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Mary Kunes-Connell, PhD, RN

Associate Dean, College of Nursing Academics, Assessment, and Accreditation

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Mary Kunes-Connell

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Faculty - Nursing
College of Nursing
Graduate School
Nursing Practice (Doctorate)
Nursing MSN (Master of Science)
Nursing Post-Graduate (Post-Graduate Certificate)
CRISS II - Criss 2

Mary Kunes-Connell, PhD, RN

Associate Dean, College of Nursing Academics, Assessment, and Accreditation

Professor

Teaching Interests

  • Psychiatric Nursing

Research Focus

Self-Esteem and Self-Esteem Disturbance
Body Image/Body Image and self-Esteem
Qualitative research with Emphasis on Grounded Theory

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Professor

Articles

  • Maternal Child Nursing
    Norris, J., Wydeven, M., Howell, E. & Kunes Connell, M. Partnering with a vulnerable population 2009
  • Maternal Child Nursing
    Norris, J., Wydeven, M., Howell, E. & Kunes Connell, M. Partnering with a vulnerable population 2009
  • Advances in Nursing Science
    Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M., & Spelic, S. A grounded theory of reimaging
    Vol. 20; Issue #3, p. 1-12 1998
  • Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
    Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M. A multi-modal approach to validation and refinement of an existing nursing diagnosis
    2(2), p. 103-109 1988
  • Maternal Child Nursing
    Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M. Self-esteem disturbance
    20(4), p. 745-761 1985

Publications

  • Registry of Nursing Research (http://www.stti.iupui.edu/library)
    Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M., & Spelic, S. A grounded theory of reimaging. Advances in Nursing Science
    20(3), p. 1-12 1998

