Brenda Swanson-Biearman

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Science
Health Administration and Public Health

434 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4770
swansonbiearmab@duq.edu

Education:

DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Waynesburg University
MPH, Master of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
RN, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Carlow University
Bio and Expertise

Bio
Dr. Brenda Swanson-Biearman holds a BSN from Carlow University, an MPH (Epidemiology) from the University of Pittsburgh and was NIH training fellow in aging, and a DNP from Waynesburg University. She was the Distance Education Coordinator in the Graduate and Professional Studies programs at Waynesburg University. She was an assistant professor and research coordinator in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies for seven years at Chatham University. She served on various committees and chaired the Institutional Review Board. She has over 17 years of clinical experience in pediatric endocrinology, critical care and toxicology and has authored several publications, textbooks, and was a grant reviewer for the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Dr. Swanson-Biearman has been involved with simulation while at Chatham University and at Waynesburg University and studied use of simulation with physical therapy students. Additionally, she has taught online healthcare statistics and consults with faculty in developing distance education courses. She has been a committee member on several doctoral dissertation/capstone committees. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Holistic Nursing.

She teaches primarily in Health Administration and Public Health and is the director of the Undergraduate Public Health Programs.

Expertise
Public Health
Toxicology
Simulation
Nursing Leadership
Translational Research in Health Systems
Patient Safety

Publications

Health care provider in triage to improve outcomes. Spencer S, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B, Whiteman K. 2019. JEN. (45)5;561-566 doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2019.01.008

Implementation of a vital sign alert system to improve outcomes. Huff S, Stephens K, Whiteman K, Swanson-Biearman B, Mori C. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Oct/Dec;34(4):346-351. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000384.

Enhancing Cancer Pain Assessment and Management in Hospice. Miner MB, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B, Leone V, Whiteman K. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2018 Oct;20(5):452-458. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000467.

Development of a subcutaneous abscess simulator for incision and drainage. Nicka A, Swanson-Biearman B. Clin Simul Nurs 2019(Dec)37:40-43. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2019.08.001

Good catch campaign: Improving perioperative culture of safety. Lozito M, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B. AORN J. 2018 Jun;107(6):705-714
doi:10.1002/aorn.12148

Moving Shift Report to the Bedside: An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project. McAllen ER, Stephens KP, Swanson-Biearman B, Kerr K, Whiteman K OJIN, 2018 The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 23, No. 2. doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No02PPT22

Implementation of Human Trafficking Education and Treatment Algorithm in the Emergency Department. Egyud A, Stephens KP, Swanson-Biearman B, DiCuccio M, Whitmen K. J Emerg Nurs. 2017 Nov;43(6):526-531. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2017.01.008. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Impact of a planned workflow change: Super track improves quality and service for low-acuity patients at an inner-city hospital. Bonalumi NM, Bhattacharya A, Edwards C, Fasnacht A, Mazzone LA, Stephens K, Whiteman K, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2016 Apr 29. Epub 2016 Apr 29.

Improving the patient's experience with a multimodal quiet-at-night initiative. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 32(2) April 2017. Wilson C, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B. (also developed for CE credits)

Obtaining a sexual history: understanding nontraditional terminology utilized by men who have sex with men. The Clinician Advisor. September 02, 2015. D'Acunto K, Swanson-Biearman B. (Clinical feature)

Cardiac medicine thirty-day readmission strategies: does improving discharge transitions decrease readmission? MEDSURG Nursing. August 2016.House M, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B.

Neurologic manifestations of primary Sjӧgren's syndrome: More common than we think? Hayne J, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000471289.18232.66

A case of late onset bipolar illness without cognitive deficits on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Gerek C,Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015.

Neurologic manifestations of primary Sjӧgren's syndrome: More common than we think? Hayne J, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000471289.18232.66
Auriculotemporal syndrome: A case study. Jackson J, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015.


A review of barriers to effective asthma management in Puerto Ricans: Cultural, healthcare system and pharmacogenomic issues. Alicea-Alvarez N, Swanson-Biearman B, Kelsen S. Journal of Asthma. February 2014, Vol. 51, No. 1, Pages 97-105 doi:10.3109/02770903.2013.845205

Examining wellness in a problem based learning physician assistant studies curriculum. Laird J, Hawkins S, Hertweck M, Swanson-Biearman B. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education. (17) 4. 2007. pp. 5-11.

Backyard mushroom ingestions: no gastrointestinal decontamination--no effect. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. Journal of Emergency Medicine (33) 4. 2007. pp. 381-383.

