Faculty Updates

Faculty news

Research and active involvement in the nursing profession are vital parts of the IU School of Nursing’s mission to inspire lifelong learning among our profession and to create knowledge that improves the health of the people we serve.

We’re proud of the global reach of our Bloomington faculty and the impact they’re having on our industry and in our community. Here is a listing of some their recent accomplishments, publications, grants, presentations, appointments and awards.

A new Academy Fellow

We are very proud to announce that Dr. Deanna Reising has been named by the American Academy of Nursing to its 2019 Class of Academy Fellows.

Deanna joins IUSON faculty members Dr. Jennifer Embree and Dr. Julie Otte and IUSON alumnus Chad Priest in being selected as one of 2019’s Academy Fellows. Deanna and her fellow inductees were honored at a ceremony during the Academy's annual policy conference, "Transforming Health, Driving Policy", on October 24-26, in Washington, D.C.

Members of the 2019 Class of New Fellows were selected via a highly-competitive process. Two hundred thirty-one new fellows were selected nationwide based on their extraordinary efforts and commitment to increase access, reduce cost, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, innovation, and science. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, where their accomplishments are honored by their peers in the nursing profession.

Deanna is a nationally-recognized, widely-published expert on improving educational and patient outcomes through inter-professional education and practice. In addition to being selected as a 2019 Academy Fellow, Deanna has been designated a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow by both the National Academies of Practice and the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. She is also a Macy Faculty Scholar and past winner of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Elizabeth Russel Bedford Award for Excellence in Education.

Congratulations, Deanna, on this outstanding achievement!

A first-time NIH grant award

This past year, Dr. Pei-Shiun Chang became the first IUSON Bloomington faculty member to be awarded a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH)!

Pei is co-investigator on a research team that was awarded a two-year $436,000 grant for their project entitled, Assessing Environmental Exposures to Persistent Organic Pollutants in Assisted Living Facilities. The research will study the connection between ambient conditions, personal exposures, and biomarkers of exposure to persistent organic pollutants among residents of senior care facilities located in Indiana.

Other members of Pei’s inter-professional research team include: Amina Salamova (PI), Assistant Research Scientist, O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs; IUB, Michael Hendryx, Professor, School of Public Health; and Steven Lacey, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Science, IUPUI.

Award-winning engagement

In the last issue of The Nursing News, we told you about the important work that Dr. Greg Carter and his students are doing with home healthcare visits to patients in Orange and Greene Counties who are suffering from diabetes. Those efforts have definitely been noticed, as Greg was awarded the Indiana Rural Health Association’s 2019 Education Award. In announcing the award, IU’s Center for Rural Engagement said: “We are honored to work with Dr. Carter and his students as they provide a new approach to rural healthcare.”

One in a million

We like to say that our faculty members are “one in a million”, and now we have the numbers to prove it!

IUSON Bloomington SIM Center Coordinator Sally Gindling is only one of three people in Indiana and only one of fifty-one people in the world to hold both the Certified Healthcare Simulations Operations Specialist (CHSOSO) and the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) designations awarded by the Society for Simulation Healthcare in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations, Sally!

Faculty research


Carter, G., Lawrence, C., Woodward, B., & Ohmit, A. (2019). Accessing medical care after a needlestick injury: First responders' perception of HIV risk and attitudes toward syringe service programs. Journal of Community Health, Nov. 5. doi: 10.1007/s10900-019-00775-x. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31691089

Meyerson, B.E., Dinh, P.C., Jr, Agley, J.D., Hill, B.J., Motley, D.N., Carter, G.A., Jayawardene, W., & Ryder, P.T. (2019). Predicting pharmacist dispensing practices and comfort related to pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP). AIDS Behavior, 23(7), 1925-1938. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-02383-7. PubMed PMID: 30607758

Carter, G.A., Jayawardene, W., Agley, J., Garcia, J.R., Miller, W.R., Sherwood-Laughlin, C., & Meyerson, B. (2019). Development of a 10-item tool to identify advanced practice nurse readiness to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis. Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 30(3), 312-320. doi: 10.1097/ JNC.0000000000000038. PubMed PMID: 31026240

Jayawardene, W., Carter, G., Agley, J., Meyerson, B., Garcia, J.R., & Miller, W. (2019). HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake by advanced practice nurses: Interplay of agency, community and attitudinal factors. Journal of Advanced Nursing, Apr 5; doi: 10.1111/jan.14019. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30950528.

