Mary Bourke, RN, BSN, PHD
Assistant Professor Nursing
Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
Office: KE 312
ASN Bacone College, 1983, Nursing
MSN Indiana University, 1996, Nursing
PhD Indiana University, 2008, Curriculum & Instruction, Minor: Community Health Nursing, Instructional Systems Technology
Certificate University of Western Australia, 2008 Advanced Course on Rasch Measurement
Curriculum Development: Leadership role in the development of curriculum for two tracks in Masters of Science in Nursing Program (Nursing Education and Nursing Administration).
A research partnership was formed between IU Kokomo and Howard Regional Hospital to facilitate research and future Magnet status. The following study was created and implemented.
AIMS: This study used Rasch Model diagnostics and analysis to refine an instrument to measure nursing staff perceptions of communication between nurses and doctors. In order to facilitate measurement of the dimensions of communication an instrument was created based on construct modeling: the construct map, the design plan, and the outcome space and measurement model. Several iterations of the instrument were developed after consultation with peers. The dimensions of communication were identified for construct modeling by a team of nurses and myself. Rasch analysis allowed a more appropriate analysis of the data and provided detailed information about the psychometric properties of the instrument. Tool diagnostics were performed as follows: category frequencies and average measures, as well as, threshold estimates, probability curves and category fit statistics. Validity was articulated within the context of the Rasch model. Person and item reliability indexes were clarified in relation to defining reliability of the instrument and data.
PROJECT TITLE: Can Adolescent Risk and Protective Factors Predict Health Services Utilization and Health Seeking Behavior? The specific aim of this study is to investigate the degree to which adolescent risk and protective factors correlate with or predict health services utilization and health seeking behaviors at the following Howard County High Schools: Northwestern Senior High School, Western High School, Kokomo High School South Campus and Taylor High School. Risk factors are characteristics of school, community, and family environments; as well as, characteristics of students and their peer groups that are known to predict an increased likelihood of drug use, delinquency, school dropout, teen pregnancy, and violent behavior among youth. Protective factors exert an opposing positive influence or buffer against the negative influence of risk thus, reducing the likelihood that adolescents will engage in problem behavior (Hawkins, 1992, 1999). Though health services utilization generally refers to the act of patients taking advantage of provider services for needed or perceived care, for this study it has been conceptualized as the end product of a complex pattern of interactions among predisposing, enabling, and need-for-care characteristics which lead to health seeking behavior and high levels of health services utilization (Andersen, 1968, 1995; Harrison, 1996; Johnson et al., 2004). Health seeking behavior includes, but is not limited to, physical activity, nutrition habits, disease identification and self-management, self-efficacy and advocacy in provider settings, and personal health prevention habits. C0-authored with Dr. David Tataw. Currently under review.
Healthcare of the Homeless: Decreasing Health Disparities: NIH Grant: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service PHS 398 in the amount of 150,683. First stage grants approval by NIH for “participatory research for the community in which community stakeholders are involved in all or most phases of the research process”. Full grant submitted and approved by Indiana University Bloomington Research Center for final submission. Did not receive funding.
President’s University Diversity Initiative Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs funding in the amount of 76,000.00 dollars for IU Kokomo Summer Exploratory Science Camp for Middle School Minority Students and a Summer Bridge Program for High School Minority Students.
Created and implemented in 2008 & 2009 an Evidenced Based Research Conference. Students in assigned groups identified clinical problems during their Capstone experience to be used as their research focus for evidence best practice. Through my course “Research Utilization” students were guided through the evidence based research process. Their “final” for the course required the presentation of their results at the conference. Students presented their research during the conference to students, administrators of hospitals and nursing students.
