Dorothy Dunn

Associate Professor / Chairperson

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

Curriculum Vitae

508-999-8194

ddunn2@umassd.edu

Dion 201C

Education

2009Florida Atlantic UniversityPhD
2006Vanderbilt UniversityMSN
1984Rhode Island CollegeBSN

Teaching

  • Global Health
  • Family Theory and Practice
  • Qualitative Research
  • Compassion Energy
  • Holistic Integrative Practice

Teaching

Courses

Integration of theory and practice concepts that focus on the nurse¿s role in promoting health for women and beginning families. Variables that place women, the developing child and the family at risk or that could render a population vulnerable are identified and appropriate therapeutic interventions are described. Common health problems that women encounter across reproductive years are included. Learners are introduced to the role of women¿s health care nurse who promotes health, shapes supportive environments and provides guidance. Global issues affecting the health of women and their families are introduced. Within the context of professional values and accountability, ethical and legal issues influencing maternity and women¿s health are presented.

Integration of theory and practice concepts that focus on the nurse¿s role in promoting health for women and beginning families. Variables that place women, the developing child and the family at risk or that could render a population vulnerable are identified and appropriate therapeutic interventions are described. Common health problems that women encounter across reproductive years are included. Learners are introduced to the role of women¿s health care nurse who promotes health, shapes supportive environments and provides guidance. Global issues affecting the health of women and their families are introduced. Within the context of professional values and accountability, ethical and legal issues influencing maternity and women¿s health are presented.

Experiential learning course, using a humanistic model of care, focuses on the application of evidenced-based nursing interventions aimed at promoting, guiding, and shaping the health care environment for women, mothers, infants, and families. The developmental knowledge base for these experiences builds on previously learned foundational nursing concepts and skills, as well as concepts form the social and biological sciences. Within an ethical and legal framework, nursing interventions are designed to reflect professional values, accountability, and advocacy. Clinical experiences in both acute care and community settings will offer the learning opportunities to care for women within a family context across the lifespan.

Experiential learning course, using a humanistic model of care, focuses on the application of evidenced-based nursing interventions aimed at promoting, guiding, and shaping the health care environment for women, mothers, infants, and families. The developmental knowledge base for these experiences builds on previously learned foundational nursing concepts and skills, as well as concepts form the social and biological sciences. Within an ethical and legal framework, nursing interventions are designed to reflect professional values, accountability, and advocacy. Clinical experiences in both acute care and community settings will offer the learning opportunities to care for women within a family context across the lifespan.

Experiential learning course, using a humanistic model of care, focuses on the application of evidenced-based nursing interventions aimed at promoting, guiding, and shaping the health care environment for women, mothers, infants, and families. The developmental knowledge base for these experiences builds on previously learned foundational nursing concepts and skills, as well as concepts form the social and biological sciences. Within an ethical and legal framework, nursing interventions are designed to reflect professional values, accountability, and advocacy. Clinical experiences in both acute care and community settings will offer the learning opportunities to care for women within a family context across the lifespan.

This course immerses the student in civic engagement and service learning. The purpose of this course is to apply the threaded nursing concepts of culture and diversity, communication, professional behaviors, health promotion/health protection, evidence-based practice, and leadership to creatively design and execute active learning projects to benefit the community.  Students use nursing specific knowledge to identify, formulate, and complete projects.

Extension and application of knowledge of psychiatric & mental care for children, adolescents, and adults by working with a preceptor in a psychiatric setting. Students apply & refine assessment & diagnostic skills to individuals with comorbidities and increasingly complex psychiatric disorders. Students utilize assessment data, evidence-based literature, and standards of care to develop, implement, and evaluate treatment plans with increasing independence.

Extension and application of knowledge of psychiatric & mental care for children, adolescents, and adults by working with a preceptor in a psychiatric setting. Students apply & refine assessment & diagnostic skills to individuals with comorbidities and increasingly complex psychiatric disorders. Students utilize assessment data, evidence-based literature, and standards of care to develop, implement, and evaluate treatment plans with increasing independence.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Exploration of principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics as a mechanism to assess the health status of various populations. The role of the nurse as a leading member of the surveillance team is discussed and application of bio statistical processes are reviewed. Implications for healthcare policy revision and development are linked to primary principles and concepts.
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Management of complex psychiatric disorders and mental health issues. Current standards of care and knowledge gained form prior courses guide students in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with comorbidities and complex presentations. Students are introduced to evidence-based biological & psychosocial treatment modalities that reduce risk, promote health, and consider culture, age, physical status, and patient preferences. The multiple challenges faced by advanced practice uses in the provision of care for challenging individuals and families is discussed.
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Extension and application of knowledge of psychiatric & mental care for children, adolescents, and adults by working with a preceptor in a psychiatric setting. Students apply & refine assessment & diagnostic skills to individuals with comorbidities and increasingly complex psychiatric disorders. Students utilize assessment data, evidence-based literature, and standards of care to develop, implement, and evaluate treatment plans with increasing independence.
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Research

Research activities

  • Understanding the meaning of whiteness in nursing students' beliefs about the influence of culture on their family's health, well-being and illness. (Spring 2021)
  • A Multilevel examination of health equity among ethnic and rural Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) caregivers
  • Resiliency in informal and formal caregivers of persons with dementia in rural communities

Research

Research interests

  • Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • Formal and informal caregivers
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Compassion energy
  • Resiliency

Select publications

  • Williamson, H. J., Begay, A. B., Dunn, D. J., Bacon, R., Remiker, M., Garcia, Y. E., McCarthy, M. J., Baldwin, J. A. (2021 (submission)).
    "We live on an island:” Perspectives on rural family caregiving for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in the United States
    Qualitative Report
  • McCarthy, M. J., Lee-Regalado Hustead, M., Bacon, R., Garcia, Dunn, D. J., Williamson, H. J., & Baldwin, J. (2021).
    Development and validation of a community assessment survey for diverse rural family caregivers of people with Alzheimer disease and related dementias
    Family & Community Health, 44, 126-135.
  • McCarthy, M.J., Sanches, A., Garcia, Y.E., Dunn, D. J., Williamson, H.J., Baldwin, J.A., Lee-Regaldo Hustead, M., & Bakas, T. (2020).
    Systematic Review of Interventions for LatinX and American Indian Family Dyads Coping with Chronic Illness.
    Innovation in Aging: Gerontological Society of America:, 4, 98-99.
  • Williamson, H., McCarthy, M. J., Garcia, Y. E., Bacon, R., Dunn, D. J., & Baldwin, J. A. (2020).
    Public Policy & Aging Report.
    Addressing the needs of rural caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias during and beyond COVID-19, 30178-180
  • Delaney, C., McCaffrey, R. G., Barrerre, C., Moore, A., Dunn, D. J., Miller, R. J….Zhu, X. (2019).
    Journal of Holistic Nursing
    Trends in contemporary holistic nursing research: 2010-2015, 36, 385-394.

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