Linda S. Scheirton, PhD
Linda S. Scheirton, PhD

Linda S. Scheirton, PhD

Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Expertise/Specializations

  • Bioethics

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Occupational Therapy

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Pharmacy Sciences

Teaching Activity

  • 1998 Advanced Clinical Ethics, 3 semester hours, campus-based entry-level OTD students.
  • 1998 Advanced Clinical Ethics, 3 semester hours, distance-based post-professional OTD students/.
  • 1999, 2001 Ethics in the Health Professions, 3 semester hours, campus-based OT students.
  • 2000 - present Advanced Clinical Ethics, 3 semester hours, taught each summer semester, distance-based post-professional OTD students.
  • 2000 – 2007 Advanced Clinical Ethics, 3 semester hours, taught each fall semester, on-campus entry-level OTD students.
  • 2007- 2012 Introduction to Health Care Ethics, 2 semester hours, taught each spring semester, first-year OTD on-campus entry-level students and distance students from Alaska.
  • 2012 - 2014 Ethical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy Practice, 3 semester hours, taught each spring semester, third-year OTD on-campus entry-level students and distance students from Alaska.
  • 2012 - present Capstone, 1 semester hour, taught each fall and spring semester, Instructor of Record, distance-based post-professional students.
  • 2013 - present Professional Practice and Ethical Formation Seminar, 4 semester hours, taught each fall semester (Co-Director with Dr. Lou Jensen and in 2019 added Dr. Marion Russell). Instructor of Record, first-year OTD for entry-level campus and distanc
  • 2015 Ethics Topics, Semi-weekly lectures, Summer Program for Visiting China Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Students.
  • 2015 - 2018 Professional Identity and Ethical Perspectives in the Ignatian Tradition, 3 semester hours, taught each fall semester (Co-Director with Dr. Shirley Blanchard). Third-year entry-level OTD students, online course 3-week intensive course.
  • 2017 – present Pharmacy Ethics (Ethics in the Health Care Professions), 3 semester hours, taught in the spring semester (Co-Director with Dr. Naser Alsharif). Third-year pharmacy students.
  • 2017 – present Pharmacy Ethics (Ethics in the Health Care Professions), 3 semester hours, taught in the spring semester (Co-Teaching with Dr. Naser Alsharif). Third-year pharmacy students.
  • 2019 – present Professional Identity and Ethical Perspectives (course title change), 3 semester hours, taught each fall semester (Co-Director with Dr. Lisa Bagby). Third-year entry-level OTD students, online course 3-week intensive course.

Biography


Linda Scheirton earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she concentrated her studies in the areas of administration and bioethics.  She completed a Clinical Ethics Fellowship at Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, in the Medical Humanities Department. She has been a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Philosophy and Health Care at the University of Wales, University College of Swansea, in the United Kingdom. She has lived and worked in the Netherlands and spent ten-months on sabbatical in Rome, Italy. Her scholarly activities and grant funding have focused on the moral management of practitioner errors, specifically occupational therapy and physical therapy-related errors.
 
She has previously served as a university administrator at the departmental level, a coordinator and program professor of a doctoral program, and an associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University (CU).  She holds the rank of Professor and has academic appointments in Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy Sciences at CU and is a Faculty Associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Creighton University developed the first entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) program in the United States and she serves in that program with 27 other faculty. She teaches in two ethics-related courses in the entry- level Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program and one Advanced Clinical Ethics course in the post-professional OTD program. She also teaches a Pharmacy Ethics course to 3rd year Pharm.D. students.
 
      She has served as a member of three Hospital Ethics Committees and on the Ethics Consultation Service of two major medical center hospitals - university affiliated and in a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. She has been a health care professional association liaison to a state health care regulatory board. She served two 3-year terms on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Ethics Commission. She has written a number of textbook chapters, journal articles, abstracts, book reviews, training manuals, and monographs. She currently serves as an editorial board member for HEC Forum (HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions’ Ethical and Legal Issues) and a peer reviewer for the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics.
 
On a more personal note, she grew up in a small town in Texas and was involved in activities often associated with Texans such as horses, rodeo, jumping, river-rafting, and marching bands. She has since lived elsewhere in the world but, is still a “cowgirl” at heart.  Her husband is a bioethicist, but with a degree in law and medicine as well. They have one adult son. They along with one white Labrador Retriever dog, Samantha, two white swans, an occasional foreign exchange student and frequent guests, live in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska about 25 minutes north from Omaha and the university. 
 
