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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 served as a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)in the development of the new Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification developing the test content outline and outlining the scope of practice. Dr. Rosenbloom in line with the APRN Consensus model quickly implemented the program at her institution. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Massachusetts Amherst, her master’s degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with certification as an Acute care nurse practitioner and a Gerontological nurse practitioner, and her baccalaureate degree from Simmons College.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University as a Claire M. Fagin Fellow supported by the John Hartford Foundation and Gerontological Society of America.

Her program of research is focused on delirium prevention in hospitalized adults.  She has developed an educational intervention called the Nurse/Family Caregiver Delirium Prevention Program for nurses and family caregivers of older hospitalized adults that educates on delirium, and strategies for working as partners to prevent delirium and the associated negative consequences.

Dr. Rosenbloom is currently conducting a 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, the next step will be to test the revised Nurse/Family Caregiver Delirium Prevention Program for its effect on prevention of delirium.

She is recognized as an expert renal transplant advanced practice nurse clinician with an active clinical practice 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

Research Interests

Delirium in older hospitalized adults
Nurse/family caregiver partnership in prevention
Demonstrated cost effectiveness
Self management by older adults with multiple morbidities
Geriatric Care:  quality, competency, and satisfaction



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



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



Rosenbloom, D., & Fick, D. (Dec., 2013). Nurse family partnership intervention for delirium increases delirium knowledge and attitudes toward partnership. Geriatric Nursing, doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.12.004
Rosenbloom, D., & Fick, D.(2013). A pilot study: Nurse/Family Caregiver  partnership. Nursing Research, 44, 55-69.
Rosenbloom, D., & Fick, D.  (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.