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
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
252C Berk Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
clinical leadership, healthcare processes and outcomes, care quality and safety, nursing care models, nursing philosophy
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 University of California, Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in November 2014. Her scholarship falls into two distinct but related streams, empirical and philosophical.

Empirically, 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. Her most recent work seeks to conceptualize and quantify the efficacy of a model that integrates a new role, the clinical nurse leader (CNL), into nursing care delivery. This program of research intersects with implementation science as it explores how care interventions, context (people, things, and processes that characterize where the intervention is introduced), and implementation (processes of intervention integration) interact with each other to influence outcomes.

Philosophically, Dr. Bender has focused on engaging and re-interpreting fundamental disciplinary concepts such as the nursing metaparadigm and art-science dualism using a process philosophy lens. She is also founding Director of the Center for Nursing Philosophy, which provides a platform for engaging the local, national, and international nursing community and aims to advance novel scholarship elucidating the assumptions, principles, and concepts driving the discipline.
Guo Y., Rousseau J., Bender M., Lee J., Pimental P., Bojorquez Y., Silva M., Olshansky E. (in press). Relationships within MOMS Orange County Care Coordinated Home Visitation Perinatal Program. Journal of Public Health Nursing.

Leeman J., Baquero B., Bender M., Brown M., Ko L., Nilsen P., Wanger M., Birken S. (in press). Advancing the use of organization theory in implementation science. Preventative Medicine.

Bender M., L’Ecuyer K., Williams M. (2019). A Clinical Nurse Leader competency framework: Concept mapping competencies across policy documents. Journal of Professional Nursing. Published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.05.002

Bender M., Murphy EA., Cruz M., Ombao H. (2019). System and unit-level care quality outcomes after reorganizing frontline care delivery to integrate Clinical Nurse Leaders: a quasi-experimental time series study. Journal of Nursing Administration.49(6), p. 315-322.

Bender M., Holmes D. (2019). Reconciling nursing’s art and science dualism: Towards a processual logic of nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 26(3), e12293. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12293

Bender M., Baker P., Harris J.L., Hites L., LaPointe R., Murphy L., Roussel L., Spiva L., Stanley J., Thomas T., Williams M. (2019). Advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader model through academic-practice-policy partnership. Nursing Outlook, 67, 345-353. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2019.02.007

Cruz M., Gillen D L., Bender M., Ombao H. (2019). Assessing health care interventions via an interrupted time series model: study power and design considerations. Statistics in Medicine, 38, 1734-1752

Bender M., Spiva L., Patrick S., Meffert S., Moton L., Clark S., Mathis K., Leclerc L., Knotts K., Mount A. (2019). Clinical Nurse Leader knowledge production to quality improvement in a seamless trajectory: A participatory research approach. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34(4), 301-306. DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000386

Guo Y., Rousseau J., Bender M., Lee J., Pimental P., Bojorquez Y., Silva M., Olshansky E. (2019). A Program Model Describing a Community-Based Mother and Infant Health Program. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice. 33(1), 39-57. doi: 10.1891/1541-6577.33.1.39.

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

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

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, 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
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
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
3UL1TR001881-03S4 PI: Dubinett 08/09/2018-05/31/2019 NIH (NCATS) supplemental award, sub-award (University of California, Los Angeles) An implementation science curriculum to accelerate translation in a regional CTSA network Role: co-investigator
Other Experience
Outcomes Research Specialist
Sharp HealthCare 2010—2014

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