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Brigitte S. Cypress
Position: Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Nursing
Campus Affiliation: Lehman College
Phone: 212-817-7987
Degrees/Diplomas: EdD, RN, CCRN
Research Interests: Qualitative research, phenomenology, critical care, patient-family-nurse experience, intensive care unit experience, and philosophy of science
Primary Teaching Areas:
  • Graduate: Nursing of Adults I & II, Essentials of Clinical Research, Strategies for Advanced Practice, Philosophy of Science, Advanced Professional Seminar
  • Undergraduate: Nursing as Human Science, Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Care, Ways of Knowing: Nursing Research
  • Clinicals: Therapeutic Nursing Interventions: Introduction to Professional Nursing; Therapeutic Intervention II and V; Nursing of Adults I and II.
Selected Publications:
  • Cypress, B. (2011). The Lived ICU Experiences of Nurses, Patients and Family Members: A Phenomenological Study of Critically Ill Patients, their Families and Nurses. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbrucken, Germany.
Peer Reviewed Articles
  •  Cypress, B. (2014). The Emergency Room: Experiences of Patients, Families, and Their Nurses. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 36(2), 164 – 176.
  • Cypress, B. (2013). Using the synergy model of patient care in understanding the lived emergency department experiences of patients, family members and their nurses during critical illness: A phenomenological study, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing 32(6), 310 - 321.
  • Cypress, B. (2013). Transfer Out of Intensive Care: An Evidence-Based Literature Review: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 32(5), 244 - 261.
  • Cypress, B. (2012). Family Presence in Rounds: An Evidence-Based Review: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 31(1), 53 – 63.
  • Cypress, B. (2011). Patient-Family-Nurse Intensive Care Unit Experience:  A Roy Adaptation Model-Based Qualitative Study: Qualitative Research Journal, 11(2), 3-16. 
  • Cypress, B. (2011). The lived ICU experience of nurses, patients and family members: A phenomenological study with Merleau-Pontian perspective. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 27, 27–280.
  • Cypress, B. (2011). Family Conference in the Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 30(5), 246–255.
  • Cypress, B. (2010). Who is the ER Patient? An evolutionary Concept Analysis: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 29(4), 182–191.
  • Cypress, B. (2010). Exploring the Concept of Nurse-Physician Communication within the Context of Health Care Outcomes using the Evolutionary Method of Concept Analysis:Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 30(1), 28–38.Cypress, B. (2010).
  • The Intensive Care Unit: Experiences of Patients, Families, and their Nurses, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 29(2), 94–101.
Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
  • Cypress, B. (2010). Review of Authers, D. Sacred walk: Dispelling the Fear of Death and Caring for the Dying (Charlottesville, VA: A & A Publishing, 2008), in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 29(3), 144.
  • Cypress, B. (2010). Review of Tong, R. (3rd ed.) Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2008), in Nursing Philosophy, 11(2), 140.
  • Cypress, B. (2009). Review of Ironside, P. M. (Ed.). Beyond Method: Philosophical Conversations in Healthcare Research and Scholarship, (Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), in Nursing Science Quarterly, 22, 185-187.
  • Cypress, B. (2009). Dissertation (Full Text), "The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by the Nurses, Patients, and Family Members." ProQuest On-line: August, 2009: AAT 3348347 UMI: 3348347.
Latest Refereed Oral Presentations:
  • “Brave New World, Health, Technology and Evidence-Based Practice,” 18th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) Conference, September 8-10, 2014, Nottingham University, Nottingham, England.
  •  “Phenomenology and the Social World, “ 6th International Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) Conference, May 23, 2014, St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri, USA.
Refereed Symposium:
  • “Phenomenology in Service of the Advancement of Health and Well-Being in Diverse Communities and Populations,” 6th International Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) Conference, May 24, 2014, St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri, USA (Drs. Lee Smithbattle, Shawn Pohlman, Brigitte Cypress, Mary Beth Morrissey).
Upcoming Referred Oral Presentation:
  •  “The Intensive Care Unit: Experiences of Patients, their Families and Nurses,” International Institute for Qualitative Methods ( IIQM) 20th  Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, October 21-24, 2014, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Recently Completed Research
  • “The Meaning of Emergency Room Experience as Perceived by Nurses, Patients and Family Members”
Works in Progress:
Publications under Review
  • Cypress, B. & Frederickson, K. Family Presence in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department: A Metasynthesis, submitted August 2014 to Qualitative Health Research journal
  • Cypress, B. The Process of Transformation Experienced by the Patients, their Families and Nurses during Critical Illness in the ICU: Perspective from a Phenomenological Study, submitted August 2014 to Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing journal
Research Proposal in Progress
  • “Patients, Family Members and Nurses’ Perception of Family Presence: Intensive Care Unit and Non-Profit Community Hospital in Northeastern United States.”
  • EdD, Teachers College Columbia University
  • MSN, Lehman College
  • BSN, Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines