Skip to main content

Elizabeth Henneman

226 Skinner Hall
(413) 545-0405

BIO: Elizabeth Henneman has expertise as a researcher, educator and critical care clinician.  She has developed simulations and evaluation instruments that have been used in both research and educational settings with nursing students, novice nurses, and experienced nurses.  She has been the PI on studies related to error recovery and eye-tracking as a method of providing training and feedback during debriefing session. She has also been a Co-PI on 3 NSF grants.  She has worked collaboratively with many interdisciplinary teams on research and educational projects, most recently related to improving patient safety using eye-tracking technology. She also has extensive experience mentoring and overseeing graduate and undergraduate students. She has a strong track record of disseminating her work in peer-reviewed journals.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:  Nurses’ role in medical error recovery, nurse-physician collaboration/teamwork, transfusion medicine.


Peer Reviewed Journals

Henneman EA, Guiliano K, Gawlinski A.  Surveillance: Key to patient safety in the ICU. Critical Care Nurse April 2012;32, e9-18.

Marquard JL, Henneman PL, He Z, Jo J, Fisher DL, Henneman EA.  Nurses’ behaviors and attention allocation patterns may reduce patient identification errors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 2011;17:247-256.

Caglar S, Henneman PL, Blank FS, Smithline HA, Henneman EA. Emergency department medication lists are not accurate. J Emerg Med. 2011; 40: 613-616.

Nathanson B, Henneman EA, Blonaisz ER, Doubleday ND, Lusardi P, Jodka PG.  How much teamwork exists between nurses and junior doctors in the intensive care unit? J Adv Nurs. 2011: March 22 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05616 (Epub ahead of print)

Chen A, Avrunin GS, Henneman EA, Clarke LA, Osterweil, Henneman PL. Analyzing medical processes. In Engineering of Software 2011, Part 3, 99-41 7, DOI: 1007/978-3-642-19823-6_21.

Henneman EA, Gawlinski A, Blank D et al. Strategies used by critical care nurses to identify, interrupt and correct medical errors. AJCC 2010;19: 500-510.

Avrunin GS, Clarke LA, Osterweil LJ, Christov SC, Chen B, Henneman EA, Henneman PL, Cassells L, Mertens W. Experience modeling and analyzing medical processes: UMass/Baystate medical safety project. IHI’10 Proceeding of the 1st ACM International Health Informatics Symposium 2011, DOI: 10.1145/18882992.1883037.

George EL, Henneman EA, Tasota, FJ.  Nursing implications for the prevention of adverse drug events in the ICU.  Critical Care Medicine 2010; 38: S136-44.

Christov SC, Avrunin GS, Clarke LA, Osterweil LJ, Henneman EA. A benchmark for evaluating software engineering techniques for improving medical processes. SEHC ’10 Proceedings of the 2010 ICSE Workshop on Software Engineering in Healthcare. DOI:10.1145/1809085.1809092.

Rosenbloom-Brunton DA, Henneman EA, Inouye SK. Feasibility of family participation in a delirium prevention program for hospitalized older adults. J Gerontol Nurs 2010; 36: 22-33.

Tessier, EG, Henneman EA, Nathanson B, Plotkin K, Heelon M. Pharmacy-nursing intervention to improve accuracy and completeness of medication histories. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2010; 67: 1-9.

Henneman PL, Nathanson BH, Li H, Smithline HA, Blank FS, Santoro JP, Maynard AM, Provost DA, Henneman EA. Emergency department patients who stay more than 6 hours contribute to crowding. J Emerg Med. 2010; 39:105-12.

Gazarian, PK, Henneman EA, Chandler GE. Nurse Decision Making in the Pre-Arrest Period, Journal of Clinical Nursing Research 2010; 19: 21-37.

