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Linda S . Scheirton, PhD

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Linda Scheirton

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School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Faculty - Pharmacy, OT, PT
Occupational Therapy Faculty
BOYN - Boyne

Linda S . Scheirton, PhD

Professor


Linda Scheirton earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she concentrated her studies in the areas of administration and bioethics.  She completed a Clinical Ethics Fellowship at Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, in the Medical Humanities Department. She has been a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Philosophy and Health Care at the University of Wales, University College of Swansea, in the United Kingdom. She has lived and worked in the Netherlands and spent ten-months on sabbatical in Rome, Italy. Her scholarly activities and grant funding have focused on the moral management of practitioner errors, specifically occupational therapy and physical therapy-related errors.
 
She has previously served as a university administrator at the departmental level, a coordinator and program professor of a doctoral program, and an associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University (CU).  She holds the rank of Professor and has academic appointments in Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy Sciences at CU and is a Faculty Associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Creighton University developed the first entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) program in the United States and she serves in that program with 27 other faculty. She teaches in two ethics-related courses in the entry- level Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program and one Advanced Clinical Ethics course in the post-professional OTD program. She also teaches a Pharmacy Ethics course to 3rd year Pharm.D. students.
 
  She has served as a member of three Hospital Ethics Committees and on the Ethics Consultation Service of two major medical center hospitals - university affiliated and in a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. She has been a health care professional association liaison to a state health care regulatory board. She served two 3-year terms on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Ethics Commission. She has written a number of textbook chapters, journal articles, abstracts, book reviews, training manuals, and monographs. She currently serves as an editorial board member for HEC Forum (HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions’ Ethical and Legal Issues) and a peer reviewer for the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics.
 
On a more personal note, she grew up in a small town in Texas and was involved in activities often associated with Texans such as horses, rodeo, jumping, river-rafting, and marching bands. She has since lived elsewhere in the world but, is still a “cowgirl” at heart.  Her husband is a bioethicist, but with a degree in law and medicine as well. They have one adult son. 
 

Teaching Interests

  • Bioethics

Department

Occupational Therapy

Position

Professor

Articles

  • Springer Publishing
    Scheirton, L., Occupational Therapy Ethics. In ten Have, Henk (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, (invited author, in progress). 2016
  • Elsevier/Mosby
    Lohman, H., and Scheirton, L.S. Clinical Reasoning for Orthotic Fabrication. In Coppard, B. and Lohman, H. (Eds.), Introduction to Orthotics, Fourth Edition, 2014
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Scheirton, L.S., Hatchel, Y.C., Hemphill, B. and Jackson, C.R. Moral Management of Disrespectful, Disruptive, Uncivil, and Unethical Colleagues: Consequences to Patient Safety, Maintenance of Health Care Team Wellness, Morale, and Workplace Retention. American Occupational Therapy Association, Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion (Refereed) 2014
  • The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly
    Et al. Scheirton, L. Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: An Ethical Framework and Recommendations for Practices and Policies. Statement of the Sixth International Colloquium of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists. 2014
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Scheirton, L.S. & Welie, J.V.M. The Role of Hospital Ethics Committees in the Error Disclosure Process (to be resubmitted), 2014
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Winistorfer, W. L., Scheirton, L., Slater, D.Y. and Foster, L. Ethics of Productivity and Reimbursement. American Occupational Therapy Association, Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion (Refereed) 2013
  • The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly
    Et al. Scheirton, L. The Use of Sedatives in the Care of Persons Who Are Seriously Ill or Dying: Ethical Distinctions and Practical Recommendations. Fifth International Association of Catholic Bioethicists Colloquium,
    12(3), p. 489-501 2012
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Mu, Keli, Lohman, Helene, Scheirton, Linda, S., Cochran, Teresa, M., Coppard, Brenda M., Kokesh, Stephanie, R. Improving Client Safety: Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy
    65, p. e69-e76 2011
  • Jones and Bartlett
    Scheirton, L.S., Mu, K. and Mahern, K. What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Chapter 6). In Galt, K. and Paschal, K. (Eds.), Foundations in Patient Safety for the Health Professions, 2011
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Mu, K, Lohman, H, and Scheirton, L. To Err Is Human: Common Practice Errors and Preventive Strategies in Occupational Therapy (Chapter ??). In Slater, D.Y. (ed.) Reference Guide to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics , Bethesda, MD (reprint) (Refereed) 2011
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L., Cochran, T., Coppard, B., and Kokesh, S. Improving Client Safety: Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy,
    65(6), p. 69-76 2011
  • The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly
    Et al. Scheirton, L. Caring and Giving Hope to Persons Living with Progressive Cognitive Impairments and Those Who Care for Them: Statement of the Fourth International Colloquium of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists.
    10(3), p. 549-567 2010
  • Physiotherapy theory and practice
    Cochran, T. M., Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L. S. Physical therapists' perspectives on practice errors in geriatric, neurologic, or orthopedic clinical settings
    25, p. 1-13 2009
  • HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions' Ethical and Legal Issues
    Scheirton, L. S. Proportionality and the View from Below: Analysis of Error Disclosure 2008
  • Journal of Allied Health
    Lohman, H., Scheirton, L., Mu, K., Cochran, T., Kunzweiler, J. Preventing practice errors and improving patient safety: an examination of case studies reflecting common errors in occupational therapy practice
    37, p. 242-247 2008
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Mu, K. L., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L. Occupational therapy practice errors in physical rehabilitation and geriatrics settings: A national survey study
    60, p. 288-297 2006
  • OT Practice
    Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L. To err is human! Common practice errors and preventive strategies in occupational therapy
    10, p. 13-16, 17 2005
  • Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
    Scheifton, L. S. An ethics casebook for hospitals: Practical approaches to everyday cases
    21, p. 629-633 2000

