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Jamie Leslie, PhD

Jamie Leslie, alum of University of Michigan School of Nursing, currently serves as Assistant Professor Educator at University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Leslie began her nursing career in in community health by working as a camp nurse and then a missionary nurse in Guatemala. After her return to the States, she worked in medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, a clinic for low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking families, followed by her longest stint as a home health nurse. Jamie has continued her education by completing a master of art degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago. She used qualitative research for her dissertation to explore the ethic of care in one required course of a BSN program. Subsequent to developing gestational diabetes, she conducted a pilot study sharing carbohydrate counting primarily with non-diabetics. She continues to write and develop education research alternating with nutrition research. Jamie began attending MNRS during her doctoral studies, and over the years has participated in the Ethics RIG, Education RIG, Public Health RIG, and the Health systems, policy, and informatics RIG as well as serving as a reviewer of MNRS conference abstracts. What she most enjoys about attending MNRS is meeting up with former faculty, colleagues, and friends, and meeting new people interested in nursing research.

Mary K. Anthony, PhD

Spanning two decades, Dr. Mary Anthony's scientific career includes pivotal roles as a nurse educator, administrator, practitioner, and leader. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. John College in Cleveland and her Master of Science and PhD in Nursing degrees from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She has worked in critical care as a staff nurse and as a clinical specialist and administrator for several Cleveland area hospitals. Currently, Dr. Anthony serves as Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Kent State University School of Nursing where she previously directed the PhD program. She holds a joint appointment with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center as the co-Director of Nursing Research.

Dr. Anthony's research focuses on several complementary perspectives on health care delivery that share common features of high-performing nursing organizations, and she examines building the science around nursing care delivery systems. Specifically, Dr. Anthony has investigated nursing practice models, their dimensionality and measurement, and their relationship to patient safety outcomes. She has studied how work environments provide context and guide how structures and processes of nursing practice models are operationalized to influence outcomes, seeking understanding of how nursing care delivery processes such as delegation, teams, communication, leadership, and interruptions affect patient outcomes. More recently, Dr. Anthony investigated the impact of relational capital as a patient-centered strategic resource on improved nurse and patient outcomes, particularly those related to discharge readiness. Her latest study examined the effects of shift rotations on nurses' physical activity, health biomarkers, and performance. Funded by federal, national foundation, and international sources for her work, she has presented research and clinical topics to regional, national, and international audiences, including invited presentations. Dr. Anthony has a strong publication record in both nursing research journals as well as clinical journals.

Shaping nursing science by transforming practice in the Midwest region, the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) has been an influential organization throughout Dr. Anthony's career, and she has served in numerous leadership positions. Her longstanding involvement with the Health Systems Policy and Informatics Research Interest Group (RIG) includes roles as a member, chair, and co-chair, and she was recognized by the Health Systems Policy and Informatics RIG as a recipient of the Honor a Researcher Award. As MNRS took on new strategic initiatives, Dr. Anthony participated in several ad hoc task forces to develop those initiatives. She has been privileged to serve as co-chair of the grants committee and now serves on the MNRS Board of Directors. In addition to her contributions to MNRS, Dr. Anthony has continually taken on leadership positions to advance the science of nursing and nursing practice. As co-Director of Nursing Research at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, she led the development of a Nursing Research Internship Program and co-chaired the first Systemwide Research Day. Dr. Anthony also serves on the Board of Directors for Jennings and chairs the Strategic Planning and Quality committee of the Board.

Deena Kelly Costa, PhD, RN

Dr. Deena Kelly Costa is an assistant professor in the Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. The goal of Dr. Costa's research is to maximize survival and minimize morbidity for mechanically ventilated adults and their families. She accomplishes this through her work on the organization and management of critical care. Specifically, her research identifies key structural and functional characteristics of ICU interprofessional teams that can be leveraged to improve delivery of high quality, complex care to mechanically ventilated patients. She is a trained health services researcher with clinical expertise in adult critical care nursing – working primarily in surgical ICU settings. Her work on the organization and management of critical care has been published in leading journals such as JAMA, CHEST, and Critical Care Medicine. Her current research, a funded career development award (K08) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine ICU teamwork and patient outcomes. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was recently awarded the Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award at MNRS 2017 in Minneapolis. She has received other awards acknowledging her research from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Dr. Costa completed a pre-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research with Dr. Linda Aiken and a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Jeremy Kahn in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in the Clinical Research, Investigations and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center. She resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family, after spending most of her life on the East coast.