Esther Chipps, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing; Clinical Nurse Scientist
(614) 292-7404

Office 2019E, 600 Ackerman Rd
600 Ackerman Rd., Columbus, OH








Dr. Chipps CV


Esther Chipps PhD, RN, NEA-BC is the Clinical Nurse Scientist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Practice.  Dr. Chipps ‘s hospital-based clinical nurse scientist role focuses on directing the program of research for the nursing staff at our large academic medical center.  In addition to facilitating the bedside clinical research projects of staff RNs and advanced practice RNs, she is also involved in many interdisciplinary research teams throughout the health system.  Dr Chipps is certified as a Nurse Executive-Advanced.  Dr Chipps has published in a variety of nursing and interdisciplinary journals.  Her specific research interests are in developing and implementing evidence-based protocols in the hospital setting and clinician decision making related to the prevention of hospital errors.



Research Activities (Recent)


Funding Agency: American Nurses Foundation:  Evaluation of Nursing Activities and the Alignment to Top of License Practice.

Role: Co-Investigator (Grant Mentor)


Funding Agency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Division of Patient Safety:  Increasing the Efficiency of Nursing Documentation While Avoiding Unsafe “Copy Forward” Workarounds.

Role: Co-Investigator  (PI: E Patterson)


Funding Agency: American Organization of Nurse Executives, Cerner Award:  Dynamic Patient Events: Impact of Nursing Workload, Staffing, Adverse Events and Omissions of Nursing Care.

Role: Co-Investigator (Grant mentor)/ (PI: J Buck)


Funding Agency: National Association of Neonatal Nurses Suctioning Care of the Infant on Neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

Role:  Co-Investigator (Grant mentor)/Co-I/ M Sweet)


Funding Agency:  Medline Incorporation:  Prevention Above All Award Systematic Oral Care Program in Post-Mechanically Ventilated, Post-Intensive Care Patients

Role: Principal Investigator


Funding Agency:  American Nurse Foundation/ Josie King Foundation, New Graduate Nurses’ Judgments of the Classification and Level of Risk of Patient Care Errors: Challenges in the First Year of Practice

Role: Principal Investigator


Funding Agency: American Organization of Nurse Executives, Seed Grant : Measuring Safety Behaviors in Nurses:  Development of a New Instrument.

Role: Principal Investigator


Funding Agency: Sigma Theta Tau/Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation Impact of an Oral Care Program on Post-Stroke Survivors: A Pilot Study

Role: Principal Investigator


Funding Agency: Sigma Theta Tau/Hill-Rom Inc/ Ohio Nurses’ Foundation Title: Nurses’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of the Safe Handling of the Morbidly Obese Patient

Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI: S Bejciy-Spring)


Funding Agency:  Ohio Nurses’ Foundation Research Award Impact of Education on the Reduction of Bullying in Inpatient Nursing Units

Role: Principal Investigator



Publications (Recent)

*Senior author/research mentor


Chipps, E., Carr, M., Henry R., MacDermott, J, Von Visger T., Calvitti, K., Vermillion, B., Weber, M.,  Newton, C., St Clair., J. et al. (2016) Outcomes of an Oral Care Protocol in Post-Mechanically Ventilated Patients. Worldviews of Evidenced-Based Nursing.13(2) ; 102-11. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12124. [Epub ahead of print]


Moore, V., Allen, L. Buck, J., Nash, M., & *Chipps, E. (2016). Exploring nurses’ perception of dynamic patient events.  Journal of Nursing Administratio,. 46(2):57-60


*Chipps, E, Gatens, G., Genter, L.  Musto, M. Dubis-Bohn A., Gliemmo A., Landers, T. (2014). Pilot Study of an Oral Care Protocol on Post-stroke Survivors.  Rehabilitation Nursing Journal.,39 (6); 294-304.


Zadvinski I., Chipps, E., Yen, P (2014).  Exploring nurses confirmed expectations regarding health IT :  A phenomenological study.  International Journal of Medical Informatics,83 (2), 89-98.


*Chipps, E., Stemlaschuk, S.,  Albert, N. Bernhard, L.(  2013). Workplace Bullying in the Operating Room:  Results of a Descriptive Study, AORN. 98 5);  479-493.


Mann, B., Sweet, M., Buck,J., Knupp, A., & *Chipps.(2013) Nasal continuous positive airway pressure:  A multisite study of suctioning practices within neonatal intensive care units Advances in Neonatal Nursing, 13(2); E1-9.


Zadvinski, I., Wills, C, Chipps, E., & Patterson, E (June 2013).  Process Measurement in Safe Patient Handling and Movement: A Literature Review.  American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, 3(2), 55-63.


*Chipps, E., McRury, M. (2012).  The development of an educational intervention to address workplace bullying:  A Pilot Study.  Journal for Nurses In Staff Development28(3): 94-8.


*Chipps, E, Wills, C. Tanda, R., Patterson, E. Elfrink, V., Brodnick, M., Schweikhart, S., Ryan-Wenger, N. ( 2011) Registered nurses judgments of the classification and risk level of patient care errors. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26 (4); 302-10.


Coffey, R., Kulisek, J., Tanda, R., *Chipps, E. (2011). Impact of the implementation of alcohol withdrawal symdrome guideline on patients with burn injuries. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 25 (6); 286-93.