Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Director - Nursing Education Concentration
Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty
Office: LB 217E
Dr. Fairchild graduated from Butler University with a BA in 1981 in Environmental Studies and French. She subsequently completed an Associate degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana in 1997, and a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2002, including a major in Nursing Administration with a Nurse Educator focus, followed by a Nurse Educator certification (CNE; NLN), and Board Certification as a Nurse Executive (NE-BC; ANCC). She earned her PhD degree in Nursing Science/Health Systems from Indiana University in 2006, with major foci in health systems research and nursing administration, and a minor focus in nursing leadership.
Dr. Fairchild has 18 years experience in the classroom and online learning environments in nursing (didactic and clinical courses) at the graduate, baccalaureate, and associate degree levels, and in pharmacology and anatomy and physiology at the baccalaureate level (Indiana State University, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College). Her clinical expertise and experience are in ED/critical care nursing, traumatic brain injury/cognitive rehabilitation, cardiovascular/pulmonary nursing, type 2 diabetes, and hospice/palliative care.
Dr. Fairchild is also an experienced health services researcher and her research interests include nurses’ behavioral work performance factors (cognitive and motivational factors), patient safety and hospital safety culture, cognitive “walk-throughs” and discovering the “sharp end” of healthcare provider error, and the creation of healthy healthcare provider work environments in the hospital setting. She has also been involved in clinical research of pharmaceutical compounds used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes for Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Fairchild is a member of the Indiana State Nurses’ Association, the National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Chapter. She has received statewide recognition and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Ivy Tech Community College (2003), and was awarded predoctoral research incentive fellowships from Indiana University in 2004, 2005, and 2006. At Eli Lilly and Company, she received peer recognition for excellence in teamwork, coaching, creative solutions, influencing without authority, and for her efforts in clinical development for global clinical trials.
Dr. Fairchild is also currently involved in theory development and qualitative research in nursing, including ongoing testing of a meta-theoretical model of nurses’ work motivation (the “motivation to care”), as well as a theory of human caring in the context of complexity.
Below is a sampling of selected publications and presentations:
Fairchild, R.M. (2014). Ethics: Basic Concepts for Nursing
Practice: Nurses’ Ethical Reasoning Skills Model, pp. 88-112, in
Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges (Black, B.P., Ed.),
Saunders Elsevier: St. Louis, MO.
Thompson, J, Fairchild, R.M. (2013). Educational preparation of nurse managers: Does it really matter? Nursing Management, September, 2013.
McCarthy, R., Fairchild, R.M. (2013). Fall Prevention in Long Term Care. ADVANCE for Nurses. Available at: http://long-term-care.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Fall-Prevention-in-Long-Term-Care.aspx
Frost, N., Nickolai, L., Desir, S., Fairchild, R.M. (2013). How mentorship affects retention rates of new nurse. American Nurse Today, 8 (4), 21-22.
Ring, L., Fairchild, R.M. (2013) Evidence-Based Direction for Nurse Regulators: Leadership and Patient Safety. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4 (1), 1-5.
McNeil, A., Underwood, A., Wisniewski, A., Sitzenstock, S., Fairchild, R.M. (February 2013). Development of a Health-Related Social Network Site: A Doctoral Nursing Informatics Project. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 17 (1). Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=2394
Fairchild, R. (2012). Curricular Commentary for an Interprofessional British Advanced Practice Program. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 19 (8), 456-7.
Fairchild, R.M, Everly, M., Bauer, R., Walters, L., Anderson, L, Laws, S. (2013). Rural Nurses’ Continuing Education Needs: A U.S. Multi-Site Survey Reveals Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3 (5), 45-55. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v3n5p45
Novak, Katherine, Fairchild, R.M. (2012). Bedside Reporting and SBAR: Improving Patient Communication and Satisfaction. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2012.09.001
Frazetta, D., Willet, K. and Fairchild, R. (October 2012). A systematic review of smartphone application use for type 2 diabetic patients. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 16 (3), available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=2041
Fairchild, R.M, Everly, M., Bozarth, L., Bauer, R., Walters, L., Sample, M., Anderson, L. (2012). A Qualitative Study of Continuing Education Needs of Rural Nursing Unit Staff: The Nurse Administrator’s Perspective. Nurse Education Today, available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2012.05.023
Fairchild, R.M. (2012) Hold That Tiger! A Collaborative Service Learning Academy-Practice Partnership in Information Technology with Rural Healthcare Facilities. Nurse Educator, 37 (3), 108-114.
Fairchild, R.M. (2011). Quality of Care in Critical Access Hospitals, Research Letter and Scholarly Responses, Journal of the American Medical Association, 306(15), 1653-1655.
Fairchild, R.M. (2010). West Central Indiana-Area Health Education Center (WCI-AHEC) Needs Assessment Study Report on the Continuing Education Needs of Nursing Staff in the WCI-AHEC Region. Terre Haute, Indiana, Report #102-2010, 1-58.
Fairchild, R. (2009). “Caring in the Midst of Complexity in Healthcare: Practical Ethical Theory for Professional Nurses”, Nursing Ethics 17 (3), 353-362.
Moody, R.C., Horton-Deutsch, S.A., & Pesut, D.J. (2007). “The Role of Appreciative Inquiry for Leaders in the Nursing Academy: Visioning Cultural Shift”, Journal of Nursing Education, 46 (7).
Moody, R.C., Pesut, D.J., & Harrington, C.F. (2006). “Creating Safety Culture on Nursing Units: Human Performance and Organizational System Factors That May Make a Difference”, Journal of Patient Safety, 2 (4).
Moody, R.C. & Pesut, D.J. (2006). “The Motivation to Care: Application and Extension of Motivation Theory to Professional Nursing Work”. Journal of Health, Organization, and Management, 20 (1).
