Ruth A. Bryant

Ruth A. Bryant






Director Nursing Research, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis MN

Association Memberships
The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Association of Nurse Leaders (AONL) Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) National Association Clinical Nurse Specialists Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Chi Chapter-at -large The Wound Healing Society Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)



Board Certified: Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing: 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995; 2002; 2007; 2012, 2017 Current Nursing Licenses: Idaho: N-44629 (exp. 8/31/2020) Minnesota: #R 097102-9 (exp. 10/31/2019) Montana: 45449 (exp. 12/31/2019) Washington: RN60300282 (exp. 10/26/2019)


2011-2016 PhD in Nursing, Washington State University, College of Nursing, Spokane, Washington

1992-1996 Post Graduate Coursework in Epidemiology; Dept. Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Ok.

1988 Master's of Science in Nursing: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

1979 ET Certificate: Jewish Hospital at Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

1976 Bachelor's of Science in Nursing: Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD



2017: Excellence in Research, Inland Empire Nursing Association.

2017: Best Gerontology Student Presentation, Western Institute of Nursing Gerontological Special Interest (Comorbid Conditions Associated with Adverse Outcomes in Patients with Pressure Ulcers).

2016: 2nd place, Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), Washington State University. Protecting patients from harm: A new paradigm for pressure ulcers.

2015: Western Institute of Nursing, Finalist Poster Presentation Award.

2012: ANA Book of the Year, Medical Surgical Category (Acute and chronic wounds: Current management concepts, 4th ed, St. Louis, Elsevier)

1992: Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society: President's Award



Subepidermal Moisture as an Early Indicator of Pressure Induced Tissue Damage in Surgical Patients (in process)
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation Clinical Innovation Grant
PI: Ruth Bryant, PhD RN, CWOCN $214,895.00
The objective of this project is to measure sub-epidermal moisture in surgical patients who develop and patients who do not develop pressure ulcers. The long-term goal is to prevent onset of pressure ulcers in patients following surgical procedures.

Impact of an Interprofessional PRECCIOS Model of Coordinated Care for Critically Ill Obstetric Women (in process)
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation Clinical Innovation Grant Co-PIs: Ruth Bryant, PhD RN, CWOCN and Catherine St. Hill PhD ($139,359.00)
Conditions develop during pregnancy that require coordinated medical and nursing management including: socio-economic disparities that correlate with undiagnosed comorbidities; increased maternal age; a higher incidence of obesity and related chronic illnesses; and the presence of acquired or congenital diseases that are treatable but may pose significant risks during pregnancy. To provide specialized care for women with higher risk pregnancies, an innovative Program to Enhance Critical Care Integrated Obstetric Services (PRECCIOS) for the critically ill obstetric (OB) woman was developed. The goals of this study are to (1) identify and describe the maternal and fetal outcomes of the critically ill OB woman and (2) describe the lived experience of the critically ill OB women who received care under the PRECCIOS program.

Benefits of and Barriers to Patient Engagement with Reduction of Harm (11/1/2015- 10/31/2016)
Sigma Theta Tau International/Hill-Rom Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Nursing Research Grant co-PIs: Bryant and Schenk ($9000.00)
The purpose of this study was to explore attitudes and perceptions towards engaging patients in reducing preventable patient harm and safety risks among patients, family members, and health professionals and to explore feasibility of a novel patient engagement strategy, Speak Up-MAPS.

Factors Associated with Adverse Outcomes in Patients with Pressure Ulcers 2013-2016 (PhD Dissertation)
The purpose of the study was to identify and describe the independent risk factors for adverse outcomes in patients with a hospital acquired pressure ulcer and a present on admission pressure ulcer in all patients discharged from a hospital in WA State between 2009 and 2013. Sleep Health Among all Registered Nurses and Surgical Technicians at Providence Holy Family Hospital 2016-2017 The purpose was to compare sleep health patterns among Registered Nurses (RN) and Surgical Technicians (ST) employed on various shifts. We wanted to obtain baseline data on call compared to non-call departments, shift length of 12 hours compared to 8 or 10 hour shifts, and night shift compared to day shift.


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