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Brenda Swanson-Biearman

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Science
Physician Assistant Studies

Rangos 421AA
Phone: 412.396.2381
swansonbiearmab@duq.edu

Education:

DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Waynesburg University
MPH, Master of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
RN, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Carlow University
BIO

Dr. Brenda Swanson-Biearman holds a BSN from Carlow University, an MPH (Epidemiology) from the University of Pittsburgh and was NIH training fellow in aging, and a DNP from Waynesburg University. She was the Distance Education Coordinator in the Graduate and Professional Studies programs at Waynesburg University. She was an assistant professor and research coordinator in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies for seven years at Chatham University. She served on various committees and chaired the Institutional Review Board. She has over 17 years of clinical experience in pediatric endocrinology, critical care and toxicology and has authored several publications, textbooks, and is a grant reviewer for the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Dr. Swanson-Biearman has been involved with simulation while at Chatham University and at Waynesburg University and studied use of simulation with physical therapy students. Additionally, she has taught online healthcare statistics and consults with faculty in developing distance education courses. She has been a committee member on several doctoral dissertation/capstone committees. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Holistic Nursing.

She teaches primarily in the Master's Project courses, simulation and ACM courses. Dr. Swanson-Biearman is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

Publications

Improving the patient's experience with a multimodal quiet-at-night initiative. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 32(2) April 2017. Wilson C, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B. (also developed for CE credits)
Impact of a planned workflow change: Super track improves quality and service for low-acuity patients at an inner-city hospital. Bonalumi NM, Bhattacharya A, Edwards C, Fasnacht A, Mazzone LA, Stephens K, Whiteman K, Swanson-Biearman B. J Emerg Nurs 2016 Apr 29. Epub 2016 Apr 29.

Cardiac medicine thirty-day readmission strategies: does improving discharge transitions decrease readmission? MEDSURG Nursing. August 2016.House M, Whiteman K, Stephens K, Swanson-Biearman B.

Obtaining a sexual history: understanding nontraditional terminology utilized by men who have sex with men. The Clinician Advisor. September 02, 2015. D'Acunto K, Swanson-Biearman B. (Clinical feature)

Neurologic manifestations of primary Sjӧgren's syndrome: More common than we think? Hayne J, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000471289.18232.66

A case of late onset bipolar illness without cognitive deficits on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Gerek C,Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015.

Neurologic manifestations of primary Sjӧgren's syndrome: More common than we think? Hayne J, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000471289.18232.66

Auriculotemporal syndrome: A case study. Jackson J, Swanson-Biearman B. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 28 (11):1, November 2015.

A review of barriers to effective asthma management in Puerto Ricans: Cultural, healthcare system and pharmacogenomic issues. Alicea-Alvarez N, Swanson-Biearman B, Kelsen S. Journal of Asthma. February 2014, Vol. 51, No. 1, Pages 97-105 (doi:10.3109/02770903.2013.845205)

Examining wellness in a problem based learning physician assistant studies curriculum.   Laird J, Hawkins S, Hertweck M, Swanson-Biearman B.   The Journal of Physician Assistant Education. (17) 4. 2007. pp. 5-11.

Backyard mushroom  ingestions: no gastrointestinal decontamination--no effect. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. Journal of Emergency Medicine (33) 4. 2007. pp. 381-383.

Wexler, P.  Encyclopedia of Toxicology. (contributing author). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Science Publishing 2005.

Wexler, P.  Encyclopedia of Toxicology. (contributing author).  Boston:  Academic Press; 1998.



Presentations

The Role of Combined Liver-Kidney Transplantation in the Treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1
Dongilli, G. Swanson-Biearman B, Freeman M. Poster 2013 AAPA National Conference, Washington DC May 2013

Capgras Syndrome in a 47 year old Caucasian Female with Paranoid Schizophrenia
Dunning L, Swanson-Biearman B, Freeman M. Poster 2013 AAPA National Conference, Washington DC May 2013

The Management of a Patient with Gender Identity Disorder in a Correctional Institution Setting
Semroc, S, Swanson-Biearman B, Freeman M. Poster 2013 AAPA National Conference, Washington DC May 2013

 The use of Botulinum Toxin Type A to relieve chronic constipation. Barlow M, Swanson-Biearman B. Presented at AAPA, May 2012 Assembly Toronto, CN

The use of human patient simulators in acute care physical therapy education.  Geyer MJ, Swanson-Biearman B.  Presented CSM/APTA Meeting.  Nashville, TN February 2008. 

Backyard mushroom  ingestions: no gastrointestinal decontamination--no effect. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. Journal of Emergency Medicine (33) 4. 2007. pp. 381-383.

