Baylor University
Louise Herrington School of Nursing Undergraduate Program
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

Rebecca A. Phillips, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Education:
PhD University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
MS University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California
BSN Holy Names Colleges, Oakland, California
AA Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California
Diploma, California Hospital School of Nursing, Los Angeles, California

Contact Info:
Email: Rebecca_A_Phillips@baylor.edu
Office 3700 Worth Street, Office# 113 Wilma Bass Hall, Dallas, Texas 75246
Phone: 214.820.4190
Fax: 214.818.8692

Work and Education

Dr. Philips has taught at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing since 2011 as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor. Previous to Baylor, she worked at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as Coordinator of CNS Programs, was appointed to the Graduate Faculty and was an Assistant Professor. Her background also includes working as an Instructor of the RN-BSN Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing in San Antonio, Texas. Her professional certifications currently include Alumnus of the CCRN and Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider). She was also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Additionally, Dr. Philips has a wide array of nursing experience. She was a Consultant of Nursing Research & EBP at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano and in Grapevine, Texas and Director of Education and Research at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine. Previous to her work in Texas Dr. Philips gained experience at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia including: CNS Cardiac Surgery; Senior Nurse Bioterror MTF; Department Head of Heart-Lung & Vascular Care and Nurse Scientist, Surgical Services. She worked at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland as Manager, Adult ICU and Nurse Scientist, Nursing Resources. She was a Duty-Under-Instruction PhD at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She was also a Senior Flight Nurse with the Navy Support Facility of Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. Dr. Philips worked for many years California in San Diego, Palm Springs, San Jose and Burbank that included working for the Naval Medical Center as an Educator; Special Programs; CNS, Critical Care and Charge Nurse, Adult ICU. She was a CNS, Critical Care-Trauma for Northridge Medical Center; Manager, Imaging Center and Cardiac Nurse for Heart Institute of the Desert. Working in San Jose she was: Staff Nurse for Satellite Dialysis Company; Staff Nurse, Adult ICU, O’Connor Hospital; Staff Nurse, Adult CVICU, Good Samaritan Hospital; Staff Nurse and Adult CCIM, San Jose Hospital. In Burbank she worked as a Staff Nurse, ICU and Telemetry at Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Committees
Sharing her time and talents, Dr. Philips has served on many revered committees both for the University and others. Through the DNP Capstone Project Committee she was Chair, Capstone Committee on Perinatal Death. Her involvement has included: current member and previous co-chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee; current member of the Continuing Nursing Education Committee and previously the Research Committee; Faculty Advisor, FastBacc Class; member of the Taskforce on HESI. Through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing her committee participation included: member of University of Oklahoma Faculty Awards Committee; Chair, Graduate Faculty Committee; member, Dean’s Advisory Council; member, Graduate Faculty Committee and member, Faculty Committee. She also served on many of the School of Nursing Comprehensive Exam Committees, additional teaching assignments for both Baylor and OU. She also attended many significant workshops and institutes and was selected for a variety of continuing education programs.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Philips has been recognized for her expertise over the years with many distinguished honors and awards. She was inducted into Great 100 Nurses of DFW Metroplex in 2011. She was also honored as Nurse Scholar of the Year in 2007 by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center School of Nursing Academic Year. She was selected for Who’s Who in American Nursing; membership in the Society of Critical Care Medicine and in Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

She was the recipient of the American Nurses Foundation-Southern Nurses Research Society Scholar Grant Award. Her awards also include: first place for a Graduate Student Poster Award with Southern Research Society; recipient of Mended Hearts Association of San Antonio Scholarship; two-time recipient of Nurses Traineeship Grant and recipient of the Swedish American Ladies Club Academic Scholarship.

Professional Activities and Community

She is currently a Reviewer for Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award and a Reviewer for the Journal of Post Anethesia Nursing. Previously she was a Reviewer, Biological Research in Nursing; Presentation Abstract Reviewer and a Poster Judge for the Annual Magnet Conference and Academic Chapter Reviews Prentice Hall.

