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Douglas Olsen - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Douglas Olsen

Associate Professor | Michigan State University


An expert in Nursing Ethics


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.

Industry Expertise (6)

Health Care - Services

Health Care - Facilities



Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers

Areas of Expertise (3)

Nursing Ethics

Psychiatric Nursing

Healthcare Ethics

Education (5)

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 Utah

American 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.

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Enabling Advance Directive Completion: Feasibility of a New Nurse-Supported Advance Care Planning Intervention

Journal 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.

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Indian nurses in Italy: a qualitative study of their professional and social integration

Journal 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.

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