Specialization / Certification
Pediatrics / Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatrics (ANCC)
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
Child health and illness; families with children. I have a particular interest in children and youth with special health care needs and their families; as well as children who are technology-dependent.
Titles of Courses Recently Taught
Sawin, K.J., Gralton, K.S., Harrison, T.M., Malin, S., Balchunas, M.K., Brock, L.A., Cavegn, B., Cisler-Cahill, L., Graves, S.M., Mussatto, K.A., O’Brien, M.E., Sherburne, E.C., & Schiffman, R.F. (2010). Nurse researchers in children’s hospitals. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25(5), 408-417.
O’Brien, M.E., & Wegner, C.B. (2002). Rearing the child who is technology dependent: Perceptions of parents and home care nurses. JSPN: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 7(1), 7-15.
O’Brien, M.E. (2001). Living in a house of cards: Family experiences with long-term childhood technology dependence, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 16(1), 13-22.
Huth, M.M., & O'Brien, M.E. (1999). Chronic conditions: Symptom management. In M.E. Broome & J.A. Rollins (Eds.), Core curriculum for the nursing care of children and their families (pp. 289-304). Pitman, NJ: Janetti Publications, Inc.
Grants or Awards
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Careers in Nursing Grant, 2011-2012.
Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2010.
Society of Pediatric Nurses Greater Wisconsin Chapter Excellence in Education Award, 2009.
Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 2009.
Urban Partners for Health: A Collaborative Project Between Marquette University College of Nursing and a Central City Community. Funded by Catholic Community Foundation, 2003; St. Anthony Foundation, 2002.