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Dr. Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn, PhD

Professor and Assistant Director, Quality Improvement and Training, Office of Human Research Ethics

Phone: (919) 966-5450
Specialty Area: Systems/Policy/Informatics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 407

Mary Lynn began her nursing career at Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Orlando, Florida, graduating the same year Disneyworld opened. After working as a staff and charge nurse in pediatric intensive care at Orange Memorial Hospital (now Orlando Regional Medical Center), she attended the University of Florida where she became a Gator fan and earned the BSN and MN degrees from the College of Nursing, and the PhD in Psychometrics and Evaluation from the College of Education. She has served on the faculties of the University of Mississippi and the University of Arizona prior to coming to Chapel Hill in 1991. Her research interests are in the areas of measuring quality of care, the expectations patients have for care, work satisfaction, instrument development and testing, and the employment of doctorally-prepared nurses. She completed an NIH/NINR-funded study of outcomes of nursing care in the acute care setting in 1999 and another on the outcomes of care in the home setting (2008). She and Marilyn Oermann are currently leading a RWJF project looking at deans’ and directors’ hiring practices and intentions for doctorally-prepared faculty. She has been to Disneyworld 15 times and is definitely a Tar Heel fan.

Recent Publications

Goode, C. J., Lynn, M. R., McElroy, D., Bednash, G. D., Murray, B. (2013). , Lessons Learned From Ten Years of Research on a Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program. Journal of Nursing Administration,43(2), 73-79.  DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31827f205c.

Kao, H. F., Crist, J., & Lynn, M. R., (2013). Testing of Applicability of Mutuality Scale with Mexican American Caregivers of Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32, 226 – 247, DOI: 10.1177/0733464811416813. 

Kao, H. F., Lynn, M. R., & An, K. (2012). Use of Mexican American Family Loyalty Scale toward Elderly Relatives. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing 16(2),38 - 44.

Zomorodi, M. G., & Lynn, M. R. (In Press). Instrument Development measuring critical care nurses attitudes and behaviors with end-of-life care. Nursing Research.

Stewart, J. L., Mishel, M. H., Lynn, M. R., & Terhorst, L. (In Press). Test of a conceptual model of uncertainty in children and adolescents with cancer. Research in Nursing and Health.

Hamilton, J. B., Crandell, J. L., & Lynn, M. R. (In Press). Reliability and validity of the Perspectives of Support from God Scale. Nursing Research.

Schilling, L. S., Dixon, J. K., Knafl, K. A., Lynn, M. R., Murphy, K., Dumser, S., & Grey, M. (2009) New Self-Report Measure of Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes for Adolescents. Nursing Research, 58, 228 – 236.

Kao, H. F., & Lynn, M. R. (2009). Use of the measurement of medication administration hassles with Mexican American family caregivers. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18, 2596 – 2603.

Goode, C. J., Lynn, M. R., Krsek, C., Bednash, G. D. (2009). Nurse Residency Programs: An Essential Requirement for Nursing. Nursing Economics,27(3), 142 – 147, 159.

Hamilton, J. B., Stewart, B. J., Crandell, J. L., & Lynn, M.R. (2009). Development of the Ways of Helping questionnaire: A coping measure for older African American Cancer Survivors. Research in Nursing and Health, 32, 243 - 259.

Lynn, M. R., Morgan, J. C. & Moore, K. A. (2009) Development and testing of the Satisfaction in Nursing Scale (SINS). Nursing Research, 58, 166 – 174.

Morgan, J. C., & Lynn, M. R. (2009). Nursing work satisfaction in the context of shortage. Journal of Nursing Management, 17, 401 - 410.

Roszell, S. S., Jones, C. B, & Lynn, M. R. (2009). Call bell requests, call bell response time and patient satisfaction. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(1), 69 - 75.

Olson, D. M., Lynn, M. R., Thoyre, S. M. & Graffagnino, C. (2007). The limited reliability of the Ramsay scale. Neurocritical Care, 7, 227 - 231.

Liao, Yuan-Mei, Dougherty, M. C., Boyington, A. R., Palmer, M. H., & Lynn, M. R. (2007). The prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms among female elementary school teachers in Taipei. International Urogynecology Journal of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 18(10), 1151 – 1161.

Lynn, M. R., McMillen, B. J., & Sidani, S. (2007). Including the provider in the assessment of quality care: Development and testing of the nurse’s perceptions of quality scale. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 22(4), 328 – 336.

Schilling, L. S., Dixon, J. K., Lynn, M. R., Ives, B., Knafl, K. A., & Grey, M. (2007). Determining content validity of a self-report instrument for adolescents using a heterogeneous expert panel. Nursing Research, 56(5), 361 – 366.

Williams, C. A., Goode, C. J., Krsek, C., Bednash, G. D. & Lynn, M. R. (2007) Post-baccalaureate nurse residency one year program outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 37(7/8), 357 – 365.

Lynn, M. R., McMillen, B. J., & Sidani, S. (2007). Understanding and measuring patients' perceptions of quality nursing care. Nursing Research, 56(3), 159 – 166.

Liao, Yuan-Mei, Dougherty, M. C., Boyington, A. R., Lynn, M. R., & Palmer, M. H. (2006). Developing and validating a Chinese instrument to measure lower urinary tract symptoms among employed women in Taiwan. Nursing Outlook, 54, 353 – 361.

Lynn, M. R., Redman, R. W., & Zomorodi, M. G. (2006). The Canaries in the Coalmine Speak: Why Someone Should (and Should Not) Become a Nurse. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 30, 340 - 350.

Lynn, M. R. (2006). Mentoring the next generation of systems researchers. Journal of Nursing Administration, 36, 288-291.

Lynn, M. R., & Redman, R. W. (2006). Staff nurses and their solutions to the nursing shortage. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 28(6), 678 – 692.

Stewart, J. L., Lynn, M. R., & Mishel, M. H. (2005). Evaluating content validity for children's self-report instruments using children as content experts. Nursing Research, 54(6), 414-418.

Redman, R. W., & Lynn, M. R. (2005). Assessment of patient expectations for care. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 19, 275-285.

Lynn, M. R., & Nelson, D. K. (2005). Common (mis)perceptions about IRB review of human subjects research. Nursing Science Quarterly, 18, 264-270.

Lynn, M. R. & Redman, R. W. (2005). Faces of the nursing shortage: Influences on staff nurses intentions to leave their positions or nursing. Journal of Nursing Administration, 35, 264-270.

Under Review

Morgan, J. C, & Lynn, M. R. (Under review). Perceived Quality of Care and Nursing Assistant Job Satisfaction. The Gerontologist.

Kao, H. F., Crist, J., & Lynn, M. R., (Under review). Use of the measurement of mutuality scale with Mexican American family caregivers of older adults. Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences.

Zomorodi, M., & Lynn, M. R. (Under review). Critical care nurses’ values and behaviors with end-of-life care: Perceptions and challenges. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing.

Kao, H. F., & Lynn, M. R. (Under Review). Measurement of expectations of family loyalty of children toward elderly relatives among Mexican American caregivers. Journal of Aging and Health.

Morgan, J. C., Farrar, B., & Lynn, M. R. (Under Review after revision). Understanding the Impact of Care Context (Nursing Care) on Change in Functional Health in the Home Health Setting. Journal of Aging and Health.

Kao, H. F., Lynn, M. R., & Lujan, J. (Under review after revision). Lessons learned in instrument pilot testing with Mexican American caregivers of older adults. Journal of Nursing Measurement.