Henneman EA, Roche JP, Fisher DL, Cunningham H, Reilly CA, Nathanson BH, Henneman PL. Error identification and recovery by student nurses using human patient simulation: Opportunity to improve patient safety. Applied Nursing Research.  2010; 23(1): 11-21.

Henneman PL, Fisher DL, Henneman EA, Pham TA, Campbell MM, Nathanson BH. Patient identification errors are common in clinical simulation. Ann Emerg Med 2009 (Nov). DOI: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2009.11.017.

Henneman EA. Patient safety and technology. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2009; 20(2): 128-132.

Osterweil LJ, Avrunin GS, Fisher DL, Henneman EA, Campbell MM, Pham TA, Lin QM. Proceedings of NDM9, the 9th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making. 2009. London, UK. Published by the British Computer Society.

Patak L, Wilson-Stronks A, Costello J, Kleinpell RM, Henneman EA, Person C, Happ MB. Improving patient-provider communication: A call to action. JONA  2009; 39: 372-376.

Henneman PL, Fisher DL, Henneman EA, Pham TA, Mei YY, Talai R, Nathanson BH, Roche J. Providers do not verify patient identity during computer order entry. Acad Emerg Med. 2008; 15(7):641-648.

Kleinpell RM, Patak L, Wilson-Stronks A, Costello J, Person C, Henneman EA, Happ MB. Communication in the ICU. Advance for Nurses 2008; 6: 18-21.

Henneman EA, Cobleigh R , Avrunin GS, Clarke LA, Osterweil JL, Henneman PL.  Designing property specifications to improve the safety of the blood transfusion process. Transfusion Medicine Reviews. 2008; 22: 291-299.

Henneman EA, Cunningham H, Roche JP, Curnin ME. Human patient simulation: Teaching students to provide safe care. Nurse Educator. 2007;32: 212-217.

Henneman EA. Unreported errors in the ICU: A case study in the way we work. Critical Care Nurse. 2007; 27:27-34.

Henneman EA, Avrunin GS, Clarke LA, Osterweil JL, Andrzejewski C Jr, Merrigan K, Cobleigh R, Frederick K, Katz-Bassett E, Henneman PL. Increasing patient safety and efficiency in transfusion therapy using formal process definitions. Transfusion Medicine Reviews. 2007; 21:49-57.

Picard C and Henneman EA. Theory-guided evidence-based reflective practice: An orientation to education for quality care. Nursing Science Quarterly. 2007;20:39-42.

Avrunin GS, Clarke EA, Henneman EA, Osterweil LJ. Complex medical processes as context for embedded systems. ACM SIGBED Rev. 2006; 3: 9-14.

Bullock, Jordan D, Gawlinski A, Henneman EA. Standardizing IV infusion medication concentrations to reduce variability in medication errors. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 2006;18:515-521.

Patak L, Gawlinski A, Fung NI, Doering L, Berg J, Henneman EA. Communication boards in critical care: patients view.  Applied Nursing Research. 2006;19:182-190.

Henneman EA, Blank FSJ, Williamson K, Gattasso S, Henneman PL.  Testing a classification model for emergency department errors. Journal of Advanced Nursing.  2006; 55: 90-99.

Henneman EA, Blank F.S., Gawlinski A, Henneman PL. Strategies used by nurses to recover medical errors in an academic emergency department setting. Applied Nursing Research. 2006;19:70-77.

Henneman PL, Blank FS, Smithline HA, Li, H, Santoro SJ, Schmidt J, Benjamin E, Henneman EA. Voluntarily reported emergency department errors. Journal of Patient Safety. 2006;1,126-132.

Henneman EAand Cunningham H. Using clinical simulation to teach patient safety in an acute/critical care nursing course. Nurse Educator. 2005;30:172-177.

Henneman EAand Karras GE. Determining brain death in adults: A guideline for use in critical care. Critical Care Nurse. 2004; 24(5):50-56.

Jacelon CS and Henneman EA.  Profiles in dignity: Perspectives on nursing and critically ill older adults. Critical Care Nurse. 2004; 24 (4):30-35.

