Christine A. Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing

Christine A. Mueller

Contact Info

cmueller@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-626-4922

Office Address:
5-140B Weaver-Densford Hall

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

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing

Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing

Long Term Care Professor in Nursing, School of Nursing


PhD, University of Maryland (Policy Long-Term Care Nursing Administration), 1995

MS, Old Dominion University (Nursing), 1984

BS, St. Louis University (Nursing), 1977

RN, Madison General Hospital, 1974

Summary

Awards & Recognition

  • Endowed Long Term Care Professorship in Nursing - University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 2011
  • Fellow - Gerontological Society of America, 2011
  • Nurse Research Award - Organization: Minnesota Nurses Association, 2008
  • Fellow - American Academy of Nursing, 2007
  • Fesler Lampert Chair in Aging Studies - University of Minnesota Center on Aging, 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Faculty Member in Gerontological Nursing Education - John A. Hartford Foundation Institute on Geriatric Nursing and the American Association of Colleges in Nursing, 2006
  • MACN Educator of the Year Award - Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2006

Professional Associations

  • Co-operative Membership:
    Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative
  • Center Membership:
    Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Quality of care and life for residents/patients in nursing homes as influenced by nurse and organizational factors: staffing, leadership, case models, delegation, professional practice environment

Research Funding Grants

Research and Education Grants (last 10 years):

Title of Project: Increasing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Clinical Nursing and Health Professions Education
Funding Agency: RWJF
Role: Co-Project Director
Project Dates: 12/15/15-12/1418

Title of Project: Evaluation of Home and Community-based Performance Improvement Program
Funding Agency: MN DHS
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 9/1/14-12/31/16

Title of Project: New Careers in Nursing
Funding Agency: RWJF
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 9/1/14-12/31/15

Title of Project: Veterans Administration Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP
Funding Agency: Veterans Affairs
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 7/13-6/18

Title of Project: Regulating Licensed Nursing Practice in Nursing Homes: Enacted RN and LPN scope of practice and care outcomes
Funding Agency: National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 01/13-12/15

Title of Project: Evaluation of a State Level Model for Promoting Nursing Home Quality
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 07/10-09/13

Title of Project: Evaluation of Minnesota Consortium Projects
Funding Agency: MN DHS
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 12/10-06/15

Title of Project: Nursing Home Culture Change: A Review of the Evidence
Funding Agency: Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services through a contract with Myers and Stauffer LLC
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 09/10-12/10

Title of Project: Developing Exemplary Clinical Education Partnerships and Learning in Nursing Homes
Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration, US DHHS
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 07/09-12/12

Title of Project: Building Faculty Capacity in Geriatric Nursing for Central Minnesota
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 07/09-12/11

Title of Project: Developing Comprehensive Dementia-Specific Nursing Home Quality Indicators
Funding Agency: Alzheimer's Association
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 07/07-06/10

Title of Project: Minnesota Nursing Facility Quality ProjectFunding Agency: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 07/07-04/11

Title of Project: Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 11/05-11/06

Title of Project: Quality-based Payment Strategy for Nursing Home Care in Minnesota Nursing Facilities
Funding Agency: Commonwealth Fund
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 12/04-03/06

Title of Project: Nursing Practice Models in Long-Term Care Facilities
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 05/03-10/04

Title of Project: Nursing Effort and Quality in Long-term Care
Funding Agency: National Institute for Aging
Role: Co-investigator
Project Dates: 06/03-05/06

Title of Project: Reimbursement System for Nursing Facilities, Time Study for a RUG-III Classification System, Staffing Standards for Nursing Facilities, and a Quality Profile System for Long-term Care
Funding Agency: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 07/02-12/05

Title of Project: Relationship of Nursing Home Policies and Quality
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research
Role: Senior Investigator
Project Dates: 10/01-09/03

Title of Project: Nurse Sensitive Quality Indicators for Long-term Care Facilities
Funding Agency: Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 08/00-12/01

Title of Project: Testing a Framework for Nurse Staffing in Long-term Care Facilities
Funding Agency: Zeta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 04/00-12/00

Publications

Selected Publications:

In Press:

  • Abrahamson, K., Mueller, C., & Davila, H. (in press). Examining the lived experience of nursing home quality improvement: A case of multi-facility falls reduction project. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Published:

