Joanne R. Duffy PhD, RN, FAAN, is the West Virginia University Hospitals Endowed Professor of Research and Evidence-based Practice at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA, and an adjunct Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Duffy has coordinated three graduate nursing programmes and was a former Division Director of a school of nursing. She actively teaches nursing theory, research, and leadership in PhD, DNP, and honour programmes and directs dissertations and scholarly projects. She has held various administrative positions directing medical, rehabilitation, critical care, emergency, and transplantation nursing services at both community and academic medical centres. She also directed of a Center for Outcomes Analysis, a nurse-led department for improving the quality of cardiovascular services. She has published extensively across the nursing literature, but is best known for her work in maximising patient outcomes. Dr. Duffy was the first to link nurse caring to patient outcomes, designed and tested multiple versions of the Caring Assessment Tool and developed the Quality-Caring Model . Her book, Quality Caring in Nursing: Applying Theory to Clinical Practice, Education and Research received the AJN book of the year award in 2009. Dr. Duffy was the PI or co-investigator for several important projects and clinical trials, has held leadership positions with various nursing organisations, and has received several nursing awards.
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