Dr. Tara O’Brien is an assistant professor and early stage principal investigator testing non-pharmacological real-time self-management interventions to promote health outcomes in kidney transplant recipients at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Her research seeks to shift the paradigm of using printed materials for promoting self-care to using wearable sensors and working with health coaches. In prior work, she found that kidney transplant recipients using a multicomponent intervention for wearing an activity tracker, in combination with health coaching to monitor physical activity, had improved resting heart rates compared to a control group that only used the activity tracker.
Dr. O’Brien has 26 years of nursing experience working with underserved populations living with chronic disease in rural and urban communities. She brings 14 years of knowledge for integrating technology in the classroom to promote active learning and also using technology to achieve health goals in research. She has received over $400,000.00 funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, International Transplant Nursing Society, and American Nephrology Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for her work targeting mobile technology to facilitate self-management after a kidney transplant. Dr. O’Brien received the Southern Nursing Research Society Aging Research Interest Group Rising Investigator Award in 2019, and was selected to participate the Southern Nursing Research Society Leadership Academy in 2020.
Dr. O’Brien has been a certified nurse educator since 2010. She has received multiple teaching awards and received the 2019 Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence organization. Her teaching contributions include developing and testing active teaching strategies to promote learning outcomes among nursing students. In prior work, she found that active teaching strategies using a hands-on approach improves student satisfaction and confidence. Dr. O’Brien’s teaching style both in the classroom and the online setting is characterized as a flipped classroom approach, for which she received overwhelming satisfaction reports from students.
Dr. O’Brien now serves as the Chair of the Southern Nurses Research Society’s Aging Research Interest Group, a board member for the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Education Committee. She serves on the Kidney Donor Conversations committee and is an Ambassador Advocate for Lifeline of Ohio promoting organ donation. Dr. O’Brien received an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Hocking College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Ohio University, and a Doctorate in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina.
- 2018-Present: Ambassador Advocate for Lifeline of Ohio
- 2018-Present: Community Volunteer for Lifeline of Ohio
- Troutman-Jordan, M., O’Brien, T., Blair, C., & Pena, T. (June, 2020) Physical activity, cardiovascular health and mood state in older adults, Geriatric Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.05.010
- O'Brien T, Russell, C., Tan, A., Mion, L., Rose, K., Focht, B., Daloul, R., &Hathaway, D. (2020). A pilot randomized controlled trial using SystemCHANGE™ approach to increasing physical activity in older kidney transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation
- O'Brien, T., & Meyer, T. (2020). A Feasibility Study for Teaching Older Kidney Transplant Recipients How to Wear and Use an Activity Tracker to Promote Daily Physical Activity. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 47(1), 47-51.
- Fusner, S. Moots, H. O’Brien, T. & Sinnott, L. (December, 2019). Faculty perceptions of the importance of physical assessment skills taught in prelicensure nursing education. Nurse Educator. 10.1097/nne.0000000000000763
- Troutman-Jordan, M., O’Brien, T., Coggin, J., & Page, K. (October, 2019). Brain health knowledge in the aging population: Eat better, move more. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging. 1-16. 10.1080/01924788.2019.1676627.
- O’Brien, T., Russell, C.L., AlKahlout, K., Rosenthal, A., Meyer, T., Tan, A., Daloul, R., & Hathaway, D. (November, 2019). Recruitment of older kidney transplant recipients to a longitudinal study. Nursing Research. 10.1097/nnr.0000000000000406
- King, T., Melnyk, B., O’Brien, T., Bowles, W., Shubert, C., Fletcher, L., & Anderson, C. (July, 2019) Doctoral degree preferences for nurse educators: Findings from a national study. Nurse Educator, doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000730
- O’Brien, T., Russell, C.L., Washington, M., Tan, A., & Hathaway, D. (December, 2018). An exploratory correlational study in the use of mobile technology among adult kidney transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. 28(4), 368-375. doi:10.1177/1526924818800051.
- Johnson R, Clark R, O’Brien T. Improving Family Nurse Practitioner Students’ Confidence for Clinical Decision Making and Presenting Patient Information to the Preceptor. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. 2018;11(2):114-118. doi:10.1891/2380-9422.214.171.124.
- Russell, C., Miller, C., Remy, L., Wessol, J., Andrews, A., Clark, D., Hardinger, K., O'Brien, T., Hathaway, D., & Goggin, K. (April/May, 2018). Improvement of immunosuppressive medication adherence using a SystemCHANGE intervention: Case study of an older adult kidney transplant recipient. Nephrology Nursing Journal. 45(2) 183-223.
