Esther Chipps

Esther Chipps, PhD, RN

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Clinical Nurse Scientist and Director of Nursing Research, OSU Health System

Esther Chipps, PhD, RN is the Clinical Nurse Scientist and Director of Nursing Research at the Ohio State University Health System.  Dr. Chipps is responsible for directing the program of nursing research for the nursing staff.  In addition to facilitating the bedside clinical research projects of staff nurses and advance practice nursing staff, she is responsible for developing multidisciplinary research teams throughout the Health System.  Her specific research interests are focused in two areas:  developing evidenced-based oral care in hospitalized patients and clinician decision making related to the prevention of hospital errors.  Dr Chipps is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chief of Clinical Research Operations at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Areas of Expertise

Nursing Research 

Research Interests

Patient Safety

Oral Care in Hospitalized Patients


Journal Articles


  • Labardee, R.; Buck, J.; Coffey, R.; Dhakal, K. et al., 2020, "Describing the Challenges Faced by Newly Prepared DNP Graduates in the Acute Care Setting." Nurse Leader
  • Li, J.; Sommerich, C.; Chipps, E., 2020, "Lower Extremity Discomfort in Registered Nurses: Links to Nursing Unit Layout." Nurse Leader 18, no. 5, 430-438 - 430-438.
  • Neiman, E.; Austin, E.; Tan, A.; Anderson, C.M. et al., 2020, "Outcomes of Waterbirth in a US Hospital-Based Midwifery Practice: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Water Immersion During Labor and Birth.." J Midwifery Womens Health 65, no. 2, 216-223 - 216-223.


  • Ridge, A.; Johnson, M.R.; Chipps, E., 2019, Evaluating the Role of the Regulatory Writer. Clinical Researcher 33, no. 9,
  • Chipps, E.; Tucker, S.; Gallagher-Ford, L.; Melnyk, B.M., 2019, "The Electronic Health Record: A Friend or Foe of Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practice?." Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 16, no. 4, 252-254 - 252-254.
  • Albert, N.M.; Chipps, E.; Falkenberg Olson, A.C.; Hand, L.L. et al., 2019, "Fostering Academic-Clinical Research Partnerships.." J Nurs Adm 49, no. 5, 234-241 - 234-241.
  • Nelson-Brantley, H.V.; Jenkins, P.; Chipps, E., 2019, "Turning Health Systems Data Into Actionable Information.." J Nurs Adm 49, no. 4, 176-178 - 176-178.


  • Yen, P-Y.; Kellye, M.; Lopetegui, M.; Saha, A. et al., 2018, "Nurses' Time Allocation and Multitasking of Nursing Activities: A Time Motion Study.." AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2018, 1137-1146 - 1137-1146.
  • Tussing, T.E.; Brinkman, B.; Francis, D.; Hixon, B. et al., 2018, "The Impact of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse in a Hospital Setting.." J Nurs Adm 48, no. 12, 600-602 - 600-602.
  • Loversidge, J.; Yen, P-Y.; Chipps, E.; Gallagher-Ford, L. et al., 2018, "Top-of-License Nursing Practice, Part 2: Differentiating BSN and ADN Perceptions of Top-of-License Activities.." J Nurs Adm 48, no. 6, 329-334 - 329-334.
  • Buck, J.; Loversidge, J.; Chipps, E.; Gallagher-Ford, L. et al., 2018, "Top-of-License Nursing Practice: Describing Common Nursing Activities and Nurses' Experiences That Hinder Top-of-License Practice, Part 1.." J Nurs Adm 48, no. 5, 266-271 - 266-271.


  • Alwan, D.; Chipps, E.; Yen, P-Y.; Dungan, K., 2017, "Evaluation of the timing and coordination of prandial insulin administration in the hospital.." Diabetes Res Clin Pract 131, 18-32 - 18-32.
  • Sweet, M.; Armbruster, D.; Bainbridge, E.; Reiner, B. et al., 2017, "A Pilot Study of Responses to Suctioning Among Neonates on Bubble Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.." Adv Neonatal Care 17, no. 6, E3-E11 - E3-E11.
  • Chipps, E.; Nash, M.; Buck, J.; Vermillion, B., 2017, "Demystifying nursing Research at the Bedside.." Nursing management 48, no. 4, 28-35 - 28-35.
  • Patterson, E.S.; Sillars, D.M.; Staggers, N.; Chipps, E. et al., 2017, "Safe Practice Recommendations for the Use of Copy-Forward with Nursing Flow Sheets in Hospital Settings.." Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 43, no. 8, 375-385 - 375-385.
  • Blackburn, L.; Achor, S.; Allen, B.; Bauchmire, N. et al., 2017, "The Effect of Aromatherapy on Insomnia and Other Common Symptoms Among Patients With Acute Leukemia." Oncol Nurs Forum 44, no. 4, E185-E193 - E185-E193.
  • Sirilla, J.; Thompson, K.; Yamokoski, T.; Risser, M.D. et al., 2017, "Moral Distress in Nurses Providing Direct Patient Care at an Academic Medical Center.." Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 14, no. 2, 128-135 - 128-135.


