Miriam Bender

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Assistant Professor
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

Ph.D., University of San Diego, 2013, Nursing Science

M.S.N., Univerisity of San Diego, 2008, Clinical Leadership

B.S., University of California, Irvine, 1989, Biological Sciences

Phone: (949) 824-6181
Email: miriamb@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Program in Nursing Science
252C Berk Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
clinical leadership, healthcare processes and outcomes, care quality and safety, nursing care models
Academic Distinctions
2017: Dean's Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction, UCI
2017: Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research Award, Clinical Nurse Leader Association
2016: NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, online and Washington DC (competitive award)
2015: Inaugural Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research Award, Clinical Nurse Leader Association
2013: Emerging Scholars Forum Invitee, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
2013: New Investigator Award, Academy Health, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues
2013: Graduate Dean Merit Scholar, University of San Diego
2012: Irene Palmer Nursing Research Award, University of San Diego
2008: Dean’s Scholar Award, University of San Diego
2007: Academic Excellence Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Mu Chapter
Research Abstract
Miriam Bender received her PhD in Nursing Science in May 2013 from the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and joined the UCI Program in Nursing Science as an Assistant Professor in November 2014. Dr. Bender's research focuses on the relationships between the organization of care delivery, multi-professional practice dynamics, and patient care quality and safety outcomes. Care delivery foci include transitional and acute care models. Her most recent work seeks to characterize, measure, explain and evaluate an innovative model that integrates a new role, the clinical nurse leader (CNL), into nursing care delivery microsystems. This includes the development and empirical validation of a model for CNL practice that begins to elucidate the mechanisms by which CNL-integrated care delivery improves care quality and patient safety outcomes. The model is currently being tested in diverse health systems across the country. This work has required advances in theoretical and methodological approaches to examine healthcare delivery, and attention to the ways healthcare data are generated and interpreted to measure healthcare delivery and outcomes. Implications include the identification of valid approaches to better understand the mechanisms of action for a variety of care models and to develop meaningful tools to measure their impact on care quality and safety. The goal is to produce a strong conceptual and empirical evidence base for models of care delivery that consistently impact care quality and safety patient outcomes and can be taken up across the healthcare spectrum.
Bender M., Spiva L., Patrick S., Meffert S., Moton L., Clark S., Mathis K., Leclerc L., Knotts K., Mount A. (in press). Participatory research in action: Clinical Nurse Leader co-knowledge production and quality improvement in a seamless trajectory. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Bender M. (2018). Re-conceptualizing the nursing metaparadigm: Articulating the philosophical ontology of the nursing discipline that orients practice and inquiry. Nursing Inquiry, 25(3), e12243. https:// DOI: 10.1111/nin.12243

Bender M., Avolio, A., Baker P., Harris J.L., Hilton, N, Hites L., Roussel L., Shirley B., Thomas T., Williams M. (2018). Developing the Clinical Nurse Leader survey instrument: a modified Delphi study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 33(4), 300-308. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000310

Bender M., Spiva L., Su W., Hites, L. (2018). Organizing nursing knowledge and practice into care delivery models that catalyze quality: A Clinical Nurse Leader case study. Journal of Nursing Management, 26, 563-662. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12596

Bender M. (2018). Models versus theories as a primary carrier of nursing knowledge: a philosophical argument. Nursing Philosophy 19(1), e12198. DOI: 10.1111/nup.12198

Clavo-Hall J A, Bender M. (2018). Roles enacted by Clinical Nurse Leaders across the healthcare spectrum: A systematic literature review. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34(4), p. 259-268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.11.007

Kaack L., Bender M., Finch M., Borns L., Grasham K., Avolio A., Clausen S., Terese N A., Johstone D., Williams M. (2018). A Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) practice development model to support integration of CNLs into care delivery systems. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34(1), 65-71. Doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.06.007

Cruz, M., Bender, M., & Ombao, H. (2017). A robust interrupted time series model for analyzing complex health care intervention data. Statistics in Medicine, 36(29), 4660–4676. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9892.1988.tb00459.x

Bender M. (2017). Clinical Nurse Leader integrated care delivery: An approach to organizing nursing knowledge into practice models that promote interprofessional, team-based care. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(3), 189-195. DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000247

Bender, M., Elias D. (2017). Reorienting esthetic knowing as an appropriate ‘object’ of scientific inquiry to advance understanding of a critical pattern of nursing knowledge in practice. Advances in Nursing Science, 40(1), 24-36

Bender, M., Williams M., Su W., Hites, L. (2017). Refining and validating a conceptual model of Clinical Nurse Leader integrated care delivery. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(2), 448-464. doi: 10.1111/jan.13113

Bender, M., Williams M., Su W., Hites, L. (2016). Clinical Nurse Leader integrated care delivery to improve care quality and safety: factors influencing perceived success. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 48(4), 414-422. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12217

Bender M., Williams M., Su W. (2016). Diffusion of a nurse-led healthcare innovation: Describing Certified Clinical Nurse Leader integration into care delivery. Journal of Nursing Administration. 46(7/8), 400-407. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000365

Bender M. (2016). Clinical Nurse Leader integration into practice: Developing theory to guide best practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 32(1), 32-40. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2015.06.007

Bender M. (2016). Conceptualizing Clinical Nurse Leader practice: an interpretive synthesis. Journal of Nursing Management. 24(1), E23-E31. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12285

Williams M, Bender M (2015). Growing and sustaining the CNL initiative: shifting the focus from pioneering innovation to evidence-driven integration into healthcare delivery. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(11), 540-543.

