Theresa Gaffney

Theresa Gaffney (no photo)

Assistant Professor

Malek School of Health Professions DEPT

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., MPA, RN


Terri Gaffney is an Assistant Professor at the Marymount University Malek School of Nursing 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.

Teaching Areas

  • Policy and Advocacy in Health Care (NU-706)
  • Leadership Quality & Ethics in Health Care Systems, 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

  1. Patient Safety: a. Medical Error Recovery b. Lost Knowledge
  2. Teaching & Education: a. Student-Centered Learning b. Practice Readiness
  3. Engagement & Health Outcomes


Gaffney, T. (2021). Mitigating the Threat of Lost Knowledge: Strategies to Accelerate Knowledge Transfer, American Nurse Today, 16(1), 8-9.

Rogers, S., Gaffney, T., Caulfield, E. (2020). Nursing student perception and performance with collaborative testing. Journal of Nursing Education and Policy, (11)5, 54-59. 10.5430/jnep.v11n5p54

Gaffney, T. (2020) Keeping Patients Safe: The Critical Role of Medical Error Recovery. Nursing – New Perspectives, InTechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.91412


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