Kathleen A. Schell

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Wheeler, E., Hardie, T., Schell, K., & Plowfield, L. (2008). Symbiosis – Undergraduate research mentoring and faculty scholarship in nursing. Nursing Outlook , 56(1), 9-15.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Schell, K. (2006). Evidence-based practice: Noninvasive blood pressure measurement in children. Pediatric Nursing, 32, 263-267.
  9. American Association of Critical Care Nurses (2006). AACN practice alert: Noninvasive blood pressure monitoring. AACN News, 23, 4. (member of authoring team)
  10. 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.
  11. 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

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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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