Bender M, Smith T (2016). Using administrative mental health indicators in heart failure outcomes research; a comparison of clinical records and international classification of disease coding. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 22(1), 56-60. doi:10.1016/j.cardfail.2015.08.002

Bender M, Feldman MS. (2015). A practice theory approach to understanding the interdependency of nursing practice and the environment: implications for nurse-led care delivery models. Advances in Nursing Science, 38(2), 96-109.

Gambling DR, Bender M, Faron S, Glaser D, Farrell TR. (2015). Prophylactic intravenous ephedrine to minimize fetal bradycardia after combined spinal-epidural labor analgesia: a randomized controlled study. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 62,1201-1208.

Bender M, Self B, Schroeder E, Giap B. (2015). Comparing the effectiveness of new-technology passive warming vs. traditional passive warming methods to optimize perioperative body core temperature. AORN journal, 102(2), 183.e1-183.e8. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2015.06.005.

Davis, C., Bender, M., Smith, T, Broad, J., (2015). Feasibility and Acute Care Utilization Outcomes of a Post-Acute Transitional Telemonitoring Program for Underserved Chronic Disease Patients. Telemedicine and e-Health, 21(9): 705-713. doi:10.1089/tmj.2014.0181.

Bender M, Smith T, Thompson J, Koucheki A, Holdy K. (2015). Predictors of suboptimal glycemic control for hospitalized patients with diabetes: targets for clinical action. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 22(4), 159-167.

Bender M. (2014). The current evidence base for the clinical nurse leader: A narrative review of the literature. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(2), 110–123.

Hoefer D., Johnson S. K., Bender M. (2013). Development and preliminary evaluation of an innovative advanced chronic disease care model. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 20(9), 408-418.

Bender M., Connelly C. D., Brown C. (2013). Interdisciplinary collaboration: The role of the clinical nurse leader. Journal of Nursing Management, 21(1), 165-174.

Bender M, Connelly C. D., Glaser D., Brown C. (2012). Clinical nurse leader impact on microsystem care quality. Nursing Research, 61(5), 326-332.

Bender M., Mann L., Olson J. (2011). Leading transformation: Implementing the clinical nurse leader role. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(7/8), 296-298.
Irene Palmer Nursing Research Award; University of San Diego 01/06/2012-05/01/2013 Bender M. (PI) Developing a Clinical Nurse Leader practice model Role: PI
Center for Organizational Research; University of California Irvine 11/01/2014-09/01/2015 Bender M. (PI) Validating a theoretical model linking Clinical Nurse Leader practice to improved care quality and safety Role: PI
Commission on Nurse Certification 01/11/2014-09/31/2015 Bender, M (PI) Validating a Model for Clinical Nurse Leader Practice Role: PI
Academic Senate Research and Travel Award; University of California Irvine 1/26/2016-06/30/2016 Bender, M (PI) Implementation and effectiveness of an innovative care delivery model Role: PI
UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science 4/1/2016-4/30/2017 Bender, M (PI) Developing capacity to conduct large-scale testing of an explanatory model of clinical nurse leader integrated care delivery: leveraging health system stakeholders Role: PI
Commission on Nurse Certification 07/01/2016-06/30/2017 Bender, M (PI) Implementation and effectiveness of CNL integrated nursing care delivery Role: PI
Academic Senate Research and Travel Award; University of California Irvine 1/31/2017-06/30/2017 Bender, M (PI) Quantifying The Implementation And Effectiveness Of Clinical Nurse Leader Integrated Care Delivery Role: PI
UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science 2/1/2017-4/01/2018 Bender, M (PI) Estimating the operationalization of Clinical Nurse Leader practice model domains/components in diverse health systems: a criterion validation study Role: PI
Medical Humanities Initiative; University of California Irvine 3/3/2017-6/30/2018 Bender, M; Veenstra, J. (co-PIs) Developing and Piloting an Improvisation Workshop Role: co-PI
Commission on Nurse Certification: American Association of Colleges of Nursing 07/01/2018-06/30/20121 Bender, M (PI) Linking levels of Clinical Nurse Leader practice to levels of outcome achievement Role: PI
Other Experience
Outcomes Research Specialist
Sharp HealthCare 2010—2014

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