  • Bejciy-Spring, S.; Vermillion, B.; Morgan, S.; Newton, C. et al., 2016, "Nurses' Attitudes Regarding the Safe Handling of Patients Who Are Morbidly Obese: Instrument Development and Psychometric Analysis.." J Nurs Meas 24, no. 3, 340-355 - 340-355.
  • Chipps, E.M.; Carr, M.; Kearney, R.; MacDermott, J. et al., 2016, "Outcomes of an Oral Care Protocol in Postmechanically Ventilated Patients.." Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 13, no. 2, 102-111 - 102-111.
  • Moore, V.; Allen, L.; Nash, M.G.; Buck, J. et al., 2016, "Exploring Nurses' Perception of Dynamic Patient Events.." J Nurs Adm 46, no. 2, 57-60 - 57-60.
  • Yen, P-Y.; Kelley, M.; Lopetegui, M.; Rosado, A.L. et al., 2016, "Understanding and Visualizing Multitasking and Task Switching Activities: A Time Motion Study to Capture Nursing Workflow.." AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2016, 1264-1273 - 1264-1273.


  • Zadvinskis, I.M.; Chipps, E.; Yen, P-Y., 2014, "Exploring nurses' confirmed expectations regarding health IT: a phenomenological study.." Int J Med Inform 83, no. 2, 89-98 - 89-98.
  • Chipps, E.; Gatens, C.; Gender, L.; Musto, M. et al., 2014, "Pilot Study of an Oral Care Protocol on Post-Stroke Survivors." Rehabilitation Nursing Journal 39, no. 6,


  • Chipps, E.; Stelmaschuk, S.; Albert, N.M.; Bernhard, L. et al., 2013, "Workplace bullying in the OR: Results of a descriptive study.." AORN J 98, no. 5, 479-493 - 479-493.
  • Mann, B.; Sweet, M.; Knupp, A.M.; Buck, J. et al., 2013, "Nasal continuous positive airway pressure: a multisite study of suctioning practices within NICUs.." Adv Neonatal Care 13, no. 2, E1-E9 - E1-E9.


  • Chipps, E.M.; McRury, M., 2012, "The development of an educational intervention to address workplace bullying: a pilot study.." J Nurses Staff Dev 28, no. 3, 94-98 - 94-98.


  • Kulisek, J.; Coffey, R.; Chipps, E., 2011, "Using Computer-Based Learning as a Method of Establishing Competency in the Care of High-Risk, Low-Volume Nursing Care." CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST 25, no. 3, 152-152 - 152-152.
  • Coffey, R.; Kulisek, J.; Tanda, R.; Chipps, E., 2011, "Impact of the implementation of an alcohol withdrawal guideline on patients with burn injuries.." Clin Nurse Spec 25, no. 6, 286-293 - 286-293.
  • Chipps, E.; Wills, C.E.; Tanda, R.; Patterson, E.S. et al., 2011, "Registered nurses' judgments of the classification and risk level of patient care errors.." J Nurs Care Qual 26, no. 4, 302-310 - 302-310.
  • Coffey, R.; Kulisek, J.; Chipps, E., 2011, "Early Recognition and Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome In Burn Patients: Impact of Nursing Care and Patient Outcomes Using New Clinical Guideline." CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST 25, no. 3, 144-145 - 144-145.
  • VonVisger, T.; Sood, N.; Chipps, E., 2011, "Clinical Nurse Specialist Influence on Safe Management of Hospitalized Pulmonary Hypertension Patients Requiring Prostac." CRITICAL CARE NURSE 31, no. 2, E20-E20 - E20-E20.


  • Salsberry, P.J.; Chipps, E.; Kennedy, C., 2005, "Use of general medical services among Medicaid patients with severe and persistent mental illness.." Psychiatr Serv 56, no. 4, 458-462 - 458-462.
  • Kennedy, C.; Salsberry, P.; Nickel, J.; Hunt, C. et al., 2005, "The burden of disease in those with serious mental and physical illnesses." Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 11, no. 1, 45-51 - 45-51.


  • Chipps, E.; Paulson, G., 1994, "Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a review.." J Neurosci Nurs 26, no. 4, 219-223 - 219-223.
  • Chipps, E.; Skinner, C., 1994, "Intravenous immunoglobulin: implications for use in the neurological patient.." J Neurosci Nurs 26, no. 1, 8-17 - 8-17.


  • Chipps, E., 1992, "Transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors.." Crit Care Nurse 12, no. 1, 30-39 - 30-39.


  • Chipps, E., 1991, "Myasthenia gravis: the patient in crisis.." Crit Care Nurse 11, no. 7, 18-26 - 18-26.


  • Zadvinskis, I.M.; Salsberry, P.J.; Chipps, E.M.; Patterson, E.S. et al., "An Exploration of Contributing Factors to Patient Safety.." J Nurs Care Qual 33, no. 2, 108-115 - 108-115.

Associated Programs

Master of Clinical Research