Henneman EAand Gawlinski A.  A “near-miss” model for describing the nurse’s role in the recovery of medical errors. Journal of Professional Nursing. 2004;20:196-210.

Jacelon CS, Zucker DM, Staccarini JM, and Henneman, EA. Peer mentoring for tenure-track faculty. Journal of Professional Nursing. 2003;19:335-338.

Attin M, Cardin S, Dee V, Doering L, Dunn D, Ellstrom E, Erickson V, Etchepare M, Gawlinski A, Haley T, Henneman E, Keckeisen M, Malmet M, Olsen L. An educational project to improve knowledge related to pulse oximetry. American Journal of Critical Care. 2002;11:529-534.

Henneman EAand Cardin S. Family-centered critical care: A practical approach to making it happen. Critical Care Nurse. 2002;22:12-19.

Henneman EA, Dracup K, Ganz T, Molayeme O, Cooper C.  Using a collaborative weaning plan to decrease duration of mechanical ventilation and length of stay in the intensive care unit for patients receiving long-term ventilation.  American Journal of Critical Care.2002;11:132-140.

Henneman EA.  Liberating patients from mechanical ventilation.  Critical Care Nurse. 2001;21:25-33.

Henneman EA, Dracup K, Ganz T, Molayeme O, Cooper C. Effect of a collaborative weaning plan on patient outcome in the critical care setting.  Critical Care Medicine.2001;29:297-303.

Henneman, EA, Bellamy PE and Togashi C. Peripheral nerve stimulators in the critical care setting: a policy for monitoring neuromuscular blockade. Critical Care Nurse.1995;15:82-88.

Henneman, EA. Nurse-physician collaboration- a post-structuralist view. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 1995: 22:359-363.

Henneman, EA, Lee J. and Cohen, J. Collaboration: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing 1995;21:103-109.

Omery A, Henneman EA, Billet B, et al. Ethical issues in hospital-based nursing practice.  The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.1995; 9:43-53.

Henneman EA, Baird, B., Bellamy PB, Faber L., and Oye, R. The effect of Do Not Resuscitate orders on the nursing standard of care of critically ill patients. American Journal of Critical Care 1994; 3:467-472.

Henneman EA and Gawlinski A. Evaluating cardiopulmonary instability with continuous monitoring of mixed venous oxygen saturation. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America 1994; 6: 855-862.

King ML. Lee JL,Henneman EA. A collaborative practice model for critical care.  American Journal of Critical Care. 1993;2:444-449.

Henneman EA,  McKenzie JB, and Dewa CS. An evaluation of interventions for meeting the information needs of families of critically ill patients. American Journal of Critical Care.1992;1:85-93.

Henneman EA and Cardin S. Need for information: interventions for practice. Critical Care Clinics of North America.1992; 4:615-621.

Henneman EA. The art and science of weaning from mechanical ventilation. Focus on Critical Care.1991;18:490-501.

Coleman S and Henneman EA. Comprehensive patient care and documentation through unit based nursing rounds. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 1991;5:117-120.

Gawlinski A and Henneman EA. Evaluating oxygen delivery and oxygen utilization with mixed venous oxygen saturation monitoring: A case study approach. Heart and Lung. 1990; 19:566-570.

Henneman EA. The effect of direct nursing contact on the stress response of patients weaning from mechanical ventilation. Heart and Lung. 1989;18:483-489.

Henneman EAand Henneman PL. The intricacies of blood pressure measurement: re-examining the rituals. Heart and Lung. 1989;18:263-273.

Henneman EA. Brain resuscitation-clinical assessment and neurodiagnostics. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 1989;1:131-141.

Henneman EA. Brain resuscitation. Heart and Lung. 1986;15:3-11.

