Barbara Brush

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
(734) 763-3218
Short bio: 

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania. 1994.

M.S.N. University of Pennsylvania. 1982.

B.S.N. Southeastern Massachusetts University. 1979.

Research summary: 

Dr. Brush has focused her research on nursing care quality issues, particularly among vulnerable, community-based, and older adult populations. An advanced practice nurse (APN) and proponent of interdisciplinary primary care practice, she created one of the nation’s first clinical practice models utilizing nurse practitioners and ministers to care for homeless men in transitional settings. She has also been part of a longstanding team of researchers exploring best practice models in nursing homes and how APNs can provide vital services. Her current research in Detroit, again using a team approach with nurses, social workers, paraprofessionals, and community advisors, further addresses the health and social needs of homeless families.

A nurse historian, Dr. Brush's scholarship also examines controversial subjects in nursing, including racial segregation and immigration policy. For over twenty years, she has explored American healthcare institutions' short-term use of foreign trained nurses to stem staff shortages and the long-term implications of doing so, both at the national and global level. This work has informed policy, been the impetus behind her involvement on numerous intra and interdisciplinary think tanks on health workforce, and is the subject of an upcoming historiography in progress, Sending for Nurses: Importing Care to U.S. Hospitals.

Recent publications: 

Gultekin, L., Brush, B.L., Baiardi, J.M, Kirk, K., & VanMaldeghen, K. (2014). Voices from the street: Exploring the realities of family homelessness. Journal of Family Nursing, 20(4): 390-414. DOI: 10.1177/1074840714548943.
Bumpus, S., Brush, B.L., Pressler, S., Wheeler, J., Eagle, K., & Rubenfire, M. (2014). A transitional care model for patients with acute coronary syndrome. The American Journal of Accountable Care. 6(14): 13-19.
Brush, B.L., & Capezuti, E. (2014). New approaches for patient-provider communication. Geriatric Nursing, 35(2): 1-4.
Wagner, L.M., Brush, B.L., Castle, N.G., Engberg, J.B., & Capezuti, E.A. (2014). Quality care outcomes in nursing homes: The effects of a nurse’s country of origin and education. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(3): 1-9.
Wagner, L.M., Brush, B.L., Castle, N.G., Eaton, M., & Capezuti, E.A. (2015). Examining Differences in Nurses' Language, Accent, and Comprehensibility in Nursing Home Settings Based on Birth Origin and Country of Education. Geriatric Nursing. 36(1): 47-51.
Grim, E., Gultekin, L., & Brush, B.L. (2015). Do policies aimed toward the homeless help families? The Detroit Experience. Journal of Policy Practice. 14 (1): 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2014.956971.
Baiardi, J.M., Gultekin, L., & Brush, B.L. (2015). Using sociograms to enhance power and voice in focus groups. Public Health Nursing, 32(5): 584-91. DOI:10.1111/phn.12199
Bumpus, S., Brush, B.L., Wheeler, J., Pressler, S., Eagle, K., & Rubenfire, M. (2016). Cost analysis of an advanced practice registered nurse transitional care model for cardiac patients. Nursing Economics.
Brush, B.L., Gultekin, L., Grim, E. (2016). The data dilemma in family homelessness. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27: 1046-1052.
Wagner, L.M., Brush, B.L., Castle, N.G., Engberg, J.B., & Capezuti, E.A. (2016).Nursing home patient safety culture perceptions among U.S. and immigrant nurses. Journal of Patient Safety.
Gultekin, L., & Brush, B.L. (2016). In their own words: Exploring family pathways to housing instability. Journal of Family Nursing.

Health and Homelessness; Primary Care to Underserved Populations: Community-academic partnership development and research; Nurse workforce