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Kathleen (Kathy) A. Schell

Kathleen (Kathy) A. Schell

Director & Associate Professor
School of Nursing
391 McDowell Hall
302-831-0655
kaschell@udel.edu

 

 

 


Education

  • Ph.D., Nursing Education, Widener University, 2001
  • MS in Nursing, Cardiopulmonary Track, University of Delaware, 1987
  • BSN Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1981

Research Interests

  • Accuracy of Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Nursing-Innovative Teaching
  • Simulation Education of the Healthcare Professional

Recent Research Activities

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Prevalence of Bleeding Events in Individuals Admitted With Myocardial Infarction Who Receive Anticoagulation Therapy, Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE and University of Delaware. (data collection completed 2013)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluating the Need for Post Study Nursing Assessments and Cardiovascular Monitoring of Patients Undergoing Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography* *(Coronary CTA)/./ /Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE and University of Delaware. (data collection completed 2013)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Does Gum Chewing Promote Post-operative Bowel Recovery in Patients Undergoing Elective Colorectal Surgery? Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE and University of Delaware. (data collection completed 2012)
  • Principal Investigator, AnatomicalDeterminants of Forearm and Upper Arm Oscillometric Blood Pressure Differences, University of Delaware Research Grant, $25,000, June 2007 - 2009.
  • Principal Investigator, Comparison of Traditional and Simulation-Based Learning Methods for Blood Pressure Measurement Skills of Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Spring 2008.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Clinical Comparison of Forearm and Upper Arm Automatic Non-invasive Blood Pressures in Critically Ill Adults, University of Delaware and The Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA. Partially funded by an Evidence-based Practice Grant, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, $2000, 2006- 2007.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,A Clinical Comparison of Upper Arm and Calf Automatic, Noninvasive Blood Pressures in Pediatric Intensive Care Patients, University of Delaware and Nemours/AI du Pont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware. Data collection completed 2007.
  • Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), National Institutes of Health NCCR (NIH - 2 P20 RR016472-04), July 2005-April 2007.

Selected Publications

  • Schell, K., Bradley, E., Lyons, D., Bucher, L., & Seckel, M. (2011). Better blood pressure for better patient care. In: B. Melnyk, & E. Fineout-Overholt (Eds.), The heart of evidence-based practice. Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Schell, K., Briening, E., Lebet, R., Pruden, K., Rauheiser, S., & Jackson, B. (2011). Comparison of arm and calf automatic, noninvasive blood pressures in pediatric intensive care patients. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26 (1), 3-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2009.11.007
  • Schell, K., Morse, K., & Waterhouse, J.K. (2010). Comparison of oscillometric blood pressures in the forearm and upper arm of critically ill adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(3), 322-340.
  • Wheeler, E., Hardie, T., Schell, K., & Plowfield, L. (2008). Symbiosis - Undergraduate research mentoring and faculty scholarship in nursing. Nursing Outlook , 56(1), 9-15.
  • Schell, K., & Waterhouse, J. K. (2007). Comparison of forearm and upper arm automatic noninvasive blood pressures in college students. Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice, 9 (1), 10 pages.
  • Schell, K., Richards, J. R., & Farquhar, W. B. (2007). The effects of anatomical structures on adult forearm and upper arm non-invasive blood pressures. Journal of Blood Pressure Monitoring 12 , 17-22. Partially funded by CHNS, Center for Research Development, $5010.
  • Schell, K. (2006). A Delphi study of innovative teaching in baccalaureate nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education ,45, 439-448. Funded by General University Research Grant, $4000.
  • Schell, K. (2006). Evidence-based practice: Noninvasive blood pressure measurement in children. Pediatric Nursing, 32, 263-267.
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (2006). AACN practice alert: Noninvasive blood pressure monitoring. AACN News, 23, 4. (member of authoring team)
  • Schell, K., Lyons, D., Bradley, E., Bucher, L., Seckel, M., Wakai, S., Carson, E., Waterhouse, J., Chichester, M., Bartell, D., Foraker, T., & Simpson, K. (2006). A clinical comparison of forearm and upper arm automatic, noninvasive blood pressures, supine and with head of bed raised 45 degrees: A follow-up study. American Journal of Critical Care, 15, 196-205. Partially funded by the SePA Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, $1223.
  • Schell, K., Bradley, E., Bucher, L., Seckel, M., Lyons, D., Wakai, S., Bartell, D., Carson, E., Chichester, M., Foraker, T., & Simpson, K. (2005). A clinical comparison of forearm and upper arm non-invasive blood pressures. American Journal of Critical Care, 14, 232-241. Partially funded by the SePA Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, $1250.

Recent Grants

  • Schell, K. New Careers in Nursing. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $50,000, May 2013.
  • Schell, K. New Careers in Nursing. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $50,000, April 2012.
  • Schell, K. Endowment for Accelerated Nursing Program. Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarships, $500,000, April 2012.
  • Schell, K. New Careers in Nursing. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, $50,000, April 2011.

Recent Presentations

  • Santiago-Rotchford, L., Schell, K., & Waterhouse, J. What is the Prevalence of Bleeding Events in Individuals Admitted with Unstable Angina or Myocardial Infarction? 2013 Improvement Science Summit, San Antonio, Texas, July 9-10, 2013. (Santiago-Rotchford presenting)
  • Schell, K., Sims, R., Bishop, E., Boyd, A., Clyde, A., Debonis, R., Dubey, P., & Gregory, C. Literature Review: Accelerated BSN Nursing Students--What's the Prognosis? AACN/RWJF New Careers in Nursing Annual Summit 5th Annual Summit, Washington, DC, October 2012. (Schell & Sims presenting)
  • Poster Presentation, Schell, K., Haley, E., & Waterhouse, J. Does Gum Chewing Promote Post-operative Bowel Recovery in Patients Undergoing Elective Colorectal Surgery? Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2012. (Schell & Haley presenting)
  • Poster Presentation, Cowperthwait, A., Carlson, A., Saylor, J., & Schell, K. Healthcare Theatre: Breaking Down Silos---Thinking Outside the Barn. Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Baltimore, MD, May 31, 2012. (Cowperthwait & Carlson presenting)
  • Poster Presentation, Rose, W., Schell, K., DiSabatino, A., & Stillabower, M. Estimating Peripheral Blood Pressure from Central Blood Pressure by a Transfer Function Method. Experimental Biology Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2012. (Rose presenting)
  • Poster Presentation, Schell, K., & Rose, W. C. Anatomical Determinants of Forearm and Upper Arm Oscillometric Blood Pressure Differences, 22nd Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 2011. (refereed, Schell presenting)

Recent Awards

  • Delaware Today “Top Nurses” Academic Nurse Education, May 2013
  • Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice, Academic Nurse Educator, Delaware Nurses Association & Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders, July 2011
  • Research Dissemination Award, Sigma Theta Tau International 2007 International Awards for Nursing Excellence, Project: Better Blood Pressure for Better Patient Care, University of Delaware & Christiana Care Health Systems Blood Pressure Team, July 2007.

Professional Organizations

  • Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • ANA, Delaware Nurses Association
  • Beta Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing
  • Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society

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