Associate Dean for Research and Dorothy Hodges Olson Chair in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
- 1992, BA, Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, PA
- 1992, BS, Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, PA
- 1997, MSN, University of Pennsylvania
- 2005, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Balas PhD, RN, CCRN-K, FCCM, FAAN is currently the Associate Dean of Research and Dorothy Hodges Olson Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Balas received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wilkes University. She later received her Masters of Science in Nursing, PhD, and Post-doctoral training from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Balas is an implementation scientist and registered nurse with extensive training and experience in the conduct of clinical trials and mixed-methods research in the intensive care unit and hospital setting.
The overarching goal of Dr. Balas’ program of research focused on improving the physical, functional, cognitive, and quality of life outcomes of seriously ill older adults. Her research endeavors specifically target developing, testing, and translating safe and effective interprofessional interventions aimed at reducing common geriatric syndromes including hospital-acquired pain, delirium, weakness, falls, and infections. Dr. Balas’ work has been supported by numerous federal and private/philanthropic organizations including the National Institute of Health, John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Pre- and Post-Doctoral Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, Alzheimer’s Association, Select Medical, and American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Her influence in transforming team-based, hospital care of older adults and commitment to developing and testing evidence-based interprofessional interventions is also evident in her prolific publication record and leadership roles in numerous professional healthcare societies. She was a former committee member and now Co-Chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM’s) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult ICU Patients, an invited participant of the NIH’s Implementation Science in Critical Care Workshop, and chair/study section member of various NIH review panels. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panels on Aging and Acute/Critical Care, American Psychiatric Association Guideline Writing Group, Gerontological Society of America, and editorial board member/reviewer for various medical journals.
- Critical Care
- Dissemination and Implementation Science
- Symptom Science
Grant Support (Previous 5 years)
April 2021-April 2026
Clinical Effectiveness of the PICU Up! Multifaceted Early Mobility Intervention for Critically Ill Children: A Pragmatic, Stepped-wedge Trial, $3,851,268 , Kudchadkar, S. (P.I.)
July 2020-April 2022
Determinants of Implementation Success Coordinating Ventilator, Early Ambulation and Rehabilitation Efforts in the ICU, $156,000, Balas, M. (P.I.)
May 2019-April 2022
Determinants of Implementation Success Coordinating Ventilator, Early Ambulation and Rehabilitation Efforts in the ICU, $1,151,920, Balas, M. (P.I.)
July 2018-July 2021
Reiki Intervention for Seriously Ill Elders in the ICU, $50,000, Balas, M. (P.I.)
May 2016-August 2017
Helping Older Persons Emerge Stronger (HOPES) after Intensive Care Unit Admission, $150,000, Balas, M. (P.I.)
Balas, M.C., Brockman, A. (2021). Ask the Experts Column: Methods to Prevent Self-Extubation in the ICU. Critical Care Nurse.
Ward, D., Absalom, A., Aitken, L.M., Balas, M.C., Brown, D, Burry, L., et al. (2021). Design of Clinical Trials Evaluating Sedation in Critically Ill Adults Undergoing Mechanical Ventilation: Recommendations from SCEPTER III. Critical Care Medicine.
Balas, M.C., Tate, J., Tan, A., Pinion, B., Exline, M. (2021). Evaluation of the Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to Timely Extubation of Critically Ill Adults: An Interprofessional Survey. Worldviews Evidence Based Nursing. PMID: 33555122.
Balas, M.C., Needham, D.M., Kudchadkar, S.R. (2021). Early Mobilization in a PICU: A Qualitative Sustainability Analysis of PICU Up! Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 22(4):e233-e242.
McNett, M., O’Mathuna, D., Tucker, S., Roberts, H., Mion, L.C., Balas, M.C. (2020). A Scoping Review of Implementation Science in Adult Critical Care Settings. Critical Care Explorations. 2(12):e301
June 2021-Present. The National Fuld Implementation Science Advisory Board, The Ohio State University College of Nursing.
December 2019. Florida Hospital Association- Hospital Improvement Network (HIN). Subject Matter Expert ABCDEF Bundle.
August 2019. NQF Quality Measure Incubator ®: Postoperative Delirium Strategy Session. Invited Participant.
June 2019. Sedation Consortium on Endpoints and Procedures for Treatment, Education, and Research (SCEPTER-III) Clinical Trials to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes of Sedation in Mechanically Ventilated Patients in the Adult ICU. Invited Participant.
February-December 2019. H3C- Development of comprehensive geriatric assessment tool for chronic care management. Consultant.
January 2017. Cynosure Health Care- American Hospital Association Health Research and Education Trust Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (AHA HRET HIIN) Partnership for Patient’s Program. Subject Matter Expert.
January 2017-2019. Ohio Hospital Association- Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Subject Matter Expert.
2016. University of Iowa College of Nursing Evidence Based Guideline Postoperative Delirium Prevention & Management. The John A Hartford Foundation Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Guideline Reviewer.
2016. Choosing Wisely Campaign. American Academy of Nursing. Delirium Statements. Committee Member/Statement Writer.
National Institute of Health:
- RFA-HL 21-001 Hybrid effectiveness Implementation trials for heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases in the inpatient setting (U01-Clinical trials required). (April, 2021). Role: Chair.
- RFA-HL-18-018 Preparing for hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials for heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases in the inpatient setting. (2018). Role: Reviewer.
- Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2018/01 ZAT1 AJT(05)1 Exploratory Clinical Trials of Mind and Body Interventions Review Panel. (2017). Role: Reviewer.
- PAR15-287 Opportunistic Research Collaborations with the NIH Clinical Center. Council ZCA1 TCRB-T O2 B (2017). Role: Reviewer.
- Palliative Care Study Section. Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) ZRG-1 HDM V 90: PAR 14-294 Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management and PAR16-250 Building Evidence: Effective Palliative/End of Life Care Interventions. (2017). Role: Reviewer.
- RFA Review Delirium. (2016). Role: Reviewer.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Implementation Science in Critical Care Workshop. 2016. Role: Invited Participant.
Intensive Care Medicine Rapid Practice Guideline for Dexmedetomidine. Committee Member.
American Psychiatric Association Guideline Writing Group. Committee Member.
PADIS Guideline Committee. Co-Chair.
Awards Committee. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Reviewer.
AACN Research Grant. Reviewer.
Expert Panel on Aging. American Academy of Nursing. Committee Member.
Expert Panel Acute and Critical Care. American Academy of Nursing. Committee Member.
Discovery Steering Committee. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member.
ABCDEF Bundle Collaborative. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Grant support provided by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Steering Committee Member.
U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group. Steering Committee Member.
Nursing Section. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member.
Sedation-Agitation Section. Committee Member. New Pain, Agitation, Delirium Early Mobilization, and Sleep guidelines effort. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member.
Quality and Safety Research Committee. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member/Chair
ICU Liberation Initiative Conference Task Force. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Co-Chair.
ICU Liberation Committee. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member.
Scientific Review Committee. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member.
Research Section Member. Society of Critical Care Medicine. Committee Member.
2016, 2018, 2019 Presidential Citation Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine.
2017 Fellow American Academy of Nursing.
2016 Critical Care Nurse of the Year, March of Dimes, Ohio Chapter.
2016 Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence, Society of Critical Care Medicine.
2015 Fellow American College of Critical Care Medicine.