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Principle Investigator for: EBNPQ in an Urban Facility: Education Action Plan and Council Development; with University of Pittsburgh IRB approval, academic work for capstone project. Project focused on Evidence Based Practice and included staff survey for knowledge and education, and strategic plan for education and implementation of a hospital wide EBP council for nursing.
Participated on HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy) research with Dr. J. Halle for Birth Asphyxia Registry Databank.
Participated as co-investigator and on committees for numerous maternal/obstetrical topics including: Smoking cessation in pregnancy (Dr. S. Albrecht, PI), Diabetes and exercise during pregnancy (Dr. R. Schmeltz, PI) and Urinary tract infections: Impact on premature labor (Dr. T. Hayashi, PI).
Member of the multi-disciplinary Research Review Committee at Magee Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
M.O.R.E. Sentinel Reader McMasters University, Hudson, Ontario
My clinical areas of specialty include maternal/child and perinatal obstetric nursing, and administration. I began my clinical nursing career at Magee Womens Hospital as a staff nurse on the Rooming-In unit. During my nearly 20 years at Magee, I progressed from Staff Nurse through management positions to Director of Inpatient Obstetrics in Patient Care Services. I acquired specialty training for In-patient OB areas, opening the 2700 Unit High Risk Unit in 1986.
While at MWH, I was appointed as adjunct faculty for the University of Pittsburgh and functioned as a clinical instructor on the high risk OB unit for senior students in their specialty course. More recently I worked in maternal/child home health care.
I served as an item writer for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) for NACCOG (now AWHONN – Association Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing) Inpatient Obstetric Certification Examination.
I have published articles on clinical, management/administration and education topics, and my capstone topic evidence based practice.
Evidence Based Practice - published capstone. Facilitated the organization and education, and strategic planning of active hospital based EBP groups, and taught EBP at the master/graduate level. Serve as sentinel reader for reference data base at McMasters University.
Current position: Assistant Professor in Health Promotion and Development Department. Clinical Faculty for NUR: 1050 Nursing Care of Mothers and Infants in the undergraduate junior level curriculum. Taught OB lectures during the summer session and guest lectures on EBP. Guest lecturer for MSNEd courses on Continuing Education.
Taught in the Fast Track Back: RN Refresher Program through the Continuing Education office at the School of Nursing.
At the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, organized the Continuing Education Office to attain AACN approver credentials. Coordinated and managed the Fast Track Back: RN Refresher Program.
Serve on the BSN Council.
Significant background in nursing leadership positions. At Magee Womens Hospital (MWH), developed nursing and hospital policies and protocols, and participated on many hospital committees including Research, Home Health Advisory Board, JCAHO, and many more. Opened and served as the director of the Breast Center at MWH, focusing on care of the Breastfeeding mothers, and was responsible for the development of the model of care for specific areas of the Birth House in Moscow, Russia, for the Magee Womancare International project.
Day camp nurse and leader for the Girl Scouts of Western PA, and Chair of the Catholic Committee on Scouting with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including chair of the Girl Scout and Boy Scout Executive Committees, and health care official at annual retreats.
Past board member and 6 year board president of Sojourner House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility with over 20 years of service; currently ad hoc member. 2011 Pearl of Hope recipient
Jefferson Award nominee