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Lisa Wolf


Director, Institute for
Emergency Nursing

Emergency Nurses Association


Dr. Lisa Adams Wolf is the Director of Emergency Nursing Research at the Emergency Nurses Association, and an adjunct professor at both the University of Massachusetts and Elms College.

Dr. Wolf’s work focuses on understanding the socio-clinical structure of the emergency care setting as an influencing factor in nursing practice and patient safety. Her dissertation work provides a theoretical model of clinical decision-making in emergency care environments that demonstrates the intersection of individual factors and socio-environmental factors at the point of clinical decision-making; her work since then has continued to expand and explicate the research, practice, and educational implications of that intersection.

Over the last decade, she has identified individual and environmental driving factors in workplace bullying, moral distress, and fatigue that affect both nursing and patient outcomes. Her most recent work identifies the chronic, cumulative, unacknowledged secondary trauma prevalent in emergency nursing as a driver of lateral and organizational violence, suicidality in nurses, and errors in clinical decision-making. Her work consistently underpins both educational and policy work by the Emergency Nurses Association, specifically in critical areas of residency education, workplace violence, triage practices, identification and management of high-risk patients, and emergency nursing staffing guidelines.

Dr. Wolf received her BA in Anthropology from Amherst College, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Emerson College, a diploma in Nursing from St Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, a Masters in Nursing from Molloy College, and a PhD from Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing.

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