  • Mueller, C., Ortigara, A., & Misorski, S. (2016). The Role of the Nurse in Person-Directed Care: After 20 years of “culture change” what have we learned? Generations, 40(1), 106-114. (invited)
  • Bliss, D.Z.,Harms, S., Eberly, L.E.,Savik, K., Gurvich, O.,Wyman, J.F., Mueller, C.A, Virnig, B.(2015).Social Engagement after Nursing Home Admission: Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Risk Factors.Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/0733464815617285.
  • Abrahamson, K., Miech, E., Davila, H., Mueller, C., Cooke, V., & Arling, G. (2015). Pay for performance policy and data driven decision making in nursing homes, BMJ Quality Safety, 1-7. . doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003362. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003362. Epub 2015 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 25749027.
  • Talley, K., Wyman, J., Savik, K., Kane, RL., Mueller, C., Zhao, H. (2015). Restorative Care's Effect on Activities of Daily Living Dependency in Long-stay Nursing Home Residents. Gerontologist, 55, Suppl 1, S88-98. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv011. PubMed PMID: 26055785; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4566913.
  • Bliss, D., Gurvich, O., Savik, K., Eberly, L., Harms, S., Wyman, J., Mueller, C., Garrard, J., & Virnig, B. (2015). Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Disparities as Possible Risk Factors for Development of Incontinence by Nursing Home Residents. Research in Nursing and Health, 38(6), 449-61. doi: 10.1002/nur.21680. Epub 2015 Sep 4.
  • Abrahamson, K., DeCrane, S., Mueller, C., Davila, H., & Arling, G. (2015). Implementation of a nursing home quality improvement project to reduce resident pain: A qualitative case study". Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 30(3), 261-8. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000099. PubMed PMID: 25407787.
  • Bliss, D.Z., Gurvich, O., Savik, K., Eberly, L.E., Harms, S., Mueller, C.A., Wyman, J.F., Garrad, J.M., Virnig, B. (2015). Are there racial-ethnic disparities in time to pressure ulcer development and pressure ulcer treatment in older adults after nursing home admission? Journal of Aging Health, 27(4), 571-93. doi: 10.1177/0898264314553895. Epub 2014 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 25260648.
  • Corazzini, K., McConnell, E.S., Day, L., Anderson, R.A., Mueller, C., Vogelsmeier, A., Kennerly, S., Walker, B., Flanagan, J., Haske-Palomino, M. (2015). Differentiating scopes of practice in nursing homes: Collaborating for Care. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 6(1), 43-49.
  • Corazzini, K., Vogelsmeier, A., McConnell, E.S., Day, L., Kennerly, S., Mueller, C., Flanagan, J., Hawkins, K.,Anderson, R.A. (2015). Perceptions of Nursing Practice: Capacity for High Quality Nursing Home Care. Journal of Nursing Regulation 6(3), 17-24.
  • Abrahamson, K., Mueller, C., Davila, H., & Arling, G. (2014). Nurses as boundary spanners in reducing avoidable hospitalizations among nursing home residents. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 7(5), 235-43. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20140519-01
  • Day, L. Turner, K., Anderson, R.A., Mueller, C., McConnell, E.S., Corazzini, K. Teaching Delegation to RN Students (2014). Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(2), 10-15
  • Harms, S., Bliss, D.Z., Garrad, J.M., Cunanan, K., Savik, K., Gurvich, O., Mueller, C.A., Wyman, J.F., Eberly, L., Virnig, B. (2014). Prevalence of Pressure Ulcers by Race and Ethnicity for Older People Admitted to Nursing Homes. J Geronotol Nurs, 40(3), 20-26. DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20131028-04
  • Abrahamson, K., Mueller, C., & Davila, H. (2014). Examining the lived experience of nursing home quality improvement: A case of a multi-facility falls reduction project. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 39(9), 24-30.
  • Mueller, C., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2013). Effective delegation: Understanding responsibility, authority and accountability, Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4(3), 20-27.
  • Bliss, D.Z., Harms, S., Garrad, J.M., Savik, K., Gurvich, O., Eberly, L., Wyman, J.F., Mueller, C.A., Virnig, B., Cunanan, K. (2013). Prevalence of incontinence by race and ethnicity of older people admitted to nursing homes. JAMDA J Am Med Directors Assoc 14, 451.e1-451.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2013.03.007. Epub 2013 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 23623144; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3690176.
  • Corazzini, K., Anderson, R., Mueller, C., Thorpe, J., McConnell, E. (2013). Licensed practical nurse scope of practice and quality of nursing home care. Nursing Research.62(5), 315-24. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e31829eba00. PubMed PMID: 23995465.
