Profile

Sandra Plach, PhD, RN

Associate Professor Emerita

Education

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BSN, Carroll Columbia College, School of Nursing, Waukesha, WI
Diploma, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Oshkosh, WI

Education

Ph D Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MSN Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BSN Nursing, Carroll Columbia College
Other, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

Awards & Honors

Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award
2009

Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award
2008

Nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards
2007

Current Research

  1. A Model of Subjective Symptom Experience: Women Living with HIV/AIDS
    Manuscript under development
    Collaborators: Buseh, Aaron G; Plach, Sandra K; Stevens, Patricia
  2. Center for Enhancement of Self-Management in Individuals and Families Research Project: Patient-Centered Intervention to Improve Symptom Management in Older Heart Failure Patients
    The purpose of this research project is to test the feasibility of HEART-IRIS, an innovative, individualized, representational intervention to improve symptom self-management in older HF patients. A two-group, repeated measures experimental design will be used, with random assignment of 60 men and women to the HEART-IRIS group or the Wait-List Control group.
    Collaborators: Plach, Sandra K; Heidrich
  3. Subjective Illness Experience Narratives: Enhancing Understanding of Women Living with HIV Infection
    Manuscript
    Collaborators: Buseh, Aaron G; Plach, Sandra K; Stevens, Patricia

Intellectual Contributions

  1. Sandra K Plach, (2008) Psychological well-being in women with heart failure: Can social roles make a difference?, Health Care for Women International, 29(54-75),
  2. K Tauscheck,  Sandra K Plach,  S Besag,  (2007) A nursing-driven strategy to optimize patient outcomes: Spinal clearance in the surgical intensive care, Critical Care Nurse, 27(2), 90
  3. Sandra K Plach,  M Paulson-Conger,  (2007) Demystifying the research process with participatory learning: A taste of research, Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 23 45-48
  4. Sandra K Plach,  S.M. Heidrich,  L Jeske,  (2006) Fatigue representations in women with heart failure, Research in Nursing and Health, 29 452-464
  5. Sandra K Plach,  S Heidrich,  (2006) Psychological well-being in women with heart failure: Can social roles make a difference?, The Gerontologist, 46(1), 419
  6. Sandra K Plach,  Patricia Stevens,  S.M. Heidrich,  (2006) Social roles and health in women living with HIV/AIDS: A pilot study, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 17(2), 58-64

Presentations

  1. Patient-centered intervention: Symptom management in older heart patients
    Event: Second Annual Undergraduate Research (SURF) Symposium
    Presenters: Sandra K Plach,  Susan M. Heidrich,  Ako Hasegawa
    May 2010
  2. Patient-centered intervention: Symptom management in older heart patients
    Event: Twelfth Annual Building Bridges Nursing Practice
    Presenters: Sandra K Plach,  Susan M. Heidrich
    May 2010
  3. A process improvement initiative for certified nursing assistants caring for patients with heart failure
    Event: Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice: Enhancing Care Outcomes
    Presenters: Dawn A. Schmidt,  Sandra K Plach
    May 2009
  4. Women’s perceptions of the cause of their heart failure
    Event: Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice: Enhancing Care Outcomes
    Presenters: Sharron Coffie,  Sandra K Plach
    May 2009
  5. Patient-centered intervention: Symptom management in older heart failure patients (study in progress).
    Event: Inaugural Undergraduate Research (SURF) Symposium
    Presenters: Sandra K Plach,  Susan M. Heidrich,  Jacque Conarchy
    May 2009
  6. Influence of anxiety on social role experiences of women with chronic heart failure
    Event: Resilience in an Aging Society: Risks and Opportunities. 61st Annual Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting
    Presenter: Sandra K Plach
    November 2008
  7. Social role quality, physical health, and well-being in women after heart surgery.
    Event: Undergraduate Research Day, UWM College of Nursing
    Presenter: Sandra K Plach
    November 2008
  8. Social role quality, physical health, and well-being in women with rheumatoid arthritis
    Event: Undergraduate Research Day, UWM College of Nursing
    Presenter: Sandra K Plach
    November 2008
  9. Enhancing self-care for patients with diabetes mellitus: A process improvement project
    Event: Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice: Enhancing Care Outcomes” Tenth Annual Southeast Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference
    Presenters: Fox,  Sandra K Plach
    May 2008
  10. Patient-centered intervention: Symptom management in older heart failure patients (study in progress)
    Event: Inaugural Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Presenters: Sandra K Plach,  S.M Heidrich
    April 2008
  11. A family focused approach to end of life care and withdrawal of life support in an intensive care setting
    Event: Quest for Quality 2007: Maximizing the Patient Experience Through Safety, Innovation, and Patient Education Mayo Clinic
    Presenters: A.M. Putzer,  Sandra K Plach
    October 2007
  12. A nursing-driven strategy to optimize patient outcomes: Spinal clearance in the surgical intensive care
    Event: National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    Presenters: K Tauscheck,  Sandra K Plach,  S Besag
    May 2007
  13. A family focused approach to end of life care and withdrawal of life support in an intensive care setting
    Event: “Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice: Enhancing Care Outcomes” Ninth Annual Southeast Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference
    Presenters: A.M. Putzer,  Sandra K Plach
    May 2007
  14. Psychological well-being in women with heart failure: Can social roles make a difference?
    Event: “Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice: Enhancing Care Outcomes” Ninth Annual Southeast Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference
    Presenter: Sandra K Plach
    May 2007
  15. The impact of anxiety on social and health factors in women with heart failure
    Event: “Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice: Enhancing Care Outcomes” Ninth Annual Southeast Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference
    Presenters: M. St Clair,  Sandra K Plach
    May 2007
  16. Social role quality, physical health, and well-being in women after heart surgery
    Event: Undergraduate Research Day, UWM College of Nursing
    Presenter: Sandra K Plach
    November 2006
  17. Social role quality, physical health, and well-being in women with rheumatoid arthritis
    Event: Undergraduate Research Day, UWM College of Nursing
    Presenter: Sandra K Plach
    November 2006
  18. Psychological well-being in women with heart failure: Can social roles make a difference?
    Event: “Education and the Gerontological Imagination” 59th Annual Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting
    Presenters: Sandra K Plach,  S.M. Heidrich
    November 2006