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Nancy R Kirsch, DPT

Department : Rehabilitation And Movement Sciences
Program/Division : Physical Therapy - D.P.T. (North Jersey)
Academic Title: Professor
Administrative Title(s): Program Director   Vice Chair


Office Address:
65 Bergen Street 
Stanley S Bergen, Rm 718B
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
Phone: (973) 972-2371

Email: kirschna@shp.rutgers.edu


Education
Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
BS Temple University 1977
MA Montclair State University 1977
PHD, PT UMDNJ-SHRP 2003
DPT Massachusetts General Hospital Institute Health Professions 2005
Publications
Title Authors Where and When
Ethics in Practice: Jekyll & Hyde Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2018:10(3)
Ethics in Practice: Acutely Insufficient Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2018:10(2)
Ethics in Practice: Perils of Self Deception Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2018:10(1)
Ethics for Physical Therapists: A Case Based Approach Kirsch, NR McGraw Hill, NY ISBN9780071823333, 2018
Ethics in Practice: Too Good to be truly legal Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2018:10(1)
Ethics in Practice:Untenable Intervention Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2018:10(4)
Physical Therapy Ethics: CE course for California Physical Therapists Kirsch, NR A-Train Publications Edition 3 (January , 2017)
Ethics in Practice: Name Game Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(11)
Ethics in Practice: While the PT’s Away Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(10)
Ethics in Practice:Not At Home With This Decision Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(9)
Ethics in Practice:Is More Always Better Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(8)
Ethics in Practice: Joint Decision Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(7)
Ethics in Practice:Here’s The Kicker Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(6)
Ethics in Practice: Problematic From the Start Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(5)
Ethics in Practice:Energy Crisis Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(4)
Ethics in Practice: That’s the spirit right? Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(3)
Ethics in Practice:A Game Time Decision Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(2)
Ethics in Practice: An Unwise Move Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2017:9(1)
Ethics in Practice: First Do No Harm Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(11)
Ethics in Practice: Donor Baseline Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(10)
Ethics in Practice: A Deathly Silencce Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(9
Ethics in Practice: Acutely Aware Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(8)
Ethics in Practice: Modality Reality Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(5)
Ethics in Practice: Rotation Notation Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(4)
Ethics in Practice: Skype is the Limit Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(3)
Ethics in Practice: Skype is the Limit Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(3)
Ethics in Practice: The wrong foot Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(2)
Ethics in Practice: Joined at the hip Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(1)
Ethics in Practice: Where is the crime Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2016:8(7)
Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice Hazle, Keil, Kirsch, White Orthopedic Section, APTA (2016)
Ethics in Practice: A delegate balance Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:8(6)
Ethics in Practice: House Rules Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(11)
Ethics in Practice: Rude welcome Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(10)
Ethics in Practice: Hasta La Visa Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(9)
Ethics in Practice: Acutely aware Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(8)
Ethics in Practice: Pre existing Conviction Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(7)
Ethics in Practice:Potholes and Pitfalls Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(6)10-13
Ethics in Practice: Instructive Queries Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(5)14-1
Ethics in Practice: Class Struggle Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(4)10-13
Ethics in Practice:Determining the Best Choice Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(3)14-16
Ethics in Practice:The Perils of Passivity Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(2)10-13
Ethics in Practice: A Friendly Reminder:Social Media Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2015:7(1)10-13
Ethics in Practice: An education on staff behavior Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(11)10-13
Ethics in Practice: Doctoring the truth Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(10)12-15
Ethics in Practice: Crossing the line Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(9)12-15
Ethics in Practice: Taking ownership Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(8)12-14
Ethics in Practice: Schooled in patient advocacy Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(6)12-15
Ethics in Practice: Language barrier breakthrough Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(5)34-37
Ethics in Practice: A leg up Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(4)44-47
Ethics in Practice: Bitter bills to swallow Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(3)44-46
Ethics in Practice: Assessing the Situation Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(2)50-52
Ethics in Practice: Head in the Sand Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2014:6(1)58-62
To tell or not to tell…What is the question? Kirsch, N, Paru, S The Forum: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Spring, 2014
Ethics in Practice: Irreconcilable differences Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2013:5(10)50-52
Ethics in Practice: When past and present collide Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2013:5(9)50-52
Ethics in Practice: Hurry up and heal Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2013:5(8)48-50
Ethics in Practice: The Heat is On Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:5(6) 46-48
Ethics in Practice: It Really Does Take a Village Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:5(5)50-52
Ethics in Practice: Addressing an Institutional Barrier Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:5(4)42-44