  • Mueller, C., Burger, S., Rader, J., & Carter, D. (2013). Person directed care in nursing homes: The important role of nurses. Geriatric Nursing. 34(2), 101-104.
  • Day, L., Anderson, R.A., Mueller, C., Hunt-McKinney, S., Porter, K., Corazzini, K.N. (2013). Data Collection and Assessment in Nursing Homes: Practice, Regulation, and Education. The Director, 221(1/2), 29-33.
  • Corazzini, K., Mueller, C., Anderson, R., Day, L., et al. (2013). Pain Medication Management in Nursing Homes and Nursing Scope of Practice. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.39(4), 40-46.
  • Corazzini, K., Anderson, R., Mueller, C., Day, L., Hunt-McKinney, T., & Porter, K. (2013). Patterns of nursing practice in nursing homes: How RNs and LPNs enact their scope of practice. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4(1), 14-18.
  • McGilton, K., Chu, C., Health, H., Moghabghab, Boscart, V., Bostrum, A., McKenzie-Green, B., Mueller, C., Bowers, B. (2012). Moving the agenda forward: A person centered approach framework in long-term care. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7, 303-309.
  • Mueller, C., Corazzini, K., Anderson, R., McConnell, E. (2012). Licensed nurse responsibilities in nursing homes: A scope of practice issue. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 3(1), 13-20.
  • Nazir, A., Mueller, C., Perkins, A., Arling, G., (2012). Falls and nursing home residents with cognitive impairment: New insights on quality measures and interventions. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 13(9), 819.e1-819.e6.
  • Dierich, M., Mueller, C., &Westra, B. (2011). Medication regimens in older home care patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37(12), 45-55.
  • Corazzini, K., Anderson, R., Mueller, C., Thorpe, J., & McConnell, E. (2012). Jurisdiction over nursing care systems in nursing homes: Latent class analysis. Nursing Research, 61(1), 28-38.
  • Corazzini, K., Anderson, R., Mueller, C., McConnell, E., Landermann, L., Thorpe, J., & Short, N. (2011). Regulation of LPN scope of practice in long-term care and quality of care. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 2(2), 30-36.
  • Eberly, L, Hodges, J., Savik, K., Gurvich, O., Bliss, D., & Mueller, C. (2013). Extending the Peters-Belson approach for assessing disparities to right censored time-to event outcomes. Statistics in Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/sim.5835
  • Mueller, C., Goering, M., Talley, K., Zaccagnini, M. (2011). Taking on the challenge of clinical teaching in nursing homes.Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37(4), 32-38.
  • Mueller, C., & Savik, K. (2010). Nursing practice models in long-term care. Research in Gerontological Nursing.
  • Cooke, V., Arling, G., Lewis, T., Abramson, K., Mueller, C., & Edstrom, L., (2010). Minnesota’s nursing home performance-based incentive payment program: An innovative model for promoting care quality. The Gerontologist, 50(4), (556-63)
  • Shamliyan, T., Kane, R.L., Mueller, C. Duval, S. & Wilt, T. (2009). Cost savings associated with increased registered nurse staffing in acute care hospitals: Simulation exercise. Nursing Economics, 27(5), 302-314.
  • Kane, R.L., Shamliyan, T., Mueller, C., Duval, S, & Wilt. T. (2007). The Association of Registered 
  • Nurse Staffing Levels and Patient Outcomes: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Medical Care, 45(12), 1195-1204.
  • Arling, G., Kane, R.L., Mueller, C., Bershadsky, J., Degenhotz, H. (2007). Nursing Effort and Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents, Gerontologist, 47(5), 672-682.
  • Arling, G., Lewis, T., Kane, R.L., Flood, S., & Mueller, C. (2007). Improving quality assessment through multilevel modeling: The case of Nursing Home Compare. Health Services Research, 42, 1177-1199.
  • Arling, G., Kane, R.L., Mueller, C., & Lewis, T. (2007). Explaining direct care resource use of nursing home residents: Findings from time studies in four states. Health Services Research, 42(2), 827-846.
  • Kane, R.L., Arling, G., Mueller, C., & Held. R. (2007). A quality-based payment strategy for nursing home care in Minnesota. The Gerontologist, 47(1), 108-115.
  • Arling, G., T. Lewis, T., Mueller, C., Kane, R.L. (2006). Nursing home quality indicators: Implications for residents with Alzheimer¿s and related disorders. Research and Practice in Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline. B. Vellas. (ed) Toulouse, France: Serdi. 9.
  • Kane, R.L., Rockwood, T., Hyer, K., Jesjardins, K., Brassard, A., Gessert, C., Kane, R.A., & Mueller, C. (2006). Nursing home staff’s perceived ability to influence quality of life. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 21(3), 248-255.
  • Mueller, C. (2006). Nursing home staffing standards: Do they increase staffing? American Journal of Nursing, 106(10), 71.