Creating a self-scheduling process for clinical education: Increasing student satisfaction and promoting self-directed learning. Freeman, M.  Swanson-Biearman, B.  Accepted to PAEA for October 2006 conference Quebec City, CN

Examining wellness in a problem based learning physician assistant studies curriculum. Laird J, Hawkins S, Hertweck M, Swanson-Biearman B. Presented at PAEA October 2006 conference Quebec City, CN

Self scheduling of clinical sites: Empowering the adult learner.  Swanson-Biearman B, Freeman M, Marcieski B, Koval V.  Presented at APAP in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2005.

Backyard mushroom  ingestions: no gastrointestinal decontamination--no effect. Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP.   Presented at NAACT in Seattle, WA September 2004

Incorporating bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction education and related community service into physician assistant curriculum.  Biearman B,Freeman M, Allison LE.  Presented at APAP, Oct 2003 Phoenix, AZ.

Problem-based public health curriculum via the internet.  Allison LA, Biearman B.  Presented at APAP, Oct 2003 Phoenix, AZ

Public health problems and web-based education.  Allison LA, Stadtmiller D, Swanson-Biearman B.  Presented at AAPA, May 2002 Assembly Boston, MA

Chatham College Public Health Cooperative for PA Education.   Swanson-Biearman B, Brich KT, Allison LA.  Presented at PSPA Jan 2001.

Pediatric exposures to phentermine.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol Aug 2000. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tucson, AZ September 2000.

Delayed life-threatening reaction to anthrax vaccine.  Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol - 01-Jan-2001; 39(1): 81-4.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; LaJolla, CA October 1999.

Nystagmus secondary to fomepizole administration in a pediatric patient.  Swanson-Biearman B, Benitez JG, Dice J, Cortes-Belen E, Akhtar J, Krenzelok EP. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol - 01-Jan-2000; 38(7): 795-8.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Orlando, FL September 1998.

The value of a MSDS as measured in readability.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP,   International Congress of Clinical Toxicology.  New York, NY  September 16-19, 1993

Accuracy of medication dispensing cup use: a controlled trial.  Swanson-Biearman B, Mrvos R, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. (abs) Vet Hum Toxicol.  1992 Aug 34(4):324. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tampa, FL,  September 1992.

Medication dispensing cups: another potential poisoning opportunity.  Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  (abs)  Vet Hum Toxicol.  1992 Aug 34(4):324. Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tampa, FL,  September 1992.

Failure of whole bowel irrigation to decontaminate the GI tract following massive jequirity bean ingestion.  Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  (abs)  Vet Hum Toxicol. 1992 Aug 34(4):352.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Tampa, FL,  September 1992.

Air bags: lifesaving with toxic potential?  Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  Am J Emerg Med.  1993 Jan 11(1): 38-9.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly; Toronto, Canada September 1991.

Successful donation and transplantation of multiple organs from a victim of cyanide poisoning.  Swanson-Biearman B, Krenzelok EP.  J Toxicol Clin Toxicol.  1993;31(1):95-9.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Toronto, Canada  September 1991.

Contaminant identification: the importance of thorough interviewing techniques.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  Vet Hum Toxicol. 1991 Dec; 33(6):611-2.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Tucson, AZ  September 1990.

Acute phenolphthalein ingestion in children. A retrospective review.  Mrvos R, Swanson-Biearman B, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  J Pediatr Health Care. 1991 May-Jun; 5(3):147-51.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Tucson, AZ  September 1990.

Critical care nurse's knowledge about drugs in toxicology.  Swanson-Biearman B, Mrvos R, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP.  (abs)  Vet Hum Toxicol 1990 Aug;32(4):378.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Tucson, AZ  September 1990.

The effects of penicillin and cephalosporin ingestions in children less than six years of age. Swanson-Biearman B, Lopez G, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. Vet Hum Toxicol.  1988 Feb; 30(1):66-7.  Presented at the NACCT Scientific Assembly, Vancouver, BC  October 1987. 

Professional Affliliations

Registered Nurse; State of Pennsylvania-licensure maintained. License number upon request

Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)- current member and volunteer healthcare professional for disaster

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.  Induction April 2008

 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (2008-current)

Courses

PHY540 Masters Independent Research; application of principles of medical research, evidence based practice in fifth year physician assistant students' research papers.

PHY 501, 501, 520 Clin Med Lab I, II, III

PHY301 Healthcare and the Law

PHY101 Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession and Medical Terminology

Assist in clinical laboratory instruction of fourth year students

Simulation Lab faculty