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Maureen E Wassef PhD, RN

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing

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    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, United StatesBSNNursing
    Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, United StatesMSNNursing
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesPHDClinical Nursing Research

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    Area of Focus

    Nursing education, situational awareness, Interprofessional education, technology in healthcare education, simulation, Lean strategies/maximizing quality care in the heath professions, human factors research (reflection/situation awareness).

    Educational Background

    Dr. Wassef received her BS in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1984, MSN from Southern Connecticut State University in 1989 and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Worcester in 2004.


    Dr. Wassef currently serves as the Director of the Continuing Education Program and teaches in both the DNP and PhD programs. After years in  clinical focusing on cardiac care and completing her dissertation focusing on women and heart disease, she has pursued her scholarly interest in nursing education and strategies to prepare healthcare practitioners providing quality/safe patient care.  Her current studies deal with interprofessional collaboration in the area of situation awareness and the use of the 3-D anatomage table.  

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    1. Morris NS, Wassef ME, Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Kane AT. Making explicit the development of PhD-prepared nurses to steward the discipline. Nurs Outlook. 2020 Oct 15. PMID: 33070981.
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    2. Wassef, ME, Tuomi, MO, Finn, T, Sullivan-Bolyai, S. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice,. A theoretically based coding system to guide assessment and evaluation of the affective domain. 2015; (6):45-54.
    3. Wassef, M.E., Terrill, E., Yarzebski, J. & Flaherty, H. Journal of Nursing and Health Care,. The significance of situation awareness in the clinical setting: implications for nursing education. 2014; (1):1-2.
    4. Wassef ME, Riza L, Maciag T, Worden C, Delaney A. Implementing a competency-based electronic portfolio in a graduate nursing program. Comput Inform Nurs. 2012 May; 30(5):242-8; quiz 249-50. PMID: 22411410.
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    5. Parker EB, Wassef ME. Flexible online learning options for graduate nursing students. Nurse Educ. 2010 Nov-Dec; 35(6):243-7. PMID: 20975408.
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