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Brenna Quinn


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Dr. Brenna QuinnAssistant Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building
  • Email

Research Interests

Key Research Area: Pain in children with intellectual disability and complex conditions

Current Projects: Evaluation of pain for hospitalized children with severe-profound intellectual disability, leveraging parent pain perspectives to improve pain care for children with complex conditions

Education

  • Ph D: Nursing, Population Health, (2015), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Mild to Profound Special Needs
  • MS: Nursing, (2013), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
  • BS: Nursing, Pre-Licensure, (2011), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA

Biography

Dr. Quinn (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Solomont School of Nursing, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A doctorally prepared nurse researcher, she also holds three board certifications: Nationally Certified School Nurse (National Board for Certification of School Nurses), Certified Nurse Educator (National League for Nursing), and Pain Management Nurse (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Dr. Quinn currently provides direct nursing care to children with intellectual disabilities (ID) and complex conditions on a part-time basis outside of her duties as a faculty member.

She has presented research related to pediatric pain and school health internationally. Dr. Quinn conducts both team and independent research related to pain in children in both the community and acute-care settings. Dr. Quinn is also involved in quality improvement and original research aiming to improve experiences for children and families with ID at Boston Children’s Hospital. In the community setting, she is currently conducting a study with parents of children with complex needs to (1) ascertain parents’ perceived characteristics of child pain experiences, (2) determine the extent to which parents feel caregivers adequately address pain, and (3) identify ways in which pain collaboration between parents and caregivers may be improved.

Outside of her clinical research areas, Dr. Quinn takes interest in examining theory-guided research and student success in nursing programs.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Mentoring of Undergraduate Students (2019), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Early Career Award (2018), Teaching - Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2018), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

  • Quinn, B., McAuliffe, D. (2019). "There was only one nurse for everyone": Student reflections of a school nursing clinical experience. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 48(5) 72-76.
  • Quinn, B., Lee, S., Bhagat, J., Keeler, E., Holman, D., Rogal, M. (). A retrospective review of school nurse approaches to assessing pain. Journal of Pain Management Nursing
  • Lee, S., Quinn, B. (). Associations between safety culture characteristics and patient safety outcomes in East Asia: A review. Western Journal of Nursing Research.
  • Quinn, B., Serna, R. (2019). Educators' experiences identifying pain among students in special education settings. Journal of School Nursing, 35(3) 210-220.
  • Repsha, C., Quinn, B., Peters, A.A. (). Implementing a concept based nursing curriculum: A literature review. Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • Quinn, B., ElGhaziri, M., Knight, M. (2019). Incorporating social justice, community partnerships, and student engagement in community health nursing courses. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(3) 183-185.
  • Quinn, B., McDonough, A.J. (). Nursing theory in hospital models of care: Missed opportunities. American Journal of Nursing.
  • Quinn, B., Peters, A.A. (2019). Positive prompts: A quick exercise to reduce test anxiety. Nurse Educator, 44(5) 249.
  • Quinn, B. (2019). The Art of Pharmacology: Creative Study Guide Posters. Nurse Educator, 44(1) 57.
  • Quinn, B., ElGhaziri, M., Mangano, K., Thind, H.K. (2019). Toward Total Student Health: A Qualitative Pilot Study. Journal of American College Health, 67(5) 391-396.
  • Lee, S., Quinn, B. (2019). Strategies for incorporating medication safety concepts in undergraduate nursing education: A review. Nurse Education Today, 72 77-83.
  • Peters, A.A., Quinn, B., Moreno, R. (2019). Undergraduate nursing clinical absences: A review. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(1) 37-42.
  • Quinn, B. (2019). Seizures and Epilepsy (3rd). F.A. Davis
  • Quinn, B., Holman, D.W. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Morse, J.R. (The Farm Baseball Performance Institute) (). A pain reporting tool for youth baseball pitchers: A pilot study. Journal of School Nursing.
  • Toronto, C. (Curry College), Quinn, B., Remington, R. (Framingham State University) (2018). Characteristics of Reviews Published in Nursing Literature: A Methodological Review. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(1) 30-40.
  • Quinn, B., Solodiuk, J.C. (Boston Children's Hospital), Morrill, D. (Boston Children's Hospital), Mauskar, S. (Boston Children's Hospital) (2018). Pain in Nonverbal Children with Medical Complexity: A Two-year Retrospective Study. American Journal of Nursing, 118(8) 28-37.
  • Quinn, B., Peters, A.A., Smolinski, M. (2018). Strategies to Improve NCLEX-RN Success: A Systematic Review. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(1) 18-26.
  • Quinn, B., ElGhaziri, M., Mangano, K., Kaur Thind, H. (2018). Toward total student health: A qualitative pilot study. Journal of American college health : J of ACH, 1-6.
  • Quinn, B., Fantasia, H.C. (2018). Forming Focus Groups for Pediatric Pain Research in Nursing: A Review of Methods. Pain Management Nursing, 19(3) 303-312.
  • Quinn, B., Serna, R. (2017). Challenges and Barriers to Identifying Pain in the Special Education Classroom: A Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 4(4) 328-338.
  • Quinn, B., Smolinski, M. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2017). Improving School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students With Intellectual Disability. Journal of School Nursing.
  • Quinn, B. (2017). Precepted Experiences for Doctoral Student Nurses. Creative Nursing, 23(2) 124-128.
  • Quinn, B., Peters, A.A. (2017). Strategies to Reduce Nursing Student Test Anxiety: A Literature Review. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(3) 145-151.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). Engaging Nursing Students in an Edible Pharmacological Concepts Lesson. Nurse Educator, 41(6) 286-287.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). Using Theory Integration to Explore Complex Health Problems. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(3) 235 - 243.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). ‘It’s Not Easy’: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Special Needs. Pain Management Nursing, 17(2) 119 - 131.
  • Quinn, B. (2016). School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices for Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Eastern Nursing Research Society Annual Scientific Sessions
  • Quinn, B., Seibold, E., Hayman, L. (2015). Pain assessment in children with special needs: A review of the literature. Exceptional Children, 82(1) 44-57.
  • Quinn, B., Sheldon, L.K., Cooley, M.E. (2014). Pediatric pain assessment by drawn faces scales: A review. Pain Management Nursing, 15(4) 909-918.
  • Quinn, B. (2014). To the editor (35:6 pp. 402). Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Quinn, B. (2014). The ‘Seamless’ Model of Nursing Education. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 114(10) 11.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Research Grant: An Exploratory Study of Bullying Exposure among School Nurses: Prevalence and Impact (2017), Grant - National Association of School Nurses
    Quinn, B. (Co-Principal), Peters, A.A. (Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Principal), Simons, S.R. (Co-Principal)
  • Seed Grant: A Checklist to Evaluate Pain of Unknown Origin in Children with Intellectual Disability (2017), Grant - UMass Lowell
    Quinn, B. (Principal), Solodiuk, J. (Co-Principal), Mauskar, S. (Co-Principal)
  • UMass Lowell towards Total Student Health (2016), Grant - Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
    Quinn, B. (Co-Principal), Thind, H.K. (Principal), Mangano, K. (Co-Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Research Grant: Teachers as Pain Assessment Collaborators (2016), Grant - National Association of School Nurses
    Quinn, B.
  • Research Grant: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices (2014), Sponsored Research - National Association of School Nurses
    Quinn, B.
  • Research Grant: School Nurse Pain Assessment Practices (2014), Sponsored Research - Sigma Theta Tau Eta Omega Chapter
    Quinn, B.