Mary Wheeler, MSN, RN

Faculty Lecturer
Office: NB 416
Phone: 256-824-4931
Email: Mary.Wheeler@uah.edu

Education

  • MSN, East Carolina University
  • BSN, University of Virginia

Professional Certifications

  • ACHPN- Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse

Clinical Expertise

  • Pain management
  • Palliative care
  • Hospice care

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR 310, Clinical

Service Activities

  • Volunteer Driver, Meals on Wheels

Publications and Presentations

Presentations: International Teaching

  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Graham G, Stjernsward J. WHO Demonstration Project, Palliative Care in Amman, Jordan. March 2004.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS. WHO Demonstration Project, Palliative Care in Amman, Jordan. December 2004.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Buckholz G, Bower K, O'Mary S, Stjernsward J. WHO Demonstration Project, Palliative Care in Amman, Jordan. March 2005.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Stjernsward J. WHO Demonstration Project, Palliative Care in Ulaanbaater, Mongolia. April 2006.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Yang H. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Amman, Jordan. February 2007.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Yang H. WHO Demonstration Project, Palliative Care in Tbilisi, Georgia. April 2007.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Moore S, Stoneberg J. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 9-October 19, 2008.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Yang H, Moore S, Spurgeon D. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Kiev, Ukraine. October 30-Nov 21, 2008.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Amman Jordan. March 2009.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, vonGunten C, Roeland E, Lundsrom S. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Ljubljana, Slovenia. May 9-May 18, 2009.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Moore S, Pirello R, Bodke, S. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Kiev, Ukraine, May 18-June 4, 2010.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler, MS, Yang, H, Morrison K, Patel A. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Tbilisi, Georgia, January 18-February 6, 2011.
  • Ferris FD, Moore S, Wheeler MS, Von Roehn J, Pirello R, Nguyen T. Education in Palliative and End of Life Care, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, Feb 23, 2011-March 5, 2011.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS, Pirello R, Skavinski K, Schrek-Senasac S. Palliative Care Principles in Practice, Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec 5-Dec 9, 2011.
  • Ferris FD, Moore, S, Wheeler MS, Von Roehn J, Pirello R, Skavinski K, Schrek-Senasac S. MECC Introductory Course in Palliative Care, Antalya, Turkey, Dec 13-Dec 16, 2011.

