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Rosenbloom, Deborah

Deborah A. Rosenbloom, PhD, RN, AGACNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Tenure-track
College of Nursing
651 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003-9299
413-545-9892 Telephone
413-577-2550 Facsimile
Skinner 227


With her clinical expertise in geriatrics and acute care, Dr. Rosenbloom received her Ph.D. from The University of Massachusetts Amherst, her Master’s degree in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with specialization as both an Acute care nurse practitioner and a Gerontological nurse practitioner, and her baccalaureate degree from Simmons College. She was awarded the Claire M. Fagin postdoctoral fellowship supported by the John Hartford Foundation and Gerontological Society of America which she completed at Pennsylvania State University under the mentorship of one of the preeminent geriatric scholars in the country.



Dr. Rosenbloom’s program of research began focused on delirium prevention in hospitalized older adults. She previously developed an educational intervention (the Nurse/Family Caregiver Delirium Prevention Program) that educates nurses and family caregivers on delirium, and strategies for working as partners to prevent delirium and the associated negative consequences. This was followed by a funded pilot study directed at identifying the learning needs of both nurses and family caregivers on delirium and defining and measuring communication among nurses and family caregivers to support their efforts toward partnership. Based on these findings, Dr. Rosenbloom’s current primary research focus and recently submitted grant focus on care transitions from hospital to home and the potential for early and sustained home care nurse involvement to prevent the common complications of hospital readmission and adverse drug events.


Research Interests

Care transitions, hospital to home, for the older adult: Preventing complications

Improving safety after hospitalization in older persons on high risk medications

Delirium in older hospitalized adults

Nurse/family caregiver partnership

Self management at home by older adults with multiple morbidities

Geriatric Care: quality, competency, and cost effectiveness in relation to health care systems


Clinical Practice

Dr. Rosenbloom is recognized as an expert renal transplant advanced practice nurse clinician with an active clinical practice at an academic medical center that strengthens her teaching and mentorship role for DNP and PhD students.



BA                Simmons College (1993), Psychology
Certificate    Yale School of Nursing (1996), Prelicensure Nursing
ADN             Northern Essex Community College (2000), Registered Nursing
MSN             MGH Institute of Health Professions (2003), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
PhD              University of Massachusetts Amherst (2009), Nursing
Postdoc        Pennsylvania State University (2011-2013), Delirium in Older Hospitalized Adults, Penn State Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Certificate    University of Pennsylvania  (2013), UPENN Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Geriatrics



N700 Philosophy of Nursing Science
N642 Teaching in Nursing
N620 Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult
N630 Research Methods


Current Research Grant Submitted and Under Review

“Care Promotion Team Program:  Home Health Nurses as Leaders in the Transition of Care from Hospital to Home,” Principal Investigator.

Submitted August 1, 2015 to the Retirement Research Foundation, Responsive Research Grant.  Anticipated timeline:  January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017



1/3/14-12/31/14  Principal Investigator: “Pilot Study:  Preventing delirium in older hospitalized adults,” Faculty Research Grant, UMASS Amherst, Total Direct Cost: $7,500.00.
7/1/12-6/30/13  Co-Investigator: Implementation of a Delirium Program in a Long term Care Setting,” Shaunessey Kaplan Rehabilitation Center, MGH Institute of Health Professions Geriatric Award, Total Direct Cost:  $4500.
5/1/2010-1/31/2011  Principal Investigator: “A Delirium Educational Initiative,” Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Massachusetts Gerontology Association, Total Direct Cost: $3,000.
6/1/2008-7/31/2009  Principal Investigator: “Feasibility of Family Participation in A Delirium Prevention Program for the Older Hospitalized Adult,” Massachusetts General Hospital (2 grants)
a)     Faculty Research Grant, Geriatric Research Fellow, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Total Direct Cost: $10,000.
b)     Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International, Total Direct Cost $3,500


Selected Publications

Blackwell, C. D., Rosenbloom, D. A.,  Felber Neff, D. (in press). Certification and education as determinants of nurse practitioner scope of practice: An investigation of the rules and regulations defining NP scope of practice in the United States. American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (Accepted June, 2015).

Rosenbloom, D. A. & Morris, N. M. (2015). Strategies for supporting family caregivers of older adults and nurses in partnership:  Is it feasible? Journal of Family Nursing, 21, 57-77.

Flanagan, N., Cortese-Rubino, M., Rosenbloom, D. A., & Fick, D. M. (2014). Nursing   leadership in skilled nursing: A journey to clinical excellence.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40(11), 3-5.

Hill, N. L., Mogle, J. M., Munoz, E., Wion, R., Rosenbloom, D. A., & Colancecco, E. M. (2015). Assessment of subjective cognitive impairment among older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 41(4), 28-36.

Rosenbloom, D. A., & Fick, D. M. (2014). Nurse family partnership intervention for delirium increases delirium knowledge and attitudes toward partnership. Geriatric Nursing, 35(3), 175-181.

Rosenbloom, D. A., & Fick, D. M. (2012). Preventive strategies for delirium in the older hospitalized adult:  Systematic review of multicomponent and family caregiver interventions. Geriatric Nursing, 55, 22-38.

Rosenbloom-Brunton, D., Henneman, B., & Inouye, S. K. (2010). Feasibility of family participation in a delirium prevention program for the older hospitalized adult. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36, 22-33.


Faculty Nurse Scientist, Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; 2010-Present
Faculty Speaker, UMASS Five Campus Doctoral Forum, 2013
Adjunct Research Associate, The Pennsylvania State School of Nursing, State College, PA; 2011-present
Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2013, 2014, Abstract Reviewer
Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research (2012 MGH Nursing Research Expo); Poster reviewer
Partners Health Care Clinical Excellence Award
Dean’s Scholar Award, UMASS Amherst Graduate Commencement, 2009
Doctoral Student Speaker, UMASS Five Campus Doctoral Forum, 2009
Doctoral Student Poster Presentation Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society 2008
Keaveney Prize, Excellence in Clinical Practice, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2003
Distinction Honors, Member of Academy and Departmental Recognition, Simmons College, 1993


Professional Associations/Affiliations

American Nurses Credentialing Center, Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Content Expert Panel, April 20, 2011 - December 31, 2014
University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Member: CTSA program led by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), 2013 – present
Information and Communication Technology Council, University of Massachusetts Amherst, September, 2014- May 2017
Gerontological Society of America, 2009-present
American Geriatrics Society, 2005–present
Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2003-present
Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Zeta Tau Chapter, 2004-present
Massachusetts Nurses' Association, 2001-present


Journal Review Panels

Eastern Nursing Research Society,2013 Abstract Reviewer, ENRS 2013 Annual Scientific Sessions, March, 2013.
Manuscript Reviewer, Peer Review Panel, Journal of Gerontological Nursing.  Publisher:  Slack Incorporated.  November, 2011- Present.
Manuscript Reviewer, Peer Review Panel, Journal of Nursing Education.  Publisher:  Slack Incorporated.  January, 2010 – November, 2011.