Ethics in Practice: Mind Over Mentor Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:5(3)46-48
Ethics in Practice: Shouldering Responsibility Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:5(2)47-49
Ethics in Practice: The Old Collegial Try Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:5(1)48-51
Ethics in Practice: We’re Being Used Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2013:4(11)40-43
Ethics in Practice: Sunset Provision Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(10)44-46
Physical Therapy Ethics: CE course for California Physical Therapists Kirsch, NR A-Train Publications Edition 2 (October, 2012)
Ethics in Practice: Trailer-Made Conundrum Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(9)48-50
Ethics in Practice: To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(8)46-48
Ethics in Practice: If Asked, Don’t Tell Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(6)49-51
Ethics in Practice: Shop Treatment Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(5)48-51
Ethics in Practice: On The Road Again Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(4)50-51
Ethics in Practice: No Vacation Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(3)52-53
Ethics in Practice: Seeking a Continuance Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(2)48-50
Ethics in Practice: When Is More to Much? Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2012:4(1)50-51
Ethics in Practice: Attitude at an Altitude Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(10) 40-42
Ethics in Practice: She’s the Boss Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(9)
Ethics in Practice: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(8)
Ethics in Practice: The Itch to Do Right Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(7)
Ethics in Practice: Did I Write That? Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(6)
Ethics in Practice: What’s the Big ID Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(5)
Ethics in Practice: Patient Presents with Troubling Autonomy Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(4)
Ethics in Practice: The Parent Trap:Part one Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(3)
Ethics in Practice: No Accident Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(2) 44-46
Ethics in Practice: Reimbursement's Reach Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2011:3(1)
Physical Therapy Ethics: CE course for California Physical Therapists Kirsch, NR A-Train Publications (May 2010)
The New Code of Ethics Home study course Hiller, Kirsch, Swisher American Physical Therapy Association (April, 2010)
Ethical Issues in Treating the Older Adult Kirsch, NR Great Seminars and Books Home Study Course: (May 2010)
Ethics in Practice: So Close and Yet So Far Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2010:2(11) 38-40
Ethics in Practice: Keeping Respect Alive Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2010:2(10)48-50
Ethics in Practice: Compassionate Considerations Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2010:2(9) 58-62
Ethics in Practice: Unsatisfying Satisfaction Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2010:2(8) 44-46
Ethics in Practice: Matter of Vital Concern Kirsch,N PT in Motion,2010:2(6) 44-46
Ethics in Practice: A Tale of Two Codes Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2010:2(5) 52-53
Ethics in Practice: Certified Deception Kirsch,N PT in Motion, 2010:2(4) 44-45
Ethics in Practice: Second Opinion: The Case for Patient Advocacy Kirsch,N PT in Motion 2010:1(3)42-45
Ethics inPractice:Discomfort Zone Kirsch,N PT in Motion 2010:1(2)48-49
Subject to Approval Kirsch,N PT in Motion 2010:1(1)48-49
The Issues Surrounding Ethical Decisions and Behaviors of Health Care Providers Treating the Older Adult Kirsch, NR Introduction Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4). 275-276
The Nature of Health Care Ethics Kirsch, NR Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4). 277-281.
Ethical Decision Making:application of a problem solving model Kirsch, NR Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4) 282-291.
The multidisciplinary team: end of life ethical decisions Kirsch, NR Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4)292-307
Complimentary therapies case discussion Topics in Geriatrics Kirsch, NR Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4) 329-332
The ethics of research with the geriatric population Kirsch, NR, Haverlock, C Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4) 333-345
Elder abuse-Detection and protection Kirsch, NR Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation; 2009 October-December:25(4) 346-354
Ethics in Practice: Practical Matters:Applying New Ethics Documents to Clinical Scenarios Kirsch,N PT in Motion 2009:1(3)47-49
Ethics in Practice: New and Improved:Updated Ethics Documents for PT’s and PTA’s Kirsch,N PT in Motion 2009:1(2)50-55
Ethics in Practice:Bringing us Up to Code Kirsch,N PT in Motion 2009:1(1)64-66
Boundary Issues Wrap Up Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009:17(9)14-18
Boundary Issues: Case Two Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009: 17(7)18-20
Boundary Issues: Case One: Too much togetherness Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009: 17(6)10-13
Workplace Summary Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009: 17(5)40-45
Workplace Issues: Case Three: Trouble on the home front Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009: 17(4) 40-45
Workplace Issues: Case Two: Should everything go according to plan? Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009: 17(3)38-40
Workplace Issues: Case One: Is this plan of care on the level? Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2009: 17(2)54-56
Interdisciplinary approach to end of life issues Kirsch, NR Monograph Geriatric Section Home Study Course, American Physical Therapy Association. Spring, 2008
Confidentiality Summary Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy 2008: 16(11)38-44
Confidentiality: Case three:Facing up to a generation gap Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of physical therapy 2008: 16(10) 49-51
Confidentiality: Case two: When home health reveals an unhealthy home Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of physical therapy 2008 16(9)56-58
Confidentiality Issues:Case One:A PT assesses his obligations Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008; 16(7)38-40
Student Issues case analysis Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008;16(6)58-65
Student Issues: Case Three. A procedure subject to examination Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008;16(5) 48-50
