Aletha Rowlands PhD, RNFA, CNOR joined the West Virginia University School of Nursing faculty in August 2011. Dr. Rowlands has been a registered nurse for 32 years. She earned her BSN (1994) and MSN (1999) at the University of Virginia, School of Nursing. In 2011, she earned her PhD from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Science. Dr. Rowlands’ dissertation focused on identifying risk factors associated with a surgical count inaccuracy during surgery. Before coming to the WVU SON, she was a staff nurse in the operating room, educator for perioperative nursing, manager of the Thoracic-Cardio-Vascular Service in the operating room, and a hospital-wide educator for evidence-based practice and nursing research. At WVU SON, she holds a Clinical Associate faculty appointment.
Dr. Rowlands’ research centers on providing safe quality care for patients undergoing surgical intervention. Her current research has included replicating her dissertation work in identifying risk factors associated with surgical count inaccuracies. Additionally, Dr. Rowlands identified barriers (themes/concepts) in preventing occurrences of surgical count inaccuracies. Dr. Rowlands is currently the PI of a large grant focusing on improving patient outcomes of vulnerable acute care patients by providing team-based, patient-centered care for cardiovascular surgical patients in the operating room as well as older adult medical patients. In addition to her own research, Dr. Rowlands works with nurses at the hospital as they evaluate point-of-care delivery to determine if their practice is evidence-based. She also collaborates with hospital nurses who are interested in conducting their own clinical research.