Audrey Lyndon, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Professor and Chair


My research program focuses on building knowledge to improve patient safety and quality in inpatient maternity and neonatal care. My research team investigates three inter-related topic areas: front-line provider perspectives on safety including likelihood of speaking up about concerns; parent perspectives on safety; and barriers and facilitators to implementation of evidence-based quality interventions. Current focus areas include:
- Communication and teamwork among care providers during labor and birth
- Serious childbirth complications (severe maternal morbidity)
- Parent perspectives on safety
- Relationship of nurse staffing and missed nursing care during labor and birth to patient outcomes

I am also a volunteer leader for the California section of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, and serve on the Executive Committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. My clinical interests include women's health, perinatal nursing, patient safety, teamwork, interdisciplinary communication, high risk obstetrics, fetal monitoring, perinatal loss, breastfeeding, and family-centered maternity care. I teach graduate level courses in research methods and philosophy of nursing science at the UCSF School of Nursing.


Honors and Awards

Distinguished Professional Service, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, 2013
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2012
Award of Excellence in Research, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, 2011


Afulani PA, Kirumbi L, Lyndon A. What makes or mars the facility-based childbirth experience: thematic analysis of women's childbirth experiences in western Kenya. Reprod Health. 2017 Dec 29; 14(1):180.
Lyndon A, Wisner K, Holschuh C, Fagan KM, Franck LS. Parents' Perspectives on Navigating the Work of Speaking Up in the NICU. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Sep - Oct; 46(5):716-726.
Saito M, Lyndon A. Use of Traditional Birth Practices by Chinese Women in the United States. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2017 May/Jun; 42(3):153-159.
Lyndon A, Simpson KR, Spetz J. Thematic analysis of US stakeholder views on the influence of labour nurses' care on birth outcomes. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Oct; 26(10):824-831.
Asiodu IV, Waters CM, Dailey DE, Lyndon A. Infant Feeding Decision-Making and the Influences of Social Support Persons Among First-Time African American Mothers. Matern Child Health J. 2017 Apr; 21(4):863-872.
Simpson KR, Lyndon A. Labor Nurses' Views of Their Influence on Cesarean Birth. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2017 Mar/Apr; 42(2):81-87.
Simpson KR, Lyndon A. Consequences of Delayed, Unfinished, or Missed Nursing Care During Labor and Birth. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Jan/Mar; 31(1):32-40.
Lee HC, Arora V, Brown T, Lyndon A. Thematic analysis of barriers and facilitators to implementation of neonatal resuscitation guideline changes. J Perinatol. 2017 Mar; 37(3):249-253.
Lyndon A, Cape V. Maternal Hemorrhage Quality Improvement Collaborative Lessons. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2016 Nov/Dec; 41(6):363-371.
Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Davidson LA. Patient Safety Implications of Electronic Alerts and Alarms of Maternal - Fetal Status During Labor. Nurs Womens Health. 2016 Aug-Sep; 20(4):358-66.
Dekker RL, Morton CH, Singleton P, Lyndon A. Women's Experiences Being Diagnosed With Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: A Qualitative Study. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2016 Jul; 61(4):467-73.
Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Ruhl C. Consequences of Inadequate Staffing Include Missed Care, Potential Failure to Rescue, and Job Stress and Dissatisfaction. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2016 Jul-Aug; 45(4):481-90.
Bardach NS, Lyndon A, Asteria-Peñaloza R, Goldman LE, Lin GA, Dudley RA. From the closest observers of patient care: a thematic analysis of online narrative reviews of hospitals. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 11; 25(11):889-897.
Lyndon A, Lee HC, Gay C, Gilbert WM, Gould JB, Lee KA. Effect of time of birth on maternal morbidity during childbirth hospitalization in California. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov; 213(5):705.e1-11.
Lyndon A, Johnson MC, Bingham D, Napolitano PG, Joseph G, Maxfield DG, O'Keeffe DF. Transforming communication and safety culture in intrapartum care: a multi-organization blueprint. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 May; 125(5):1049-55.
Asiodu IV, Waters CM, Dailey DE, Lee KA, Lyndon A. Breastfeeding and use of social media among first-time African American mothers. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015 Mar-Apr; 44(2):268-78.
Nguyen OK, Kruger J, Greysen SR, Lyndon A, Goldman LE. Understanding how to improve collaboration between hospitals and primary care in postdischarge care transitions: a qualitative study of primary care leaders' perspectives. J Hosp Med. 2014 Nov; 9(11):700-6.
