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Joan Roche

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BIO: Dr. Joan Roche, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, She holds a joint appointment as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Baystate Medical Center.  Dr. Roche is the senior partner in a 10 year clinical practice partnership focused on clinical research, professional development, and Evidence Based Practice in the clinical setting. Her program of research is on Human Patient Simulation, healthcare systems and patient safety.  Her research is focused on the relationship between the healthcare system and patient outcomes; and the use of human patient simulation (HPS) in Nursing Education.  She is a board certified gerontological clinical specialist and her population of interest is the elder adult in all settings. She is currently working on: a RWJ PIN (Partners in Nursing) project developing a curriculum on Care Transitions across all healthcare settings; a partnership between Industrial Engineers and Nurses to use a computer model to improve patient placement in acute care; the implementation and evaluation of a delirium prevention program in acute care; empowerment within nursing organizations; the relationship between Relational Coordination and adverse events within healthcare organizations.

RESEARCH: Human Patient Simulation, healthcare systems and patient safety.


Invited Publications

Roche, J. Demartinis, J. & Henneman, E. (2009) The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Core. In. J. J Fitzpatrick & M. Wallace  (Eds.), The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Clinical Nurse Leader: Essentials of Program Development and Implementation for Clinical Practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Roche, J. (2003). Cardiovascular disorders. In M.A. Hogan, (Ed.) Prentice Hall Review Series: Medical-Surgical Nursing

Peer Reviewed Publications

Radhakrishnan K, Jacelon C, Bigelow, C., Roche J., Marquard, J. & Bowles, K. (In review) Use of homecare EHR to find associations between patient characteristics and hospitalizations for heart failure patients using telehealth services. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Radhakrishnan K, Jacelon C, Bigelow, C., Roche J., Marquard, J. & Bowles, K. (2012). Association of Comorbidities With Home Care Service Utilization of Patients With Heart Failure While Receiving Telehealth. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e3182512331

Roche, J., Schoen, D. & Kruzel, A. (2012). Human Patient Simulation vs. Case Studies for New Graduate Nurses in Nursing Orientation: A Pilot Study. Simulation in Nursing

Radhakrishnan K, Jacelon C, Roche J. (2012). Perceptions on the use of telehealth for heart failure by homecare nurses and patients: A mixed method study. Home Health Care Manage Pract. Published online first: January 13, 2012. doi:10.1177/1084822311428335.

Boulet, J.R. Jeffries, P.R., Hotala, R.A., Korndoffer, J.R., Feinstein, D. M. & Roche, J.P. (2011). Research regarding methods of assessing learning outcomes. Simulation in Healthcare. 6 (7) Supplement, 548-591.

Deary, L., Roche, J., Plotkin, K., Zahourek, R. (2011). Intentionality and Hatha Yoga: An Exploration of the Theory of Intentionality, the Matrix of Healing A Growth Model Holistic Nursing Practice,25(5),246-253.

Roche, J. & Henneman, E. (in review by AACN Advanced Critical Care). Human patient simulation and patient safety in critical care.

Wolf, L., Dion, K., Lamoureaux, E., Kenny, C. Curnin, M. Hogan, M.A., Roche, J.,  & Cunningham, H., Using simulated clinical scenarios to evaluate student performance. (2011). Nurse Educator. 36(3), 128-134.

Roche, J. (2010) Human patient simulation in critical care. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 21(10).

Henneman EA, Roche JP, Fisher DL, Cunningham H, Reilly CA, Nathanson BH, Henneman PL: (2010). Error identification and recovery by student nurses using human patient simulation: opportunity to improve patient safety. Appl Nurs Res; (1):11-21

Roche, J., Morsi, D. & Chandler, G. (2009). Testing a work empowerment-work relationship model to explain expertise in experienced acute care nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39(3), 115-122.

Ryu, Y.M., Roche, J.P. & Brunton, M. (2009). Patient and family education for falls prevention: Involving patients and families in a fall prevention program on a neuroscience unit in a tertiary hospital. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(3) 243-249.

Henneman, P.L., Fisher, D., Henneman, E., Pham, T., Mei, Y.Y., Talati, R., Nathanson, B., & Roche, J. (2008). Providers do not verify patient identity during Computer Order Entry. Academic Emergency Medicine. 641-648.

Henneman, E. Cunningham, H. Roche, J., & Curnin, M. (2007).Human patient simulation: Teaching nursing students to provide safe care. Nurse Educator, 32(5).

Radhakrishnan, K. Roche, J. & Cunningham, H. (2007). Measuring clinical practice parameters with human patient simulation: A pilot study. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 4(1), 1-11.

Roche, J. P. (2004). The relationship between work empowerment, work relationships, and nursing expertise in acute care nurses. Abstract publication, “Nursing Science – Working Toward a Healthier Nation” 2004 National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington DC, October, 2004

Roche, J. P., Lamoureux E., Teehan, T. (2004). A partnership between nursing education and practice: Using an empowerment model to retain new nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration34(1).26-32.

Roche, J. P., &  Lamoureux E (2003). Making the Most of Your First Year as a Nurse? Focus on Success.  Nursing Spectrum, 7 (18NE), 16.

Roche, J. R. & Roche, J. P. (2003). Recovery trail: Experts offer advice on keeping communities in the black. Assisted Living Today 10(5), 27-28.

Roche, J. (2002). Teaching clinical decision making with the Clinical Educator Model. Journal ofNursing Education, 41(6), 365-367.

Henneman, E. A. & Roche, J. (2002). Eight ways to nurture a new nurse. Nursing Spectrum, 6(3NE), 16.

Cunningham, H. & Roche, J. (2001). A program using WebCT to determine competency in medication dosage calculation for nursing students. Nurse Educator26(4), 164-166.

Plotkin, K. & Roche, J. (2000). Ensuring the future of home care: Linking nursing interventions to patient outcomes, Home Health Care Nurse18(7), 442-449.


Roche, J., Lamoureux, E. & Sherlin, M. (2003). Learning to Light the Way: A guide for Preceptors. Baystate Medical Center.