Faculty Sketch

Lorraine C. Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN

Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing


Current Research Interests

  • Hospital-based interventions to prevent or reduce adverse outcomes among older adult inpatients, specifically falls and delirium.
  • Hospital-based interventions to minimize use of physical restraints in non-psychiatric settings.
  • Patient-, nurse-, unit-, and organizational-level determinants impacting implementation of new procedures, practices and technology.  


CMS Nonpayment for Nosocomial Injury and Risk of Falls in Hospitals. National Institute on Aging, NIH. 1R01AG03305-01A1. Role: Co-investigator. Ronald Shorr PI. (Funding dates: 2009 - 2011).

Brief Assessment of Health Literacy and Association with Cardiovascular Outcomes. NIH/NHLBI R21 HL096581. Role: Co-investigator. Sunil Kripalani PI. (Funding dates: 2010-2012).

Early Nurse Detection of Delirium Superimposed on Dementia - END DSD. NIH/NINR R01 NR 011042. Role: Co-investigator. Donna Fick PI. (Funding dates: 2010 - 2015).

VA Quality Scholars Program. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Role: Senior Scholar Faculty. Lynn Cronenwitt PI. (Funding dates: 2009 - 2012) .


Representative Publications

Maxwell C, Mion LC, Dietrich M.  Hospitalized injured older adults:  Clinical utility of a rib fracture scoring system.  Journal of Trauma Nursing (Accepted). 

Shorr RI, Chandler AM, Mion LC, et al. Increasing bed alarm use to prevent falls in hospitalized patients: A cluster-randomized trial.  Ann Intern Med (Accepted). 

Mion LC, Chandler AM, Waters T, et al.  Separating wheat from chaff: Is it possible to identify risks for injurious falls in hospitalized patients?  Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf (Accepted)

Bouldin ED, Andresen DM, Dunton NE, Simon M, Waters TM, Liu M, Daniels MJ, Mion LC, Shorr RI.  Falls among adult patients hospitalized in the United States: Prevalence and trends.  Journal of Patient Safety (Accepted).

Benoit RA, Mion LC.  (2012) Risk factors for pressure ulcer development in critically ill patients: A conceptual model to guide practice and research.  Research in Nursing & Health.  Online publication; doi:1002/nur.21481.

Amato S, Resan M, & Mion, L.C. (2012). The feasibility, reliability and clinical utility of the Agitated Behavior Scale in brain injured rehabilitation patients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37(1),19-23.

Fick DM, Steis MR, Mion LC, Walls JL. (2011). Computerized decision support for delirium superimposed on dementia in older adults: A pilot study.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing,   37(4), 39-47 (doi:10.3928/00989134-20100930-01). 

Sandhu, S.K., Mion, L.C., Khan, R.H., et al. (2010). Likelihood of ordering physical restraints: Influence of physician characteristics. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 1272-1278.

Mion, L.C., Sandhu, S.K., Khan, R.H., et al. (2010). Effect of situational and clinical variables on the likelihood of physicians ordering physical restraints. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 1279-1288.

Davenport, R. D., Vaidean, G. D., Jones, C. B., Chandler, A. M., Kessler, L. A., Mion, L. C., & Shorr, R. I. (2009). Falls following discharge after an in-hospital fall. BMJ Geriatrics, 9(53), doi:10.1186/1471-2381-9-53

Minnick, A.F., Mion, L.C. (2009). Nurse labor data: The collection and interpretation of nurse-to-patient ratios. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39, 377-381.

Catrambone, C., Johnson, M. E., Mion, L. C., & Minnick, A. F. (2009). The Design of Adult Acute Care Units in US Hospitals. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 41(1), 79-86.

Minnick, A. F., Mion, L. C., Johnson, M. E., Catrambone, C., & Leipzig, R. (2008). Using the who and whys of side rail use to improve patient safety. Nursing Management, 39(5), 36-44.

Shorr, R., Mion, L. C., Chandler, M., et al. (2008). Improving the capture of fall events in hospitals: Combining a service for evaluating inpatient falls with an incident reporting system. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, 701-704.

Fick, D. M., & Mion, L. C. (2008). How to Try This: Delirium Superimposed on Dementia. American Journal of Nursing, 108(1), 52-60.

Fick, D. A., Mion, L. C., Beers, M. H., & Waller, J. (2008). Health outcomes associated with potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. Research in Nursing & Health, 31(1), 42-51.

Mion, L. C., Minnick, A. F., Leipzig, R., Catrambone, C., & Johnson, M. E. (2007). Patient-initiated device disruption in intensive care units: A national prevalence study. Critical Care Medicine, 35, 2714-2720.

Minnick, A. F., Fogg, L., Mion, L. C., Johnson, M. E., & Catrambone, C. (2007). Resource cluster and variation in physical restraint use. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(4), 363-370.

Hustey, F. M., Mion, L. C., Connors, J. T., et al. (2007). A brief risk stratification tool to predict functional decline in older adults discharged from emergency departments. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55:1269-1274.

Minnick, A. F., Mion, L. C., Johnson, M. E., & Catrambone, C. How nursing unit level responsibilities are structured in US hospitals. (2007). Journal of Nursing Administration, 37(10), 452-458.

Minnick, A. F., Mion, L. C., Johnson, M. E., Catrambone, C., & Leipzig, R. (2007). Prevalence and variation of physical restraint use in US acute care settings. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(1), 38-45.


Professional Organizations

Academy for Healthcare Improvement, member 2010-present                                                                                             


American Academy of Nursing, member, 2004-present

American Geriatrics Society, member 1985 - present

Gerontological Society of America, member 1985 - present

Sigma Theta Tau, member 1980 - present

National Geriatric Nurses Association, member 1990 - present