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  1. Abell, C. H. (2018). Job satisfaction of nursing home administrators. The Director: Journal of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care, 26(1), 58-61. 

  2. Abell, C. H.,Bragg-Underwood, T. M., & Jaggers, L. A. (2018). Informatics: RN to BSN students’ perceived competence. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 13(1). http://cjni.net
  3. Bennett, M. & Wilson D. (2018). Humor and Health Care (3rd ed.). West Bridgewater, MA: Western Schools Publications.
  4. Bennett, M., Lovan, S., Hager, K., Canonica, L., & Taylor, B. (2018). A one hour teaching intervention can improve end-of-life care. Nurse Education Today, 67, 93-99.
  5. Evans, C. (2018). What are registered nurses professional values entering an on-line baccalaureate educational program. International Journal of Nursing, 5(1). 1-3.
  6. Link, K. A., Haughtigan, K. S., & Garrett-Wright, D. (2018). Using a poverty simulation exercise in mental health nursing. Nursing Education Perspectives, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP. 0000000000000360


  1. .Abell, C.H., Wright, D.G., Abell, C.E. (2017). Nurses' Perceptions of Competence in Providing Spiritual Care. Journal of Holistic Nursing. doi: 10.1177/0898010116684960.  


  1. Abell, C. H.,(2016). Church-based health education: Topics of interest. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 2(2).
  2.  Abell,C. H., Evans, C., Alexander,L., Bourne,K., Jones, M. S.(2016).A unique clinical experience for RN to BSN students: Providing farm safety education. Journal of Nursing Education,  55(9), 544.
  3. Abell, C.H., Main, M.E. (2016). Participants' Perceptions of Worksite Health Promotion Activities. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 33(4), 190-195.
  4. Abell, C.H., Vickous, K.Y. (2016). Serving as a Peer Reviewer: Challenges & Rewards. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 2(3).
  5. Abell, C.H., Wright, D.G. (2016). Critiquing Quantitative Research Reports: Key Points for the Beginner. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing 2(3).
  6. Bennett, M. (2016). Nursing care of the end-of-life patient twenty five years after passage of the Patient Self-Determination Act. The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 18(6), 550-555.
  7. Bennett, M., Bormann, L.,& Lovan, S. (2016). Pre-admission Predictors of Student Success in a Traditional BSN Program. Journal of Nursing Regulation 7 (3) 11-18.
  8. Blankenship, M. & Main. M. E. (in process, submitted July 28, 2016).  Follow-up phones calls and the impact on chemotherapy toxicities. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, XX, (x), xx.
  9. Garrett-Wright, D., Bormann, L., & Link, K. (2016). Therapeutic Communication. Advance for Nurses: Advance Healthcare Network, CE offering, February. 
  10. Haughtigan, K., Main, M. E., Bragg-Underwood, T. M. & Watkins, C. M. (in process, submitted July 22, 2016). Occupational skin disease prevention: An educational intervention for cosmetology students. Workplace Health & Safety, XX, (x), xx
  11. Main, M. E., Wright, D. G., Sturgeon, L. P., Jones, M. S. & Blackburn, D. S. (accepted for publication, 7.30.2016). Sitting time: An increasing health risk among nurse educators. Nursing Education Perspectives, XX, (X), XX.
  12. Smith, L. S., Bragg-Underwood, T., & Cole, W. S. (2016). Practice Matters: Red Flags in Adults with Mental Illnesses. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 2(2), 38-53.
  13. Sturgeon, L. P., Bragg-Underwood, T., & Blankenship, M. (2016). Practice matters: Prevention and care of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 2(1), 31-39.
  14. Sturgeon, L. P., Wright, D. G., Main, M. E., Blackburn, D. P., & Jones, M. S. (accepted for publication July 30, 2016). Nurse educators’ occupational and leisure sitting time. Workplace Health & Safety, xx, (xx), xxx-xxx.


