Bio

Tobie Olsan earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Nazareth College, a master's of public administration from SUNY Brockport and a master's in nursing administration and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

Her research interests are in enhancing health care team competence in quality improvement, interprofessional collaboration and leadership, and improving home-based care for veterans. She developed and serves as program director for the School of Nursing's Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) programs.

Active in many professional and community organizations, she has served as past director of the Greater Rochester Nursing Home Quality Consortium, president of the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, president of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and co-founder of the Finger Lakes Nursing Workforce Collaborative. She has served as board member of AIDS Rochester and the Jewish Home of Rochester. She has been named a Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar by the John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and was presented with the UR School of Nursing's Deans's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Areas of Expertise

  • Care Strategies : Environmental
  • Care Strategies : Relationships / Caring
  • Care Strategies : Teaching
  • Level of Care : Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Level of Care : Prevention
  • Populations : Health Professionals
  • Populations : Older Adults
  • Theoretical Interests : Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered)
  • Theoretical Interests : Systems (Health Care, Social, Professional, Interdisciplinary)

Professional Experience
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, . 7/2004 - Current

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester (Geriatrics and Gerontology), Rochester, NY, . 1/2007 - 12/2008

Program Director, Leadership in Health Care Systems Programs, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2004 - 2007

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2003 - 2004

Chairperson, Nursing Department, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2003 - 2004

Associate Professor, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2003 - 2004

Assistant Professor, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2001 - 2003

Instructor, Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 2000 - 2001

Research Nurse, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 1997 - 1998

Research Nurse, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 1994 - 1996

Vice President , Nursing and Patient Services, F.F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua, NY, US. 6/1988 - 4/1994

Assistant Director, Long-Term Care and Director, Nursing Education, Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 5/1984 - 6/1988

Nurse Manager, Intensive Care, The Genesee Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 4/1981 - 4/1984

Cardiology Nurse Clinician, Ambulatory Services, Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 5/1979 - 3/1981

Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Rochester General Hospital (Intensive Care Unit / Coronary Care Unit), Rochester, NY, US. 11/1978 - 5/1979

Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Intensive Care Unit / Coronary Care Unit, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 6/1977 - 5/1979

Staff Nurse, Coronary Care, Boca Raton Community Hospital, Boca Raton, FL, US. 6/1976 - 5/1977

Awards
Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar
John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, 2009

Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2007

Building Partnerships / Capacity, Service Learning
Nazareth College of Rochester, 2004

Dissertation Research
Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2003

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
n/a, 2003

Research in Nursing
Genesee Valley Nurses Association, 2002

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
n/a, 2002

Louise Wilson Haller Memorial Prize
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 1995

Centennial Nursing Leadership Award
National League for Nursing, 1993

Sister Margaret Mary Townsend Scholarship
Nazareth College of Rochester, 1979

Surgical Nursing
Binghamton General Hospital School of Nursing, 1976

Presentations
Developing the Skills for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) in Long-Term Care
American Medical Directors Association Annual Meeting, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee

Advanced Practice Nursing Education for Quality Improvement in Service to Older Adults
Annual Conference, Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association, 2014
Orlando, Florida

The Meliora traineeship: Preparing adult gerontological nurse practitioners for interprofessional team work and leadership in quality improvement
Annual Meeting, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
Orlando, Florida

The medical director/role with a facility ID in developing a quality assurance and performance improvement program
Annual Meeting, American Geriatrics Society, 2014
Orlando, Florida

Elimination of Contact Precautions for Nursing Home Residents Colonized with Multi-Drug Resistance Organisms: A Lean Six Sigma Approach for Improving Quality of Life and Cost Reduction.
Annual Meeting, American Medical Directors Association Annual, 2014
Nashville, Tennessee

What Can Nursing Homes Learn from Learn Six Sigma?
26th Annual Nursing Home Conference, "Spanning the Continuum of the Care: Innovations in Geriatric Health Practice", 2013
Rochester, New York

Excellence in Long-Term Care through Collaboration and Learning
Leadership Cabinet Meeting, LeadingAge New York, 2012
Latham, New York

Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Elders
Society Meeting, New York State Health Facilities Association, 2012
Albany, New York

Understanding Success Factors to Advancing Nursing Home Quality through a Rural Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative
Annual Scientific Meeting, American Geriatrics Society, 2011
Washington, District Of Columbia

Advancing Nursing Home Quality: Strategies for Improving Resident Care through a Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative
Annual Meeting, American Medical Directors Association, 2011
Tampa, Florida

A Model for Collaborative Quality Improvement in Rural Nursing Homes
Annual Meeting, American Medical Directors Association, 2011
Tampa, Florida

Reducing Avoidable Rehospitalizations by Improving Residents' Transitions to the Nursing Home
Annual Meeting, American Medical Directors Association, 2011
Tampa, Florida

Organizational Culture as a Dimension of Quality Improvement in Rural Nursing Homes
Annual Meeting, American Medical Directors Association, 2011
Tampa, Florida

Application of Clinical Microsystem Concepts to Improve Health Services Delivery: Examples from Practice, Home-Based Primary Care Research, and Education
Annual Meeting and Exposition, American Public Health Association, 2009
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