  • Mueller, C., Arling, G., Kane, R.L., Bershadsky, J., Holland, D., & Joy. (2006). A. Nursing home staffing standards and their relationship to nurse staffing levels, The Gerontologist, 46(1), 74-80.
  • Reilly, K., Mueller, C., Zimmerman, D. (2007). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Case-Mix and Quality Demonstration—A Descriptive Overview. Journal of Aging and Social Policy., 19(1), 61-76.
  • Reilly, K. E., Mueller, C., & Zimmerman, D. R. (2006). A nurse-staffing taxonomy for decision making in long-term care nursing facilities. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 21(2), 176-186.
  • Krichbaum, K., Pearson, V., Savik, K., & Mueller, C. (2005). Improving resident outcomes with GAPN organization level interventions. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 27(3), 322-337
  • Arling G, Kane RL, Lewis T, Mueller C. (2005). Future development of nursing home quality indicators. The Gerontologist, 45(2), 147-156.
  • Mueller, C., Degenholtz, H., & Kane, R. (2005). Do evidence-based clinical and administrative policies/practices in nursing homes influence quality? Nursing and Health Policy Review, 3(1), 35-47.
  • Mueller, C. A. (2004). Quality improvement and incontinence in long-term care. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 20(3), 539-551.
  • Mueller, C., & Karon, S. L. (2004). ANA nurse sensitive quality indicators for long-term care facilities. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 19(1), 39-47.
  • Mueller, C. (2002). Nurse staffing in long-term care facilities. Journal of Nursing Administration, 32(12), 640-647.
  • Mueller, C. (2000). A framework for Nurse Staffing in Long-Term Care Facilities. Geriatric Nursing, 21(5), 262-267.
  • Mueller, C. (November, 2000). The RUG-III Case-Mix Classification System for Long-Term Care nursing facilities: Is it adequate for nurse staffing? Journal of Nursing Administrators, 30(11), 535-543.
  • Reports/Monographs:
  • Mueller, C. (November, 2010). Nursing Home Culture Change: A Review of the Evidence. Prepared for a contrast with Myers and Stauffer, LLC, Topeka, SK for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
  • Rader, J., Burger, S., Carter, D., Mueller, C., Cantor, B. (2010). Nurse competencies for nursing home culture change. Pioneer Network. http://www.pioneernetwork.net/Providers/ForNurses/
  • Mueller, C. (2008). Research in Culture Change in Nursing Homes. Invited paper for an invitational expert panel meeting on Nurses' Involvement in Culture Change: Opportunity for Improving Residents' Quality of Care and Quality of Life, New York City, NY, Obtober 27-28, 2008.
  • Kane, R.L., Shamliyan, T., Mueller, C, Duval, S., Wilt, T. Nursing Staffing and Quality of patient Care. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 151 (Prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 280-02-0009). AHRQ Publication No. 07-E005.
  • Mueller, C., Kane, R.L., & Arling, G. (2006). Organizational and management practices related to nursing home quality. Report to the Commonwealth Fund. #20050088.
  • Mueller, C., Arling, G., & Kane, R.L. (2005). Report on the Analysis of Minnesota Nurse Staff Time and Quality Indicators/Measures. Report to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Mueller, C., Arling, G., & Kane, R.L. (2005). Minnesota Nursing Home Staffing Standards (Full Report). Report to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Mueller, C., Arlington, G., & Kane, R. (2003). Nurse Staffing and quality in long-term care facilities: A critical review of the literature. Report to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Education Modules:
  • Mueller, C., Goering, M., Yu, F. (2012). Clinical teaching in nursing homes. http://www.nursing.umn.edu/hartford/clinical-teaching-in-nursing-homes/index.htm
  • Mueller, C., Mezey, M., Burger, S., Mitty, E. (2010). Resident directed care and culture change in nursing homes.Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Site Modules. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. http://hartfordign.org/education/baccalaureate_education/
  • Mueller, C., Mezey, M., Burger, S., Mitty, E. (2010). Introducing resident directed care and culture change in nursing homes: A case study. Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Site Modules. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. http://hartfordign.org/education/baccalaureate_education/
  • Mueller, C. (2010). Geriatric Nursing Knowledge Assessment, Center for Nursing Excellence in Long-term Care, Sigma Theta Tau International. [coordinated the development of this resource].http://www.centerfornursingexcellence.org/default.aspx

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Gerontological nursing; LTC nursing administration; Nursing management/leadership; Nursing education; Nursing theory; Nursing professional issues.

Clinical

Board Certifications

ANCC Certification - Gerontological Nursing