Barbara B. Brewer, PhD, RN, MALS, MBA, FAAN

Barbara B. Brewer, PhD, RN, MALS, MBA, FAAN
Associate Professor
Nursing (#203)
Room Number: 

Research and Clinical:

Research and Clinical Interest: 
Acute Care Quality and Safety,
Dynamic Social Network Analysis,
Professional Practice Environments, and
Human Caring Theory
All Funding: 
Funding Source
5/31/2013 - 5/30/2017
Measuring Network Stability and Fit
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH)
9/14/2010 - 9/13/2015
International Watson Caritas Comparative Database
Watson Caring Science Institute
9/30/2007 - 9/29/2012
DyNADS: A Dynamic Network Analysis Decision Support Tool for Nurse Managers
National Library of Medicine

Watson, J., & Brewer, B.B.  (2015).  Caring science research: Criteria, evidence and measurement.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 45, 235-236.  

Brewer, B.B., & Watson, J.  (2015).  Evaluation of Authentic Human Caring Professional Practices.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 45, 622-627.


Kramer, M., Brewer, B.B., Halfer, D., Hnatiuk, C.N., MacPhee, M., & Schmalenberg, C.  (2014).  The Evolution and Development of an Instrument to Measure Essential Professional Nursing Practices.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 44, 569-576.


Kramer, M., Brewer, B.B., & Maguire, P. (2013). Impact of healthy unit work environments on new graduate nurses environmental reality shock. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35, 348-383. DOI: 10.1177/0193945911403939

Kramer, M., Brewer, B.B., Halfer, D., Maguire, P., Beausoleil, S., Claman, K., Macphee, M., & Duchscher, J.B. (2013). Changing our lens: Seeing the chaos of professional practice as complexity. Journal of Nursing Management, 21, 690-704.

Effken, J.A., Gephart, S.M, Brewer, B.B., & Carley, K.M. (2013). Using *ORA, a network analysis tool, to assess the relationships of handoffs to quality and safety outcomes. Computers Informatics Nursing, 31, 36-44.
Brewer, B.B., & Verran, J.A. (in press). Measuring nursing unit environments with four composite measures. Nursing Economics.


Effken, J.A., Carley, K.M., Lee, J., Brewer, B.B., & Verran, J.A. (2012). Simulating nursing unit performance with OrgAhead: Strengths and Challenges. Computers Informatics Nursing, 30, 620-626.


Effken, J.A., Carley, K.M., Gephart, S., Verran, J.A., Bianchi, D., Reminga, J., Brewer, B.B. (2011). Using ORA to explore the relationship of nursing communication to patient safety and quality outcomes. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80, 507-517.

Effken, J.A., Brewer, B.B., Logue, M.D., Gephart, S.M., & Verran, JA. (2011). Using cognitive work analysis to fit decision support tools to nurse managers' work flow. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80, 698-707.
Zimmerman, K., Domb, A., Brewer, B.B., Johnson, R. (2011). Brushing away ventilator-associated pneumonia. Nursing 2011 Critical Care, 6(4), 7-11.

Kramer, M., Maguire, P., Halfer, D., Brewer, B., Schmalenberg, C. (2011). Impact of residency programs on professional socialization of newly licensed registered nurses. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35, 459-496. DOI: 10.1177/0193945911415555

Alexandrov, A.W., & Brewer, B.B. (2011). The role of outcomes in evaluating practice change. In B.M. Melnyk & E. Fineout-Overholt (Eds.), Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. A Guide to Best Practice (2nd ed., pp 226-237). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Duffy, J.R., & Brewer, B.B. (2011). Feasibility of a multi-institution collaborative to improve patient-nurse relationship quality. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41, 78-83.

Kramer, M., Maguire, P., & Brewer, B.B. (2011). Clinical nurses in Magnet hospitals confirm productive, healthy unit work environments. Journal of Nursing Management, 19, 5-17.


Duffy, J.R., Brewer, B.B., & Weaver, M.T. (2010). Revision and psychometric properties of the Caring Assessment Tool. Clinical Nursing Research. 2010 May 17. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 20479290.


Brewer, B. B., Brewer, M. A., Schultz, A. A. (2009). A Collaborative Approach to Building the Capacity for Research and EBP in Community Hospitals. Nursing Clinics of North America, 44 (1), 11-25.

Kramer, M., Schmalenberg, C., Brewer, B.B., Verran, J.A., Keller-Unger, J. (2009). Accurate assessment of clinical nurses' work environments: Response rate needed. Research in Nursing and Health, 32, 229-240.

Clarke, P.N., Watson, J., & Brewer, B.B. (2009). From theory to practice. Caring science according to Watson and Brewer. Nursing Science Quarterly, 22, 339-345.

Honors and Awards: 
Fellow American Academy of Nursing
Institution/LocationDegreeAttendedField of Study
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Clinical Nursing Research, Nursing Systems, Informatics
Columbia University, New York, NY
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Medical Surgical Nursing, Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI