Miriam Bender

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Associate Professor
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
Founding Director, Center for Nursing Philosophy
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, nursing care models, nursing philosophy
Research Abstract
Miriam Bender is Associate Professor at the University of California Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. Empirically, Dr. Bender's research focuses on the relationality between the organization of healthcare delivery, multi-professional practice dynamics, and patient care quality and safety outcomes. This program of research intersects with implementation science as it explores the connectivity of healthcare interventions, contexts (people, things, and practices that characterize where an intervention is introduced), and implementation (the ways an intervention is operationalized into practice) and how that connectivity influences healthcare outcomes. Findings challenge assumptions of stable health concepts and binary notions of healthcare efficacy. The challenges of inquiring into the dynamic complexities of healthcare has spurred a philosophical turn in scholarship, including efforts to unpack and critique epistemological and methodological paradigms that paradoxically advance determinate theories in a discipline (nursing) that is defined by a commitment to the non-reducibility of the health/care experience. This effort uses a process philosophy lens to conceive flux and emergence, rather than stasis and unity, as fundamental nursing foci of inquiry, and proposes modes of inquiry with the potential to mobilize flux/emergence to achieve disciplinary goals of health and wellness for people, families, and communities.
Bender M, Yoon S, Veenstra J (in press). Improving Interprofessional Communication: Conceptualizing, Operationalizing and Testing a Healthcare Improvisation Communication Workshop. Nursing Education Today.
Birken S, Ko LK, Wangen M, Wagi CR, Bender M, Nilsen P, Choy-Brown M, Peluso A, Leeman J. (2022). Increasing Access to Organization Theories for Implementation Science. Frontiers in Health Services 2:891507.
doi: 10.3389/frhs.2022.891507
Sharifi-Heris, Z., Laitala, J., Airola, A., Rahmani, A. M., & Bender, M. (2022). Machine Learning Approach for Preterm Birth Prediction Using Health Records: Systematic Review. JMIR Medical Informatics, 10(4), e33875.
Nilsen P, Thor J, Bender M, Leeman J, Andersson-Gäre, Sevdalis N. (2022). Bridging the silos: A comparative analysis of implementation science and improvement science. Frontiers in Health Services. 1:817750.
doi: 10.3389/frhs.2021.817750
Bender M, Grace P, Hopkins Walsh J, Kirkevold M, Petrovskaya O, Paljevic E, Sellman D. (2021). The role of philosophy in the development and practice of nursing: Past, present and future. Nursing Philosophy, e12363.
Bender, M., Williams, M., Cruz, M. F., & Rubinson, C. (2021). A study protocol to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the Clinical Nurse Leader Care Model in improving quality and safety outcomes. Nursing open, 8(6), 3688-3696.
Haines ER, Dopp A, Lyon A, Witteman HO, Bender M, Vaisson G, Hitch D, Birken S. (2021). Harmonizing evidence-based practice, implementation context, and implementation strategies with user-centered design: a case example in young adult cancer care. Implementation Science Communications, 2(45), https://doi.org/10.1186/s43058-021-00147-4
Burton C, Rodrigues SM, Jones-Patten AE, Ju E, Abrahim HL, Saatchi B, Wilcox SP, Bender M. (2021). Novel pedagogical training for nursing doctoral students in support of remote learning: A win-win situation. Nurse Educator, 46(4), E79-E83. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000967
Elias D, Plurad D, Bender M. (2020). Relationship of time-of-injury marijuana exposure and traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 27(6), 360-368

Nilsen P, Thor J, Bender M, Leeman J, Andersson-Gäre B, Sevdali N. (2020). Improvement science. In P. Nilsen & S. A. Birken (Eds), Handbook on Implementation science. (p. 389-408). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Guo Y., Rousseau J., Bender M., Lee J., Pimental P., Bojorquez Y., Silva M., Olshansky E. (2019). Relationships within MOMS Orange County Care Coordinated Home Visitation Perinatal Program. Journal of Public Health Nursing. Published ahead of print, DOI: 10.1111/phn.12689

Leeman J., Baquero B., Bender M., Brown M., Ko L., Nilsen P., Wanger M., Birken S. (2019). Advancing the use of organization theory in implementation science. Preventative Medicine, Published ahead of print, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.105832

Bender M., L’Ecuyer K., Williams M. (2019). A Clinical Nurse Leader competency framework: Concept mapping competencies across policy documents. Journal of Professional Nursing, 35, 431-439. 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.
Other Experience
Outcomes Research Specialist
Sharp HealthCare 2010—2014
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