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Kathleen Woodruff - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kathleen Woodruff Kathleen Woodruff

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work Virtual Academic Center in the Department of Nursing | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Clinical Assistant Professor focused on Nursing with a specialty in pathophysiology and pharmacology.

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Biography

KATHLEEN WOODRUFF is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, where she teaches courses on pathophysiology for advanced nursing practice, clinical pharmacology for advanced practice nursing and management of adult patients. Prior to joining USC, she served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

She identifies herself primarily as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her clinical focus is HIV, substance abuse and frequently occurring comorbid conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hepatitis C. She also focused on areas such as health care disparities and social determinants of health. As an educator, she has worked extensively with both adult and family nurse practitioner students.

Woodruff is a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American College of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. She serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and books, including The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Professional Nursing and American Nurse Today.

She received her doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland.

Education (3)

University of Maryland: D.N.P. 2003

University of Maryland: M.S. 1987

University of Maryland: B.S.N. 1981

Areas of Expertise (7)

Management Pathophysiology Nursing Social Work Social Work Education Pharmacology Clinical and Health Services

Industry Expertise (5)

Education/Learning Health Care - Services Health and Wellness Health Care - Providers Training and Development

Accomplishments (4)

Excellence in Teaching Award (professional)

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate (professional)

Alumni Association, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Simulation Education Leader (professional)

Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Training

Simulation Training II (professional)

Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Training

Affiliations (3)

  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Member
  • American College of Nurse Practitioners, Member
  • Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland, Member

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Articles & Publications (2)

Relationship of spirituality or religion to recover from substance abuse: A systematic review Journal of Addictions Nursing

Walton-Moss, B., Ray, E.M. & Woodruff, K.

2013

Spirituality and religion are frequently acknowledged as significant contributors to individuals’ recovery from
substance use disorders. This review focuses on the role that spirituality or religion plays in substance abuse treatment outcomes. Our search of three databases PubMed, CINAHL, and Psych Info turned up 29 eligible studies for review. We group our findings according to whether the study’s focus was on alcohol only or alcohol and other drug use.

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Preventing polypharmacy in older adults American Nurse Today

Woodruff, Kathleen M.

2010

Polypharmacy refers to the effects of taking multiple medications concurrently to manage coexisting health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. Too often, polypharmacy becomes problematic, such as when patients are prescribed too many medications by multiple healthcare providers working independently of each other.

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