Lyndon A, Jacobson CH, Fagan KM, Wisner K, Franck LS. Parents' perspectives on safety in neonatal intensive care: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Nov; 23(11):902-9.
Birmingham P, Buffum MD, Blegen MA, Lyndon A. Handoffs and Patient Safety: Grasping the Story and Painting a Full Picture. West J Nurs Res. 2015 Nov; 37(11):1458-78.
Lyndon A, Zlatnik MG, Maxfield DG, Lewis A, McMillan C, Kennedy HP. Contributions of clinical disconnections and unresolved conflict to failures in intrapartum safety. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 43(1):2-12.
Lyndon A. Challenges and models of success for patient safety and quality of care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 42(5):575-6.
Jacobson CH, Zlatnik MG, Kennedy HP, Lyndon A. Nurses' perspectives on the intersection of safety and informed decision making in maternity care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 42(5):577-87.
Maxfield DG, Lyndon A, Kennedy HP, O'Keeffe DF, Zlatnik MG. Confronting safety gaps across labor and delivery teams. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Nov; 209(5):402-408.e3.
Acosta CD, Knight M, Lee HC, Kurinczuk JJ, Gould JB, Lyndon A. The continuum of maternal sepsis severity: incidence and risk factors in a population-based cohort study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e67175.
Paradis E, Reeves S, Leslie M, Aboumatar H, Chesluk B, Clark P, Courtenay M, Franck L, Lamb G, Lyndon A, Mesman J, Puntillo K, Schmitt M, van Soeren M, Wachter B, Zwarenstein M, Gropper M, Kitto S. Exploring the nature of interprofessional collaboration and family member involvement in an intensive care context. J Interprof Care. 2014 Jan; 28(1):74-5.
Lee HC, Martin-Anderson S, Lyndon A, Dudley RA. Perspectives on promoting breastmilk feedings for premature infants during a quality improvement project. Breastfeed Med. 2013 Apr; 8:176-80.
Anderson WG, Kools S, Lyndon A. Dancing around death: hospitalist-patient communication about serious illness. Qual Health Res. 2013 Jan; 23(1):3-13.
Lyndon A, Sexton JB, Simpson KR, Rosenstein A, Lee KA, Wachter RM. Predictors of likelihood of speaking up about safety concerns in labour and delivery. BMJ Qual Saf. 2012 Sep; 21(9):791-9.
Lawrence HC, Copel JA, O'Keeffe DF, Bradford WC, Scarrow PK, Kennedy HP, Grobman W, Johnson MC, Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Wade K, Peddicord K, Bingham D, Olden CR. Quality patient care in labor and delivery: a call to action. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Sep; 207(3):147-8.
Lyndon A, Lee HC, Gilbert WM, Gould JB, Lee KA. Maternal morbidity during childbirth hospitalization in California. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Dec; 25(12):2529-35.
Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Wilson J, Ruhl C. Nurses' perceptions of critical issues requiring consideration in the development of guidelines for professional registered nurse staffing for perinatal units. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2012 Jul-Aug; 41(4):474-82.
Bingham D, Lyndon A, Lagrew D, Main EK. A state-wide obstetric hemorrhage quality improvement initiative. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2011 Sep-Oct; 36(5):297-304.
Lyndon A, Zlatnik MG, Wachter RM. Effective physician-nurse communication: a patient safety essential for labor and delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Aug; 205(2):91-6.
Lee HC, Lyndon A, Blumenfeld YJ, Dudley RA, Gould JB. Antenatal steroid administration for premature neonates in California. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 117(3):603-9.
Lyndon A. Skillful anticipation: maternity nurses' perspectives on maintaining safety. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Oct; 19(5):e8.
Lyndon A, Kennedy HP. Perinatal safety: from concept to nursing practice. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2010 Jan-Mar; 24(1):22-31.
Simpson KR, Lyndon A. Clinical disagreements during labor and birth: how does real life compare to best practice? MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2009 Jan-Feb; 34(1):31-9.
Kennedy HP, Lyndon A. Tensions and teamwork in nursing and midwifery relationships. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2008 Jul-Aug; 37(4):426-35.
Lyndon A. Social and environmental conditions creating fluctuating agency for safety in two urban academic birth centers. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2008 Jan-Feb; 37(1):13-23.
Lyndon A. Communication and teamwork in patient care: how much can we learn from aviation? J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2006 Jul-Aug; 35(4):538-46.
Lyndon A. Preterm labor and birth: where are we now? J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2006 Jan-Mar; 20(1):82-4.
Cvach KC, Lyndon A. How a cost-containment initiative produced recruitment and retention. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2003 Nov-Dec; 28(6):391-6.
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