Sherry Farra, PhD, RN, CNE

Department:
College of Nursing& Health Teaching
Title:
Associate Professor, NDHC Co-Director, Curriculum
Address:
University Hall 374, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Curriculum Vitae: 
Education History: 

Education

BSN 1979 Wayne State University

MS 1995 Wright State University

PhD Nursing 2012 University of Cincinnati

Academics

Teaching: 

Dr. Farra has been with Wright State University, College of Nursing and Health since 2013.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience in nursing education.  Her areas of experience include medical-surgical nursing, leadership, community and disaster nursing.  Currently, Dr. Farra teaches evidence-based practice and leadership courses and is the Director for the National Disaster Health Consortium. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing and is certfiied in simualtion by the Soceity for Simulation in Healthcare.

 

Research statement: 

Dr Farra’s research interests are in disaster training and simulation strategies.  Currently, she is federally funded to study virtual reality simulation as a method to train workers to evacuate the neonatal intensive care unit.  In addition, she has grant funding from the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators to study learning outcomes following participation in disaster training through the National Disaster Health Consortium.

Service: 

Dr Farra is American Red Cross; she serves as research consultant to the Chief Nurse of the Red Cross.  University service includes participation on Curriculum Committees, Faculty Organization, Bylaws, Student Affairs and the College-wide Instructional Technology Committee.  She currently serves as a faculty Senator and represents nursing on the Executive Committee In addition, she has spoken to many groups on disaster related topics.  She is an active member of the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Professional

Publications: 

Farra, S. L., & Miller, E.  (2013). Integrative review: Virtual disaster training. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(3) doi: 10.5430/jnep.v3n3p93. (R)

 
Gillespie, G. L., Farra, S. L., Gates, D. M., Howard, P. K., & Atkinson, K. (2013). The qualitative learning experience of healthcare workers completing a hybrid workplace violence educational program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(11) 54-64. (R)
 
Farra, S. L., Miller, E., Timm, N., & Schaefer, J. C. (2013). Improved training for disasters using 3-D virtual reality simulation. Western Journal of Nursing Research 35(5), 655-71. doi: 10.1177/0193945912471735 (R) 
 
Ulrich, D, Farra, S., Smith, S., & Hodgson, E. (2014). the student experience using virtual reality simulation to teach decontamination. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10 (11), 546-553. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2014.08.003 (R)
 
Farra, S., Nicely, S, & Hodgson, E (2014).  Creation of a virtual triage Exercise: An interprofessional communication strategy. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(10), 492-496.  doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000090 (R)
 
Gillespie, G.L., Farra, S.L., & Gates, D.M. (2014). A workplace violence educational program: A repeated measures study. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (5), 468-472. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2014.04.003. (R)
 
Farra, S. L., & Miller, E.L. (2015). Virtual reality and disaster training:  Translation to practice. Nurse Education In Practice, 15(1), 53-57. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2013.08.017 (R)
 
Smith, S., Farra, S., Dempsey, A., & Arms, D. (2015).  Preparing nursing students for leadership using a disaster-related simulation. Nurse Educator, 40(4), 212-216. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000143 (R)
 
Farra, S., Smith, S., Gillespie, G., Nicely, S., Ulrich, D., Hodgson, E., & French, D. (2015). Decontamination training: With and without virtual reality. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 37(2,) 125-133. doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000059 (R)  
 
Nicely, S., & Farra, S.  (2015). Fostering learning through interprofessional virtual reality simulation development [Innovation Center]. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5) doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5480/13-1240  (R)
 
Farra, S., Smith, S., French, D., & Gillespie, G. (2016). Development of an assessment instrument to evaluate performance of the skill of decontamination. 
Nurse Education Today, 35(10), 1016-1022. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.04.010 (R)
 
Smith, S., Farra, S., Ten Eyck, R., & Bashaw, M. (2015). Development of an instrument to measure nursing student teamwork skills. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(12), 507-512. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2015.10.006 R
 