Presentations

  • Nahrstedt, D. and Kunes-Connell, M. (2016). Provider Adherence to ADA Guidelines for Screening and Treatment in a Rural Health Clinic. National Rural Health Association Quality and Clinical Conference. Oakland, CA ( National Conference). DNP Scholarly Project. 2016
  • Presented 'Conceptualizing Nursing Education Through the Care Management Model” Caring in a Complex World: Reducing Readmissions Through Collaboration and Communication'. Creighton University School of Nursing Alumni Continuing Education 2012
  • Invited keynote speaker: “Culture of Collegiality: One way to Stop Horizontal Violence” Nebraska Nurses’ Association: Celebrating the Past; Creating the Present; Challenging the Future—100th Anniversary 2006
  • Hercinger, M and Kunes-Connell, M. (2005). “Enhancing Senior Students’ Use of Evidence Based Practice in a Care Management Model.” 16th Annual International Participative Conference: Education in Health Care. NET 2005, Durham, United Kingdom (International Education Conference) 2005
  • Hercinger, M and Kunes-Connell, M. (2004). “Facilitating Senior Students’ Use of Evidence Based Practice in a Care Management Model.” Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania and State University of New Jersey: Competence and Innovation: Intersections in Professional Nursing Education. Atlanta, GA, October 28-31, 2004. (National Nursing Education Conference) 2004
  • Hercinger, M. and Kunes-Connell, M. (2003): 'Development of a Clinical Nurse Leader through a Care Management Synthesis Project'. AACN Baccalaureate Conference; San Antonio, Texas, November 16-18, 2003. (National Education Conference) 2003
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (2000): “Content Analysis Software as a Tool for Classroom Presentation'. 11th Annual International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care. Durham, United Kingdom (International Education Conference) 2000
  • Howell, E. and Kunes-Connell, M. (2000): Outcomes Care Management Model. 11th Annual Nurse Educators Conference, Breckenridge, CO (Regional Education Conference) 2000
  • Kunes-Connell, M. & Howell, E. (1999): Outcomes Care Management Model: A Strategy for the New Millennium, 10th Annual International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care. Durham, United Kingdom (International Education Conference) 1999
  • Kunes-Connell, M. & Foyt, M. (1998). “Outcomes Care Management Model: An Educational Strategy.” On the Edge of a New Millennium. Weaving the Tapestry of Nursing Education: A National Conference on Professional Nursing Education, Seattle, WA (National Education Project) 1998
  • Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M. & Spelic, S. (1997). 'A Grounded Theory of Reimaging following Body Image Disruption'. Ninth International Nursing Research Conference, Vancouver, BC. (International Research Conference) 1997
  • Spelic, S., Norris, J. & Kunes-Connell, M. (1997) 'Reimaging Self: A Grounded Theory'. Iota Tau Eight Annual Research Day, Omaha, NE. (Local Research Conference) 1997
  • Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M. & Spelic, S. (1997). 'Reimaging Self: A Grounded Theory'. Twenty-first Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Minneapolis, MN. (Regional Research Conference) 1997
  • Kangas-Packett, S., Graves, J. & Kunes-Connell, M. (1997). 'Promoting a critical thinking with Nursing Students using a WWW-Based Conferencing System'. Nurses in the Information Age. University of Minnesota. (National Educational Conference) 1997
  • Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M. & Spelic, S. (1995) 'Descriptive Themes and Categories reported by persons in their Initial Adaptation to Body Image Alterations. Seventh Annual Iota Tau Research Day, Omaha, NE. (Local Research Conference) 1995
  • Norris, J., Kunes-Connell, M. & Spelic, S. (1995). 'Descriptive Themes and Categories reported by persons in their Initial Adaptation to Body Image Alterations. Nineteenth Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing research Society, Kansas City, MO. (Regional Research Conference) 1995
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1994) 'An Occupational Self-Esteem Model for Psychiatric Nursing' - NNA Convention: 'Visions for Nursing.' South Sioux City, NE. (State Nursing Conference) 1994
  • Kunes-Connell, M., Spelic, S., Jones, D. (1994) 'Personalized Client Education Project: Psychopharmacological Education' - NNA Convention: 'Visions for Nursing' - South Sioux City, NE. (State Nursing Conference) 1994
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1994) 'An Occupational Self-Esteem Model for Psychiatric Nurses' Psychiatric Nursing Conference: State of the Art 1974-1994, Columbus, OH. (National Research Conference) 1994
  • Kunes-Connell, M., Spelic, S., Jones, D. (1994) 'Personalized Client Education Project: Psychopharmacological Education' - Psychiatric Nursing Conference: State of the Art 1974-1994, Columbus, OH. (National Education Conference) 1994
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1991) 'Role Identity and Leadership Paradigm: Antecedent Conditions of Occupational Self-Esteem for Psychiatric Nurses' at 'Decade of the Brain for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing' at Hilton Head, SC. (National Psychiatric Nursing Conference) 1994
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1993) 'An Occupational Self-Esteem Model for Psychiatric Nurses' at Iota Tau/St. Joseph Hospital Research Day titled 'Promoting Research in Practice', Omaha, NE. (Local Research Conference) 1993
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1991) 'Role Identity and Leadership Paradigm: Antecedent Conditions of Occupational Self-Esteem for Psychiatric Nurses' at 'Decade of the Brain for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing' at Hilton Head, SC. (National Psychiatric Nursing Conference) 1991
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1991) 'Redesigning Report Forms: An ECT Nursing Checklist' at 'Decade of the Brain for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing' at Hilton Head, SC. (National Psychiatric Nursing Conference) 1991
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1991) 'Redesigning Report Forms: An ECT Nursing Checklist' at 'Decade of the Brain for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing' at Hilton Head, SC. (National Psychiatric Nursing Conference) 1991
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1990) 'Self-Esteem Disturbance' at the 2nd Annual UNMC - 'Creating A Research Based Nursing Practice' Conference, Omaha, NE. (Local Research Conference) 1990
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1988) 'Productivity: Measuring Nursing Workload in a Psychiatric Setting', American Psychiatric Nurses Association, New Orleans, LA. (National Psychiatric Nursing Conference) 1988
  • Kunes-Connell, M. (1986) 'Self-Esteem Disturbance: A Nurse-Validation Study', at nursing Excellence through Research Conference, VA Medical District, Chicago, IL. (Regional Research Conference) 1986
  • Norris, J. & Kunes-Connell M. (1986) 'Clinical Validation of Nursing Diagnosis of Self-Esteem Disturbance' at NANDA National Conference, St. Louis, MO. (National Research Conference) 1986
  • Norris, J. & Kunes-Connell, M. (1985) 'Clinical Validation Study of Nursing Diagnosis: Self-Esteem Disturbance'. Northeast Regional Nursing Diagnosis Conference, Mystic, CT. (Regional Research Conference) 1985
  • Norris, J. & Kunes-Connell, M. (1985) 'Clinical Validation of Nursing Diagnosis: Self-Esteem Disturbance', Midwest Regional Nursing Diagnosis Conference, Davenport, IA. (Regional Research Conference) 1985
  • Kunes-Connell, M. & Norris, J. (1985) 'Clinical Validation of Nursing Diagnosis: Self-Esteem Disturbance', Creighton University Honor Society Research Conference, Omaha, NE. (Local Research Conference) 1985