Publications

  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Mu, K., Scheirton, L. & Lohman, H. Reduction of Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy Practice. International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan. 2014
  • Creighton University
    Scheirton, L.S. & Welie, J.V.M. Medical Errors and the Role of Hospital Ethics Committees.. Haddad (ed.),.Focus: A Newsletter of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University.
    http://chpe.creighton.edu/publications/focus/focus.htm 2011
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Cochran, T., Mu, K., Lohman, H. & Scheirton, L. Physical therapists' perspectives on practice error in geriatric, neurologic, and orthopedic clinical settings; Accepted for poster session at APTA's Annual Conference & Exposition, Boston, MA. 2010
  • Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
    Lohman, H., Mu, K., Scheirton, L. & Cochran, T. Poster: Improving Patient Safety in Occupational Therapy Practice: Education for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile 2010

Awards

  • Invited Lecture - Creighton University (2014)
    Mid-Summer Lyceum, Communication, Frustration and Trust: Ethical and Clinical Dimensions of the Professional-Patient Relationship, Communicating and Managing Errors (Linda Scheirton and Heidi Edsill), Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and Health Sciences Continuing Education. Omaha, August 1, 2014
    Creighton University
  • Invited Lecture - American Occupational Therapy Association (2014)
    Everyday Ethics: Effective and Ethical Practice on Interprofessional Teams (along with Yvette Hachtel, Lea Brandt, Neil Harvison), American Occupational Therapy Association's 2014 Annual Conference and Expo, Baltimore, April 5, 2014
    American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Invited Lecture - Duquesne University (2012)
    Benefits and Challenges of On-line Ethics Education: Experiences from Four Distance Education Degree Programs at Creighton University (along with Jos Welie), International Association for Ethics Education, Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 3, 2012.
    Duquesne University
  • Invited Lecture - American Occupational Therapy Association (2012)
    Client Safety: What Can We Do To Reduce or Prevent Errors in OT Practice? Workshop (along with Helene Lohman), American Occupational Therapy Association's 2012 Annual Conference and Expo, Indianapolis, April 29, 2012.
    American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Invited Lecture - International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation (2011)
    Moving on After a Medical Error: Should Hospital Ethics Committees and clinical ethicists get involved in disclosure?, International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 18-21, 2011
    International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation
  • Invited Lecture - Creighton University (2011)
    Helping Students with Lapses in Professionalism (along with Shawn Cook), Creighton University, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Office of Faculty Development and Assessment, Bio- information Center Lecture Room, March 22, 2011.
    Creighton University

Consulting

  • Book Reviewer/ Paid Consultant
    Comprehensive Manuscript Review
    Health Policy and Ethics by Jack Fincham
    Pharmaceutical Press
    2010