Co-authored a Multimedia Interactive Computer Data Base of the Marion County Health Department Services. (1995)
Completed a one-year research to assess attitudes of WIC (Women's, Infants and Children's Supplemental Food Program) participants, utilizing data for future social marketing backdrop. (1995-1996)
Created tools, data analysis, graphs and presentation for a county-wide analysis of community intervention and assessment of teen pregnancy. (1994)
Trustees Teaching Award recipient 2009
Inducted: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
Recipient of a Traineeship from the National Institute for Health
Recipient of the Ruth Scott Dieter Award
Member of Phi Theta Kappa
PUBLICATIONS and Peer Reviewed Publications
Bourke, M. P. & Ihrke, B. (2012). The evaluation process: An overview. In Diane M. Billings & Judith A. Halstead (Eds.), Teaching in Nursing: A Guide For Faculty (4th ed.) (pp. 422-440). Philadelphia, PA: W. B. Saunders Company.
Dibie, R. & Bourke, M. (2011). Economic and Social Impact of Environmental Issues in the United States. Journal of International Politics and Development. 9 (2), 23-46.
Bourke, M. P. (2011). Design and Assessment of an Online Health Care Informatics Course Based on a Social Constructivist Curriculum. In proceedings from E-Learn 2010 Proceedings: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Bourke, M. (2010). Giving through teaching: How a community health nursing curriculum serves the needs of the underserved in the community. In Giving Through Teaching: How Nurse Educators Are Changing the World. New York, NY: NLN Foundation and Springer Publishing Co. (Request by NLN)
Bourke, M. P. & Ihrke, B. (2009). The evaluation process: An overview. In Diane M. Billings & Judith A. Halstead (Eds.), Teaching in Nursing: A Guide For Faculty, (3rd ed.)(pp. 443-464). Philadelphia, PA: W. B. Saunders Company.
Bourke, M. P. (2008). Measuring nursing educators’ beliefs about diversity in personal and professional contexts: Rasch model diagnostics and scale analysis (Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 2008) (UMI No. 3303325)
Measuring Nurses’ Attitudes Toward Communication With Physicians. Presented at the 22nd International Nursing Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico July 11-14, 2011.
Design and Assessment of an Online Health Care Informatics Course Based on a Social Constructivist Curriculum. Presented at the E-Learn 2010 Proceedings: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education on October 18-22, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Paper published in proceedings.
Measuring Constructs of Diversity. Poster Presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau 21st International Nursing Research Congress: Global Diversity through Research, Education, and Evidence-Based Practice in Orlando, Florida July 15th & 16th.
Measuring Constructs of Diversity using Rasch Analysis. Presented at the 2010 Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia June 29 – July 1, 2010.
Design and Assessment of an Online Health Care Informatics Course Based on a Social Constructivist Curriculum. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 4th-7th 2009.
Rasch Model Diagnostics and Scale Analysis: Measuring Nursing Educators’ Beliefs about Diversity in Personal and Professional Contexts. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 5th-8th 2008.
Rasch Model Diagnostics and Scale Analysis: Measuring Nursing Educators’ Beliefs about Diversity in Personal and Professional Contexts. Presented at the 3rd Annual Rasch Model Conference in Perth, Australia January 11-13 2008.
Service-Learning Projects Based on the Needs of the Homeless: A Community Health Nursing Curriculum Focused on Experiential Learning grounded in Constructivist Theory”. Presented at the “Boot Camp For Nurse Educators” Albuquerque, New Mexico February 1-5th 2007.
Public Health and Social Marketing: Utilizing Computer Technology to Bridge Communications Between the Public Health Department and the Community. Paper presented at the Annual Public Health Association in Washington, DC 1995.
Public Health and Social Marketing: Utilizing Computer Technology to Bridge Communications between the Public Health Department and the Community. Paper presented at Indiana Public Health Association meeting in Brown County, Indiana 1997.
Public Health and Social Marketing: Utilizing Computer Technology to Bridge Communications between the Public Health Department and the Community. Paper presented at 15th Annual Nursing Research Conference at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in Dublin, Ireland 1996.
Invited Public Health and Social Marketing: Utilizing Computer Technology to Bridge Communications between the Public Health Department and the Community. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Nursing Research Colloquium: Nursing Challenge: Research Based Practice Fort Wayne, IN 1996.
Invited: A Multicultural Global Classroom: Integration of the WWW Medium and an Aggregate Community Health Nursing Curriculum. Paper presented at the National Public Health Association meeting in Boston, Mass 2000, Oral presenter.