Other Presentations

  • Wheeler MS. "Pain Management and the PCA." Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Naval Reserve Unit 107 July 1988.
  • Wheeler MS. "Pain Assessment and Management." Onslow County Hospital, Jacksonville, NC. April 1992.
  • Wheeler MS. "Pain Assessment and Management." Naval Hospital Beaufort, Beaufort, SC. June 1992.
  • Wheeler MS. "The Effectiveness of Imagery on the Exercise of Self-Care Agency and Pain Relief." Poster presentation at the Shea-Arentzen Nursing Symposium, San Diego, CA. March 1993.
  • Cheung AHS, Wheeler MS, Limm WML, Wong LL. "A Comparison of En-Bloc vs In-Situ Techniques in Multiple Organ Procurement." Pacific Northwest Transplant Society Western Association of Transplant Surgeons Meeting, Seattle, WA. February 1996.
  • Wheeler MS, Alden DL, Cheung AHS. "A Pilot Study: Cultural Beliefs and Attitudes of Asian Americans Toward Organ Donation." Poster presentation: Surfing the Tsunami of Change: Research Based Practice for the 21st Century. Honolulu HI, February 1996.
  • Wheeler MS. "Trends in Pain Management." American Healthcare Institute High Acuity Medical/Surgical Nursing Conference, Washington D.C. October 1997.
  • Wheeler MS. "Conscious Sedation: Nursing Perspectives and Responsibilities." American Healthcare Institute, Washington D.C. November 1998.
  • Wheeler MS. "Current Approaches to Pain Management." Maryland Nurses Association 96th Annual Convention, Bethesda, MD. October 1999.
  • Wheeler MS, Booth J. "Palliative Care: A Continuum of Services." Perspectives on End-of-Life Care: Past, Present and Future. October 1999.
  • Wheeler MS. "Return to Nursing: Pain Management." University of Virginia Continuing Education program. November 1999.
  • Arenella C, Ingham J, Wheeler MS. "Providing Optimum Pain Management at End-of-Life: Issues and Solutions." Access and Quality in End-of-Life Care, Falls Church, VA. September 2000.
  • Wheeler MS. "Return to Nursing: Pain Management." University of Virginia Continuing Education program. November 2000.
  • Bernstein S, Wheeler, MS, Carroll T. "Pain Train-the-Trainer Course." National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD. March 2001
  • Wheeler MS. "Controlling Pain During the Cancer Journey." American Cancer Society 45th Annual Northern Virginia Nurses' Institute. March 2001.
  • Wheeler MS, Williams M. "Prospective Dying: Palliative and End-of-Life Care." National Association for Home Care 2001 National Policy Conference, Washington, D.C. March 2001.
  • Arenella C, Wheeler MS. Chemotherapy and Hospice. "An Analysis of a Pilot Program." 3rd Joint Clinical Conference on Hospice and Palliative Care. March 2002
  • Friedman L, Wheeler MS. "Geriatric Pain Management." The Washington D.C. Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium, Professional Development Program. October 2002.
  • Persson K, Thompson A, Wheeler MS. "The Management of Anxiety, Agitation and Delirium." Vexing Challenges in Palliative Care, Falls Church, VA. October 2002.
  • Wheeler MS. Pain 101. Prince Scholars Program. D.C. Partnership to Improve End-of-Life Care. Washington, D.C. Oct 2002.
  • Cline D, Lane MP, Muir C, Wheeler MS. "Malignant Bowel Obstruction." The Human Face of Palliative Care. Falls Church, VA. October 2003
  • Wheeler M, Etheridge E. "International Experience in Palliative Care." The Art and Science of Palliative Care. Falls Church, VA. October 2004.
  • Ferris FD, Stjernsward J, Al Khateib A, Wheeler MS. Jordan pain relief and palliative care initiative. European Journal of Palliative Care, April 2005:60. (Abstract 285 of Posters at the 9th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)).
  • Wheeler MS. Addressing Concerns of Families and Caregivers. Carilion Health System Annual Ethics Conference "Ethical Issues in the Use of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration". Roanoke, VA. September 2005.
  • Muir JC, Wheeler MS. "Pain Management Update for Life Limiting Illness." 7th Annual Josephina Magno Conference. Falls Church, VA. Oct 2005.
  • Wheeler MS, Buckolz G, Bower K, O'Mary S, Ferris F. "Lessons Learned from an International Education Initiative." NHPCO 7th Clinical Team Conference and Scientific Symposium. San Diego, CA. April 2006.
  • Ferris FD, Wheeler MS. "Cultural Influences in Pain Management." 8th Annual Josephina Magno conference. Falls Church, VA. Oct 2006.
  • Wheeler, MS. "The Role of Hospice in Providing Support for the Terminally Ill." Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: The Biology of Aging Series. October 2007.
  • Wheeler, MS. "Palliative Care in Critical Care Units." Greater Washington Area Critical Care Consortium. July 2008.
  • Wheeler MS. Challenges and Goals of Palliative Care; Pain Assessment and Management. King Hussein 15th Annual International Symposium: Gastrointestinal Malignancies. Amman, Jordan. March 27-28, 2009.
  • Thompson A, Wheeler MS, Wingate S. Recognizing and Managing Pain in Patients with Heart Failure. Webinar for American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, September 10, 2009.
  • Wheeler MS, Babgi A. International Update. Quality of Life for the Children, 3rd Annual Pediatric Palliative Care Conference, Washington D.C. September 11-12, 2009.
  • Wheeler MS, Ferris FD. Crossing International Borders with Palliative Care. AAHPM & HPNA Annual Conference, Vancouver, CA. February 2011.