VA Home-Based Primary Care: Critical Issues and Research Priorities
Health Services Research and Development Field-Based Meeting, VA, 2009
Rochester, New York

Developing a Geriatric In-Home Primary Care Curriculum for Physicians and Midlevel Practitioners
Annual Scientific Session, Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2008
National Harbor, Maryland

An In-Home Primary Care Curriculum for Primary Care Providers and Students Making House Calls to Older Adults
Finger Lakes GEC Geriatric In-Home Medical Care Training Institute, NYS Office of the Aging, 2008
Rochester, New York

Partnerships for a Healthier Community
100 Years of Collective Action: The Rochester Settlement House Movement, Nazareth College of Rochester, 2007
Rochester, New York

A Model Healthy Home: Reducing Environmental Child Health Hazards through Community Partnerships, Empowerment, and Engagement
National Prevention Summit: Prevention, Preparedness, and Promotion, U.S. Health and Human Services, 2006
Washington, District Of Columbia

Academic Partnerships for Interprofessional Education
Annual Meeting, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, 2006
Washington, District Of Columbia

How Do We Know What Works? An Agenda for a Learning Collaborative for Accelerated Models of Nursing Education
First National Conference on ...Nursing Education, Drexel University, 2006
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ethics and Professional Activism
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 2004
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professional Rule-Bending: The Ethics of Resisting and the Ethics of Organization
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 2003
Montreal, Canada

Narratives of Professional Power and Resistance
Northwestern University, 2003
Chicago, Illinois

A View from the Field: Personhood, Morality and Community Health Nurses in Home Care
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 2002
Baltimore, Maryland

Managing and Promoting Clinical Innovations Using a Planned Changed Model
New York State Nurses Association, 2002
Montreal, Canada

The Registered Nurse Shortage in the Central Finger Lakes Region
Induction Ceremony, Keuka College Nursing Honor Society, 2002
Keuka, New York

Rediscovering Nursing's Cultural Heritage
Induction Ceremony, Pi Psi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International - Nazareth College, 2002
Rochester, New York

Evaluating the Economic Evidence for Preventing Complications of Type 2 Diabetes
Evidence Based Research Conference, University Rochester, 2001
Rochester, New York

Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, and Career Intent among RNs in the Finger Lakes Region
With the Epsilon Xi Chapter, University of Rochester-Sigma Theta Tau Int., 2001
Rochester, New York

Community Health Nurses' Moral Career in the Marketplace
2nd Annual Research Conference, Rochester General Hospital, 2001
Rochester, New York

Taking the Lead and Shaping the Future of Health Care
Induction Ceremony, Omicron Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2000
Brockport, New York

Narrative and Nurses' Sustaining Wisdom in Challenging Times
Nurses Week, F.F. Thompson Hospital, 2000
Canandaigua, New York

The Registered Nurse Shortage in New York State
Finger Lakes Organization of Nurse Executives, 2000
Rochester, New York

Reflections of Distorted Images: The Moral Predicaments of Home Health Nurses
Fall Business Meeting, Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, 1999
Rochester, New York

Corporatization and the Moral Situation of Community Health Nurses
Annual Meeting, Eastern Nursing Research Society, 1999
New York, New York

The Moral Situation of Community Health Nurses in Home Care
Annual Leadership Conference, Genesee Valley Nurses Association, 1999
Rochester, New York

A View from the Field: Change, Corporatization, and the Moral Concerns of Community Health Nurses: A Pilot Study
Annual Meeting, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, 1998
Houston, Texas

Leadership to Stewardship: Rethinking Workplace Relationships and Commitments
Induction Ceremony, Nazareth College of Rochester, 1997
Rochester, New York

The Enhanced Professional Practice Model for Nursing
Convention, New York State Nurses Association, 1990
Lake Placid, New York

Nursing in the 1990s: Keeping Pace with Change
Commencement, Keuka College, 1990
Keuka, New York

Managing the Patient with AIDS in Long Term Care
Long Term Care Administrators, 1988
Rochester, New York

Geriatric Education: New Knowledge, New Settings, New Curricula
Annual Meeting, Bureau of the Health Professions, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1986
Bethesda, Maryland

Publications
Gillespie, S.M., Manheim, C., Gilman,C., Karuza, J., Olsan, T., Edwards, S.T., Levy, C. L., & Haverhals, L. (2018). Interdisciplinary Team Perspectives on Mental Health Care in VA Home-Based Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Temkin-Greener H, Mukamel DB, Ladd H, Ladwig S, Caprio TV, Norton SA, Quill TE, Olsan TH, Cai X (2018). Impact of Nursing Home Palliative Care Teams on End-of-Life Outcomes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Med Care, 56 (1), 11-18. PMID: 29068904 DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000835.