- O’Brien, T., & Hathaway. D. (2017). Students and faculty perceptions of an undergraduate nursing research internship program. Nurse Educator, doi 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000412
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway, D., Russell, C.L., Moore, S.M. (2017). Merging an activity tracker with SystemCHANGETM to improve physical activity in older kidney transplant recipients. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44(2), 153-158.
- Johnson, R., O’Brien, T., Emerson, S., & Reed, L. (2017). Perceptions of family nurse practitioner (FNP/DNP) clinical preceptors regarding usefulness of onsite clinical site visits. Nurse Educator. 42(1), 51-54. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000289
- O’Brien, T., & Hathaway, D. (2016). An integrative literature review of physical activity recommendations for adult renal transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. 26(4), 1381-385. doi 10.1177/1526924816664079
- O’Brien, T., Jenkins, C., Amella, E., Mueller, M., Moore, M., & Hathaway, D. (2016). An internet assisted weight loss program intervention for older overweight and obese rural women. Journal of Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 34(11), 513-519 doi: 10.1097/cin.0000000000000275
- Recent Research Activities
- Dr. O'Brien recently completed a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (2016-2019), Nursing Institute of Nursing Research for a K23 Award titled, Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE. Currently, Dr. O'Brien is conducting a study exploring mobile health apps and health coaching using a virtual approach with kidney transplant recipients. This study is funded by The Ohio State University College of Nursing Seed Grant.
- Funded Research Grants
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (March, 2018). Mobile Health Apps to Facilitate Self-management: A Qualitative Study of Kidney Transplant Recipients. American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Grant Program. ($3,000.00)
- O’Brien, T., (March, 2017). Using REDCap for Assessing Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE. TM The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science grant support (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant 8UL1TR000090-05","National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant 8UL1TR000090-05. ($2975.00)
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (September, 2016). Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE TM. K23NR016274 National Institutes of Health, Nursing Institute of Nursing Research. ($388,075.00), 09/26/2016-07/21/2019.
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (July, 2016). The Use of Mobile Phone Technology in Kidney Transplant Recipients. International Transplant Nurses Society. ($2,500).
- Smith, W., Myers, M., O’Brien, T., & Chan, A. (March, 2016). Interactive Exercise Intervention System via Xbox Kinect. University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pocket CORNET Research Award. ($50,000.00).
- 2020 Selected to for the College of Nursing Global Virtual Classroom Experience Award
- 2020 Selected Candidate for the Southern Nursing Research Society Leadership Academy
- 2019 National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award
- 2019 Southern Nursing Research Society, Aging Research Interest Group, Rising Investigator Award
- 2019 The Ohio State University Sphinx Senior Class Honorary, Faculty Mentor Award for Making a Difference in Student College Careers
- 2015 Received the nomination for the UNC-Charlotte Chancellor’s 2014-2015 Senior Survey for the person who made the most significant and positive contribution to student education
- Professional Activities
- 2020-2022 Kidney Donor Conversations, Incorporate Board of Directors
- 2019-2020 National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Education Committee member
- 2019-2020 Southern Nurses Research Society, Chair, Aging Research Interest Group
- 2019-2020 International Transplant Nursing Society, Task Force Chair, English Pamphlets and Handbooks
- 2018-2019 Southern Nurses Research Society, co-Chair, Aging Research Interest Group
- 2017-2019 International Transplant Nursing Society, Education Committee
- 2016-2018 Southern Nurses Research Society, Leadership Succession Committee
by Pat Ford-Roegner
Lurking right behind the COVID-19 pandemic is another major killer: the seemingly unstoppable incidences of violence by Americans on one another. Most recently, we witnessed senseless shootings in areas including Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kenosha, WI and Orange County, CA. Major cities are experiencing a steep rise in gun violence. My hometown of Philadelphia reels daily from violence. Innocent children are frequent victims.
The events themselves are horrific, but only part of the story.
OHIO-Nurses are up against major obstacles every day: workplace violence; burnout; unsafe staffing; COVID-19; and other traumatic events. Many of these have a lasting impact that go beyond the bedside, leading to moral injury within the profession. Moral injury, often described as a consequence of continual acts that go against one’s morality, is a phenomenon sweeping the profession, which is why the Ohio Nurses Foundation announced today the winners of a $100,000 award to support important research on moral injury in nursing.