Specialization / Certification
Specialized training: End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Trainer, Education in Palliative and End of Life Care Trainer
Certification: Advanced Public Health Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Rush University, Chicago IL
Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
Areas of scholarly interest include palliative, hospice and end of life care, community and home health, interdisciplinary and interprofessional education, doctorate of nursing practice, online learning and technology.
Titles of Courses Recently Taught
Phillips, M., Breakwell, S., Faut-Callahan, M., Kim, M. (2012). Clinical observation reflections from students in an interdisciplinary palliative care course. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14 (4), 274-282.
Callahan, M., Breakwell, S. & Suhayda, R. (2011). Knowledge of palliative and end-of-life care by student registered nurse anesthetists. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal 79 (4) Special Research Edition. S15-S20.
Breakwell, S. & Riendeau, D. (2011) Section 15: End-of-life. In Neal-Boylan, L.( Ed.) Nursing Case Studies in Home Health Care. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Breakwell, S. (2009). Exemplar Domain 1, Guideline 1.3: Education: Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Education Framework. In National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, Clinical practice guidelines for quality palliative care (p. 25). Pittsburgh, PA: National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.
Swider, S., Levin, P., Cowell, J., & Breakwell, S. Holland, P. & Wallinder, J. (2009). Community/Public Health Nursing Practice Leaders’ Views of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Journal of Public Health Nursing 26 (5), 405-411.
Breakwell, S. & O'Rourke, M. (2009). Community outreach. In Neal-Boylan, L. (Ed.), Home health care nursing: Trends, issues and research (2nd Edition). Washington, DC: Home Care University, affiliate of Home Healthcare Nurses Association and National Association for Home Care and Hospice.
Ailey, S. A., O’Rourke, M., Breakwell, S., & Murphy, A. (2008). Supporting a community of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in grieving, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 10 (5).
Swider, S., Levin, P., Ailey, S., Breakwell, S., Cowell, J., McNaughton, D. & O’Rourke, M. (2006). Matching a graduate curriculum in public/community health nursing to practice competencies: The Rush University experience. Public Health Nursing 23 (2). 190 – 195.
Breakwell, S. (2004). Connecting new nurses and home care. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 16 (2). 117-121.
Grants or Awards
Project Co-director, “Deep Listening”. The purpose of this project is to explore meaning and issues related to chronic disease, palliative care, spirituality, and the end of life through hosting of Deep Listening, a live theater experience for students, faculty and staff of Marquette University and the Greater Milwaukee community that will serve as a creative venue for reflection, expression, and dialogue about important issues surrounding serious illness, palliative care, and end of life). Funded AY 2012-2013, Edward Simmons Religious Commitment Fund, Marquette University. (Project Co-director: M. Heimbach, Gesu Parish)
Project Director, Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Education Program. National Cancer Institute (R25 Education grant), $1.2M, funded 2005-2011, Rush University College of Nursing, (Principle Investigator: Margaret Faut Callahan).
Project Team Member & Course Director, Interdisciplinary Teams in PACE. Programs of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), funded 2010-2011, Rush University. (Project Team: Stan Lapidos, Steven Rothschild, Lois Halstead, Cathy Catrambone,, Robyn Golden, Kathy Keim, Chris Zakrzewski).