Publications

  • Cheung AHS, Wheeler MS, Fan FL, Limm WML, Wong LL, Pang RKS, Chinn HYH, Won LMF. 25 Years of Kidney Transplantation in Hawaii. Hawaii Medical Journal, 53(3): 64-68, 1994.
  • Limm WML, Wheeler MS, Ishimoto S, O'Friel M, Cheung AHS. The Need for Organ Donation in Hawaii. Hawaii Medical Journal, 53(3): 94-97, 1994.
  • Cheung AHS, Wheeler MS, Limm WML, Wong LL, Fan FL, Wong LMF. A Salvage Technique for Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter with Exit Site Infections. American Journal of Surgery, 170: 60-61, 1994.
  • Wheeler MS, O'Friel M, Cheung AHS. Cultural Beliefs of Asian-Americans as Barriers to Organ Donation. Journal of Transplant Coordination, 4(3): 146-150, 1994.
  • Wheeler MS, Cheung AHS. Minority Attitudes Toward Organ Donation. Critical Care Nurse 16(1): 30-35, 1996.
  • Cheung AHS, Wheeler MS, et al. Multi-Center Sestamibi Parathyroid Imaging Study in Hawaii. Hawaii Medical Journal, 56: 114-120, 1998.
  • Cheung AHS, Alden DL, Wheeler MS. Cultural Attitudes of Asian-Americans Toward Death Adversely Impact Organ Donation. Transplantation Proceedings, 30(7): 3609-3910, 1998.
  • Wheeler MS. Managing Cancer Pain for a Better Quality of Life. Coping, 40-41,May/June, 2000.
  • Williams MA, Wheeler MS. Palliative Care: What is It? Home Healthcare Nurse, 19(9):551-556, 2001.
  • Wheeler MS. Palliative Care Is More than Just Pain Management. Home Healthcare Nurse, 22(4); 250-255, 2004.
  • Wheeler MS. Wingate S. Managing Non-Cardiac Pain in Heart Failure Patients. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19(6S); S75-S83, 2004.
  • Wheeler MS. Delirium and Dementia at the End of Life. Medscape, Feb 2005. Highlights of the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly. www.medscape.com/viewprogram/3882?scr=search
  • Wheeler MS. Interviews with patients who have cancer and their family members provide insight for clinicians. Home Healthcare Nurse, 23(10); 642-646, 2005.
  • Ferris FD, Stjernsward J, Al Khateib A, Wheeler MS. Jordan pain relief and palliative care initiative. European Journal of Palliative Care. April 2005:60. (Abstract 285 of Poster at the 9th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).
  • Ferris FD, Bower KA, Wheeler MS, Al Khateib A, Treish I, Stjernsward J. Jordan pain relief and palliative care initiative. Journal of Palliative Care. 2005;21(3) Suppl:216. (Board 013, a Poster Presentation at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association National Conference, September 2005).
  • Ferris FD, Bower KA, Wheeler MS, Al-Khateib A, Treish I, Stjernsward J. Introducing palliative care in Jordan. Journal of Cancer Education 2005;20(3) Suppl:27. (Abstract 57, an Oral presentation at the American Association for Cancer Education Annual Meeting, September 2005).
  • Wheeler MS. Pain assessment and management in the patient with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Home Healthcare Nurse, 24(6); 354-359, 2006.
  • Wheeler MS. Pain assessment and management in the patient with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Helix Review Series: Dementia, 8(4); 16-20, 2006.
  • Ferris FD, Bower KA, Wheeler MS, Al Khateib A, Bushnaq M, Treish I, Stjernsward J. The Jordan Pain Relief and Palliative Care Initiative (poster). Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Assembly, Nashville, Tennessee, February 8-11, 2006.
  • Ferris FD, Bower KA, Wheeler MS, Bushnaq M, Abbas H, Al-Khateib A, Treish I, Stjernsward J. Introducing palliative care in Jordan. Abstract in Journal of Cancer Education, 2006;21(2) Supplement:13.
  • Muir JC, Wheeler MS, Carlson J, Littlefield NW. Multidimensional Patient Assessment. In Principles and Practices of Palliative Care and Supportive Oncology, 3rd edition. 2007. Eds. Ann M Berger, John L. Shuster, Jr, Jamie H. von Roenn. pp 507-516.
  • Davaasuren O, Stjernsward J, Callaway M, Tsetsegdary G, Hagan R, Govind S, Munkhdelger C, Ferris FD, Wheeler MS. Mongolia: Establishing a national palliative care program. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33(5); 568-572, 2007.
  • Stjernsward J, Ferris FD, Khleif SN, Jamous W, Treish IM, Milhem M, Bushnaq M, Al Khateib A, Shtiat MNA, Wheeler, MS, Alwan A. Jordan palliative care initiative: a WHO demonstration project. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33(5); 628-633, 2007.
  • Wingate SJ, Wheeler MS. Pain in Heart Failure Patients. Supportive Care in Heart Failure. 2008. James Beattie and Sarah Goodlin, eds. , Oxford University Press, pp 225-244.
  • Ferris FD, Stjernswärd J, Wheeler MS, Foley K, Callaway M. Assessing the Effectiveness of International Palliative Care Education Interventions using Standardized Competence and Knowledge Evaluations. European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) 5th Research Forum, Trondheim, Norway. Abstract in European J Palliative Care 2008; 15(3).
  • Wingate JF, Wheeler MS. Guest Editors, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, Spring 2009.

Research Grants

  • Alden DL, Cheung AHS, Wheeler MS. "Minority Organ Donation-Attitudes and Beliefs" 1994, George F. Straub Trust ($7,725), Honolulu, Hawaii.