Theresa Gaffney

Theresa Gaffney (no photo)

Visiting Faculty, Nursing

Academic Credentials



Terri Gaffney is an Assistant Professor at the Marymount University Malek School of Health Professions where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate nursing courses. In addition to teaching, Terri serves on department and university committees. Previously, Terri served as the Vice President for Product Development at the American Nurses Association and was responsible for translating knowledge into innovative products. Terri has also served as Vice President of Nursing Communications & Initiatives at Gannett Healthcare Group, a multimedia information and education company, Executive Director of the American Academy of Nursing in Washington, DC, and President of the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Other Information

Teaching Area

Policy and Advocacy in Health Care (NU-706)
Nursing and Health Care Systems and Organizations (NU-512)
Nursing Capstone (NU-425)
Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (NU-403)
Promoting Health Across the Life Span (NU-234)

Research Interests

Patient Safety:
a.  Medical Error Recovery
b.  Lost Knowledge 
Teaching & Education: 
a. Student-Centered Learning 
a.  Civic Engagement & Health Outcomes 


Gaffney, T., Hatcher, B., Milligan, R., & Trickey, A. (2016). Enhancing patient safety: Factors influencing medical error recovery among medical-surgical nurses. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 61. 
Gaffney, T., Hatcher, B., & Milligan, R. (2016). Nurse’s role in medical error recovery:  An integrative review. The Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25, 906-917.


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