Connie M Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing; and Professor of Bioethics, Department of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 339 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-0898
Dr. Ulrich is an Associate Professor of Bioethics in the School of Nursing. She earned her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2001, her dissertation research “Practitioners’ Perceptions of Ethical Issues Associated with Managed Care” examined the influence of individual, organizational, and ethical factors on the ethical conflict and autonomy of nurse practitioners associated with managed care environments. This research led to the development and testing of a conceptual model for use in bioethics research.
Dr. Ulrich teaches the undergraduate Theoretical Foundation of Healthcare Ethics in the School of Nursing and also teaches courses in Research Ethics and Professionalism with her Bioethics colleagues in the School of Medicine. Dr. Ulrich also guest lectures in other courses. She works with senior inquiry students as well as doctoral bioethics students. Dr. Ulrich is a member of the Bioethics Graduate Admissions Committee in the Center for Bioethics, Department of Medical Ethics.
Dr. Ulrich’s research focuses on the importance of both clinical ethics and research ethics. Her work highlights the importance of empirical bioethics research by studying the ethical issues that clinicians encounter in their clinical practice as well as their level of ethics education. Dr. Ulrich’s current research is investigating the influence of ethical issues, ethics stress, and organizational variables on the job satisfaction and retention of healthcare providers (Intramural Funding, The Department of Clinical Bioethics and The Department of Social Work, NIH), the ethical conflict of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in their clinical practice (Intramural Funding, The Department of Clinical Bioethics, NIH), informed consent and placebo assignment in clinical trials, and determinants of scientific integrity.
Healthcare providers are facing tremendous ethical challenges in the delivery of cost effective quality care in a fiscally constrained environment. Many nurse providers feel isolated in making ethical decisions and have had limited ethics education. Miller, Rosenstein and DeRenzo (1998) comment: “systematic and critical thinking with respect to ethical issues should be highly valued and cultivated, just as it is with respect to scientific methodology.” The ethical problems that nurses and other providers experience could adversely affect patient care outcomes and the provision of high quality care. Dr. Ulrich's work is intended to have a better understanding of these ethical issues and the resources needed to assist providers address ethical concerns within the system.
Her work has been published in Nursing Research, the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Pediatrics and other medical and nursing journals.
Currently Funded Grants
NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health
Dr. Ulrich received a Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003) in the Department of Clinical Bioethics, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Ulrich is an American Nurses Foundation Scholar receiving an American Nurses Foundation grant for her doctoral dissertation work. Dr. Ulrich is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Bioethics, Department of Medical Ethics and Senior Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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