Dr. Philips is involved in her local community through professional memberships in various organizations and associations. Currently, she is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and American Association of Critical Care Nursing. In addition she volunteers for the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry. She has also been part of the Oklahoma Nurses Association; Oklahoma Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She has also been active in the Southern Nursing Research Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Research, Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Funded Research

2010-“Thermoregulatory Responses to Warm Heart Surgery

Principal Investigator-Baylor Health Care System Nursing Research Award, $5000/1 year

 

2000-“Proinflammatory Effects of Heat Stress in Exercising Marines

Principal Investigator-Tri service Nursing Research Program, $225,000/2 years

 

1997-“Mechanisms of Shivering after Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Principal Investigator-American Nurses Foundation-Southern Nursing Research Society, $3,500/1 year


1996-“Patterns of Interleukin-1B Release after Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Principal Investigator-Delta Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society, $1,500/1 year

Other Non-Funded Research Projects

2012-2013-“Cooksey Post Obstetrical Delivery Fall Risk Assessment: An Instrumentation Study"

Principal Investigator-BRMC@Grapevine


2010-“Hypothermic Therapy Post Ventricular Fibrillation Induced Cardiac Arrest: A Retrospective Chart Review”

Principal Investigator-BRMC @Grapevine


2010-“Core Temperature Patterns in Patients Undergoing Warm Heart Surgery: A Retrospective Chart Review”

2002-“The Effects of Continuous Postoperative Local Anesthetic Wound Infiltration in Hysterectomy Patients"

Associate Investigator; P.I. CAPT Harpeet Brar, MC, USN-General Surgery NMC Portsmouth, VA

2002-“Factors Associated with Retention of Navy Nurses: Phase I Instrumentation Study”

On-Site Principal Investigator for Multi-Site Study; P.I. LT George Zangaro, NC, USN-Doctoral Candidate; NNMC Bethesda, MD

2002-“Effects of Postoperative Autotransfusion on Maximum Temperature and WBC Values of Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients”

Associate Investigator; P. I. LCDR Maryann Mattonen, NC, USN-MSN Orthopedics, NMC Portsmouth, VA

 

1998-“Thermoregulatory and Inflammatory Mechanisms of Shivering after Cardiopulmonary

Bypass in Cardiac Surgery Patients

Principal Investigator-Dissertation, UTHSCSA

 

1997-“Effect of Heat Distribution on Shivering in Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Patients

Principal investigator-Project UTHSCSA

 

1996-“Shivering Severity Instrument: Reliability and Validity Assessment”

Principal Investigator-Project UTHSCSA

1995-“Shivering Effects on Left Ventricular Performance and Mixed Venous Oxygen Saturation in Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Patients”

Principal Investigator-Project UTHSCSA

 

1995-“Febrile Symptom Management in Persons Living with AIDS

Team Member on NIH/NINR funded study-$299,617 PI: Dr. Barbara J. Holtzclaw


1994-“Tympanic Membrane Thermometry: Reliability, Validity and Precision

Team Member, PI: Dr. Barbara J. Holtzclaw, Ph.D., RN

Publications

Chapters
Phillips, R. (1994). Hypothermia. In C. Carrieri-Kohlman, A. M. Lindsey and C. M. West (Eds.), Pathophysiological Phenomenon in Nursing: Human Response to Illness (2ed ed., pp.
153-173). Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company.

Journals
Phillips, R. A. (2007). Carotid Artery Disease and Its Treatment. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, January/February, 40-49.

Phillips, R. A. (2006). Pancreatitis and Its Problems. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, September/October, 18-29.

Phillips, R. A. (2006). SIRS: The deadly assault from within.  Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, July/August, 44-54.

Phillips, R. A. (2003). The relationship between pro-inflammatory mediators and heat stress induced rhabdomyolysis in exercising marines. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 15, 163-170.

Phillips, R. A. (1997). Cardiac anatomy and the 12 lead EKG: how to tell who is hurting. Nurse Practitioner Forum, 8(4), 147-153.

Phillips, R. A. (1997). Alterations in cardiac effort and oxygenation during shivering after cardiac surgery. Seminars in Perioperative Nursing, 6(3), 176-184.


