Robert Massey

Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Major – Nursing) 2007 from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (UTMB School of Nursing Ph.D. in Nursing Program).
  •  Master of Science (Health Services Administration) 1989. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1981, The University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX.

Courses Taught

Assistant Professor, Houston Baptist University School of Nursing and Allied Health, Spring 2018, 1/2018 – 5/2018

  • NURS 3323.01 Health Assessment
  • NURS 3023.01 Health Assessment Lab
  • NURS 3008.02 Art & Science Lab
  • NURS 3024.01 Care of Individuals II Lab

Adjunct Professor, Houston Baptist University School of Nursing and Allied Health, Fall 2017, 9/2017 – 12/2017.

  • NURS 3408.01 Art & Science of Nursing
  • NURS 3008.04 Art & Science Lab
  • NURS 3424.01 Care of Individuals II
  • NURS 3024.02 Care of Individuals II Lab

Invited Instructor, Clinical Nurse Leader Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

  • GNRS 5368 Quality and Safety, Fall Semester, 9/2014−12/2014.

Teaching Focus

  • My philosophy of teaching nursing can be described as holistic learning. In order to be an effective instructor, I must focus on student learning and adjust my teaching strategies in response to the pace and depth of student understanding. Using the experience from over 30 years as a nurse in multiple clinical, leadership, academic and research settings to include Medical/Surgical, Emergency, Critical Care, Clinics, Nurse Executive, and Army Nurse I foster: Critical thinking so my students become effective consumers of nursing knowledge, Promote mastery of course content, and application of course materials to real-world contexts.

Research Interests and Publications

  • Area of Research
  • Initial research focus was on the effect of rocking chair motion (RCM) reducing postoperative ileus duration. Completed two randomized trials assessing the effect of RCM compared to standard care on postoperative ileus duration with significant results of 0.7-day (p < 0.05) decrease and in the process of analyzing data for the second study. Secondary goals of the RCM studies include determining if rocking induced a relaxation response as evidenced by measuring changes to the stress biomarker salivary cortisol. Other variables included: time spent out of bed in chair, distance walking, standing, and lying in bed measured using sensor-based technology. Patient-reported outcomes include symptoms using the Brief Pain Inventory and MD Anderson Symptom Inventory – Gastrointestinal to measure Patient-Reported Symptoms pre and post operation. Collaborated in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery research and telemedicine research to reduce readmission after surgery for colorectal, liver, pancreas, esophagectomy and nephrectomy. My focus now is on assessing effects of enhanced recovery from surgery on Patient-Reported Outcomes and returning surgical patients to treatment or normal functioning.
  • Grant support
  • Current    NA
  • Past
  • Co-Investigator, 5% Effort, “Improving Recovery after Major Cancer Surgery using Patient-Reported Outcomes” 1R01CA205146-01A1, NIH/NCI, PI – Xin Shelley Wang, MD, 8/1/2016−7/31/2020, $2,585,590.
  • Collaborator, 3% unfunded, Protocol 2015-0583 “Accelerated Enhanced RECOVERy following Minimally Invasive Colorectal Cancer Surgery (RecoverMI), Support $50, 000 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. May 2016 – March 2017.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 5% Effort, “Emergency Supportive Care Team to Support Patients and Caregivers with Emotional Distress”, Holiday Fund, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, PI – Ahmed Elsayem, 9/1/2016−8/31/2017, $14,990.
  • Principal Investigator, 5%, Rocking Motion: “Physiologic Effect on the Surgical Stress Response and Patient-Reported Outcomes”, 2010-0129, Wanda Murray Estate Nursing Research Fund, PI Robert L. Massey PhD, 2/1/2012−September 2016, $40,394.
  • Collaborator 3% effort Protocol 2013-0985 “iPad Telerounding Pilot”, MINTOS-AT&T funded. August 2014 – May 2015.
  • Co-Investigator, “Effect of the Good Catch Program© on Organizational Patient Safety Culture”, 2006-0256, PI – JoAnn Mick PhD, 03/2006 – 09/01/2008, Non-funded.
  • Primary Investigator, The Effects of Rocking (induced relaxation) on Postoperative Ileus Duration, Subjective Pain and Time to Discharge Following Abdominal Surgery, 2004-0887, 07/2005 – 01/2007 Non-funded, PI Robert L. Massey.
  • “Post-Surgical Patients’ Perceptions of Comfort and Intrusiveness While Having Indwelling Urinary Catheters”. Non-Funded, PI – Robert L. Massey, UTMB IRB # 03-273 completed September 2003.
  • Doctoral Student Data Collector for NINR Grant IR 15 NR05216-01 Advance Directives and Life Support Preferences. PI – Robin Froman PhD, 2002.
  • “Cost-effectiveness of Intramuscular Administered Pain Medication versus Patient Controlled Analgesia in Women Undergoing Total Abdominal Hysterectomy”. Unpublished Master’s Thesis completed September 1989. PI – Robert L. Massey, Non-Funded