Wexler, P. Encyclopedia of Toxicology. (contributing author). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Science Publishing 2005.

Delayed life-threatening reaction to anthrax vaccine. Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol - 01-Jan-2001; 39(1): 81-4.
Nystagmus secondary to fomepizole administration in a pediatric patient. Swanson-Biearman B, Benitez JG, Dice J, Cortes-Belen E, Akhtar J, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol - 01-Jan-2000; 38(7): 795-8.

Wexler, P. Encyclopedia of Toxicology. (contributing author). Boston: Academic Press; 1998.

Air bags: lifesaving with toxic potential? Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. Am J Emerg Med. 1993 Jan 11(1): 38-9.

Successful donation and transplantation of multiple organs from a victim of cyanide poisoning. Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1993;31(1):95-9.

Accuracy of medication dispensing cup use: a controlled trial. Swanson-Biearman B, Mrvos R, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol. 1992 Aug 34(4):324.

Failure of whole bowel irrigation to decontaminate the GI tract following massive jequirity bean ingestion. Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol. 1992 Aug 34(4):352.

Contaminant identification: the importance of thorough interviewing techniques. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. Vet Hum Toxicol. 1991 Dec; 33(6):611-2.

Acute phenolphthalein ingestion in children. A retrospective review. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. J Pediatr Health Care. 1991 May-Jun; 5(3):147-51.

Critical care nurse's knowledge about drugs in toxicology. Swanson-Biearman B, Mrvos R, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol 1990 Aug;32(4):378.

The effects of penicillin and cephalosporin ingestions in children less than six years of age. Swanson-Biearman B, Lopez G, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. Vet Hum Toxicol. 1988 Feb; 30(1):66-7. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Vancouver, BC October
1987.

Presentations

Good catch campaign: Improving perioperative culture of safety. Lozito M, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B. AONE 2017: Inspiring Leaders. Mar 29-Apr1. Baltimore MD.

Surviving sepsis within a tertiary care emergency department. Tedesco E, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B. 2016 Annual SWPONL Nursing Leadership Conference (September 1-2, 2016) Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA.

Implementation of a sepsis alert program in medical-surgical units. Tedesco E, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B. 2016 Annual PONL Nursing Leadership Conference (October 26-27 2016) Wyndham Hotel, Gettysburg, PA

A multifaceted noise prevention project on two medical/surgical units. Wilson C, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B, LaBarba J. (2015). Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Omega Chapter: Charting the course for new knowledge, innovations, and improvements, Akron, Ohio.

A case of late onset bipolar illness without cognitive deficits on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Gerek C, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster/Presentation AAPA, May 2015 San Francisco CA.

Neurologic manifestations of primary Sjӧgren's syndrome: More common than we think? Hayne J, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster/Presentation AAPA, May 2015 San Francisco CA.

Auriculotemporal syndrome: A case study. Jackson J, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster/Presentation AAPA, May 2015 San Francisco CA.

Polypharmacy treatment of schizophrenia with dual antipsychotic use. Krugger R, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster/Presentation AAPA, May 2015 San Francisco CA.

Obturator versus femoral hernia: A case study of diagnostics and surgical intervention Barrack K, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2014 Boston MA.

Recurrent zoster in the immunocompromised patient: A need for prophylactic measures. Gredence A, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2014 Boston MA.

Late-onset schizophrenia in a 58-year-old Caucasian male with Asperger's syndrome. Hartnett K, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2014 Boston MA.

Gonadal dysgenesis and coexisting Mullerian agenesis: A case report. Henning A,
Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2014 Boston MA.

Waldmann's disease in a 71-Year-old white female. Laskey A, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2014 Boston MA.

Case report of a 20 year-old female with a nonparasitic splenic cyst. Young C, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2014 Boston MA.

The role of combined liver-kidney transplantation in the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria Type 1. Dongilli G, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2013 Washington DC.

Capgras syndrome in a 47-year-old caucasian female with paranoid schizophrenia
Dunning L, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2013 Washington DC.

The management of a patient with gender identity disorder in a correctional institution setting. Semroc S, Swanson-Biearman B. Poster Presentation AAPA, May 2013 Washington DC.