Chang, P., Knobf, T., Byeongsang, O., & Funk, M. (2019). Physical and psychological health outcomes of Qigong exercise in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 47(2), 301-322.

Chang, P., & Knobf, T. (2019). Qigong exercise and Tai Chi in cancer care. Asia Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 6(4), 315-317. (Invited Editorial). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6696812/

Davis-Ajami, M.L., Lu, Z.K., & Wu, J. (2019). The treated prevalence of multiple chronic conditions and associated health care expenses in US adults with cancer: MEPS years 2010-2015. BMC Health Services Research, Accepted, in press.

Davis-Ajami, M.L., Pakyz, A., Wu, J., & Baernholdt, M. (2019). A payer perspective estimate of the costs of urinary tract and skin and soft tissue infections in adults with diabetes and their relationship to oral antidiabetic (OAD) medication non-adherence. Journal of Managed Care Specialty Pharmacy, 22, 1-11 E-pub ahead of print. PMID:31436479. doi.org/10.18553/jmcp.2019.19052

Davis-Ajami, M.L., Baernholdt, M., Fink, J.C., Thacker, L., & Wu, J. (2019). Adverse safety events in hospital encounters for pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease: characteristics and predictive factors. American Journal of Nephrology, 50(1), 72-80. PMID: 31216553. doi: 10.1159/000500562

Wu, J., Davis-Ajami, M.L., Lu, Z.K. (2019). Real-world impact of ongoing regular physical activity in overweight and obese US adults with diabetes on health care utilization and expenses. Primary Care Diabetes, 13(5), 430-40. PMID: 30808561. doi.org/10.1016/j.pcd.2019.02.003

Baernholdt, M., Feldman, M., Davis-Ajami, M.L., Harvey, D., Mazmanian, P., Mobley, D., Murphy, J., Watts, C., & Dow, A. (2019, Jan. 29). An interprofessional quality improvement training program that improves educational and quality outcomes. American Journal of Medical Quality, 34(6), 577-584. PMID: 30693784. doi: 10.1177/1062860618825306

Wu, J., Davis-Ajami, M.L., & Lu, K. (2019). PCN215: Effects of multiple chronic conditions on health care expenses in US adults with cancer. Value in Health, 22, S96. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2019.04.337

Opsahl, A., Horton-Deutsch, S., & Manz Friesth, B. (2018). NFLA Impact: Perspectives on the Mentored Leadership Experience. Reflections on Nursing Leadership, Sigma Theta Tau. https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/features/more-features/nurturing-academic-leadership-the-nfla-way 

Opsahl, A., Judge, D., Morris, T., Robinson, D., Werskey, K., & Edwards, B. (2019). Promoting a mock disaster simulation with leadership from a nurse residency program. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(3), 153-156. doi: 10.1016/j.teln.2019.01.004

Shellenbarger, T. (Ed.). (2019). Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Review Book: The Official NLN Guide to the CNE®cl Exam. Washington, DC: National League for Nursing. Opsahl, A., Test question contributor for the NLN CNEcl review book.