Awards

  • Dean's "Faculty Excellence" Award
    Creighton University College of Nursing
  • Outstanding Achievement in Nursing
    Nebraska Nurses Association District 2
  • Honorary Professor
    Hebei Medical University-Shijiazhuang, China
  • Network for Education in HealthCare 2000-2006
    Invited Convener
    Invited Convener to the NET 2008 -19th International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care (September 2-4, 2006). Cambridge University, United Kingdom (Unable to attend) Invited Convener to the NET 2007 -18th International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care (September 4-6, 2006). Cambridge University, United Kingdom Invited Convener to the NET 2006 -17th International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care (September 7-9, 2006). Grey College, University of Durham, United Kingdom (Unable to attend) Invited Convener to the NET 2005 -16th International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care (September 7-9, 2005). Grey College, University of Durham, United Kingdom Invited Convener to the NET 2004-15th International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care (September 7-9, 2004). Grey College, University of Durham, United Kingdom. Invited Convener to the NET 2003-14th International Participative Conference for Education in Health Care (September 2-4, 2003). Grey College, University of Durham, United Kingdom. Invited Convener to the NET 2002-13th International participative conference for Education in Health Care (September 3-5, 2002). Grey College, University of Durham, United Kingdom. Invited Convener to the NET 2001-12th International participative conference for Education in Health Care (September 4-6, 2001). Grey College, University of Durham, United Kingdom. Consultation: Armenian National Institute of Health to review nursing management structure. Conducted in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the AIHA (2000; 2001).
    Jill Rogers and Associates
  • Dean's "Faculty Excellence" Award
    Creighton University College of Nursing
  • Pinning Ceremony Mistress of Ceremonies
    Creighton University College of Nursing Senior Graduating Nursing Students
  • Pinning Faculty Address
    Creighton University College of Nursing Senior Graduating Nursing Students
  • Pinning Ceremony Mistress of Ceremonies
    Creighton University College of Nursing Senior Graduating Nursing Students
  • Nursing Faculty of the Year
    Creighton University College of Nursing Senior Graduating Nursing Students
  • Dean's "Faculty Excellence" Award
    Creighton University College of Nursing
  • Faculty Address" Pinning Ceremony
    Creighton University College of Nursing Senior Graduating Nursing Students
  • ANA National Psychopharmacology Conference.
    Invited conference participant to the ANA National Psychopharmacology Conference. Participated in the development of ANA paper on Psychopharmacology and nursing.
    Nebraska Nurses' Association
  • Pinning Faculty Address
    Creighton University College of Nursing Senior Graduating Nursing Students
  • Nursing Faculty of the Year
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Consulting