The use of botulinum toxin Type A to relieve chronic constipation. Barlow M, Swanson-Biearman B. Presented at AAPA, May 2012 Assembly Toronto, CN

Polycythemia vera as a comorbidity in a spina bifida patient. Holtz M, Rotenstein D, Freeman M, Swanson-Biearman B. Presented at AAPA, May 2012 Assembly Toronto, CN

The use of human patient simulators in acute care physical therapy education. Geyer MJ, Swanson-Biearman B. Presented CSM/APTA Meeting. Nashville, TN February 2008.

Creating a self-scheduling process for clinical education: Increasing student satisfaction and promoting self-directed learning. Freeman, M. Swanson-Biearman, B. Presented at PAEA October 2006 Conference Quebec City, CN

Examining wellness in a problem-based learning physician assistant studies curriculum. Laird J, Hawkins S, Hertweck M, Swanson-Biearman B. Presented at PAEA October 2006 Conference Quebec City, CN

Self scheduling of clinical sites: Empowering the adult learner. Swanson-Biearman B, Freeman M, Marcieski B, Koval V. Presented at APAP in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2005.

Backyard mushroom  ingestions: no gastrointestinal decontamination--no effect. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP.   Presented at NAACT in Seattle, WA September 2004

Incorporating bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction education and related community service into physician assistant curriculum.  Biearman B,Freeman M, Allison LE.  Presented at APAP, Oct 2003 Phoenix, AZ.

Problem-based public health curriculum via the internet.  Allison LA, Biearman B.  Presented at APAP, Oct 2003 Phoenix, AZ

Public health problems and web-based education.  Allison LA, Stadtmiller D, Swanson-Biearman B.  Presented at AAPA, May 2002 Assembly Boston, MA

Chatham College Public Health Cooperative for PA Education.   Swanson-Biearman B, Brich KT, Allison LA.  Presented at PSPA Jan 2001.

Pediatric exposures to phentermine.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol Aug 2000. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tucson, AZ September 2000.

Delayed life-threatening reaction to anthrax vaccine.  Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol - 01-Jan-2001; 39(1): 81-4.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; LaJolla, CA October 1999.

Nystagmus secondary to fomepizole administration in a pediatric patient.  Swanson-Biearman B, Benitez JG, Dice J, Cortes-Belen E, Akhtar J, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol - 01-Jan-2000; 38(7): 795-8.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Orlando, FL September 1998.

The value of a MSDS as measured in readability.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP,   International Congress of Clinical Toxicology.  New York, NY  September 16-19, 1993

Accuracy of medication dispensing cup use: a controlled trial.  Swanson-Biearman B, Mrvos R, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol.  1992 Aug 34(4):324. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tampa, FL,  September 1992.

Medication dispensing cups: another potential poisoning opportunity.  Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  (abs)  Vet Hum Toxicol.  1992 Aug 34(4):324. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tampa, FL,  September 1992.

Failure of whole bowel irrigation to decontaminate the GI tract following massive jequirity bean ingestion.  Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  (abs)  Vet Hum Toxicol. 1992 Aug 34(4):352.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tampa, FL,  September 1992.

Air bags: lifesaving with toxic potential?  Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  Am J Emerg Med.  1993 Jan 11(1): 38-9.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Toronto, Canada September 1991.

Successful donation and transplantation of multiple organs from a victim of cyanide poisoning.  Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP.  J Toxicol Clin Toxicol.  1993;31(1):95-9.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Toronto, Canada  September 1991.

Contaminant identification: the importance of thorough interviewing techniques.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  Vet Hum Toxicol. 1991 Dec; 33(6):611-2.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Tucson, AZ  September 1990.

Acute phenolphthalein ingestion in children. A retrospective review.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  J Pediatr Health Care. 1991 May-Jun; 5(3):147-51.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Tucson, AZ  September 1990.

Critical care nurse's knowledge about drugs in toxicology.  Swanson-Biearman B, Mrvos R, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  (abs)  Vet Hum Toxicol 1990 Aug;32(4):378.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Tucson, AZ  September 1990.

The effects of penicillin and cephalosporin ingestions in children less than six years of age. Swanson-Biearman B, Lopez G, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. Vet Hum Toxicol.  1988 Feb; 30(1):66-7.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Vancouver, BC  October 1987. 

Professional Affliliations

Registered Nurse; State of Pennsylvania-licensure maintained.
Member American Public Health Association
Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)- current member and volunteer healthcare professional for disaster
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Induction April 2008

Courses

HLTM 450 Cases on Health Care Management
HLTM 315 Clinical Processes
HLTM 210 Introduction to Public Health
HLTM491 Long Term Care Administration