Chapters, Reviews, Monographs

Henneman EA. Dysfunctional ventilator weaning response. In: Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care. Ackley BJ and Ladwig GB( Eds.) St. Louis, Mosby, 2011.

Henneman EA. Impaired spontaneous ventilation. In: Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care. Ackley BJ and Ladwig GB( Eds.) St. Louis, Mosby, 2011.

Henneman EA. Patient safety. In: Chandler GE. New nurses survival guide. Columbus, McGraw Hill, 2010.

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

Henneman EA. Psychosocial Care. Alspach G. (Ed) In: AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing 6th Ed. 2006.

Henneman EA. Ventilation, impaired spontaneous. In: Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A guide to planning care. Ackley BJ and Ladwig GB. (Eds). St. Louis, Mosby, 2005.

Henneman EA. Ventilatory weaning response, dysfunctional. In: Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A guide to planning care.  Ackley BJ and Ladwig GB. (Eds). St. Louis, Mosby, 2005.

Henneman EA and Roche J.  Eight ways to nurture a new student.  Nursing Spectrum 6:16, 2002.

Henneman EA. Preventing complications in the intensive care unit.  In: Textbook of Critical Care. Forth Edition. Shoemaker WC, Ayres SM, Grenvik A, Holbrook PR (Eds). Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co., 2030-2037,2000.

Henneman EA.  Hospitalists: A nurse’s point of view. Cost and Quality 4:43-45, 1998.

Henneman, EA. and Ellstrom KE. Airway Management. AACN Practice Protocol. American Association of Critical Care Nursing, Aliso Viejo, CA.,1998.

Henneman EA and Bellamy PE. Preventing complications in the intensive care unit.  In: Textbook of Critical Care. Third Edition. Ayres SM, Grenvik A, Holbrook PR and Shoemaker WC (Eds). Philadelphia. WB Saunders Co.,1732-1741,1995.

Henneman EA. Critical care policies revisited. Ultrastat 1:14-16, 1994.

Gawlinski A. and Henneman EA. Research utilization. In: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in Critical Care. Gawlinski A and Kern L. (Eds.),196-215,1994.

Villaire M. Beth Henneman's ICU Passion is all in the family.(Interview) Critical Care Nurse 14:88-95,1994.

Henneman EA, Henneman PL, and Oman KS. Ventilation and gas transport. In: Trauma Nursing: the Art and Science. Neff JA and Kidd PS (Eds.) Mosby Yearbook, St. Louis, 143-193, 1993.

Henneman EA. Patients with acute respiratory failure. In: Critical Care Nursing. Clochesy JM et al.(Eds.) W.B.Saunders Co, Philadelphia. 528,1993.

Henneman EA. Brain resuscitation. In: Case Studies in Neuroscience Nursing. Johnson SM.(Ed.)Aspen Pub., Gaithersburg: 174-204,1991.


Henneman EA. On the other hand.  Commentary: on the other hand. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web. Accessed July 13, 2007.

Henneman EA.  Time to correct system-wide issues that jeopardize safety. Nursing Spectrum. 2007;11:4.

Henneman EA. Publishing error and erratum. J Nurs Scholarship.2006;38: 109.

Henneman EA, Gawlinski A. Serious errors in critical care. Crit Care Med.2006; 34:579-580.

Henneman EA. Families and visitation.  Republican Newspaper, Springfield MA. 2005;Nov 12.

Henneman EA. Response to “On notebooks and trust”, American Journal of Critical Care.2002; May.

Henneman EA. Response to “You can’t always trust a nurse”. Real Healthcare.2002;2:19.

Henneman EA. Ask the expert-retaping endotracheal tubes. Critical Care Nurse.1992;12:75.

Henneman EA. Building the model ICU. Critical Care Nurse.1992; 12:112.

Henneman EA and Cardin S. What's the best visiting policy? AACN News.1992;November.

Henneman EA, Henneman PL, Hanc JB. Smiley's people. JAMA. 1989;262:254.