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Martha A. Abshire, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Martha Abshire
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Martha Abshire has been a nurse and nursing educator focused on the development of research in the advanced heart failure population. Her clinical experience in cardiac and critical care has been the foundation of her teaching and research. Her Johns Hopkins School of Nursing PhD dissertation, "Physiological and Psychological Stress among Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients," was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Heart Failure Society of America. Dr. Abshire has been a leader in the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Doctoral Student Organization. She has published in multidisciplinary journals, developing national and international collaborations, and has presented her work at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and the Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Health and Lung Transplant annual meetings. She plans to continue her work by using longitudinal methods to understand symptom burden, stress, and resiliency in the advanced heart failure population with the hope of developing interventions to meet these needs.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Heart failure, stress and coping, left ventricular assist devices, shared decision making, palliative care

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  • Publications
    Abshire, M., Dinglas, V. D., Cajita, M. I. A., Eakin, M. N., Needham, D. M., & Dennison Himmelfarb, C. Participant retention practices in longitudinal clinical research studies with high retention rates. BMC Medical Research Methodology (in press).

    Casida, J. M., Wu, H. S., Abshire, M., Ghosh, B., & Yang, J. J. (2016). Cognition and adherence are self-management factors predicting the quality of life of adults living with a left ventricular assist device. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 36(3), 325-330.

    Abshire, M., Prichard, R., Cajita, M., DiGiacomo, M., & Himmelfarb, C. D. (2016). Adaptation and coping in patients living with an LVAD: A metasynthesis. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 45(5), 397-405.

    Abshire, M., Xu, J., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., Davidson, P. M., Sulmasy, D., Kub, J., Hughes, M., & Nolan, M. (2015). Symptoms and fear in patients with heart failure approaching end of life: A mixed methods study. Journal of Clinical Nursing 24(21-22), 3215-3223.

    Abshire, M., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., & Russell, S. D. (2014). Functional status in left ventricular assist device–supported patients: A literature review. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 20(12), 973-983
  • Research
    • Heart failure
    • Stress and coping
    • Left ventricular assist devices
    • Shared decision making
    • Palliative care
  • Awards and Honors
    2016 Nursing Research Award, 2nd place, and Travel Award, HFSA
    2015-2016 Margaret Tyson Scholarship, Nurses Educational Funds
    2014-2015 President, Doctoral Student Organization, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing