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Research Publications


Hess, R.F., Gililland, J.L. & Ross, R. (submitted for publication). Fertility status and social pressure for pregnancy as predictors of depression among women in Mali Africa: A mixed methods study.

Hess, R.F. (online first 2014). Amish-initiated burn care project: Case report and lessons learned in participatory research. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, doi: 10.1177/1043659615613417

Wyss, L. & Hess, R. (Summer, 2014). Female crew leaders of migrant agricultural workers. Streamline, The Migrant Health News Source, 20, 2, 4-5.

Amish Burn Study Group, Kolacz, N., Jorach, M., Bear, M.L., Hess, R.F. (2014). The effects of burns & wounds (B&W)/ burdock leaf therapy on burn-injured Amish patients: A pilot study measuring pain levels, infection rates, and healing times. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 32 (4), 327-340. doi: 10.1177/0898010114525683

Hess, R. F. & Weinland, J.D. (2012). The life-changing impact of peripartum cardiomyopathy: An analysis of online postings. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 37 (4), 241-246.

MacLean, B., Hess, R.F., Bonvillian, E., Kamate, J., Dao, D., Cosimano, A., Hoy, S. (2012). Sero-prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen among pregnant women attending the Hospital for Women & Children in Koutiala, Mali. South African Medical Journal, 102(1), 47-49.

Hess, R. F. & Mbavu, M. (2010). HIV/AIDS fatalism, beliefs, prevention indicators in Gabon: Comparisons between Gabonese and Malians. African Journal of AIDS Research, 9 (2), 125-133.

Hess, R.F. & Weinland, J., Beebe, K. (2010). I am not alone. A survey of women participating in an online support group for peripartum cardiomyopathy. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 28(4), 215-221.

Hess, R.F., Weinland, J., Saalinger, N. (2010). Knowledge of female genital cutting and experience with women who are circumcised: A survey of nurse-midwives in the United States. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 55 (1), 46-54.

Hess, R.F. (2009). Healing after abortion. A search for forgiveness. Journal of Christian Nursing. 26(3), 154-158.

Beke-Harrigan, H., Hess, R., & Weinland, J.A. (2008). A survey of registered nurses’ readiness for evidence-based practice: A multidisciplinary project. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 8 (4), 440-448.

Hess, R.F. & McKinney D. (2007). Fatalism and HIV/AIDS beliefs in rural Mali, West Africa. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39 (2), 113-118.

Hess, R.F. (2007). Women’s stories of abortion in southern Gabon, Africa. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 18, 41-48.

Hess, R.F. (2006). Postabortion research: Ethical and methodological issues. Qualitative Health Research, 16(4), 580-587.

Hess, R.F. (2004). Dimensions of women’s long-term post abortion experience. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 29 (3), 193-198.

Ross, R., Warner Stidham, A. W., Saenyakul, P., & Creswell, J. W. (2015). Intimate partner violence, emotional support, and health outcomes among Thai women: A mixed methods study. Journal of the Royal Thai Army Nurses, 16(1), 14-24. [View PDF]

Ross, R. Saenyakul, P., & Kleman, C. (2015). A path analysis of intimate partner violence, depression, and the quality of life among Thai women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN, 44(s1), p. s57. (Proceedings of the 2015 AWHONN Convention)




Recent Selected Presentations


42nd Annual Transcultural Nursing Conference, Cincinnati, OH, October 2016, · Psychological distress among infertile women in Mali, West Africa. (Hess & Ross)

National Amish Burn Caregivers’ Meeting, August, 2016. Mt Hope, Ohio. · Burns & Wounds Ointment in Africa (Hess)

Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy Congress 2016, Las Vegas NV, February 2016. Weighing the Risk of Relapse into Cardiac Failure: Decision-Making for a Subsequent Pregnancy by Women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: A Qualitative Study. (Hess, Donnenwirth, & Ross)

Medical staff continuing education session. Hôpital Femmes et Enfants, Koutiala, Mali, February, 2016. Etude des Maladies Parodontaux et Les Prédicteurs des Issues Défavorables de la Grossesse. (Hess & Dembélé)

Healthcare Division, World Vision, Mali, Bamako, Mali, February, 2016. Excision Génitale Féminine Mali, Région Sikasso, 2008-2014. (Hess)

41st Transcultural Nursing Society conference, Portland, OR, October, 2015. Development and psychometric properties of the Social Pressure for Pregnancy scale (SPPS). (Ross & Hess)

41st Transcultural Nursing Society conference, Portland, OR, October, 2015. Predictors of comprehension of health promotion messages on roadside billboards in Mali, West Africa. (Hess & Ross)

Inaugural National Amish Health Conference. Mohican Conference Center, Perrysville, OH. April, 2015. Care of Burn-Injured Amish with B&W Burdock Leaf Therapy. Pain management during dressing changes. (Hess, Hershberger, & Bear)

38th Annual Midwest Nurses Research Society Research Conference, St. Louis, MO. March, 2014. Social pressure for pregnancy and fertility status as predictors of depressive symptoms among Malian women. (Hess & Ross)

3rd Biennial Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing and Nurses Christian Fellowship, June, 2012. Participatory Action Research among Amish of Central OH. Burn Care. (Hess, Hershberger, Bear, et al.)





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