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Kathleen Spencer


Visiting Assistant Professor
2036 Human Health Building
248-364-8748
kwspence@oakland.edu

Education
  • Oakland University, DNP
  • Wayne State University, MSN
  • Michigan State University, MA in Journalism 
  • Notre Dame, St Mary's College, BSN
Expertise
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult Health
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing
  • Post Anesthesia Care Nursing
Past Editor-in-Chief Plastic Surgical Nursing Journal (Lippincott Elsevier)

Research / Publications / Grants

  • “Content Analysis: The Image of Nurses on Get Well Greeting Cards” (MA Journalism Thesis)
  • “The Effectiveness of Using Imaginative Literature as a Teaching Strategy to Affect Stated Empathy and Attitudes of Undergraduate Nursing Students Toward Alcoholics” (DNP Capstone)

Publications (Refereed Journals)

  • Spencer, K.W.  (2006). Patient simulation to enhance patient safety.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 26(4), 195-197.
  • Spencer, K.W.  (2004).   Isopropyl alcohol inhalation as treatment for nausea and vomiting. Plastic Surgical Nursing, 24(4), 149-154.
  • Spencer, K.W. (1999).  Patient education then and now.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 19(9),88.
  • Spencer, K. W.  (1994).  Patient selection in plastic surgery.  Nursing Clinics of North America, 29(4). 697-710.
  • Spencer, K.W. (1994).   Surgical safari: a preoperative preparation program for children and their parents.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 12(4). 
  • Spencer, K.W.  (1994). Nursing in the spotlight: let’s seize the moment. (editorial)  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 12(2).
  • Walsh, K.C . (1994).  Helping your patient kick the habit.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 12(1).
  • Walsh, K.C. (1993).  Projecting your best professional image. Imprint, 40(2), Feb./March, 26, 28-29.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1993).  Getting nurses in the news. Imprint, 40(2), March 26, 28-29.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1992). Extinguishing burn injuries through public awareness. Plastic Surgical Nursing, 12(4), 164-167.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1992). A changing focus for foreign nurse recruitment.   Recruitment and Retention Reports, 5(11), 4-7.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1992). Updating printed patient education materials.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 12(3), 115-117.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1991).  Guidelines for printing patient education materials. Plastic Surgical Nursing, 11(3), 119-121, 125.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1991).  Breast reconstruction using the latissimus dorsi flap.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 11(2), 43-51
  • Walsh, K.C. (1991). More than child’s play: using dolls for patient education.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 11(2), 78-79.
  • Walsh, K.C. (1991).  Getting Started (with patient education).  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 11(1), 26-27.
  • Walsh, K.C.  (1990).   The re-entry nurse: special interview and orientation strategies.  Recruitment & Retention Report, 3(7),4-7.
  • Walsh, K.C.  (1990).  Recruiting inactive nurses: offering a gentle re-entry position. 1990, Recruitment & Retention Report, 3(5), 6-8.
  • Walsh, K.C.  (1990).  Patient education series debuts in this issue.  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 10(3), 139-141.
  • Walsh, K.C.  (1989).  The popular press: required reading for nurses?  Plastic Surgical Nursing, 9(2),56-61.
  • Walsh, K.C.  (1989).  Using planned change to implement a pressure sore program. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 21(4), 245-249.
  • Walsh, K.C.  (1986).  Breast augmentation: your patient’s adjustment to a new body image. Today’s OR Nurse, 8(9),20-26. 

Book Chapters

  • Spencer, K.W.  (2009).  Coming home to nursing (without having really left).  In A Call to Nursing: Nurse’s Stories about Challenge and Commitment.  P. Sergi & G. Gorman, eds., pp. 226-236.  New York: Kaplan Publishing.
  • Spencer, K.W.  (2007).  In The Poetry of Nursing: Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse-Poets, J. Schaeffer, ed. pp. 157-170.  Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

Courses Taught 

  • NRS 303 Clinical
  • NRS 336 Clinical
  • NRS 221 Informatics
  • NRS 452 Nursing Research
  • NRS 521 Diversity and Social Issues

Professional Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Psi Chapter
  • Kappa Tau Alpha, National Honor Society for Journalism