Ebright, P.A., Kooken, W.S., Moody, R.C. & AliShaq, Moza A.L. (2006). “Mindful Attention to Complexity: Implications for Teaching and Learning Patient Safety in Nursing”, in Oermann, M. H. & Heinrich, K. T. (Ed.s), Annual Review of Nursing Education: Innovations in Curriculum, Teaching, and Student and Faculty Development, National League for Nursing: Washington, DC.
Moody, R.C. (2006). “Creating and Sustaining Safety Culture in Acute Health Care Contexts: Evaluation of Relationships Among Nurse-Sensitive Variables That May Make a Difference”. Journal of Nursing Administration, 36 (5), 228.
Moody, R.C. (2004). “Reconceptualizing nurse productivity measures for the 21st Century”. Heath Care Management Review, 29 (2), 98-106.
"Defining Sustainability of Care Delivery in Rural Hospitals: A TCAB
Pilot Project", with Shiaw-Fen Ferng and Randi Zwerner, Sigma Theta Tau
International, Honor Society of Nursing, 42nd Biennial Convention (16
November - 20 November, 2013) (Accepted, Podium Presentation).
“Development of Health-Related Social Networking Site: A Doctoral-Level Nursing Informatics Project.” American Nursing Informatics Association, Annual National Conference Proceedings, May 1 – 4, 2013, San Antonio, Texas. [Invited]
“Partners in Care: A Pilot Study to Innovate Rural Hospital QI Interventions at the Grassroots Level.” Rural Nurses Leading for Quality Conference, Indiana State University, Indiana Rural Health Association, Health Care Excel, Landsbaum Center for Health Education, October 4th, 2012, Terre Haute, Indiana.
“Development of Health-Related Social Networking Site: A Doctoral Nursing Informatics Project.” College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services Nurse Faculty Retreat, “Health Information Technology Updates in Nursing”, August 16th, 2012, Terre Haute, Indiana. [Invited]
“Relevance of the Medical Home Concept and Interprofessional Education to Rural Healthcare”, Spring Into Quality Conference, Indiana Rural Health Association, March 2nd, 2012. [Invited].
“Sharing Needs Assessment Results in Mental Health for Rural Healthcare Providers in West Central Indiana”, Diversity Issues Graduate Luncheon, Department of Psychology, Spring, 2012 [Invited].
“Nursing Leadership: Fostering Academy-Practice Partnerships”. Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Central Indiana Chapter, Annual Meeting, Clinton, Indiana, December 9th, 2011 [Invited].
“There is Gold in This House!” Collaborations in Research, Indiana State University Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC), Landsbaum Center for Health Education, Terre Haute, Indiana, Nov. 1st, 2011 [Invited].
“HOLD THAT TIGER! Actualizing the TIGER HIT Initiative Via Service Learning”. International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 13-16.
“Continuing Education Needs of Professional Nurses and Nursing Staff in Rural Healthcare Facilities: From CE to IPE!” Annual Conference of the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA), Marriott Conference Center North, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 7, 2011.
“Creating a Culture of Excellence: Enhancing Use of Medication EMR in a Rural Indiana Hospital”, Tenth Annual Conference on Nursing Education, University of Southern Indiana, October 20th, 2010 (Manjeet Kaur).
“Assessment of Continuing Education Needs of Professional Nurses and Nursing Staff in Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities.” Summary Report at the Indiana State University-AHEC Continuing Education Open House, October 12th, 2010, Terre Haute, Indiana.
“Assessment of Continuing Education Needs of Professional Nurses and Nursing Staff in Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities” Summary Report at Area Health Education Center’s Advisory Council Luncheon, October 12th, Terre Haute, Indiana.
“Assessment of Continuing Education Needs of Professional Nurses and Nursing Staff in Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities” Summary Report at the Midwest Alliance of Health Education’s Governing Council’s Annual Meeting, June 10th, 2010, Indianapolis, IN.
“Collaborative Research Opportunities in Rural Health”. Presented at the Indiana Rural Health Association’s Spring Into Quality conference, Plainfield, IN, March 4th, 2010.
“The TIGER Initiative in Health Informatics for Rural Hospitals in Central Indiana”, for the 3rd Annual Nurse Faculty – Nurse Executive Summit, Scottsdale, AZ, December 3-5, 2009.
Collaborative Transformation: Design, Training, and Launch of a Virtual Sharepoint Site With an Alliance Partner. Global Medical Communications Summit, Eli Lilly and Company, August 28, 2008.
FYI For Your Improvement: Negotiation. Global Medical Communications Summit, Eli Lilly and Company, August 26, 2007.
Caring Amidst Complexity: A Story of Transformation for Medical-Surgical Nurses in a Health Care System, Conference Special Session, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing, September, 2006.
Caring in the Midst of Complexity: Practical Ethical Theory and Model for Nurses’ Ethical Reasoning Skills in Clinical Practice, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Guaranteed Ethics Symposium, April, 2006.
Creating and Sustaining Safety Cultures in Acute Care Health Contexts: Evaluation of Relationships Among Nurse Sensitive Variables that May Make a Difference. Podium presentation, National Nursing Administration Research Conference, Tucson, Arizona, October 5-8, 2005.
Motivation: Concept Clarification and Theory for Nursing. Guaranteed Theory Symposium, 29th Annual Research Conference, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Cincinnati. OH, April 1-4, 2005.
Nursing Knowledge Work and Health Care Productivity, Podium presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference: Evidence-Based Practice, Dublin, Ireland, July, 2004.
Empowering Newly Appointed Faculty: Nursing Deans’ Opportunities for Leadership, Podium Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference, November 1-4, 2003, Toronto, Canada.