Shelly Orr, Ph.D., RN, CNEClinical Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3001J
Richmond, VA 23298-0567
I teach in the undergraduate program, in both the didactic and clinical environments. I primarily teach Nursing of Adults II and Senior Synthesis. I am also involved with interprofessional critical care simulations that include nursing and medicine students.
The focus of my research is on interventions to improve the quality of dying and death experienced by patients in the adult intensive care unit.
I am an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). I currently serve as past-president for the Greater Richmond Area Chapter (GRAC) of AACN.
- B.S. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
- M.S.N. - Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
- Ph.D. - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
- The VCU School of Nursing Outstanding Faculty Award. 2018
- Odyssey Conference "Top Poster", 2018
- The Daisy Faculty Award, 2017
- Virginia Initiative for Palliative Care Scholar, 2017
- The Daisy Faculty Award, 2015
- Virginia Nurses Foundation 40 Under 40 Award, 2015
- Co-Principal Investigator, "Giving voice to those who are silent: A pilot study examining the use of biomarkers for assessing pain in the ICU", Johnson Center for Critical Care and Pulmonary Research, 1/2019-12/2019.
- Principal Investigator, “The Acceptability, Feasibility, and Potential Impact of Using a Severity of Illness Mortality Prediction Instrument for Initiating End-of-Life Goals of Care Communication in the Adult Intensive Care Unit”, Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omega Chapter Nursing Science Grant, 1/2017-12/2017
- Co-Principal Investigator (Baernholdt, M.), Teaching and Researching Quality of End of Life Care in the U.S. and England, VCU Quest Global Impact Award, 8/2015-8/2016
- March 2019: Orr, S. The EFFECT (End-oF-liFE-CommunicaTion) study: Acceptability, feasibility, and potential impact of using mortality prediction scores for initiating end-of-life goals of care communication in the adult intensive care unit. Poster Presentation at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care: Orlando, Florida.
- March 2019: Swecker, T., & Orr, S. Strategies to improve oral health in the ICU- An interprofessional approach. Poster Presentation at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition: Chicago, Illinois.
- March 2019: Lockeman,K., Huff, T., Orr, S., Dow, A., Hogan, C., & Queen, B. Use of 360-degree assessment during interprofessional simulation to enhance formative feedback. Poster Presentation at the VCU Health Sciences Education Symposium: Richmond, Virginia.
- May 2018: Orr, S., Williams, T., & Powers, J. Getting students involve in GRAC- Why it matters. AACN Chapter Best Practices Poster Presentation at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition: Boston, Massachusetts.
- March 2018: Kinser, P., McGuire, D., Ameringer, S., Robins, J. Orr, S., Sargent, L., & Jallo, N. Mentoring and being mentored: Resources for a successful research trajectory for early and mid-stage research faculty. Pre-Conference Workshop at the 32nd Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference: Atlanta, Georgia.
- February 2018: Swecker, T., & Orr, S. Strategies to improve oral health in the adult ICU - An interprofessional approach. Poster Presentation at the Sixth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium: Glen Allen, Virginia.
- November 2017: Huff, T. & Orr, S. The dynamics of power and psychological safety on team cohesion during interprofessional simulation-based education. Poster Presentation at the Second Interprofessional Simulation Conference: Atlanta, Georgia.
- April 2017: Appelbaum, N.P., Lockeman, K., Orr, S., Huff, T., Queen, B., Hogan, C., & Dow, A. The dynamics of power and psychological safety on team cohesion during interprofessional simulation‐based education. Poster Presentation at the Medical Education Symposium: Richmond, Virginia.
- April 2017: Lockeman, K., Dow, A., Hogan, C., Huff, T., Orr, S., Ryan, M., & Queen, B. Assessing interprofessional and critical care skills in simulation: Piloting a 360-degree approach. Podium Presentation at the Association of American Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs Regional Conference: Charlottesville, Virginia.
- April 2017: Orr, S., Bailey, C., Hewison, A., & Baernholdt, M. Learning about end of life care in nursing: A global classroom educational initiative. Podium Presentation at the Medical Education Symposium: Richmond, Virginia.
- March 2017: Corker, J.M., Orr, S., Falk, M., & Singson, A. Nursing empathy matters – The use of parallel charting to promote empathy in our future nurses. Poster Presentation at the Odyssey Conference: Educating the Acute and Critical Care Nurse: Richmond, Virginia.
- February 2017: Orr, S. Use of mortality prediction scores for initiating end-of-life ‘goals of care’ communication in an adult intensive care unit: A feasibility study. Poster Presentation at the 31st Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference: Dallas, Texas.
- November 2016: Appelbaum, N.P., Dow, A., Lockeman, K., Orr, S., Huff, T., Hogan, C., & Queen, B. Improving attitudes and reducing perceptions of provider stereotypes amongst medical and nursing students through interprofessional education. Poster Presentation at AAMC Research in Medical Education: Seattle, Washington.
- November 2016: Huff, T. & Orr, S. Changes in perceptions and stereotypes among nursing and medical students after participating in interprofessional simulation-based education. Poster Presentation at AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference: Anaheim, California.
- March 2016:Orr, S. The potential impact of using a severity of illness mortality prediction instrument for initiating end-of-life goals of care communication in the adult intensive Care unit. Invited Lecture at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.
- April 2015: Huff, T. & Orr, S. Building a successful interprofessional high-fidelity simulation education program. Podium Presentation at the Armstrong Interprofessional Health Care Summit: Savannah, Georgia.
- June 2014: Huff, T., Orr, S., Dow, A. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration. Poster Presentation at the 7th Annual International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- November 2013: Orr, S., Huff, T., Dow, A. Using Critical Care Simulations to Enhance Interprofessional Collaboration. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference: New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Falk, M. & Orr, S.(2018). The use of parallel charting with senior-level baccalaureate nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education.
- Lockeman, K.S., Appelbaum, N.P., Dow, A.W., Orr, S., Huff, T.A., Hogan, C.J., & Queen, B.A. (2017). The effect of an interprofessional simulation-based education program on perceptions and stereotypes of nursing and medical students: A quasi-experimental study. Nurse Education Today, 58, 32-37.
- Bailey, C., Orr, S., Hewison, A., & Baernholdt, M. (2017). Learning about end-of-life care in nursing – A global classroom educational innovation. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(11), 688-691.