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Faculty and Staff Profile

Susan O'Hara, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor


Office: 526 Edwards; 429 CU Nursing Bl
Phone: 774.245.1697
Fax: 864.656.5488
Email: SOS2@clemson.edu
 

 Educational Background

PhD Nursing
University of Massachusetts, Worcester 2016

MPH Public Health
University of Connecticut 2001

BA English
State University New York, Oswego 1981

RN Nursing
St. Joseph's College of Nursing 1976

 Courses Taught

Clemson University School of Nursing: NURS 4150 Community Health Nursing

Boston Architectural College, 2016 (Fall semester), Professor School of Architecture, Design for Human Health

Consulting Experience:

QMT group, Knoxville, TN
Week long training seminar for Columbus Indiana Regional Hospital on Simulation Modeling and Health Care

RLF | Architecture Engineering Interiors, Orlando, FL
Orlando Health / Health Central Hospital: Currently, awarded a follow-on computer simulation modeling project aligned with master plan to validate options and predict future need of inpatient services
Gannet Fleming Architects and Engineers

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital: Clinical Operations Master Planning to determine “Vision 2025” master plan

2014 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Analytics Conference, Boston: Health Care Track Symposium Co-chair.

2009-2014 RLF | Architecture Engineering Interiors, Orlando, FL Clinical Operations. Services provided to architectural team. Initial work to participate in competitive meetings to obtain new master planning work. Provided research on clinical trends, operations, epidemiology and clinical components of architectural design to meet client expectation

Orlando Health / Health Central Hospital: Clinical Operations Master Planning and Simulation Modeling Emergency Department

Florida Hospital Winter Park: North Pavilion Clinical Operations Master Planning; Simulation Modeling Data Analysis and Planning: Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Inpatient Services, Imaging Department and master model combining all 4 departments

Florida Hospital Kissimmee: Clinical Operations Master Planning

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital: Clinical Operations Master Planning

Florida Hospital East Orlando: Clinical Operations Master Planning; Simulation Modeling Data Analysis and Planning: Emergency Department and Inpatient Services

MD Anderson Cancer Center: Created survey for Post-occupancy evaluation. Created database for simulation model comparing two nursing units’ operations, distance traveled, clinical care plan testing

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD Symposium Co-chair. “Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems”. Developed Program, facilitated symposium, and presented in Boston, MA. Responsible for all financial and logistical components, procuring speakers and expert leaders from seven different government agencies and two countries. Coauthored Publication http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=905064

 Profile

Susan O’Hara is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and recently completed a post-doctoral faculty position in that school as well as School of Architecture where she became a member of the advisory board committee for the RIPCHD.OR project. This work extends from her role as President and Founder of O’Hara Healthcare Consultants, LLC, specializing in architectural healthcare programming and design review for medical facilities. Using simulation modeling, Susan has worked with hospital administrators and architects providing occupancy planning services, hospital wide planning, and detailed architectural programming services. Her company led the initial simulation modeling and space analysis for the National Nurses Time and Motion Study at the direction of Dr. Marilyn Chow and Ann Hendrich. Dr. O'Hara has more than 30 years of experience and a broad base of skills including healthcare operations, education, research, marketing, direct patient care, nursing staff supervision, in-service training, program development and management. Currently, she pursues her passion for teaching and research and the relationship between nursing and architecture. In support of that program of research she is chairperson of the Inaugural International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design: History, Design and Innovation in August of 2019. With Kathleen Valentine and David Allison, she has been developing the first ever certificate program ‘Certificate for Leadership and Innovation in Health + Design’ between the Schools of Nursing and Architecture. It is in the final stages of development and approval.

 Research Interests

Macrocognition in the Health Care Built Environment (mHCBE)
Intensive Care Unit Space Layout and Interprofessional Team Cognition
Neighborhoods and the Built Environment
Discrete Event and Agent Based Simulation Modeling and Health Care Capacity Planning and Nursing Patient Ratios
Health Conditions and Health at Home

 Research Publications

O’Hara, S. (2018). Book Review: Autoethnography: Process, product, and possibility for critical social research. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11, 150-152. doi: 10.1177/1937586718802673

O’Hara, S. (2018). Autoethnography: The Science of Writing Your Lived Experience. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11, 14-17. doi: 10.1177/1937586718801425

O'Hara, S., Klar, R. T., Patterson, E. S., Morris, N. S., Ascenzi, J., Fackler, J. C., Perry, D. J. (2018). Macrocognition in the Health Care Built Environment (m-HCBE): A Focused Ethnographic Study of "Neighborhoods" in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal Volume 11 Issue 2, April 2018 doi.org/10.1177/1937586717728484

O’Hara, S., McNeese, N., Toft Klar, R., Chavira-Razo, L., & Andrade-Romo, Z. (2018). Macrocognition in the Health Care Built Environment: A New Model for Emergency Response Extending Macrocognition Results in the Inpatient Setting to the Mexico 2017 Earthquake Disaster. 2018 Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care Symposium. Boston, MA (refereed conference paper).

Klar, Robin, T., O’Hara, S. (2017). Dak Kopek Editor. Communicable Diseases and our Environments, Health and Well-being for Interior Architecture (pp. 50-64): Routledge Publishers, New York, NY. [Winner of the IDEC Book of the year award— interiors design educators’ council IDEC; Recipient of the Joel Polsky Prize administered by the American Society of Interior designs ASID].

O'Hara, S. (2014). Planning intensive care unit design using computer simulation modeling: optimizing integration of clinical, operational, and architectural requirements. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 37, 67-82. doi: 10.1097/cnq.0000000000000006

Lee, YT, O’Hara, S, McLean, C. (2010) Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems: Workshop Summary, NISTIR 7684 U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, December 2010.

 Honors and Awards

Fellow, Nursing Institute Health Design (2018 to present).

International Institute of Qualitative Methods Faculty Scholar (2018 to present)

CUSHR Faculty Scholar (2017 to present).

Sigma Theta Tau (2014 to present).