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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Doctoral student presents winning oral presentation

Connell School doctoral student Lisa Wolf was awarded the 3rd place award for PhD student oral presentation at the 2009 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Conference.

Connell School doctoral student Lisa Wolf was awarded the 3rd place award for PhD student oral presentation at the 2009 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Conference. Her presentation, examining the phenomenon of delayed calls for deteriorating patient condition, was called "The dog that didn't bark: an analysis of rapid response team calls at a community hospital." Through her research, Wolf found that nurses were not recognizing deteriorating vital signs as actionable, and that the explanation appeared to be social, not educational.

Wolf comments, "This topic dovetails with the research I am currently doing on delivery of care in high acuity, high uncertainty environments, specifically the decisions emergency nurses make at the first encounter with the patient."

Wolf's background is wide-ranging: she holds undergraduate degrees in anthropology and English from Amherst College, an MFA in writing and literature from Emerson College, a nursing diploma from St. Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing, and an MS from Malloy College. She teaches undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, works as a clinical educator in the emergency room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, and also speaks and writes nationally about topics pertinent to ED nursing and education.