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Margaret Bultas, Ph.D., RN, CNE, CNL, CPNP-PC

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

Child Health Nursing, Essentials of Therapeutic Nursing, Topics in Pediatric Nursing and IPTS Seminars


  • B.S.N., University of Missouri - Columbia
  • M.S.N., Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of Missouri - Saint Louis

Research Interests

Dr. Bultas' research interests center on fostering positive developmental outcomes among high risk children and their families. Dr. Bultas has experience in the areas of autism, pediatric developmental delay and disability, pediatric chronic illness, and parent perceptions and experiences. Additionally, she has experience in the use of simulation as a teaching modality.

Publications and Media Placements

  • Bultas, M. W., Ruebling, I., Breitbach, A., & Carlson, J. (In Press). Views of the United States healthcare system: Findings from documentary analysis of an interprofessional education course. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Palmer, J.L., Bultas, M., Davis, R.L., Schmuke, A.D., & Fender, J. (2016). Nursing Examinations: Promotion of Integrity and Prevention of Cheating. Nurse Educator, (41)4. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000238.
  • Johnson, N. L., Burkett, K., Reinhold, J., & Bultas, M. W. (2016). Translating Research to Practice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Part 1: Definition, Associated Behaviors, Prevalence, Diagnostic Process, and Interventions. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.09.008
  • Bultas, M. W., Johnson, N. L., Burkett, K., & Reinhold, J. (2016). Translating Research to Practice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Part 2: Behavior Management in Home and Health Care Settings. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.09.009
  • Bultas, M.W., McMillin, S. E., Zand, D. H. (2016). Reducing Barriers to Care in the Office-Based Health Care Setting for Children with Autism. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.08.007.'
  • Rhodes, L., Loman, D. & Bultas, M. W. (2016). Comparison of Two Post-Operative Bowel Regimens in Children with Scoliosis Repair. Orthopaedic Nursing, 35(1), 13-17. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000209
  • Bultas, M.W., McMillin, S. E., Broom, M. A., & Zand, D. H. (2015). Brief, Rapid Response, Parenting Interventions within Primary Care Settings. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. doi: 10.1007/s11414-015- 9479-2
  • Bultas, M.W., Schmuke, A., Moran, V., & Taylor, J. (2015). Psychosocial Outcomes of Participating in Pediatric Diabetes Camp. Public Health Nursing. Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12218.
  • McMillin, S. E., Bultas, M. W., Zander, T., Wilmott, J., Underwood, S., Broom, M., & Zand, D. H. (2015). The Role of Maternal Knowledge of Child Development in Predicting Risk for Child Maltreatment. Clinical Pediatrics. doi: 10.1177/0009922815586054
  • Zand, D. H., Pierce, K. J., Bultas, M. W., McMillin, S. E., Gott, R., & Wilmott, J. (2015). Accuracy of Knowledge of Child Development in Mothers of Children Receiving Early Intervention Services. Journal of Early Intervention. doi: 10.1177/1053815115610633
  • McMillin, S. E., Hall, L., Bultas, M. W., Gott, R., Grafeman, S., Wilmott, J., & Zand, D. H. (2015). Knowledge of developmental milestones as a predictor of mother-child play interactions. Clinical Pediatrics. DOI 10.1177/0009922815581763
  • McMillin, S. E., Bultas, M. W., Wilmott, J., Grafeman, S., & Zand, D. H. (2014). Rapid-response parenting intervention in diagnostic centers as a patient-centered innovation for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2196-5.
  • Bultas, M. W., Steurer, L., Balakas, K., Brooks, C., & Fields, H. (2014). Psychosocial Outcomes of a Summer Overnight Recreational Experience for Children with Heart Disease. Journal of Child Health Care. doi: 10.1177/1367493514540350
  • Bultas, M. W. & Pohlman, S. (2014). Silver Linings: Mothering a Young Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2014.03.023
  • Bultas, M. W., Hassler, M., Ercole, P., & Rea, G. (2014). Effectiveness of High Fidelity Simulation for Pediatric Staff Nurse Education. Pediatric Nursing 40(1), 27- 42.
  • Bultas, M. & Koetting, C. (2014). Autism Spectrum Disorders in the New DSM 5. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (10)2, 142-143. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2013.10.017
  • Bultas, M. W. & Curtis, M. (2013). Using Simulation to Teach Child Injury Prevention to Mothers Recovering from Substance Abuse. Journal of Community Health Nursing 30(3), 155-163. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2013.806720
  • Bultas, M. W., Budhathoki, C., & Balakas, K. (2013). Evaluation of child and parent outcomes after a pediatric cardiac camp experience. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12040
  • Bultas, M. & McLaughlin, L. (2013). Using Evidence-based Practice in the School Health Room. NASN School Nurse, 28(1). doi: 10.1177/1942602X12465964
  • Dineen, K. & Bultas, M. (2013). Narrative Symposium: Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Transition to Adulthood Introduction.
  • McLaughlin, L., Bultas, M., Shorey, S. (2012). Human Papilloma Virus and Head and Neck Cancer. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 8(8). doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2012.07.013
  • Bultas, M. W. (2012). Understanding Sports Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening Recommendations. NASN School Nurse 27, 318-322. doi:10.1177/1942602X12453336
  • *Bultas, M. W. (2012). The Health Care Experiences of the Preschool Child with Autism. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27(5). doi: 10.1016/j.pwsn.2011.05.005
  • McKee, S., Bultas, M., Ahearn, T. (2011). School Nurse Survival: Reviewing Clinical Skills in the Simulation Laboratory. NASN School Nurse 26(4). doi: 10.1177/1942602X11409419
  • Bultas, M. W. (2011). Enhancing the Pediatric Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum through Simulation. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 26(3). doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2010.06.012

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Missouri Nurse's Association (MONA)