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Annette McDonough

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Annette McDonough, Ph.D., RN Associate Professor


Adult/Pediatrics Critical Care and Trauma

Research Interest

Critical care and trauma in adult and pediatrics, sudden cardiac arrest, cardiac electrophysiology sudden cardiac arrest. Methodology: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. 

Educational Background

2007   Ph.D. Nursing, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA; Doctor of Philosophy; May 2007
Area of research: Young Adults/Cardiac Electrophysiology

1999   Master of Science Nursing - Adult/Pediatric Trauma/Critical Care
Educator/Specialist – University of Massachusetts, Boston. Clinical       fellowship under supervision of Dr. Irwin Hirsch-Chief of Trauma Surgery, Boston Medical Center. Responsibilities during this fellowship included quality improvement  initiatives, code review committee, compliance of policy mandates, trauma follow-up, and critical care consultant. 1997-1999; Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
1995   Bachelor of Science Nursing - Atlantic Union College, Lancaster, MA


McDonough’s doctoral studies were partially supported by a grant from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Her doctoral research utilized a qualitative descriptive approach to examine the perceptions of young adults living with an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD) due to sudden cardiac arrest or cardiac abnormalities (congenital or electrophysiological).

She was employed as an educator and visiting faculty for over 10 years at various universities and most recently at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. While completing her Master’s Degree, McDonough received the Professional Nurse Traineeship Grant (1998) for excellence in teaching in underserved communities. She was an assistant professor and coordinator of RN-BS completion program at UMass Lowell.

McDonough lectured in areas related to critical care and trauma in adult and pediatrics and offered NCLEX review classes in many universities in Massachusetts, as well as tutored in health sciences and nursing. She was a subject expert in pathophysiology for Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, and recently completed an online pathophysiology course.

McDonough was pursuing her research interests as an external faculty nurse scientist with the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.  She was an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Association. She had planned to work with the sudden cardiac arrest awareness campaign and to focus her efforts on educating high school and college students on signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

Research Interests and Collaborations