Donna Bliss

Donna BlissDonna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Horace T. Morse/Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher
School of Nursing Foundation Research Professor

Telephone Number:
612-624-1425

Fax Number:
612-625-7180

Email Address:
bliss@umn.edu

Office Location:
6-189A Weaver-Densford Hall

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Co-operative Membership:
Adult and Gerontological Health

Center Membership:
Center for Gerontological Nursing

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Education Background:
B.S.N., 1981, Nursing, Villanova University
M.S.N., 1985, Nursing - Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., 1991, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Certification:
C.C.R.N., 1984-2001; alumna C.C.R.N.

Teaching Interests:
Research design and methods
Care of chronic health conditions
Gerontology and nursing
Acute and critical care nursing
Nutrition and gastrointestinal nursing

Research Interests:
Specialty areas are fecal incontinence and tube feeding with a focus on effects of dietary fiber on the colon and clinical outcomes; perineal skin problems associated with incontinence: risk identification, prevention and management. (Recent grants and selected publications are listed below.)

Research and Education Grants:

Title of Project: Use of ARD Anoperineal Dressing for Fecal Incontinence
Funding Agency: Birchwood Laboratories
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 4/1/06-8/31/06

Title of Project: Center for Health Trajectory Research
Funding Agency: NIH/NINR (P20)
Role: Pilot Core Director
Project Dates: 6/22/2005-4/30/2010

Title of Project: NIS Multi-Country Partnerships Program for Nursing Education and Leadership Development
Funding Agency: American International Health Alliance (USAID Prime)
Role: co-Investigator
Project Dates: 03/2004-09/2006

Title of Project: Evaluation of Characteristics and Typical Usage of Incontinent Products for Fecal Incontinence
Funding Agency: Kimberly-Clark (subcontract to NIH grant)
Role: PrincipalInvestigator
Project Dates: 1/1/2004-6/30/2008

Title of Project: Impact of Fiber Fermentation on Fecal Incontinence
Funding Agency: NIH/NINR-R01
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 6/03-2/08

Title of Project: Skin Health of Critically-Ill Adults
Funding Agency: Twin Cities Chapter, Amer Assoc of Critical Care Nurses' Medtronic Research Award
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2003-2004

Title of Project: Economic Evaluation of Skin Damage Prevention Regimens
Funding Agency: 3M Corporation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 3/03-12/03

Title of Project: Cross-National Study of Nursing Care Practices for Urinary and Fecal Incontinence in Japanese and American Nursing Homes
Funding Agency: Yamagata University and Pfizer Corp.
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 5/00-4/02

Title of Project: Experience of Women Managing Fecal Incontinence
Funding Agency: American Nurses Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2000-2001

Title of Project: Prevalence and Correlates of Skin Problems Associated with Incontinence in Nursing Home Elders
Funding Agency: Academic Health Center Faculty Seed Grant Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 6/1/00-5/31/01

Title of Project: Perineal Dermatitis in Nursing Home Elderly
Funding Agency: 3M Corporation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 4/15/00-4/14/01

Title of Project: Skin Problems in Nursing Home Elders with Incontinence
Funding Agency: American Nurses Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 10/1/00-9/30/01

Title of Project: Perineal Dermatitis in Nursing Home Elders with Incontinence: A Pilot Study
Funding Agency: Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, College of Nursing, Univ. of IA
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2000-2001

Title of Project: Clinical Research Curriculum Award
Funding Agency: NIH
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 2000

Title of Project: Skin problems related to fecal incontinence and urinary incontinence
Funding Agency: 3M Corporation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1999-2002

Title of Project: Fecal Incontinence: Epidemiology and Self Care in Elders at Managed Care Clinics
Funding Agency: U of MN Graduate School Grant-In-Aid
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 12/16/97-12/15/98

Selected Publications:

Bliss, D. Z., Fischer, L. R., & Savik, K. (2005). Managing fecal incontinence: Self-care practices of older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 31(7), 35-44.

Bliss, D. Z., & Savik, K. (2005). Writing a grant proposal—part 2: Research methods—part 2. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 32(4), 226-229.

Bliss, D. Z. (2005). Writing a grant proposal: Part 6: The budget, budget justification, and resource environment. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 32(6), 365-367.

Colwell, J. C., Bliss, D. Z., Engberg, S., & Moore, K. N. (2005). Preparing a grant proposal—part 5: Organization and revision. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 32(5), 291-293.