Judge, J., Murray, B., Morris, T., & Opsahl, A. (2019). Interprofessional education: A disaster response simulation activity for military medics, nursing, & paramedic science students. Nurse Education in Practice, 39, 67-72. doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.08.004

Opsahl, A., Judge, D., & Hensel, D. (2019). Teaching Q Methodology to prelicensure nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000447

Nick, J.M., Wonder, A.H., Suero, A.R., & Spurlock, D. (2018). A global approach to promoting evidence-based practice knowledge: Validating the translated version of the Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge Assessment in Nursing into Spanish. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 15(6), 440-446. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12327

Wonder, A.H., & Spurlock, D. (2019). A national study across levels of nursing education: Can nurses and nursing students accurately estimate their knowledge of evidence-based practice? Nursing Education Perspectives, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000528


Barnes, R.  AACN White Coat Ceremony grant. Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Carter, G.A.Mental Health, HIV Knowledge, and Health Care Access Among Black and Latinx Men and Women in Indiana. Indiana Minority Health Coalition.

Chang, P.-S. (Co-Investigator). Assessment of Indoor Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants in Assisted Living Facilities in Indiana. National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. R21 NR017777-01. 2020-2022.

Chang, P-S. (Co-Investigator). Environmental change and indoor environment: Indoor exposures to environmental contaminants in Indiana’s senior care facilities. IU Grand Challenge. Submitted; Pending.

Opsahl, A. Utilizing Standardized Patients with Simulation to Support Concept-based Curriculum for Diverse Patient Population Impact. South Central Indiana Area Health Education Center 2019-2020 Mini-Grant Program. November 2019.

Opsahl, A.Undergraduate Nursing Student Perceptions of Facilitators and Inhibitors of Clinical Learning: A Multi-site Study Utilizing Q Methodology. Billings Foundation Award. May 2019.


Carter, G.A. (Co-Presenter), Eckerman, A. (Co-Presenter), Enamorado, I. (Co-Presenter), Forrest, M. (Co-Presenter), Harvey, K. (Co-Presenter), Marschel, A. (Co-Presenter), Rogan, J.L. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Loneliness Among Rural Adults Living in Subsidized Housing. 6th Annual Interprofessional Poster Fair at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (MHHCC), Memorial Hospital, Jasper, IN. Poster.

Carter, G.A. (Co-Presenter), Alvarez, E. (Co-Presenter), Kirk, J. (Co-Presenter), Plummer, L. (Co-Presenter), Roth, N. (Co-Presenter), Yankauskus, K. (Co-Presenter). Awareness of Diabetes and Access to Healthcare among Latin Men and Women in a Moderately Rural Midwestern City. 6th Annual Interprofessional Poster Fair at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (MHHCC), Memorial Hospital, Jasper, IN. Poster.

Carter, G.A. (Co-Presenter), Whitney, N. (Co-Presenter), Wilson, L. (Co-Presenter). Awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis among black men in a moderately rural midwestern city. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Portland, OR. Podium.

Carter, G.A. (Presenter), Woodward, B.C. (Co-Presenter). The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Awareness of PrEP, and Sexual Health Self-Efficacy Among Black Men in A Moderately Rural Midwestern City.  The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Denver, CO. Podium.

Carter, G.A. (Co-Presenter), Simpson, J. (Co-Presenter), Rogan, J. (Co-Presenter). Indiana Rural Health Association Webinar: From Classroom to Community: A Case Study on Chronic Disease Management. Indiana Rural Health AssociationPodium.

Carter, G. (Co-Presenter), Whitney, N. (Co-Presenter), Wilson, L. (Co-Presenter). Indiana Master Research Grant Meeting: Building inclusive communities: Supporting healthcare access and self-efficacy for Black men in Bloomington, IN. Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Indianapolis, IN. Podium.

Carter, G.A. Health Interventions in Orange County. Addressing the Obesity Problem in Rural Indiana: New Paradigms, Research, Directions and Opportunities to Improve Health Outcomes in Indiana Communities, Center for Rural Engagement, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Podium.

Chang, P-S.  The Role of Qigong Exercise in Physical and Psychological Health and Spiritual Well-Being of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. International Medical Tai Chi and Qigong Association Conference, Boston, MA. October 2019. Invited Presentation.

Chang, P-S. The effects of Qigong exercise on frailty improvement of older adults with chronic illness: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, Kansas City, MO. March 2019. Poster.

