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Donna S. McDermott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing (Nursing)
Department Head, Nursing (Nursing)
mcdermott@rmu.edu
412-397-6056 phone (M)
412-397-3977 fax
Scaife Hall 107


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Nursing: Education Focus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing: Education Focus, Robert Morris University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1988

Professional Background

  • Jan 2017-Present: Department Head for Nursing, Robert Morris University
  • Jan 2016-Dec 2016: Interim Department Head for Nursing, Robert Morris University
  • 2013 Certified as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)
  • Registered Nurse licensed in the Commonwealth of PA (RN)
  • Registered Nurse inactive status in the state of Ohio (RN)
  • 2013-Present: Assistant Professor of Nursing, Robert Morris University
  • 2011-2013 RISE Center Educational Planner, Part time Simulation Faculty
  • 2011 Developed Standardized Patient Program at RMU RISE Center
  • 1994-2011 Clinical Practice - ICU nursing, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Doctoral Research: Seeking Consensus on Prebriefing: Preparing Students for Simulation-Based learning
  • Standardized Patient Program Development
  • Incorporating High Fidelity Simulation throughout the Nursing Curriculum
  • Simulation for Teaching and Learning
  • CPR Certified
  • GRANT: Spring 2015, HRSA Grant Proposal, Leveraging Educational Innovation for Team Care of Older Adults (LIFT), $1,804,240.63, Non-Funded
  • GRANT: 2012, Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association (PHENSA), $5,000.00 with Dr. Janene Szpak and Dr. Kirstyn Kameg, Funded

Publications

  • McDermott, D. S., Sarasnick, J., & Timcheck, P. (2017, June). Using the INACSL simulation design standard for novice learners. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(6), 249-253. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.ecns.2017.03.003
  • McDermott, D. S. (2016, June). The prebriefing concept: A Delphi study of CHSE experts. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(6), 219-227. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2016.02.001
  • Englert, N.C. & McDermott, D. (2016). Back to fundamentals: Using high and low fidelity simulation to provide reinforcement of preventative measures for sepsis. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 39(1), 14-23. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000097
  • McDermott, D. S. (2015). Seeking consensus on prebriefing: Preparing students for simulation-based learning (Order No. 3734765). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1734038151). 
  • Kameg, K.M., Szpak, J.L., Cline, T.W., & McDermott, D. S. (2014). Utilization of standardized patients to decrease nursing student anxiety. Clinical simulation in Nursing. 10(11) 567-573. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2014.09.006

Presentations

  • 2017 - "A bi-weekly simulation and clinical rotation model that increased simulation use from 10% to 30% and saved time, money, and improved student assessment in a pre-licensure BSN program" Accepted as a co-author for presentation and was presented by co-authors, Dr. Janice Sarasnick and Dr. Valerie Howard. *I was unable to attend conference and not part of the presentation. Peer review podium presentation at 2017 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Washington, D.C.
  • 2016 - "Seeking Consensus on Prebriefing" Peer review podium presentation at 2016 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Grapevine, TX
  • 2016 - "Seeking Consensus on Prebriefing: Preparing students for simulation-based learning" E-poster presentation and professor rounds at 2016 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (Society for Simulation in Healthcare) San Diego, CA
  • 2015 - "Two successful approaches to creating an orientation and development program for educators in the pedagogy of simulation which contributed to SSH accreditation in free standing nursing programs." Accepted for Peer Reviewed podium presentation at 2015 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Atlanta, GA
  • 2015 - "Exploring Transformational Leadership in Simulation Education: A Case Study" Accepted for peer review poster presentation: at 2015 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Atlanta, GA
  • 2014 - Conducted a pre-conference peer reviewed 3.5 hour workshop with the RISE Center team on Simulation Center Accreditation at 2014 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Orlando, FL
  • 2013 - "Cash in with Student Workers" Peer reviewed podium presentation at 2013 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Las Vegas, NV
  • 2012 - "The Given Circumstances" Model for Standardized Patient Training: Theater and Nursing Unite! Peer reviewed podium presentation with Dr. Ken Gargaro and Dr. Valerie Howard 2012 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), San Antonio, TX
  • 2012 - "Simulation for the Nurse Educator" Invited speaker at Sigma Theta Tau Upsilon Phi Chapter Meeting, Sept 2012 Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA
  • 2012 - "Using High Fidelity Mannequins and Standardized "Nursing Students" to Train Clinical Nurse Educators" Peer reviewed poster presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Leadership Forum Indianapolis, IN
  • 2011 - "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo: Student Workers will Transform YOU!" Peer reviewed poster presentation with BSN students Abigail Hebb and Alissa Newton 2011 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Orlando, FL
  • 2011 - "Simulation Themes and Variations: Simulation for the Nurse Educator" Peer reviewed podium presentation with Dr. Valerie Howard 2011 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare New Orleans, LA