Assistant Professor

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Specialization / Certification
Critical Care Nursing

Highest Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
Critical care nursing practice; symptom management; patient communication in acute care; interventions to improve communication for mechanically ventilated patients.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Guttormson, J., Lindstrom Bremer, K., Jones, R. (2015). "Not being able to talk was horrid": A descriptive, correlational study of communication during mechanical ventilation. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing.

Guttormson, J. (2014). “Releasing a lot of poisons from my mind”: Patients' delusional memories of intensive care. Heart & Lung, 43 (5), 427-431.

Chlan, L.L., Weinert, C.R., Heiderscheit, A., Tracy, M.F., Skaar, D.J., Guttormson, J.L., & Savik, K. (2013). Effects of patient-directed music intervention on anxiety and sedative exposure in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 309:2335-44.

Chlan, L.L., Guttormson, J.L., & Savik, K. (2011).  Tailoring a treatment fidelity framework for an intensive care unit clinical trial. Nursing Research, 60, 348-53.

Guttormson, J.L., Chlan, L., Savik, K., & Weinert, C.R. (2010). Factors influencing nurse sedation practices with mechanically ventilated patients: A U.S. national survey. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 26, 44-50.

Chlan, L.L., Guttormson, J.L., Tracy, M.F., & Lindstrom Bremer, K. (2009). Strategies for overcoming site and recruitment challenges in research studies based in intensive care units. American Journal of Critical Care, 18, 410-417.

Grants or Awards

Sigma Theta Tau Delta Gamma Chapter At-Large Research Grant: “Usability Testing of an iPad Communication Application for Mechanically Ventilated Patients” 2013-2014

Marquette University Regular Research Grant: “Evaluation of Alternative Communication Aids for Mechanically Ventilated Patients” 2012-2013

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award: Individual Fellowship, National Institute of Nursing Research, 2008-2011

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Mentorship Grant “Patients’ Recall and Evaluation of Mechanical Ventilation: Impact of Sedation” 2009.

Professional Memberships



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Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.