Laurel Despins, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC

Lauren-Despins

Assistant Teaching Professor

E-mail: despinsl@missouri.edu
Phone: 573.884.9539
Fax: 573.884.4544

S421C Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, Mo. 65211

Teaching Emphasis Area(s)

Healthcare systems, Quality improvement, Patient Safety, Nursing Theory

Selected Grants, Honors and Awards

  • MU Sinclair School of Nursing Research Award (2017)
  • Dissertation Award for the Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics Research Interest Group, Midwest Nursing Research Society (2013)
  • Dean’s Award in Health Sciences, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri (2011)

Selected Publications

  • Despins, L.A., Guidoboni, G., Skubic, M., Sala, L., Enayati, M., Keller, J.M., & Popescu, M. (2020). Using sensor signals in the early detection of heart failure: A case study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(7), 41-46. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20200605-07
  • Despins, L.A. & Wakefield, B.J. (2020). Sensemaking in diabetes type 2 self-management decisions. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(13-14), 2572-2588. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15280
  • Orique, S., Despins, L., Wakefield, B., Erdelez, S., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2019). Perception of clinical deterioration cues among medical-surgical nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(11), 2627-2637. doi: 10.1111/jan.14038
  • Despins, L.A., Kim, J.H., Deroche, C., & Song, X. (2019). Factors influencing how intensive care unit nurses allocate their time. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(11), 1551-1575. doi:10.1177/0193945918824070
  • Despins, L.A. & Wakefield, B.J. (2018). Patient identification of health risk. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(7), 939-941. doi: 10.1177/0193945918763556
  • Despins, L.A. & Wakefield, B.J. (2018). The role of the electronic medical record in the intensive care unit nurse’s detection of patient deterioration: A qualitative study. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36(6), 284 – 292. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000431
  • Despins, L.A. (2017). Factors influencing when intensive care unit nurses go to the bedside for an alarm: A descriptive qualitative study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 43, 101 – 107. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.04.003
  • Despins, L.A. (2016). Automated detection of sepsis using electronic medical record data: A systematic review. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 36(6), 322 – 333. doi: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000066

 

Selected Peer Reviewed Presentations

  • Despins, L.A. & Wakefield, B.J. (2020). Exploring patient-provider communication in diabetes self-management, 44th Annual Research Conference, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Virtual Conference, April 1 – 4, 2020. Poster
  • Despins, L.A., Guidoboni, G., Skubic, M., Sala, L., Enayati, M., Keller, J.M., & Popescu, M. (2019). Case study exemplar of severe diastolic dysfunction using ballistocardiogram, Gerontological Society of America, 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks, Austin, Tx, November 13-17, 2019. Poster
  • Mishra, A.K., Skubic, M., Despins, L.A., Popescu, M., Rantz, Keller, J., & Lane, K. (2019). Development of a functional health index for older adults using the electronic health record, IEEE-EMBS BHI 2019, IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS), Chicago, Il, May 19 – 22, 2019. Poster
  • Despins, L.A., Kim, J.H., & Song, X. (2018). The effect of nurse education, nurse experience, specialty certification, severity of illness, comorbidities, and time of day on nurses’ work activities in an intensive care unit: An exploratory study, 4th European Conference, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Cambridge, England, June 4 – 6, 2018. Poster
  • Despins, L.A. & Wakefield, B.J. (2018). Intensive care unit nurses’ use of electronic medical record information for patient surveillance, 4th European Conference, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Cambridge, England, June 4 – 6, 2018. Poster
  • Despins, L.A. & Wakefield, B.J. (2018). Intensive care unit nurses’ use of the electronic medical record in patient deterioration detection, 42nd Annual Research Conference, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Cleveland, Oh., April 12 – 15, 2018. Poster
  • Enayati, M., Su, B.Y., Despins, L., & Skubic, M. (2017). Investigating the interaction between ballistocardiogram and cardiac age, European Medical and Biomedical Engineering Conference, Tampere, Finland, June 11-15, 2017. Paper

