Thomas R. Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Thomas R. Clancy

6-125A Weaver-Densford Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Clinical Professor, School of Nursing

Associate Dean for Faculty Practice, Partnerships, and Professional Development, School of Nursing

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

PhD, University of Iowa (Nursing), 2006

MA, University of Iowa (Physiology of Exercise/Cardiac Rehabilitation)

MBA, University of Iowa, 1993

BSN, University of Iowa, 1978

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Research Summary/Interests

Computational Modeling;
Social Network Analysis;
Agent Based Modeling


Publications: Refereed Journals

  • Clancy, T.R. (2017). Technological Complexity: Have We Reached a Tipping Point? Journal of Nursing Administration. 47 (4), pp. 195-197.
  • Chi, C.L., Wang, J., Clancy, T.R., Robinson, J.G., Tonellato, P.J. and T.J. Adam. (2016) . Big data cohort extraction to facilitate machine learning to improve statin treatment. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 39(1)42-62.
  • Westra BL, Clancy TR, Sensmeier J, Warren JJ, Weaver C, Delaney CW. (2016). Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science-Implications for Nurse Leaders. Nursing Administration Quarterly. 39(4):304-10
  • Clancy, T.R.and Gelinas, L. (2016). Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: Implications for Nurse Leaders. Journal of Nursing Administration. 46 (9): 422-424.
  • Clancy, T.R. and Reed, L. (2016). Big Data, Big Challenges: Implications for Chief Nurse Executives. Journal of Nursing Administration. 46 ( 3): 113–115.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2014). Complexity, Flow and Anti-fragile Healthcare Systems; Implications for Nurse Executives. Journal of Nursing Administration. 45(4):188-191.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2014). Handle with Care: The Fragile Nature of Complex Systems. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(12):628-631.
  • Clancy, T.R., Bowles, K.H., Gelinas, L., Androwich, I., Delaney, C., Matney, S,. Sensmeier, J., Warren, J.,Welton, J., and Westra, B. (2014). A Call to Action: Engage in big data science. Nursing Outlook. 62(1):64-65.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2014). It’s All About Flow in Complex Adaptive Systems. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(4):190-193.
  • Cornell, P., Clancy T.R., and Vardaman, J.(2013). Ward Warriors: The Complex Nature of Nurse Mobility. Journal of Nursing Administration. 43(11):557-561
  • Cornell, P., Vardaman, J. and Clancy T.R. (2012) Complexity and Change in Nurse Workflow. Journal of Nursing Administration. 42(2):78-82.
  • Clancy, T.R., (2011). Hitting Your Natural Stride. Journal of Nursing Administration*. 41(11):443-445.
  • Clancy, T.R., (2011). Improving Processes through Evolutionary Optimization. Journal of Nursing Administration*. 41(9):340-342.
  • Clancy, T.R., (2011). Staying afloat in a sea of digital waves. Journal of Nursing Administration. 41(2):52-54.
  • West, B. and Clancy, T.R., (2010). Bursts, Flash Crashes and Black Swans. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 40(11):456-459.
  • Benham-Hutchins, M. and Clancy, T.R. (2010). Social Networks as Embedded Complex Adaptive Systems. Journal of Nursing Administration 40(9):352-356.
  • Clancy T.R. (2010). Technology and Complexity: Trouble Brewing? Journal of Nursing Administration. * 40(6):247-249.
  • Lindberg, C. and Clancy, T.R. (2009). Positive Deviance: An elegant solution to a complex problem. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 40 (4): 150-153.
  • Clancy T.R. (2009). In Search of Elegance; Making the Complex Simple. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 39(12):507-510.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2009). Putting It All Together: Improving Heart Failure Performance Outcomes, Part 2. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 39(9):364-367.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2009). Putting It All Together: Improving Heart Failure Performance Outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 39(6):249-254.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2009). Self-Organization versus Self-Management: Two Sides of the Same Coin?. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 39(3):106-109.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2008). Fractals: Nature's Formula for Managing Hospital Performance Metrics. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 38(12):510-513.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2008). Independence: What they didn’t tell you in Statistics 101. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 38(9):367-370.
  • Clancy, T.R., Effken, J., and Persut, D. (2008). Applications of complex systems theory in nursing education, Research and Practice. Nursing Outlook.* Vol. 56, Issue 5, Pages 248-256.e3.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2008). Control: Harnessing complexity in healthcare. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 38(6):272-274.
  • Clancy, T.R. and Anteau, C. (2008). Coordination: New ways of harnessing complexity. Journal of Nursing Administration. 38(4: pp 158-161.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2008). Directing: A complex systems perspective. Journal of Nursing Administration.* 38(2):61-63.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2007). Organization: Harnessing complexity in healthcare. Journal of Nursing Administration. (December 2007) In press.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2007). Planning in complex healthcare organizations. Journal of Nursing Administration. (October 2007) In press.
  • Clancy, T.R., Delaney, C., Morrison, B. & Gunn, J. (2005). The benefits of standardized nursing languages in complex adaptive systems such as hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration. (June 2006).
  • Clancy, T.R. & Delaney C. (2005). Complex nursing systems. Journal of Nursing Management.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2004). Navigating in a complex nursing world. Journal of Nursing Administration, 14(6), 274-282
  • Clancy, T.R. (2004). Medication Error Prevention: Progress on Initiatives. Journal of Nursing Administration's Healthcare Law, Ethics and Regulation, 6(1), 3-12.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2003). Courage and today's nurse leader. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 27(2), 128-132.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2003). The art of decision-making. Journal of Nursing Administration, 33(6), 343-352.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2002). Defining lines. Nursing Management, 33(4), 25-26.
  • Buono, Michael J.H., Clancy, T.R., & Cook J. (1985). Blood lactate and ammonium accumulation during exercise in humans. Applied Physiology: Respiratory, Environment, Exercise Physiology. 57 (1): 135-139.

Publications: Books

  • Big Data-Enabled Nursing: Education, Research and Practice (2017): Edited by Weaver, C., Delaney-White, C.W., Warren, J.J., Clancy, T.R., and Simpson, R.L. Springer (in press).
  • Clancy, T.R. (2007). Information Technology in Complex Healthcare Systems. In Press, Verlag-Mueller, Germany.

Chapters in Books:

  • Clancy, T.R. (2005). NNN & complex adaptive systems. In M. Maas & C. Scherb (Ed.) Implementing Standardized Nursing Languages in Electronic Information Systems & Implementing NANDA, NIC, and NOC in Electronic Information Systems. Due, 2006.
  • Clancy, T.R. (2005). Decision-making skills. In D. Huber (Ed.) Leadership and Nursing Care Management, Third Edition. Elsevier Inc. (In press).
  • Clancy, T.R. & Carley, K. (2005). Organizational Analysis: Workflow, Outcomes, Patient Safety. In C.A. Weaver, C. Delaney, P. Weber, and R. Carr (Eds.) Nursing and Informatics for the 21st Century: An International Look at Trends, Cases, and the Future. Leapfrog Communications.
  • Clancy, T.R. & Abrams, C. (2005). Nursing employment issues: union's, mandatory overtime, patient staff ratios. In P. Cowen & S. Moorhead (Eds.) Current Issues in Nursing, Seventh Edition. Elsevier Inc., (In Press).


Academic Interests and Focus

Nursing Informatics; Complex Systems in Healthcare; Nursing Administration


Board Certifications

Registered Nurse