Dr. Dawn Scheick, professor of nursing at Alderson Broaddus University, has had her research on the mindfulness to manage countertransference in the nurse-client relationship published in the March-April 2011 edition of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

The purpose of Dr. Scheick’s study was to evaluate whether her earlier instruction (in 2004) and use of a self-awareness development guide affected the self-control and sense of vibrant aliveness of students in a psychiatric nursing course. Scheick’s research determined that when nursing students grow in their ability to mindfully self-monitor they stand a better chance of managing not only countertransference in psychiatric nursing, but in other areas of nursing practice as well.

Dr. Scheick is a 1971 graduate of AB University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing; a 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health; and, a 2007 graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and a major concentration area in Nursing.  She is a full-professor of nursing at AB University and is board certified by the American Nurses Association as Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She also serves as the Chair of the Nursing Department at AB University.

Dr. Scheick has over 30 years of professional nursing experience.  She is an expert in the field of mental health and has published numerous articles in her field as well as a contributing author of several nursing publications.  She remains active in the area as a nurse psychotherapist and provides client counseling at the Barbour County Health Department Circle of Caring on a part-time basis.  She has presented professional presentations to various local, regional and national audiences.  She is a member of the National League for Nursing and the West Virginia League for Nursing.