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Gayle Lorraine Gravlin EdD, RN, NEA-BC

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United StatesBSNursing
    Yale University, New Haven, CT, United StatesMSNursing
    Worcester City Hospital School, Worcester, MA, United StatesRNNursing
    Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, United StatesEDDEducation

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    Dr. Gayle Gravlin is Assistant Professor of Nursing at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing

    Born and raised in Worcester, Gayle enthusiastically returns to UMass, where she began her professional nursing career. Gayle practiced as a newly licensed nurse on an inpatient medical-surgical unit. She then joined the interdisciplinary care team on the Palliative Care unit.  She was also an inaugural RN member of the care team that opened the Inpatient Child Psychiatric unit at UMass Medical Center.


    Ed.D, Teachers College, Columbia University

    MSN, Yale University School of Nursing, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing program.

    BSN, Boston College School of Nursing

    RN, The Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester, MA.


    American Nurses Association Credentialing Center –Board Certified, Nurse Executive, Advanced, (12/1/1991 – 12/31/2016)

    Nursing executive practice included:

    • Nurse practice leader, nurse educator, and nurse mentor committed to evidence-based care, quality outcomes, safe passage/care transitions; educating nurses to meet the care needs of patients over 65 years old and their families. Translated patient care needs, regulatory requirements and current healthcare and nursing best-practices into curriculum; Trained as Matter of Balance program coach;

    • Led large hospital-based nursing education and competency programs for over 1000 licensed and unlicensed staff; set direction for Nursing Clinical Advancement and Recognition Program (CAP);

    • Built nursing research/EBP program and served as inaugural member of LHMC’s Nursing Research Steering Committee and Nursing Research Committee;

    • Co-leading organization wide projects: initial Magnet Nursing Excellence designation in 2009 and the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) designation from 2010;

    • Recognized for team’s high staff engagement for 3 consecutive years; recipient of 2009 New England Regional Nursing Excellence Award in the Category of Mentorship from Nursing Spectrum Magazine.

    • Represented ONL of MA/RI as co-chair of NOFNCC committee that led to the publication of the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future (NOF) Nursing Core Competencies (2010) and APIC group, one of 9 MA Action Coalition teams that developed the NOF Nursing Core Competency Toolkit (2014). 

    Research interests as reflected by publications/presentations of IRB approved studies included:


    “Nurses” and Nursing Assistants’ Reports of Missed Care and Delegation”, published in The Journal of Nursing Administration, July/August, 2010.  Poster presented at the AONE national conference in San Antonio, Texas in April 2009 received 3rd place recognition.

    “Critical Thinking, Delegation and Missed Care in Nursing Practice”, published in The Journal of Nursing Administration, March, 2009;

    “Assessing the Effects of Simulation on Critical Thinking Skills of Newly Licensed Nurses”.  Accepted for poster presentations at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), (Jan. 2015) and at the Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANDP), (July 2015).

    “TUSM Medical Student/Nurse Partnership Program: A pilot study of pre-clerkship medical student/nurse interactions on the wards”. Podium presentation - 5th Annual Nursing Research Day, Lahey Clinic, May 2008.

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    1. Sullivan-Bolyai S, Pellegrini L, Boucher J, Gravlin G, O'Neil W, Coco A, Vitello J. Using a Nursing Salon to Identify and Develop an Initiative for Family Caregivers of Older Adults. J Nurs Adm. 2020 Jan; 50(1):40-44. PMID: 31809455.
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    2. Phoenix Bittner N, Gravlin G, MacDonald C, Bourgeois D. A Newly Licensed Nurse Orientation Program Evaluation: Focus on Outcomes. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017 Jan 01; 48(1):22-28. PMID: 28099675.
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    3. Bittner NP, Gravlin G, Hansten R, Kalisch BJ. Unraveling care omissions. J Nurs Adm. 2011 Dec; 41(12):510-2. PMID: 22094614.
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    4. Sroczynski M, Gravlin G, Route PS, Hoffart N, Creelman P. Creativity and connections: the future of nursing education and practice: the Massachusetts Initiative. J Prof Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec; 27(6):e64-70. PMID: 22142929.
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    5. Gravlin G, Phoenix Bittner N. Nurses' and nursing assistants' reports of missed care and delegation. J Nurs Adm. 2010 Jul-Aug; 40(7-8):329-35. PMID: 20661063.
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    6. Bittner NP, Gravlin G. Critical thinking, delegation, and missed care in nursing practice. J Nurs Adm. 2009 Mar; 39(3):142-6. PMID: 19590471.
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