Savik, K., Fan, Q., Bliss, D., & Harms, S. (2005). Preparing a large data set for analysis: Using the Minimum Data Set to study perineal dermatitis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52(4), 399-409.

Beitz, J. M., & Bliss, D. Z. (2005). Preparing a successful grant proposal. Part 1: Developing research aims and the significance of the project. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 32(1), 16-18.

Gray, M., & Bliss, D. Z. (2005). Preparing a grant proposal. Part 2: Reviewing the literature. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 32(2), 83-86.

Wyman, J. F., Bliss, D. Z., Dougherty, M. C., Gray, M., Kaas, M., Newman, D. K., Palmer, M. H., & Wells, T. J. (2004). Shaping future directions for incontinence research in aging adults: Executive summary. Nursing Research. 53(6S), S1-S10.

Bliss, D. Z. (2004). Dietary fiber in conservative management of chronic renal failure. Pediatric Nephrology, 19(10), 1069-1070.

Bliss, D. Z. (2004). Monitors in nutrition support. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 19(5), 421-422.

Bliss, D. Z., Norton, C. A., Miller, J., & Krissovich, M. (2004). Directions for future nursing research on fecal incontinence. Nursing Research, 53(6S), S15-S21.

Littleton, D., Marsalis, S., & Bliss, D. Z. (2004). Searching the literature by design. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26(8), 891-908.

Newman, D. K., Fader, M., & Bliss, D. Z. (2004). Managing incontinence using technology, devices, and products: Directions for research. Nursing Research, 53(6S), S42-S48.

Bliss, D. Z., Fischer, L. R., Savik, K., Avery, M., & Mark, P. (2004). Severity of fecal incontinence in community-living elderly in a health maintenance organization. Research in Nursing & Health, 27(3), 162-173.

Gray, M., Beitz, J., Colwell, J., Bliss, D. Z., Engberg, S., Evans, E., Gallagher, J., Moore, K. N., & Pieper, B. (2004). Evidence-based nursing practice II: Advanced concepts for WOC nursing practice. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 31(2), 53-61.

Bliss, D. Z. (2003). Managing adverse health symptoms: A fruitful core of nursing research warranting continued cultivation. Nursing Research, 52(6), 349.

Lebak, K. J., Bliss, D. Z., Savik, K., & Patten-Marsh, K. M. (2003). What's new on defining diarrhea in tube-feeding studies? Clinical Nursing Research, 12(2), 174-204.

Bliss, D. (2002). Publishing with students--an uncontrolled variable. Nursing Research, 51(6), 345-346.

Bliss, D. Z., Dhamani, K. A., Savik, K., & Kirk, K. (2003). Tool to classify stool consistency: Content validity and use by persons of diverse cultures. Nursing and Health Sciences, 5(2), 115-121.

Waagen, G. L., & Bliss, D. Z. (2002). Development of evidence-based protocols for evaluation and management of dysfunctional vascular access devices in interventional radiology. Images, 21(4), 13-22.

Bliss, D. (2001). Editorial: Mixed or mixed up methods. Nursing Research, 50(6),331.

Bliss, D., Jung, H.J., Savik, K., Lowry, A., LeMoine, M., Jensen, L., Werrner, C., & Schaffer, K. (2001). Supplementation with dietary fiber improves fecal incontinence. Nursing Research, 50, 203-213.

Bliss, D. (2001). Commentary: Special Delivery: A Biofeedback Program for Fecal Incontinence. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing, 28, 169-170.

Bliss, D. (2000). It's Not Just Research- It May Be Evidence. Nursing Research, 49(6), 301.

Bliss, D. (2000). "Current summaries: pH and concentration of bilirubin in feeding tube aspirates as predictors of tube placement." Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 24(3): 187-188.

Bliss, D., Guenter, P., & Heitkemper, M. (2000). From Proposal to Publication: Are You Writing Research Right? Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 15, 299-305.

Bliss, D. Z. (2000). "Comment on tubefeeding in patients with advanced dementia: A review of the current literature." Nutrition in Clinical Practice 15(4): 204-205.

Guenter, P., Malyszek, R., Bliss, D., Steffe, T., O'Hara, D., LaVan, F., & Monteiro, D. (2000). "Survey of nutritional status in newly hospitalized patients with stage III or IV pressure ulcers: A descriptive study." Advances in Wound Care 13(4): 164-168.

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