Lucan, J.A., Bowblis, J.R., Davis-Ajami, M.L., Simon, K., & Song, M. Public reporting of NH antipsychotic use: Changes in the reporting or exclusionary diagnoses. GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, Gertontological Society of America, Austin, TX. November 2019. Poster.

Wu, J., Davis-Ajami, M.L., & Lu, K. PCN215: Effects of multiple chronic conditions on health care expenses in US adults with cancer. ISPOR 24th Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA. May 2019. Poster.

Decker, K.A., Krothe, J.S., & Garletts, D.M. Researching Evaluation Strategies for an Interprofessional Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Project.  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. November 2019. Podium.

Decker, K.A., Krothe, J.A., & Garletts, D.M. Evaluation of an Interprofessional Substance Use Prevention Project. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Phoenix, AZ. June 2019. Podium.

Decker, K.A., Krothe, J.A., & Garletts, D.M. Evaluation of an Innovative Interprofessional Population Health Project. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Phoenix, AZ. June 2019. Poster.

Hoffman, J., Drake, M.A., Felsman, I., Johnson, G. & Decker, K.A. Using the Culture of Health Framework to Promote Health Equity and Diversity. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Phoenix, AZ. June 2019. Plenary; Podium.

Opsahl, A. Impacting the Future of Nursing with Sigma.Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chapter Induction Ceremony, Indianapolis, IN. April 2019. Plenary.

Opsahl, A. The Impact of Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research for Organizational Outcomes. Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality Annual Conference, Carmel, IN. April 2019. Podium.

Pedigo, E., Eble, M., Bell, N., Hunsinger, A., Martlage, B., Opsahl, A., & Hensel, D. Perceptions and Understanding of Antibiotic Use with Caregivers of School-Age Children. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference, Calgary, Canada. July 2019. Podium.

Opsahl, A. & Wonder, A.H. Mock Hospital Ethics Committee: Teaching the Application of Ethics and Evidence-based Practice with an Interprofessional Simulation. National League for Nursing Education Summit, Washington, DC. September 2019. Poster.

Opsahl, A. Understanding Barriers with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:  Engaging New Mothers and Staff Nurses. 8th International Colloquium on Advances in Nursing Science, Rome, Italy. October 2019. Podium.

Reising, D.L., Hodges, K., & Ridge, M. Professional practice models and shared governance. Indiana University Health Paoli Shared Governance Council, Paoli, IN. May 2019. Podium.

Reising, D.L. Central Conference Research Contribution on Educational Results in Interprofessional Practice. XXIII International Care Seminar: A Dialogue between Researchers for Science and Nursing Practice, Bogota, Columbia. October 2019. Podium.

Reising, D.L. Interprofessional health education and practice center conversation: Experience with medical and nursing students to work on standardized patient simulations and scenarios. XXIII International Care Seminar: A Dialogue between Researchers for Science and Nursing Practice, Bogota, Columbia. October 2019. Podium.

Reising, D.L. Conversation topic: Interprofessional care and its repercussions on patient care. XXIII International Care Seminar: A Dialogue between Researchers for Science and Nursing Practice, Bogota, Columbia. October 2019. Podium.

Markey, L., Mamone, K., Deig, L., Fox, M., Fox, A., & Wonder, A.H. Co-Washing: When Patient Safety and Hygiene Go Hand in Hand. 6th Annual Interprofessional Poster Fair, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, IN. December 2019. Poster. 

Futterman, Z., Mills, N., Nelson, K., Teder, M., & Wonder, A.H. Reducing Hospital Waste & Improving Waste Management: A Critical Look at the Impact on Patients, Organizations, and the Environment. 6th Annual Interprofessional Poster Fair, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, IN. December 2019. Poster.

McAlister, S., Goldman, L., Keith, A., Bone, N., McSwain, J., & Wonder, A.H.  Using Evidence to Promote Optimal Post-Operative Outcomes: A Review of Care- Related Factors Associated with Strains of CDC Reportable Organ/Space Surgical Site Infections. 6th Annual Interprofessional Poster Fair, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, IN. December 2019. Poster.