Ethics, as an obligation Kirsch,N The Forum, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Spring, 2008: 23(1) 1, 12-15
Student Issues: Case Two:It's not as simple as ABC Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008;16(4)48-51
Student Issues: Case One:Stuck between a RUG and a hard place Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008;16(3)41-43
Reimbursement Matters case analysis Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008;16(2)62-66
Reimbursement Matters case three: A group rate? Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2008;16(1)52-54
Reimbursement Matters case two:Dating discrepancies Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(12)
Reimbursement Matters case one:Ultrasound for everybody Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(11)46-48
Something to Talk About. Use ethics in action scenarios to provoke thought and discussion Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(10)54-55
Improper Conduct Case Analysis Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(9)58-64
Improper Conduct Case three. An issue of hands on mentoring Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(7)62-64
Improper Conduct Case two: A student is schooled in harassment Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(6)42-44
Improper Conduct Case one: A matter of intervention Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(5)34-36
Suspected Impairment Analysis Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(4) 44-48
Suspected Impairment Case three: What to do when drug use is apparent Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(3)34-36
Suspected Impairment Case two. Autonomy vs. the automobile Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(2)52-56
Suspected Impairment Case One: When exercising patience may adversely affect patients Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2007;15(1)39-42
Terminating the Patient/Therapist Relationship Case Analysis and Summary Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(12)24-28
Terminating the Patient/Therapist Relationship. Case three:When a patient's decision necessitates weighing he pro(bono)s and cons Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(11)30-33
Terminating the Patient/Therapist Relationship. Case two: What to do when greater independence for the patient poses risks? Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(10)30-33
Terminating the Patient/Therapist Relationship. What's influencing the decision to discharge? Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(9)38-41
Issues of Professional Integrity-Analysis Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(7)38-42
Issues of Professional Integrity-Case Three: When conflicting accounts raise concerns Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(6)42-45
Issues of Professional Integrity-Case Two: When matters of reimbursement, time management, profitability, and convenience collide Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(5)42-46
Issues of Professional Integrity: Apply the ethical decision making framework to this stimulating scenario Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(4)24-26
Model Applications. It's time to give our ethical decision-making framework a real-world context Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(3)24-27
Ethical decision making, terminology and context. Use these tools to look at ethical situations in a systematic way Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(2)38-40
A framework for thought and discussion Kirsch,N PT-Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(1)34-37
Awards
Award Year
Professional of the Year: NJ Chapter APTA 2017
Fellow APTA 2014
Lucy Blair Service Award 2006
Master Educator Guild 2006
FSBPT Service Award 2003
Research
Research Interests
My research interests center around providing safe and effective physical therapy care to patients. This includes professional growth, ethical behavior and risk based regulation
Current Projects: 1. Exploration of the role of engagement in minimizing risk. 2. Development of tools to measure risk in practitioners 3. Studies of ethical decision making in practitioners.
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
MOU Course Reviews NJ Board of Physical Therapy February 1, 2018-January 31, 2020 Administrator
Cystic Fibrosis: Physical Therapy Grant Cystic Fibrosis Foundation January 1, 2018-December 31, 2019 Administrator
BioSketch
Title Details
Nancy Kirsch, PT,DPT, PhD, FAPTA  2018 Nancy Kirsch received her PT degree from Temple University, her Masters degree in Health Education from Montclair University, her PhD in health sciences concentration in ethics from Rutgers University (formally UMDNJ) and a DPT from Massachusetts Institute of Health Professions(MGH). She also has a certificate in Health care Administration from Seton Hall University, a certificate in Biomedical Ethics from Georgetown University and completed the ACUE Effective Teaching Practices course.
.  . She is currently the Vice Chairperson for Administration of the Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences Department and the and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Nancy is currently a member of the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and President of the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
.  . Nancy has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association since she was a student, She was President of the NJ Chapter and chief delegate and served a five year term on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, including a term as chairperson and a three year term on the Reference Committee including a term as chairperson. She recently served the national association as a member of the ethics document revision task force, and Scope of Practice and Imaging Task Forces most recently serving on the Task Force to review the Clinical Education Task Force Report and the CAPTE Standards and Required Elements Revision Task Force
.  . She was awarded the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award in 2006 and became a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 2014. She received the Outstanding Service Award and President’s Award from FSBPT. She received the Distinguished Professional Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the APTA in 2017.
.  . Dr. Kirsch writes a monthly column about ethics in the APTA publication PT in Motion called Ethics in Action and recently published a textbook entitled Ethics in Physical Therapy: A Case Based Approach.


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