Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty
Office: LB 217E
Dr. Fairchild graduated from
with a BA in 1981 in Environmental Studies and French. She
subsequently completed an Associate degree in Nursing from the
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 Teaching in Nursing certification. She earned her doctoral
degree in Nursing from
in 2006, with major foci in health systems research and nursing
administration, and a minor focus in nursing leadership.
Dr. Fairchild has 12 years experience in the classroom and online learning environments in nursing (didactic and clinical courses) at the graduate, baccalaureate, and associate degree levels (Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College), and in pharmacology and anatomy and physiology at the baccalaureate and associate degree levels. 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 Dr. Fairchild’s recent publications and presentations:
Fairchild, R. (2009). “A Culture of Safety? Part Two: Toward a Theory of Human Caring in the Context of Complexity, Journal of Advanced Nursing (in-work).
Fairchild, R. (2009). “A Culture of Safety? Part One: An Ethnographic Portrait -- A Day in the Life of a Nursing Unit, Journal of Advanced Nursing (in-work).
Fairchild, R. (2009). “Caring in the Midst of Complexity in Healthcare: Practical Ethical Theory for Professional Nurses”, Nursing Ethics (accepted or publication).
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.
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.