Phillips, R. & Skov, P. (1988). Rewarming and cardiac surgery: A review. Heart & Lung, 17, 511-522.

Abstracts

Greer, JA, Brar, HS, Stolle, CP & Phillips, R. A. (2005). Effectiveness of Long-Term Wound Infiltrative Anesthesia  in Abdominal Hysterectomy Patients . Proceedings of the Graduate Student  Research Poster Presentation, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA.

Phillips, R. A. (2004). Reliability and validity of the shivering severity index. Symposter presenter: Effects of Thermoregulatory Responses in Acute Care. Proceedings of the Southern Nursing Research Society 18th Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Phillips, R. A. (2001). Body Temperature Regulation: It’s Clinical Application. Proceedings of the Navy Nurse Corps Shea-Arentzen Symposium, Washington, DC.

Phillips, R. A. (2001). Proinflammatory Mediators and Heat Stress in Exercising Marines. Proceedings of the Navy Nurse Corps Shea-Arentzen Symposium, Washington, DC.

Phillips, R. A. (1999). Thermoregulatory and cutaneous vasomotor control patterns after cardiopulmonary bypass in cardiac surgery patients. Proceedings of the Karen Reider Nursing Research Session, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Anaheim, CA

Phillips, RA. (1998). Assessing reliability and validity of the shivering severity instrument. Proceedings of the Navy Nurse Corps Research Conference, San Diego, CA

Phillips, R. A. (1998). The shivering severity instrument: Assessment of reliability and validity. Proceedings of the Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Fort Worth, TX

Phillips, R. A. (1997). Effects of body heat distribution on shivering after cardiac surgery. Proceedings of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Norfolk, VA 

Phillips, R. A. (1996). Shivering severity instrument: Assessment of reliability and validity. Proceedings of the Karen Reider Nursing Research Session, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, San Antonio, TX

Phillips, R. A. (1996). Shivering effects on left ventricular performance and mixed venous oxygen saturation. Proceedings of the Southern Nursing Research Society 10th Anniversary Conference, Miami, FL

Presentations

Invited

2013-“Designing the Research” for American Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses North Texas Chapter
  

2013-“Temperature Source: Is there a Difference and Does it Matter?” for American Heart

Association National Scientific Sessions 13

Podium

2009-“The Shivering Severity Instrument: Reliability & Validity ”Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC

2001-“Body Temperature Regulation: It’s Clinical Application” Navy Nurse Corps Shea-Arentzen Symposium, Washington, DC. 

1997-“Reliability and Validity of the Shivering Severity Index” Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN

1998-“Assessing Reliability and Validity of the Shivering Severity Instrument” Navy Nurse

Corps Research Conference, San Diego, CA 

Poster

2005-“Effectiveness of Long-Term Wound Infiltrative Anesthesia” United States Navy Medical Corps Resident Poster Presentations Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA

2004-“Reliability and Validity of the Shivering Severity Index. Symposter presenter: Effects of Thermoregulatory Responses in Acute Care” Southern Nursing Research Society 18th Annual Conference Louisville, KY.

2001-“Proinflammatory Mediators and Heat Stress in Exercising Marines” Navy Nurse Corps Shea Arentzen Symposium, Washington, DC.

 

1999-“Thermoregulatory and Cutaneous Vasomotor Control Patterns after Cardiopulmonary

Bypass in Cardiac Surgery Patients”, Karen Reider Nursing Research Session, Association of

Military Surgeons of the United States, Anaheim, CA

 

1998-“The Shivering Severity Instrument: Assessment of Reliability and Validity” Southern

Nursing Research Society, Fort Worth, TX 

1997-“Effects of Body Heat Distribution on Shivering After Cardiac Surgery” Southern Nursing Research Society, Norfolk, VA


1996-“Shivering Severity Instrument: Assessment of Reliability and Validity” Karen Reider Nursing Research Session, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, San Antonio, TX 

1996-“Shivering Effects on Left Ventricular Performance and Mixed Venous Oxygen Saturation” Southern Nursing Research Society 10th Anniversary Conference, Miami, FL