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Faculty

Gerry Altmiller, Ed. D., R.N.

Associate Professor of Nursing, Coordinator of the MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Track

E-mail:altmiller@lasalle.edu

Phone:215.951.1312

Office:St. Benilde Tower 4425

Gerry Altmiller is an Associate Professor of Nursing at La Salle and a clinical nurse specialist at Albert Einstein Medical Center. She has been a member of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Collaboration since 2006 and has been a national consultant for QSEN since 2009. She has published several teaching strategies for focusing nursing education on quality and safety concerns. She is also a reviewer for the QSEN organization. Dr. Altmiller was an invited author by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for its Transition to Practice Project, to author the Teamwork and Communication Module of its project, which is proposed to provide national education focused on quality and safety for all nurses by the year 2015. She has published on quality and safety in nursing education and has spoken nationally at conferences on this topic. She has researched lateral violence in the nursing profession and incivility in the educational arena and presented the results at national conferences regarding the negative effects these impose on patient safety.  

Currently, Dr. Altmiller teaches in the undergraduate nursing program and serves as the track coordinator for the clinical nurse specialist program.

Certifications

Board certified adult clinical nurse specialist

Education

Ed.D.—Higher Education Leadership, Widener University, 2008 
MSN— Critical Care, Emergency, Trauma, Widener University, 1997
BSN, La Salle University, 1990

Areas of Expertise

Acute Care Nursing
Teamwork and Communication

Teaching

Graduate Program

  • NUR 608 Population Based Nursing Care
  • NUR 620 Nursing Care of Adults in Health and Illness
  • NUR 621 Nursing Care of Adults in Health and Illness
  • NUR 625 Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical Practice
  • NUR 626 Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical Practice

Undergraduate Program

  • NUR 417 Nursing Seminar
  • NUR 416 Acute Care Nursing
  • NUR 412 Care of the Adult with Chronic Illness
  • NUR 307 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NUR 305 Clinical for Nursing Assessment Course

Publications

Altmiller G. (Oct 2012).  The role of constructive feedback in patient safety and 

continuous quality improvement.  Nursing Clinics of North America, 47 (3)

Altmiller, G.  (2012).  Student perceptions of incivility in nursing education: Implications for

educators.  Nursing Education Perspectives 33 (1), 15-20. 

Altmiller, G. (April 2011).  Communication and Teamwork.  National Council of State Boards of

Nursing: Transition to Practice Program learning module.  This learning module was

developed for implementation as a national program for new-to-practice nurses.  It was

commissioned by the National Council that oversees licensing for all nurses in the

United States.  This initiative is a national education program to be mandated for

nursing licensure renewal.  The program consists of seven modules authored by

experts in their field.  I was recruited as an expert in teamwork and communication.

This project entailed creating educational content that includes interactive exercises

and a web-based examination for participants.

Altmiller G. (2011).  Teaching clinical nurse specialist students to resolve conflict:  Strategies

that promote effective communication and teamwork.  Clinical Nurse Specialist, 25 (5),

260-2. 

Altmiller, G. (2011).  Quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN) competencies and the 

clinical nurse specialist role: Implications for preceptors.  Clinical Nurse Specialist, 25

(1), 28-32. 

Books

Text Book Chapter
Altmiller, G.  (2013).  Interdisciplinary Teamwork and Collaboration.  In P. Kelly, C McAuliffe,

& B. Votto (editors) Quality and Patient Safety.  Clifton Park, NY:  Delmar

Publishing.

 

Exemplar
Altmiller, G.  (2010).   Promoting safety by influencing new-to-practice nurses.  Exemplar 

Patti Rager Zuzelo The clinical nurse specialist handbook, 2nd ed., 319-322 Sudbury,

MA:  Jones and Bartlett.

Presentations

September 28, 2012    
Quality and Safety in Nursing Education: An Introduction to the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes.  American Nephrology Nurses Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

September 14, 2012    
Quality and Safety in Nursing Education: An Introduction to the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes.  Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association 2012 Clinical Practice Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

May 31, 2012            
Graduate Education and the QSEN Competencies:  The Role of Preceptors.  Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum.  Tucson, Arizona.

June 2, 2011    
Using Unfolding Case Studies to Teach QSEN Competencies.  Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

March 11, 2011      
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses and the CNS Role.  National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

March 10, 2011        
Teaching New RN Graduates How to Shield Themselves from Lateral Violence.  National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.


Patricia Bicknell

Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, CNL
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
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Phone: 215.951.1392
E-mail: bicknell@lasalle.edu


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