  • Publications
  • Massey RL, Rodriguez G. Human Scrotal Myiasis: Body Infestation. Urologic Nursing, 22(11): 315-317, 2002.
  • Mick JM, Wood GL, Massey RL. The Good Catch Program: Increasing potential error reporting. Journal of Nursing Administration, 37(11), 2007.
  • Massey RL. A randomized trial of rocking chair motion on the effect of postoperative Ileus duration in cancer patients recovering from abdominal surgery. Applied Nursing Research 23(2): 59-64, 2010.
  • Nelson BA, Massey RL. Implementing an electronic change-of-shift report using transforming care at the bedside processes and methods. The Journal of Nursing Administration 40(4): 162-168, 2010.
  • Massey RL. Return of bowel sounds indicating an end of postoperative Ileus: Is it time to cease this longstanding nursing tradition? MEDSURG Nursing, The Journal of Adult Health 21(3): 146-150, 5/2012.
  • Massey RL, Kim HK, Abdi S. Chemotherapy induced painful peripheral neuropathy (CIPPN): Current status and future directions. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia: 1-9, e-Pub 5/2014.
  • Price, B., Bednarski, B.K., You, Y.N., Manandhar, M., Messick, C.A., Dean, E. M., Alawadi, Z.M., Bryce Speer, B., Gottumukkala, V. Weldon, M., Massey, R.L., Wang, W., Qiao, W. & Chang, G.J. (2017). Accelerated enhanced Recovery following Minimally Invasive colorectal cancer surgery (RecoverMI): A study protocol for a novel randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open, 7(7). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015960.


  • Book Chapters
  • Massey RL, Haylock PJ, Curtis CP. Constipation. In: Cancer Symptom Management (ed. 3), Third Edition. Ed(s) CH Yarbro, MH Frogge, M Goodman. Jones and Bartlett: Sudbury, Massachusetts, 512-527, 2003. PMID: 0-7637-2142-5.
  • Haylock PJ, Curtiss C, Massey RL. Constipation. In: Cancer Symptom Management. N/A, Fourth Edition. Ed(s) Yarbro CH, Wujcik D, Holmes-Gobel B. Jones & Bartlett Learning: Burlington, MA, 161-180, 2013. PMID: 978-1-284-02740-2.


  • Invited Articles
  • Massey RL. Good catch clubs yield near big increases in near miss reporting. Medication Management Error Elimination,, 2009.
  • Massey RL. Rocking chair therapy helps constipation. Medication Management Error Elimination,, 2009.
  • Massey, RL. Good Catch Program Encourages Reporting of Near Miss Medical Errors. HealthLeaders Media. E-Pub 2010.
  • Massey, RL. Editorial: Wearable Monitoring Devices: Why Are They Important to Patients and Nurses? March-April, 2017. Vol.26/No.2, MEDSURG Nursing. p. 77-77.

Awards and Honors

  • Top 20 Nurses in Houston, Texas Nurses Association District 9, 2004
  • Create Solutions Award, Silver Medal. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2005
  • Create Solutions Award, Silver Medal. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2005
  • Chancellors’ Award for Patient Safety. The University of Texas System, 2006
  • AHRQ Top 100 Innovations 2007, AHRQ, 2007
  • Stand Up for Safety Award, National Patient Safety Foundation, 2007
  • Beacon Award P7 Thoracic Surgery Nursing Unit, 2012
  • Penland Award P9 Urology/Orthopedics Nursing Unit, 2015

Previous Academic/Professional Positions

  • September 2010 – March 2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.
  • 2007-August 2017: Adjunct Assistant Professor Non-Pay, Department of Acute & Continuing Care at The University of Texas at Houston, School of Nursing.
  • 36 years clinical, leadership and nurse scientist. Retired Army Nurse (23 years). Assistant Professor 2010-2017 MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, Emergency, Urology.
  • Nurse leadership/executive roles since 1990.

Additional Information

  • Editorial Board
  • Invited Editorial Board Member, MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, A. Jannetti Publication, Inc., 2017−2020


  • Journal Reviewer for
  • Invited Reviewer, American Journal of Nursing, Wolters-Skluwer, 2007−present
  • Invited Reviewer, McMaster Online Rating of Evidence (MORE), McMaster University, Review 5-10 articles per year, 2007−present
  • Invited Reviewer, Applied Nursing Research, Elsevier, 2009−present
  • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Thomson Reuters, Publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 2010−present
  • Invited Reviewer, MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, A. Jannetti Publication, Inc., 2010−present
  • Invited Reviewer, Western Journal of Nursing Research, SAGE Publications, 2014−2016
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