  • Higher Learning Commission-Institutional Action Council
    Institutional Action Council Appontend Member
    Four Year term to review instiutuoinal cases following accreditation site visits.
    Higher Learnign Commission
    2017 - 2017
  • Federal Compliance Panel
    Panel member
    Serves as a panel member for federal compliance portion of reaffirmation visits for the Higher Learning Commission.
    Higher Learning Commission
    2014
  • Self-study Consultant
    Pre-accreditation consultant
    Reviewed Bellin College's HLC Self-Study documents and held several telephone conferences with Bellin College's president to review documents and the overall HLC accreditation process.
    Bellin College
    2013 - 2013
  • Self-study Consultant
    Reviewed Rockhurst College's HLC Self-Study documents and held several telephone conferences with Rockhurst College's HLC Steering Committee Chairs to review the documents and the overall HLC accreditation process.
    Rockhurst College
    2012 - 2012
  • Self-study Consultant
    Reviewed Research College's CCNE Self-Study documents and held several telephone conferences with Research College's President to review the CCNE Self-study documents.
    Research College of Nursing
    2012 - 2012
  • Consultant
    Consultant for nursing education, practice and management in US
    Served as part of an interprofessional team to China to consult on nursing education.
    Third Medical Hospital, Hebei Medical University
    2008
  • Accreditation Review Committee
    Member
    Serves on both the reader panel and Institutional Action Council member to review HLC site team reports
    Higher Learning Commission
    2008
  • International Nurse Education Tomorrow Conference
    Scientific panel member
    Scientific panel for abstract review for International Nurse Education Tomorrow Conference.(2007-2010)
    Networking for education in Healthcare
    2007
  • Psychiatric Nurse-Legal Consultation
    Medico-legal consultant
    Serves as a medical consultant on psychiatric malpractice cases
    Pansing, Hogan, Ernst & Bachman, LLP
    2005
  • Consultant-Evaluator
    Serves as both a regional accreditation site visitor and team chair for accreditation site visits to institutions of higher learning for the Higher Learning Commission
    Higher Learning Commission
    2004
  • Accreditation Evaluator
    Accreditation Site visitor and Team Chair
    Serves as both a member of site team visits to schools of nursing for specialized accreditation purposes. Has served as a team chair for site visits since 2009.
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    2004 - 2004
  • Consultant
    Serves as both a clinical Psychiatric and administrative consultant --conducted in-services for all levels of staff in addition to consulting on individual psychiatric and administrative issues.
    Norfolk Regional Center-
    1996
  • Consultant
    JCAHO/Nursing Consultant
    JCAHO/Nursing Consultation on policy formulation to Mental Health Unit
    St. Judes Hospital
    1994
  • Psychiatric Nurse Consultant
    Reviewed JCAHO Nursing Standards and their relationship to psychiatric nursing
    Mary Lanning Hospital Psychiatric
    1990
  • Clinical implementation and evaluation of an artificial intelligence-based expert system in Nursing
    Mental health content expert/peer reviewer
    Served as content expert/peer reviewer for Dysfunctions in Mental Health: Schizophrenia, Affective Disorders, Suicide, Assaultive Behavior, Anorexia Nervosa, Anxiety, Disorders of Children and Adolescence, Theoretical Models, and Communication Theory/Skills
    Creighton University
    1987
  • Joint appointment from 1986-1991
    Psychiatric Nurse Consutlant
    Developed, implemented and coordinated the Nursing Quality Assurance Monitoring and Evaluation Program for the hospital from 1989-1991. Member of the Medical Records Committee. Coordinated all nursing policy and program policy revisions for the JCAHO accreditation visit. Nurse consultant for Nursing Services for JCAHO accreditation visit. Task Force member for Saint Joseph Center for Mental Health re: Patient Care Accountability Program for Psychiatry. Task Force member for Saint Joseph Center for Mental Health re: Productivity Tool Development. Consultant to AMI re: Psychiatric Productivity Tool Revisions. Member of Nursing Update Committee (Continuing Education Committee) Nurse consultant for Medical Director on Special Systems analysis of hospital environment. Coordinator and Lecturer: ANCC Psychiatric Nursing Course to prepare psychiatric Nurses for ANCC certification. Representative to Patient Care Accountability Program - AMI Psychiatry Advisory Group. Nurse Consultant for child/adolescent services.
    Saint Joseph Center for Mental Health
    1986