 

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Scheirton, L., Occupational Therapy Ethics. In ten Have, Henk (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, (invited author, in progress)., Springer Publishing, 2016
  • Lohman, H., and Scheirton, L.S. Clinical Reasoning for Orthotic Fabrication. In Coppard, B. and Lohman, H. (Eds.), Introduction to Orthotics, Fourth Edition,, Elsevier/Mosby, 2014
  • Scheirton, L.S., Hatchel, Y.C., Hemphill, B. and Jackson, C.R. Moral Management of Disrespectful, Disruptive, Uncivil, and Unethical Colleagues: Consequences to Patient Safety, Maintenance of Health Care Team Wellness, Morale, and Workplace Retention. American Occupational Therapy Association, Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion (Refereed), Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • Et al. Scheirton, L. Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: An Ethical Framework and Recommendations for Practices and Policies. Statement of the Sixth International Colloquium of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists., The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 2014
  • Scheirton, L.S. & Welie, J.V.M. The Role of Hospital Ethics Committees in the Error Disclosure Process (to be resubmitted),, Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • Winistorfer, W. L., Scheirton, L., Slater, D.Y. and Foster, L. Ethics of Productivity and Reimbursement. American Occupational Therapy Association, Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion (Refereed), Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2013
  • Et al. Scheirton, L. The Use of Sedatives in the Care of Persons Who Are Seriously Ill or Dying: Ethical Distinctions and Practical Recommendations. Fifth International Association of Catholic Bioethicists Colloquium,, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 12(3), 489-501, 2012
  • Mu, Keli, Lohman, Helene, Scheirton, Linda, S., Cochran, Teresa, M., Coppard, Brenda M., Kokesh, Stephanie, R. Improving Client Safety: Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, e69-e76, 2011
  • Scheirton, L.S., Mu, K. and Mahern, K. What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Chapter 6). In Galt, K. and Paschal, K. (Eds.), Foundations in Patient Safety for the Health Professions,, Jones and Bartlett, 2011
  • Mu, K, Lohman, H, and Scheirton, L. To Err Is Human: Common Practice Errors and Preventive Strategies in Occupational Therapy (Chapter ??). In Slater, D.Y. (ed.) Reference Guide to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics , Bethesda, MD (reprint) (Refereed), Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2011
  • Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L., Cochran, T., Coppard, B., and Kokesh, S. Improving Client Safety: Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy,, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(6), 69-76, 2011
  • Et al. Scheirton, L. Caring and Giving Hope to Persons Living with Progressive Cognitive Impairments and Those Who Care for Them: Statement of the Fourth International Colloquium of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists., The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, 10(3), 549-567, 2010
  • Cochran, T. M., Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L. S. Physical therapists' perspectives on practice errors in geriatric, neurologic, or orthopedic clinical settings, Physiotherapy theory and practice, 25, 1-13, 2009
  • Scheirton, L. S. Proportionality and the View from Below: Analysis of Error Disclosure, HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions' Ethical and Legal Issues, 2008
  • Lohman, H., Scheirton, L., Mu, K., Cochran, T., Kunzweiler, J. Preventing practice errors and improving patient safety: an examination of case studies reflecting common errors in occupational therapy practice, Journal of Allied Health, 37, 242-247, 2008
  • Mu, K. L., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L. Occupational therapy practice errors in physical rehabilitation and geriatrics settings: A national survey study, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60, 288-297, 2006
  • Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L. To err is human! Common practice errors and preventive strategies in occupational therapy, OT Practice, 10, 13-16, 17, 2005
  • Scheifton, L. S. An ethics casebook for hospitals: Practical approaches to everyday cases, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 21, 629-633, 2000

Publications

  • Mu, K., Scheirton, L. & Lohman, H. Reduction of Practice Errors in Occupational Therapy Practice. International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014
  • Scheirton, L.S. & Welie, J.V.M. Medical Errors and the Role of Hospital Ethics Committees.. Haddad (ed.),.Focus: A Newsletter of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University., Creighton University, http://chpe.creighton.edu/publications/focus/focus.htm, 2011
  • Cochran, T., Mu, K., Lohman, H. & Scheirton, L. Physical therapists' perspectives on practice error in geriatric, neurologic, and orthopedic clinical settings; Accepted for poster session at APTA's Annual Conference & Exposition, Boston, MA., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2010
  • Lohman, H., Mu, K., Scheirton, L. & Cochran, T. Poster: Improving Patient Safety in Occupational Therapy Practice: Education for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile, Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Book Reviewer/ Paid Consultant, 2010
  • Invited Lecture - Creighton University (2014), Creighton University, 2014
  • Invited Lecture - American Occupational Therapy Association (2014), American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014
  • Invited Lecture - American Occupational Therapy Association (2012), American Occupational Therapy Association, 2012
  • Invited Lecture - Duquesne University (2012), Duquesne University , 2012
  • Invited Lecture - International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation (2011), International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation, 2011
  • Invited Lecture - Creighton University (2011), Creighton University , 2011