Farra, S., Miller, E. T., Hodgson, E., Cosgrove, E., Brady, W.,Gneuhs, M., & Baute, B. (2016). Featured article: Storyboard development for virtual reality simulation. Clinical Simulation In Nursing, 12 (9), 392-399. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.04.002 (R) 
 
Farra, S. L., Smith, S., & Bashaw, M. A. (2016). Learning outcome measurement in nurse participants after disaster training. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 10(5):728-733 (R)
 
Smith, S.J., Farra, S., Ulrich, D.L., Hodgson, E., Nicely, S., Matcham, W. (2016) Learning and retention using virtual reality in a decontamination simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives.37(4),210-214. PubMed PMID: 27740579. (R)
 
Smith, S. J., & Farra, S. L. (2016). National Disaster Health Consortium. Competency-based training and a report on the American Nurses Credentialing Center disaster certification development. Nursing Clinics Of North America, 51 (Implications of Disaster Preparedness for Nursing), 555-568. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2016.07.008(R)
 
Hoying, C., Farra, S, Mainous, R., Baute, R., & Gnuehs, M. (2017).  Collaboration between academia and practice Journal of Nursing Administration 47(2), 00-00. (R)
 
Farra, S.L., Smith S. J., &  Ulrich, D.L. (2017).  The student experience using varying immersion levels of virtual reality simulation.  Nursing Education Perspectives.  10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000258 (R)
 
Farra, S., Miller, E.T., Gnuehs, M., Timm, N.,Gengxin, L., Simon, A., & Brady, W. (2017).  Evacuation performance evaluation tool.  American Journal of Disaster Medicine 11(2), 131-136. (R)
 
Timm, N., Farra,S., Miller, E., Gneuhs, M., Brady, W., Cosgrove, E., Simon, A. (2017). Effectiveness of positive pressure ventilation during newborn care unit evacuation. Journal of neonatal nursing ,23(5):234-237(R)
 
Farra, S.L., Miller, E.T., Gneuhs, M., Brady, W., Cosgrove, E., Simon, A., Timm, N., Hausfeld, J. (2017). Disaster management: Communication up, across, and down. Nursing Management 48(7):51-54. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000520720.78549.e4. PubMed PMID: 28644172(R)
 

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 

Wright State University Alumni Association

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honorary, Zeta Phi Chapter

National League for Nursing

American Red Cross

Academy of Community Health Nurse Educators 

Awards/Recognition: 

Funding Period

Title/Agency

 

12/2013-6/2014

 “Decontamination Training:  With and Without Virtual Reality Simulation”.  Funded by Wright State University College of Nursing and Health: Seed Grant

Primary Investigator

1/2014-6/2014

“Decontamination Training:  With and Without Virtual Reality Simulation”.  Funded by Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

Primary Investigator

5/2014-5/2015

“Learning Outcome Measurement in Nurse Participants after National Disaster Health Certification Training”. Funded by Association of Community Health Educators

Primary Investigator

09/30/2015- 09/29/2017

AHRQ  1 R18 HS023149-01 “Effects of Virtual Reality Simulation on Worker Emergency Evacuation of Neonates”. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Primary Invesitagator

6/2015

Observation of Simulation with Debriefing on Senior Nursing Students’ Demonstration of Medical Teamwork in a High-Fidelity Simulation.” Funded by Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

Co-Invesitagator

9/2015-8/2017

“Virtual Reality Strategies in Nursing

Education: Effectiveness in Teaching

Nursing Students Decontamination Procedures”. Funded by National League for Nursing Research Grant: Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Award

Co-Primary Investigator

7/2015-6/2018

“Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program”.  Funded by HRSA  

Smith, Project Director

Key Personnel

6/2017-5/2018

“Participant Stress Experience in Live Disaster Exercises” Funded by Association of Community Health Educators (ACHNE

Primary Invesitgator

11/2017-10/2018

"Development of a Scale to Measure Synergy” Funded by 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant

Co-Primary Investigator

 

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