Karuza, J., Gillespie, S.M., Olsan, T., Cai, X., Dang, S., Intrator, O., Li, J., Gao, S., Kinosian, B., & Edes, T. (2017). National structural survey of Veterans Affairs Home Based Primary Care Program. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65 (12), 2697-2701. PMID: 28960236 DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15126

Sales AE, Ersek M, Intrator O, Levy C, Carpenter JG, Hogikyan R, Kales HC, Landis-Lewis Z, Olsan T, Miller SC, Montagnini M, Periyakoil VS, & Reder S (2016). Implementing goals of care conversations with Veterans in VA long-term care settings: A mixed methods protocol. Implementation Science, 11, 132.

Sales, AE., Ersek, M., Intrator, OK., Levy, C.; Carpenter, JG., Hogikyan, R., Kales, HC., Landis-Lewis, Z, Olsan, T., Miller, SC., Montagnini, M., Periyakoil, VS., Reder, S. (2016). Implementing goals of care conversations with veterans in VA long-term care setting: a mixed methods protocol. Implement Science, 11 (1), 132. PMID: 27682236 PMCID: PMC5041212 DOI: 10.1186/s13012-016-0497-0

Gillespie, S., Olsan, T., Liebel, D. Cai, X., Stewart, R., Katz, P.R., &  Karuza, J. (2015). Pioneering a nursing home quality improvement learning collaborative: A case study of method and lessons learned. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Temkin-Greener, H., Ladwig, S., Caprio, T., Norton, S., Quill, T., Olsan, T., Cai, X., Mukamel, D. (2015). Developing Palliative Care Practice Guidelines and Standards for Nursing Home Based Palliative Care Teams: A Delphi Study.. A Delphi Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (16), 86.e1-86.e7.

Olsan, T, Sweet, R., Tourje, N., Biuso, J (2011). Reducing avoidable rehospitalizations by improving residents' transitions to the nursing home. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 12 (3), B22.

Sud, C.T., Karuza, J. Olsan, T.H., Gillespie, S.M., Katz, P (2011). Organizational culture as a dimension of quality improvement in rural nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 12 (3), B18-B19.

Olsan, T.H., Gillespie, S.M., Karuza, J., Katz, P.R., Stewart, R.P., Sud, C. T.,& Evinger, J (2011). A model for collaborative quality improvement in rural nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 12 (3), B3.

Olsan, T.H., Bianchi, C.A., White, P., Glessner, T., & Mapstone, P.L (2011). Finding electronic information for health policy advocacy: A guide to improving search results. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23 (12), 648-658.

White, P., Olsan, T., Bianchi, C., Glessner, T., Mapstone, P (2010). Legislative: Searching for Health Policy Information on the Internet: An Essential Advocacy Skill. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 15 (2), http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/Columns/Legislative/Health-Policy-Information-on-the-Internet.aspx.

Olsan, T.H., Shore, B., Coleman, P (2009). A clinical microsystem model to evaluate the quality of primary care for homebound older adults. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 10 (6), 304-313.

Olsan, T (2006). Corporatization and the Institutional Aspects of Morality in Home Care. C.S. Dinkins, & J.M. Sorrell (Eds) Listening to the Whispers: Rethinking Ethics in Healthcare, 10-60.

Olsan, T (2006). Corporatization and the Institutional Aspects of Morality in Home Care. C.S. Dinkins, & J.M. Sorrell (Eds) Listening to the Whispers: Rethinking Ethics in Healthcare, 10-60.

Dombeck, M-T., Olsan, T.H (2006). Ethics and social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: A perspective from the United States.. Ethics: Contemporary Challenges in Health and Social Care.

Olsan, T.H (2006). "We can't be nurses anymore:" The Loss of Community Health Nurses' Personhood in Market-Driven Health Care. W. Robison, & T. Engstrom (Eds), Health Care Reform: Ethics and Politics, 116-138.

Olsan, T., Forbes, R., MacWilliams, G., Norwood, W., Reifsteck, M., Trosin, B., & Weber, P (2004). Strengthening nurses' political identity through service learning partnerships in education. The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 34 (2), 16-21.

Dombeck, M., Markakis, K., Brachman, L., Dalal, B., & Olsan, T (2003). Analysis of a Biopsychosocial Correspondence: Models, Mentors, and Meanings. R.M. Frankel, T.E. Quill, and S. McDaniel (Eds), 231-251.

Dombeck, M-T. & Olsan, T (2002). Ethics and managed health care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 16 (3), 221-233.

Ingersoll, G., Olsan, T., Drew-Cates, J., DeVinney, B., & Davies, J (2002). Nurses' job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and career intent. Journal of Nursing Administration, 32 (5), 250-263.

Olsan, T (2001). The registered nurse workforce in the Central Finger Lakes Region: Current Issues and Future Opportunities. Task Force Report.

Hittle, T (1986). Diagnostics. Springhouse Nurse's Reference Library, 108-132.

Hittle, T (1984). Chronic Parenchymal Disorders of the Lung. Nurse's Clinical Library: Respiratory Disorders. Springhouse Corporation, 146-153.

Projects
Finger Lakes Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
Health Resources & Services Administration
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2019
Role: Director of Community Engagement
PI: Thomas Caprio

Factors Associated with Institutional Use by Veterans in Home Based Primary Care
VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D)
6/1/2015 - 12/30/2018
Role: Co-Investigator
PI: None