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Faculty - Meridean L. Maas

Meridean L. Maas
Professor Emeritus

PhD in Sociology, Iowa State University
MA in Nursing, University of Iowa
BSN, University of Iowa

  • Nursing interventions for persons with dementia in nursing homes and their family caregivers
  • Classification testing of outcomes that are responsive to nursing interventions 

Meridean L. Maas, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, College of Nursing, the University of Iowa, received her doctorate in Sociology of Organizations from Iowa State University in 1979 and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1983. Prior to joining the faculty, she held a number of positions in hospitals and long-term care, including administrative and clinical practice roles. Dr. Maas' areas of scholarship and teaching are Nursing Administration and Gerontological Nursing. She is currently advisor for doctoral students in Nursing Administration and in Aging, and has sponsored nine Predoctoral Fellows and nine Postdoctoral Fellows funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the University of Iowa Center on Aging. She also advises master's students in administration and gerontology and has chaired numerous master's theses and projects. Dr. Maas has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and currently teaches courses for doctoral students. Her funded programs of research include: testing the effects of a Family Involvement in Care intervention on family members of institutionalized Alzheimer's patients, staff caregivers, and persons with AD, and Nursing Outcomes Classification research to develop, classify and validate patient outcomes that are sensitive to nursing interventions. Dr. Maas is currently conducting research with electronic clinical data, including standardized nursing data, to assess the cost effectiveness of nursing interventions on outcomes for older persons hospitalized with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

Dr. Maas is Co-Director of the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Co-Principal Investigator of the Iowa Geriatric Education Center grant funded by HRSA, Co-Director of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center (GNIRC) and Director of its Regional Research Training Core. She currently serves on four editorial boards and is a reviewer for five journals, has numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters in print, and has authored or edited several books. The second edition of Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions, and Outcomes for the Elderly was published by Mosby in January 2001. Dr. Maas received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at the University of Iowa in 1996/1997.

In recent years, Dr. Maas and colleague Dr. Janet Specht have developed entrepreneurial projects to provide needed nurse managed LTC options for elders.