  1. Abell, C. H., Bragg-Underwood, T., Alexander, L., Abell, C. E., & Burd, V. (2015). Nurses’ knowledge and attitudes toward implementation of electronic medical records. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 1(3), 74-80.
  2. Bourne, K. (2015). Mine workers, heat related illnesses, and the role of the occupational health nurse. The Kentucky Nurse, 63(3), 6-7.
  3. Bormann, L. & Garrett-Wright, D. (2015). Nurse leadership and staff satisfaction: Transformational theory and servant leadership are key areas of focus today. Advance for Nurses: Advance Healthcare Network, CE offering, November.
  4. Branstetter, M. L., Main, M. E., & Bragg-Underwood, T. (2015). Practice matters: Screening and monitoring hyperlipidemia. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 1(2), 21-27.
  5. Chumbler, N. R., Ganashen, S., O'Brien Cherry, C., Garrett-Wright, D., & Bute, J. (2015). Rewriting life narratives: Positive coping mechanisms in adolescent mothers. In Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Issues in Health and Health Care for Special Groups, Social Factors, and Disparities, edited by JJ Kronenfeld. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Press. 2015 Oct; 8 (6 Suppl 3): 5131-40.
  6. Desrosiers, P. L., Mallinger, G. M. & Bragg-Underwood, T. M.  (In Review). Patient navigation: A new role for social work. Advances in Social Work
  7. Garrett-Wright, D., Main, M. E., & Branstetter, M. L. (2015). Practice matters: Screening and care for those with hypertension. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 1(1), 33-38.
  8. Garrett-Wright, D. & Bormann, L. (2015). Recognition and Management of Anxiety Disorders. Advance for Nurses: Advance Healthcare Network, CE offering, October. 
  9. Link, K., Garrett-Wright, D. M., & Branstetter, M.(2015). Practice matters: Helpings Congreants with a diagnosis of Major Depression.  International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 1(3), 81-90.
  10. Mattingly, C. & Main, M. E. (2015). Examining faith community nurses’ perception and utilization of electronic health records. International Journal of Faith Community Nursing, 1(1), 18-29.
  11. Smith, L. & Branstetter, M. (in press). A formative program evaluation of electronic clinical tracking system (ECTS) to meet national core competencies. Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
  1. Branstetter, M. L., Smith, L. S., & Brooks, A. F.  (2014). Evidence-based use of electronic clinical tracking systems in advanced practice registered nurse education:  An integrative review.  CIN:  Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(7), 312-319.  doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000069


 Ongoing Nursing Research Areas and Projects:

 Student Success

  1. Examining a Unique Clinical Experience for RN to BSN students. Abell, C., Evans, C., Alexander, L., Bourne, K., & Jones, M.S. (2015-16).
  2. Pre-admission Predictors of Student Success in a Traditional BSN Program. Bennett, M. Bormann, L. & Lovan, S.
  3. Examining Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Clinical Learning Environments in Long-term Care.  Evans, C., Abell, C., & Alexander, L. (2016).
  4. Evans C. & Alexander, L. (2016). How Do Clinical Environments affect RN-BSN Students' Perceptions of Learning?
  5. Garrett Wright Activation and Emotional Intelligence as Determinants of Admission to and Progression in Nursing School- Co-Investigator Rachel Kinder
  6. Garrett Wright The Valve of a Poverty Simulation for Health Science Students and Community Members- Co-Investigators: Kim Link and Kara Haughtigan
  1. Garrett Wright Training Social Work and Nursing Students in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's (CSAT)Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Model- Co-Investigators: Dana Sullivan, Whitney Harper, Trish Desrosiers, Amy Cappiccie, Lynette Smith, Robert Cooper
  1. Informatics: RN to BSN Students’ Perceived Competence Abell, C., Bragg-Underwood, T., & Alexander, L. (2016).

 End of Life and Palliative Care

  1. Nursing Care of the End of Life Patient: Effect of a brief teaching intervention on aggressiveness of nursing care. Bennett, M. Bormann, L. & Lovan, S.
  2. Evans, C. (2014-2016). RN-BSN Students' Knowledge of Palliative Care.
  3. Rural Long Term Care Nurses' Knowledge of Palliative Care. Evans, C. (2016).

 Faith Community Nursing

  1. Exploring Church-based Health Education: topics of Interest. Abell, C. (2016). 
  2. Garrett Wright  Nurses Perceptions of Competence in Providing Spiritual Care-Co-Investigator Cathy Abell
  1. Main, M. E., Wright, D. G. & Jones, M. S. (2015) Health Care in Amish/Mennonite communities, a qualitative study (in progress).

 Nursing Administration and Education

  1. Development of a Faculty Collegiality Index Bennett, M. Bormann, L. Wright, D.
  2. Peer-Evaluation of Nursing Classroom Instruction by Teacher Educators Briggs, C. & Murley, L.

 International Reach

  1. Ogaz, V. Health Related Quality of Life in Lebanese Children with Thalassemia.
  2. Garrett Wright Caregiver Strain: Assessment of Stress and Needs for Caseworkers and Paraprofessionals Serving International Refugees- Co-Investigators: Saundra Starks and Cheryl Wolf


  1. Participants’ Perceptions of Worksite Health Promotion Activities Abell, C. & Main, M. E. (2016).
  2. Physical Activity during pregnancy  - Novel Pathways and intervention strategies for improving maternal and neonatal outcomes –M. Blanke

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