Doug Olsen is currently Associate Professor at the Michigan State University and at Sechenov University in Moscow. Previous positions included Nurse Ethicist at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Ethics in Health Care and Associate Professor at Yale University. He has lectured on ethics in China, Japan, Lebanon, Turkey, Canada, Egypt, and the US. He is a former Associate Editor at Nursing Ethics and the current Contributing Editor for ethics at The American Journal of Nursing. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in Ethics.
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Boston College: PhD, Nursing 1994
Ethical decision-making track
University of Washington: MN, Interpersonal Systems 1984
Major: Interpersonal Systems Minor: Family therapy
Hunter College: BSN 1982
Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing: ADN 1979
Pennsylvania State University: BS, Biology 1977
Journal Articles (3)
The ethical and legal implications of a nurse's arrest in UtahAmerican Journal of Nursing
Olsen, Douglas P., Brous, Edie
2018 On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbels, the charge nurse on the burn unit at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, was arrested for refusing to allow a police officer to draw blood from an unconscious patient in her care. Her arrest, during which she was forcefully placed in handcuffs and dragged out of the hospital, was documented on body camera video and drew national attention. We asked our ethical and legal contributing editors to provide some insight on the issues of this case.
Enabling Advance Directive Completion: Feasibility of a New Nurse-Supported Advance Care Planning InterventionJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Michelle M Hilgeman, Constance R Uphold, Amber N Collins, Lori L Davis, Douglas P Olsen, Kathryn L Burgio, Classie A Gordon, Tranace N Coleman, Jamie DeCoster, Whitney Gay, Rebecca S Allen
2018 Adults who complete an advance directive (AD) are not consistently offered information about the risks, benefits, or alternatives (RBA) of the life-sustaining medical procedures addressed on standardized forms. The current article describes a new patient-centered nurse-supported advance care planning (NSACP) intervention focused on providing information about RBA of life-sustaining procedures. Fifty participants (mean age = 50.26 years) at a Veterans Affairs medical center were randomized to the NSACP intervention or a comparison condition. Before randomization, 78% (n = 39) expressed interest in RBA information. Of participants in the NSACP group, 94% (n = 30) completed an AD. Participants who received NSACP made more decisions to decline life-sustaining treatment than those who were randomized to the comparison group. Promising feasibility data include brevity (mean = 46 minutes), high patient satisfaction, participant retention, and treatment fidelity. The NSACP holds promise as a brief, educational intervention to support patients in completing an AD.
Indian nurses in Italy: a qualitative study of their professional and social integrationJournal of Clinical Nursing
Alessandro Stievano, Douglas Olsen, Ymelda Tolentino Diaz, Laura Sabatino, Gennaro Rocco
2017 To investigate the lived subjective experiences of immigrant Indian nurses in Italy and specifically their professional and social integration.