Presentations

  • Despins, L., Ahrens, M., Miller, R., Reid, L., Sangha, H., Heimsoth, S., Vollrath, C. (2014). “Implementing Therapeutic Hypothermia for Post-Cardiac Arrest Medical Patients”, University of Missouri Health System, 2014 UMHS Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days, Columbia, Mo. April 29 – May 1, 2014.
  • Despins, L., Burks, M., Heimsoth, S., Lowes, J., Lyle, A., Marshall, K., Murphy, A., Williamson, P. (2014). “Improving Consistency of Nursing Documentation of Daily Sedation Interruption in Mechanically Ventilated Patients with Sedation Infusions”, University of Missouri Health System, 2014 UMHS Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days, Columbia, Mo. April 29 – May 1, 2014.
  • Cox, K., Hahn-Cover, K., Cooper, K., Butler, K., Massey, J.L., Despins, L.A. (2014). “Deploying a Flexible Culture Through Crew Resources Management (CRM) Tools/Techniques”, University of Missouri Health System, 2014 UMHS Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days, Columbia, Mo. April 29 – May 1, 2014.
  • Geiger, D., Zorsch, S., Moore, G., Schmidt, J.N., Collins, B.V., Despins, L.A., Massey, J.L. (2014). “Sleep Study Result Reporting”, University of Missouri Health System, 2014 UMHS Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days, Columbia, Mo. April 29 – May 1, 2014.
  • Fegley, R., Schlotzhauer, C., Despins, L. (2014). “Use of Chlorhexidine Gluconate While Bathing to Reduce the Incidence of Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections”, 7th Annual Evidence-Based Practice on the Frontline, Building a Culture of Quality, Safety, and Nursing Professionalism, Columbia, Mo. April 17, 2014.
  • Despins, L., Guilford, S., Hebbar, S., Matthews, K., Nichols, M., See, W., Tharakan, A. (2013). “Peri-Operative Glycemic Control”, University of Missouri Health System, 2013 MUHS Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days, Columbia, Mo. May 2-3, 2013.
  • Despins, L.A. (2012). “Factors influencing patient risk detection in intensive care unit nurses”, MNRS 36th Annual Research Conference; Dearborn, Mi. April 12-15, 2012.
  • Despins, L.A. (2011). “Factors influencing patient risk detection in intensive care unit nurses”, University of Missouri, School of Medicine “Health Sciences Research Day”, Columbia, Mo. November 3, 2011.
  • Despins, L.A. (2010). “Effect of a primed goal of patient safety on patient risk detection”, University of Missouri, School of Medicine “Health Sciences Research Day”, Columbia, Mo. November 11, 2010.
  • Hall, L., Cox, K.R., Scott, S., Aud, M., Allmon, A., Despins, L., Pasupathy, K. (2007). “Interprofessional teamwork in health care – A successful model that creates ‘open spaces for learning’ about quality and safety”,  International Symposium on Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care; Orlando, FL; December, 2007.
  • Cox, K.R., Hall, L.W., Despins, L., Scott, S., Liu, P. (2007). “The effects of crew resource management training on patient safety culture transformation”, 13th International Symposium on Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care; Orlando, FL; December, 2007.   
  • Despins, L., Brietzke, S. (2007). “Addressing Hypoglycemic Risk Factors in Insulin Administration”, Center for Patient Safety, Patient Safety: Achieving Success in Missouri, Columbia, MO. March 28-29, 2007.
  • Despins, L., Brietzke, S., Razavi, S. (2006). “Mitigating Unintended Harm While Implementing an Intravenous Insulin Infusion Protocol”, Sinclair School of Nursing Research Day, Columbia, MO. April 20, 2006.
  • Despins, L., Nelson, K., Cox, K., Hill, J. (2005). “The Effect of Daily Pre-briefing Sessions onTeam Building in an Intensive Care Unit”, American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute, New Orleans, LA., May 2005.
  • Despins, L., Feutz, C., Felten, S., Brietzke, S., Lancey, R., Moore, R., et al. (2005). “Implementing An Insulin Infusion Protocol from a Paradigm of Patient Safety”, Twelfth National Conference on Evidence-Based Practice, Coralville, IA, April 23, 2005.
  • Nelson, K.J., Hall, L.W., Unger, C., Cox, K.R., Despins, L.A., Tinsley, A., Hill, J., Clark, R., & Nixon, W. (2004). “Crew Resource Management Training as a Means to Improve Patient Safety”, Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Quality Forum, Scientific Symposium, Orlando, FL., December 13, 2004.
  • Despins, L., Kaplan, C.A., Cox, K. (2003). “Development and implementation of an ICU agitation and sedation protocol”, Tenth National Conference on Evidence Based Practice, Coralville, IA, April 23, 2003.

Clinical Practice Area

Adult Critical Care