability in the United States and the world. Dr. Fildes has been advocating for access to treatment for tobacco users for decades. Seventeen years ago, she started the Nevada State Quitline, a free phone-based service available to Nevada residents 13 years and older. A journal publication came from one of her team’s efforts to tailor treatment to nicotine-dependent clients’ needs.

Fildes, E. E., Kapella-Mshigeni, S., & Campbell-Heider, N. (2015). Outcomes of a one-time telephone intervention for smoking cessation in adults. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 26(4): 184-190.

Diabetes Prevention in Latina & African-American Populations

Luba Ivanov, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor – Master of Public Health
Chamberlain University, College of Health Professions

ivanovDr. Ivanov previously worked with immigrant populations and their disease prevention behaviors. She was asked to research minority women, specifically the Latina and African-American populations, and diabetes prevention. Dr. Ivanov’s co-authored article opens doors for the development of diabetes prevention and education programs.

Ivanov, L.L., Wallace, D., Hernandez, C., & Hyde, Y. (2015). Diabetes risk and health. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 32(1): 1223-1228.

Translating Traditional Classroom Best Practices to the Online Environment

Jill Price, PhD, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Graduate Programs

Joyce Whitlatch, EdD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Cecilia Jane Maier, MS, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor

Melissa Burdi, DNP, MSN, MS, RN
Director of Post-licensure & Graduate Program Operations

Chamberlain University, College of Nursing


pricewhitlatchmaierburdiHow do best practices in the traditional classroom setting translate to the online learning environment? A group of faculty and administrators in our post-licensure programs created a workshop for RN to BSN degree completion faculty using the seven best practices championed byeducation professor and researcher Ken Bain in his book What the Best College Teachers Do (2004). In their follow-up study, they explored the effectiveness of the workshop by interviewing both faculty whounderwent the training and students who were taught by the trained faculty.

Price, J., Whitlatch, J., Maier, J., Burdi, M. & Peacock, J. (2016). Improving online teaching by using established best classroom teaching practices. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 47(5): 222-227.

Online Versus Face-to-Face Courses

Julie McAfooes, MS, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Curriculum Technology Manager
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

mcafooesIn her textbook chapter on online learning communities, Julie McAfooes begins by asking if a tipping point has been reached, where the question is not should a course be offered online, but why should it be offered face-to-face, given the many advantages of online learning. Topics covered in the chapter include learning management systems, institutional planning, the faculty role, course design, content ownership and evaluating and grading learning outcomes.

McAfooes, J. A. (2016). Teaching and learning in online learning communities. In D. M. Billings & J. A. Halstead (Eds.), Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty (5th ed.), (pp. 357-384). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Faculty Participation, Student Satisfaction & Perceived Learning

Jill Price, PhD, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing – Graduate Programs

Cara Wallace, PhD, RN
Associate Professor – DNP program

Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

priceDr. Price and Dr. Wallace contributed to a study that examined the relationships between faculty participation in online discussions with student satisfaction and perceived learning in online RN to BSN and MSN courses. The results of the study indicated that increased faculty wallaceposts correlated with a higher satisfaction level of perceived learning by graduate (MSN) students. In the RN to BSN population examined, there was a tipping point in which students started not to perceive a higher level of discussion posts from the faculty as learning.

Claywell, L., Wallace, C., Price, J., Reneau, M. & Carlson, (2016). Influence of nursing faculty discussion presence on online student learning and satisfaction. Nurse Educator, 41(4): 175-179.

Advocating for Patients & Improving Outcomes

Gaps In Informatics Curricula

Carolyn Sipes, PhD, CNS, APN, PMP, RN-BC, FAAN
Associate Professor – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program

Kathy Hunter, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN
Dean, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program

Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF
Virtual Learning Environment Manager

Toni Hebda, PhD, MNEd, RN, RN-BC, MSIS, CNE
Professor - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program

Taryn Hill, PhD, MSN, RN
Dean if Academic Affairs - Columbus Campus

Chamberlain University, College of Nursing


A group of Chamberlain nursing informatics specialists authored a report about the process that led to a method for assessing perioperative and operating room nurses’ competencies in informatics. In the text, they also identified gaps in curricula that faculty could address to help improve nurses’ understanding of informatics.

Sipes, C., Hunter, K., McGonigle, D., Hebda, T., Hill, T., & Lamblin, J. (2016). Competency skills assessment: successes and areas for improvement identified during collaboration between informaticists and a national organization. Nursing Informatics 2016, In W. Sermeus, et al. (Eds), Nursing Informatics 2016: eHealth for All: Every Level Collaboration – From Project to Realization; Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Series, Vol. 225: 43-47. IMIA and IOS Press:


Enhancing Nurse & Patient Communication

Suzanne Crouch, EdD, MSN, ARNP, RN-BC, CNE
Faculty Development Specialist
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

crouchDr. Crouch partnered with the chief nursing officer of three medical centers to conduct and publish a study focused on how direct access to the chief nursing officer can impact the patient care experience. The findings of the study viewed the hospital world through the lens of patients' eyes and shared many implications for nursing practice, including enhanced communication among nurses and patients, increased patient satisfaction with their healthcare experience and improved staff satisfaction in the acute care environment.

Crouch, S.J. & Ripper, K. (2016). Empowering patients with a hotline to the chief nursing officer. American Journal of Health Sciences, 7(1): 23-30.

Medical Errors & Patient Safety

Gaps in New Graduate Clinical Practice Readiness

Julie Siemers, DNP, MSN, RN
Dean of Academic Affairs
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing – Las Vegas Campus

siemersInspired by her MSN and DNP project, Dr. Siemers, contributed to an article addressing the increasing concern for patient safety as medical errors continue to occur in egregious numbers. Nursing education has been tasked with preparing students to safely practice, but evidence demonstrates gaps in clinical practice readiness in new graduates.

Chung, C. & Siemers, J., (2016). Promoting safety in prelicensure education. Nevada State Board of Nursing News, June, 2016. At

Advocating for Women’s Health Issues

Patricia Martin, DNP, MSN, RN
President – Tinley Park Campus
Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

martinDr. Martin co-authored an article on nursing for women with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. The study arose from Dr. Martin’s interest in women’s health issues, with a focus on syndromes which have received little attention in nursing literature and have not been focused on as widely in the medical community. Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome is a chronic condition affecting approximately 3.3 million women in the United States.

MacMullen, N., Dulski, L., Martin, P., & Blobaum, P. (2016). Nursing Care of Women with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome. Nursing for Woman's Health, April/May 2016, 20(2), 168-180.

Chamberlain faculty who participated in the Chamberlain office of institutional effectiveness 2016 survey, also participated in the following scholarly activities:

  • Performed professional practice or service hours
  • Participated in volunteer hours
  • Participated in community service beyond practice as a nurse
  • Became certified in advanced practice or specialty
  • Belong to one or more professional nursing organizations
  • Submitted scholarly works for publication consideration
  • Participated in editorial work including reviews of scholarly papers for refereed journals
  • Published one or more book reviews
  • Participated in research proposal reviews
  • Served on one or more advisory boards
  • Served on one or more boards of directors/trustees
  • Served on one or more Chamberlain committees and task force groups
  • Conducted research or quality improvement studies
  • Participated in continuing education activities
  • Earned additional degrees
  • Are currently enrolled in a doctoral program
  • Are currently enrolled in post-master’s certificate programs
  • Earned honors, awards or other recognitions

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