Jennifer L. McAdam, PhD, RN
Samuel Merritt University
School of Nursing
Dr. McAdam’s research interest is focused on end-of-life/palliative care in the intensive care unit (ICU). She focuses mainly on the experiences of family members who lose a loved one in the ICU. She is currently working on two research studies. In the first, she is assessing the current state of bereavement care and practices in adult ICU’s in the United States. In the second, she is comparing ICU family members who received bereavement follow up care to those who did not by comparing their symptoms of anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, grief, and their satisfaction with ICU care and bereavement care.
McAdam, J., Arai, S., & Puntillo, K. (2008). Unrecognized Contributions of Families in the Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Medicine, 34(6): 1097-1101.
Nelson J., Puntillo K., Penrod J., Ilaoa D., McAdam J., Pronovost P. (2008). Patients/families define ICU palliative care quality, American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine; 177:A517.
McAdam, J., & Puntillo, K. (2009). Family members of patients in the ICU: What symptoms do they experience?, American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3): 200-210.
McAdam, J., Dracup, K., White, D., Fontaine, D., Puntillo, K. (2010). Symptom Experiences of Family Members of ICU Patients at High Risk of Dying, Critical Care Medicine, 38 (4): 1078-1085.
McAdam, J., Dracup, K., White, D., Fontaine, D., Puntillo, K. (2011). Symptom experiences of family members of high risk of dying ICU patients three months after the ICU experience, Critical Care Medicine; 730.
Arai, S., McAdam, J., Puntillo, K. (2011). Can Active Attention Paid to Family Members of ICU Patients Decrease Family Anxiety and Stress Levels?, AJCC; 64057
McAdam JL, Puntillo KA. Open Visitation Policies and Practices in US ICUs: Can we ever get there? Critical Care 2013, 17:171.
McAdam, J., Dracup, K., White, D., Fontaine, D., Puntillo, K. (2012). Psychological symptoms of Family Members of High Risk ICU Patients, American Journal of Critical Care, 12(6): 386-393.
McAdam, J.L. and Prestia, M. Build a Patient: An innovative clinical make-up assignment for nursing students. Mosby's Faculty Development Institute Conference, Las Vegas, NV, January 2-5, 2013.
McAdam, J.L., Fontaine, D., Dracup, K.A., White, D. B., and Puntillo, K.A. Symptom Experiences of Family Members of High Risk of Dying ICU Patients Three Months After the ICU Experience. Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Annual Congress, San Diego, CA, January 15-19, 2011.
McAdam, JL. Evaluation of using High Fidelity Simulation to teach end-of-life care content to advanced medical surgical senior nursing students. Mosby's Faculty Development Institute Conference, San Diego, CA, January 2-5, 2010.
McAdam, J. & Erikson, A. (2014). Status of Current Bereavement Services Offered in Adult Intensive Care Units, American Association of Critical Care, National Teaching Institute, Denver, CO, May 19-22, 2014
Betty Irene Moore Fellowship, 2005-2008 ($180,000)
Faculty Research Award, Samuel Merritt University, 2011-2014 (two awards of $2,500 each)