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Debra Wiegand, PhD, MBE, RN, CCRN, CHPN, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Professor, OSAH
Address: 
404P
Phone Number: 
410-706-7786
Fax Number: 
410-706-0344
Education: 
  • Post-Doc, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • MBE, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • MSN, Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit, Michigan
  • BSN, Bowling Green State University School of Nursing, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Diploma, MB Johnson School of Nursing, Elyria, Ohio
Research: 
  • Preparing Families for the Dying Process. PI: 2012-present from NIH, NINR (1R21NR013721-01). Co-investigators: Shijun Zhu.
  • Family Experience: End of Life for a Family Member with a Chronic Illness.  PI:  2009 – present from NIH, NINR (1R15NR010139). Co-investigators: Barker Bausell, Deborah McGuire.
  • Assessment of Pain in the Critically Ill. Co-PI with Diane Pannullo and Tracey Wilson: 2007-2011. Awarded a grant from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
  • Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy after a Life-Threatening Exacerbation of a Chronic Illness: The Family Experience. PI: 2005-present. Awarded grants from The American Nurses Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses’ Association, and The University of Maryland School of Nursing.
  • Family Experiences Participating in the Process of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy: A Follow up Investigation. PI: 2003-2007. Postdoctoral Fellowship support from NIH/NINR (T32-NR08346). Awarded an Initiating Hospice Care in Critical Care grant from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, a grant from Delta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and a grant from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
  • Moral Distress and Critical Care Nurses. PI: 2003-2006. Awarded a grant from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Critical- Care Nurses.
  • Family Experiences Participating in the Process of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy. PI: 2000-2003. Awarded an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from NIH/NINR (5-F31-NR07558-03). Awarded a Mentorship Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
  • The Impact of an ICU Tour on Patient and Family Anxiety. PI: 1990 -1994. Awarded a grant from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Nursing, Philadelphia and a grant from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Recent Publications: 
  • Wiegand, D.L., Grant, M., Cheon, J. & Gergis, M.A. (2013). Family-Centered End-of-Life Care in the ICU. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(8), 60-68.
  • Grant, M.S., & Wiegand, D.L. (2013). Talking with strangers: Needs of Patients and Families Accessing an Online Palliative Care Website. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 15(5):278-285.
  • Wiegand, D.L., &  Russo, M.M. (2013).  Ethical considerations. In C. Dahlin, M. Lynch (Eds.), Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice & Palliative Registered Nurse. Pittsburgh: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
  • Wiegand, D.L., & Funk, M. (2012). Consequences of clinical situations that cause critical care nurses to experience moral distress.  Nursing Ethics, 19(4), 479-487.
  • Wiegand, D.L.  (2012). Family management after the sudden death of a family member.  Journal of Family Nursing, 18(1), 146-163.
  • Grant, M.S., & Wiegand, D.L. (2011). Palliative care online: A pilot study on a pancreatic cancer website. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14(7), 846-851.
  • Wiegand DL, Petri L. (2010). Is a Good Death Possible after Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy? Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 45(3), 427-440.
  • Lampert R, Hayes D, Annas GJ, Farley MA, Farley MA, Goldstein NE, Hamilton R, Kay N, Kramer DB, Mueller PS, Padeletti L, Pozuelo L, Schoenfeld MH, Vardas PE, Wiegand DL, Zellner R. HRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) in patients nearing end of life or requesting withdrawal of therapy. (2010). HeartRhythm,  7(7):1008-1026.
  • Wiegand DL. (2009). Palliative Care. In The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics. In V Ravitsky, A. Fiester, & AL Caplan (eds). New York: Springer Publishing Company. 
  • Wiegand DL. (2008). Withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy after sudden, unexpected illness or injury: The family experience. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 11, 1114-1120.  
  • Wiegand DL, Deatrick JA, Knafl K. (2008). Family management styles related to withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy from adults who are acutely ill or injured. Journal of Family Nursing, 14:16-32.
  • Wiegand DL, Norton SA, Baggs JD. (2008). Challenges in conducting end-of-life research in critical care. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 19:170-177.
  • Wingate S, Wiegand DL. (2008). End-of-life care in the critical care unit for patients with heart failure. Critical Care Nurse, 28:84-95.
  • Wiegand DL., Williams, L. (2008). Palliative and end-of-life care. In K. Carlson (Ed.), AACN  Advanced  Critical Care Nursing. Philadelphia: Elsevier.
  • Wiegand DL, Kalowes PG. (2007). Withdrawal of cardiac medications and devices. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 18:415-425.
  • Wiegand DL. (2006). Withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy after sudden, unexpected life-threatening illness or injury: The family experience related to interactions between patients’ families, health care providers and the health care system. American Journal of Critical Care, 15:178-187.  
  • Wiegand DL. (2006). Families and withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy: State of the science. Journal of Family Nursing, 12:165-184.
  • Lynn-McHale DJ, Deatrick J. (2000). Trust between family and health care providers. Journal of Family Nursing, 6:210-230.
  • Engel JD, Kane G, Jones DL, Lynn-McHale DJ, Swartz M, Durbin P, Klingen D. (1997). The patient self-determination act and advance directives: snapshots of activities in a tertiary health care center. Journal of Medical Humanities, 18:193-208.
  • Lynn-McHale DJ, Corsetti AO, Brady-Avis E, Shaffer R, McGrory J, Ruthenberger C. (1997). Preoperative ICU tours: Are they helpful? American Journal of Critical Care, 6: 106-115.
  • Vergara M, Lynn-McHale DJ. (1995). Ethical issues: Withdrawing life support: Who decides? American Journal of Nursing, 95:47-49.
  • Lynn-McHale, D. & Smith, A. (1991). Comprehensive assessment of families of the critically ill. AACN Clinical Issues in Critical Care Nursing, 2:195-209.
  • Lynn-McHale, D. (1988). Need satisfaction levels of family members of critical care patients and accuracy of nurses' perceptions. Heart & Lung, 17:447-453.
Primary Teaching Areas: 
  • PhD Program: Qualitative Research
  • Master's Program: Families in Crisis
  • Undergraduate Program: End of Life
Academic & Professional Activities: 
  • 2013-Present: Co-Chairperson of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine & Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Scientific Subcommittee
  • 2011-Present: Member of the Research Committee, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2011-Present: Chairperson of the Research and Scholarship Committee, Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Baltimore, MD.
  • 2008-2011: Chairperson Nurses' Scientific Session Program Planning Committee, American Heart Association. Dallas, Texas.
  • 2005-2007: Chairperson of the Ethics Advisory Task Force to Address Palliative Care in the ICU, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Aliso Viejo, California.
  • 2004-2007: Chairperson of the Research Committee, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
  • 2010: Editor of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Procedure Manual for Critical Care. 6th edition. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2012-Present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
  • 1990-2013: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
  • End of Life Nursing Education (ELNEC) Faculty for Critical Care ELNEC.
  • End of Life Nursing Education (ELNEC) trained for undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Faculty Scholar of the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care.
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