Tara Spalla King has 20 years of experience in acute care nursing practice and 13 years of experience as a nurse educator, the past seven in an administrative capacity. Most recently she was the Academic Dean at a private Catholic nursing college where she assembled a team to build online programming and mentored nurse educators in online pedagogy. Tara is an experienced onsite evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is a team leader. She is a peer reviewer of online courses for Quality Matters, secretary of the Epsilon Chapter of STTI, and is also a member of the MNRS Communications & Engagement Committee. She is responsible for assessment and evaluation activity for select training grants in the college.
The focus of Dr. King’s prior research activity utilized web-conferencing technology to connect disparate and geographically separated/transcontinental groups of college students to discover the impact on cultural competence. For this work she received the Loadman Dissertation Award for Outstanding Dissertation, OSU Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2013. Dr. King is currently active in global initiatives, particularly serving in a consultant role for virtual global classrooms and mentoring faculty in global education projects.
- Reeder, C., McClerking, C., King, T.S., & Browning, K. (2021). Improving bedside procedures through the implementation of case based simulation and mastery learning for lumbar puncture training in novice advanced practice providers. JNP. In press.
- Reuter, J. & King. T.S. (2021). Impact of a specialty elective in response to the perioperative nursing shortage. AORN Journal. In press.
- King, T.S., Bochenek, J., Jenssen, U., Bowles, W. & Morrison-Beedy, D. (2021). Virtual study-abroad through web-conferencing: Sharing knowledge and building cultural appreciation in nursing education and practice. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/10436596211009583
- Morrison-Beedy, D., Jenssen, U., Bochenek, J., Bowles, W., King. T.S., & Mathisen, L. (2021). Building global nursing citizens through curricular integration of the Sustainable Development Goals within an international clinical experience. Nurse Educator. Online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000831
- King, T.S., Schubert, C., Pittman, O., Rohrig, L., McClerking, C. & Barthelmas, T. (2020). APRN student interprofessional simulation and use of an academic electronic health record: An innovative teaching-learning strategy. Nursing Education Perspectives. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000621
- Porembski, L., Fletcher, L. & King, T.S. (2020). New simulation orientation for sophomore nursing students: Continuous quality improvement. Nursing Education Perspectives. Published ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000684
- King, T.S., Melnyk, B.M., O’Brien, T., Bowles, W., Schubert, C., Fletcher, L. & Anderson, C.M. (2020). Doctoral degree preferences for nurse educators: Findings from a national study. Nurse Educator, 45(3), 144-149. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000730.
- King, T.S. & Nininger, J. (2019). Quality improvement in online course development: Igniting the online teaching team. CIN, 37(7), 349-356. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000517
- Shaw, P., Abbott, M. & King. T.S. (2018). Preparation for practice in newly licensed RNs: A mixed methods descriptive survey of preceptors. JPND, 34(6), 325-331. DOI: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000487
- Funded Research Grants
- American Council on Education (ACE) & Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku): Rapid Response Virtual Exchange/COIL Transformation Lab – Collaborative Training Grant between Lovisenberg Diaconal University College and OSU CON to share best practices and provide tools and resources to adapt education or exchange program into high-quality virtual exchanges. Role: Faculty from OSU CON.
- NINR, NIH – T32NR014225: Training in the Science of Health Development; Happ and Pickler (MPI), 2020-2025. The aims of this program are to train pre-doctoral fellows in the conduct of rigorous research in the science of health development. Role: Training program faculty member to assist with gathering some outcome measures through focus group interviews of T32 recipients.
- HRSA NEPQR-RNPC: OSU CON-PrimaryOne Health-CHWP-Preparing the RN Workforce to Practice in Primary Care to the Full Scope of their License. (Awarded 2018, 2018-2022) - $2,763,494. Grant Evaluator: Assisted in grant application, developed program outcome measures and schedule of surveys. Analyzes outcome data and contributes to annual reports.
- Degree Certifications
- PhD – The Ohio State University: Higher Education Policy & Leadership
- MA – The Ohio State University: Higher Education Policy & Leadership
- MSN – University of Pennsylvania: Community Health Nursing; Philadelphia, PA
- BSN – Wright State University; Dayton, OH
- King, T.S., Bochenek, J., Morrison-Beedy, D. & Jenssen, U. (2021, November). Impact of effective virtual global classrooms on cultural awareness and motivational cultural intelligence. Paper presentation at the STTI 46th Biennial Convention, Indianapolis,
- Bochenek, J., Jenssen, U., Morrison-Beedy, D. & King, T.S. (2021, November). Virtual global classroom situated in Norway: Connecting across continents. Paper presentation at the STTI 46th Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
- Bochenek, J., Morrison-Beedy, D., Jenssen, U., Bowles, W., King, T.S. & Mathisen, L. (2021, November). Teaching strategies to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals in nursing education during an international exchange.
- Morrison-Beedy, D., Bochenek, J., Bowles, W. & King, T.S. (2021, November). Transforming student understanding of SDGs using reflective blogs/vlogs to compare/contrast in a global experience.
- Spalla, T. & O’Mathuna, D. (2014, March). Comparison of international qualitative data to improve cultural competence of undergraduate students in nursing and health sciences. Poster presentation at the 2014 Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society [MNRS]
- Spalla, T. (2013, November). Intercultural web-conferencing to increase cultural competence of nursing students. Paper Presentation at the STTI 42nd Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
- O’Mathuna, D. & Spalla, T. (2013, July). Using Technology to Build Bridges & Break Boundaries in Religion Education. Paper presentation at the 2013 Changing Boundaries: Mindfulness, Spirituality and Education Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ir
- Spalla, T. (2013, March). Intercultural Experiential Learning for Nursing Students Enabled by the Technology of Web Conferencing Paper presentation at the 2013 Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society [MNRS] Conference. Chicago, IL.
- Waterman, A., Snively, T. & Spalla, T. (2015, November). A transformative MODEL of caring and quality in online nursing education. Paper presentation at the STTI 43th Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
- O’Mathuna, D. & Spalla, T. (2015, January). Web-based teaching to build bridges and break boundaries. Oral presentation at the Teaching & Learning Spring School 2015 Dublin City University. Dublin, Ireland.
- Spalla, T. (2014, September). Executive academic leadership challenge: Leading online programs. Oral presentation at the STTI Leadership Connection 2014 conference, Indianapolis, IN.
- King, T.S. (2018, November). Leveraging formative course evaluations to enhance curriculum and improve student engagement. Poster presentation at the 2018 AACN Faculty Development Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- Marzalik, P. & Spalla, T. (2015, November). Teaching care of veterans and their families in an online nursing program. Poster presentation at the STTI 43th Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
- Spalla, T., Spurlock, D., Marzalik, P., Snively, T., Dolan, S. & Yeo, S. (2015, March). Selecting a new LMS: Rapid evaluation strategy for best fit. Poster presentation at the 2015 Ohio League for Nursing [OLN] Education Summit, Dublin, OH.
- Marzalik, P. & Spalla, T. (2015, March). "Joining Forces": Incorporating veteran-centric content into an online RN-BSN curriculum. Poster presentation at the 2015 Ohio League for Nursing [OLN] Education Summit, Dublin, OH.
- Waterman, A., Snively, T. & Spalla, T. (2015, March). A model of caring and quality in online nursing education. Poster presentation at the 2015 Ohio League for Nursing [OLN] Education Summit, Dublin, OH.
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.