Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Director, Innovation and Evaluation
Room 4170 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 936-3683
Fax: (734) 647-2416


  • Missed nursing care
  • Nursing teamwork
  • Nurse staffing
  • International nursing

Dr. Kalisch has conducted numerous research studies including an analysis of images of nurses, a comparison of the work environment of hospitals, an analysis of nursing news, the image of the nurse on the World Wide Web, a study of the impact of U.S. federal funds on nursing education and practice, and a study of nurse recruitment practices in hospitals etc. Her current research centers on missed nursing care (standard nursing care that it not being completed) and nursing teamwork. She is conducting an intervention to increase teamwork and decreased missed nursing care utilizing a train the trainer approach. She has authored nine books, including The Evolving Image of the Nurse, The Advance of American Nursing, Nurses on Television, and The Politics of Nursing, and edited a series of monographs on nursing management. She has published over 140 articles in such journals as Medical Care, The Joint Commission Journal on Patient Safety, Health Care Management Review,  The American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Healthcare Management, Nursing Research, Nursing Outlook, Journal of Healthcare Management, American Journal of Medical Quality, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, and Journal of Advanced Nursing. She has made over 900 presentations throughout the world including China, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Japan, Lebanon, Singapore, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Denmark, Equator, Italy  and England. Dr. Kalisch is listed in numerous bibliographies such as Who’s Who in America and she is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She serves as a member as well as leader in numerous local, state and national advisory committees addressing health policy and nursing issues. Dr. Kalisch has been the recipient of many awards including distinguished alumnae at both the University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska and the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Researcher award.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • A study of an intervention to increase nursing teamwork and decrease missed nursing care, Blue Cross Foundation of Michigan; Principal Investigator


Dr. Kalisch teaches courses on nursing systems and policy at the gradiate level.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member, American Nurses’ Association
  • Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Member, Michigan Association of Nurse Executives
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • Member, American Management Association
  • Member. American Academy of Management
  • Member, Academy Health
  • Member, Council on Graduate Education fro Administration in Nursing (CGEAN)

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Titus Distinguished Professor of Nursing, 1977-present
  • American Academy of Nursing, Media Award for GEM Nursing Program, November 2005
  • Award for GEM Nursing Program, Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, March 2006
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Mentor Award, 2006
  • Recipient Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, April 2009
  • Recipient of the Nurse Researcher Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2013


  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1970
  • MS, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1967
  • BSN, University of Nebraska, 1965

Publication Highlights

  • Kalisch, B, Dabney, B, and Lee, SooHee. (in press April, 2013) The Safety of Mobilizing Hospitalized Adults: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Nursing Care Quality

  • Friese, C., Kalisch, B. and Lee K. (in press). Missed Nursing Care in Inpatient Oncology Units. Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care

  • Kalisch, B. Labelle A, and Xie, B. (in press for January, 2013). Nursing teamwork and time to respond to call lights: An exploratory study. Latin American Journal of Nursing.

  • Kalisch, B. and Lee, K. (2012). Staffing and job satisfaction: Nurses and nursing assistants. Journal of Nursing Management.

  • Kalisch, B. and Lee, K. (2012). Missed nursing care: Magnet versus non-Magnet Hospitals. Nursing Outlook. 60, 32-39.

  • Kalisch, B. and Schoville R. (2012). It takes a team. The American Journal of Nursing. 112(10):50-54

  • Kalisch, B. and Lee, K. (2012). Congruence of perceptions among nursing leaders and staff regarding missed nursing care and teamwork. Journal of Nursing Administration.42 (10):473-477.

  • Kalisch, B., Mclaughlin, P. and Dabney, B. (2012). Patients perceptions of missed nursing care. Joint Commission Journal on Patient Safety, 38(4), 161-167.

  • Kalisch, B., Gosselin, A. and Choi, S. (2012). A comparison of patient care units with high versus low levels of missed nursing care. Health Care Management Review. 37(4)

  • Kalisch, B., Terzioglu, F. and Duygulu, S. (2012). The MISSCARE SURVEY-Turkish: Psychometric Properties and Findings. Nursing Economics, 30(1): 29-37.

  • Kalisch, B., Tschannen, D. and Lee, K. (2012). Missed nursing care, staffing, and patient falls. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 27(1): 6-12.

  • Kalisch, B., Friese, C., Choi, S. and Rochman, M. (2011). Hospital nurse staffing: Choice of measure matters, Medical Care, 49(8), 775-779.

  • Kalisch, B., Tschannen, D. and Lee, H. (2011). Does missed nursing care predict job satisfaction? Journal of Healthcare Management, 56(2): 117-134.

  • Kalisch, B., Tschannen, D., Lee, H. and Friese, C. (2011). Hospital variation in missed nursing care. American Journal of Medical Quality, 26(4): 291-299.

  • Kalisch, B., Tschannen, D. and Lee, K. (2011). Do staffing levels predict missed nursing care? International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 23(3): 1-7.

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