Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN-BC
Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN-BC

Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN-BC

Associate Professor
College of Nursing, Omaha Campus

Expertise/Specializations

  • Burn Intensive Care
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Nursing Education and Simulation

Academic Appointments

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Amanda works as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing program. She joined Creighton in January 2013.
She serves as principle investigator on a number of research projects in her areas of interest, including interdisciplinary education, simulation, palliative care, and rubric development for reflective writing. Two of these projects – those related to her doctoral work in end-of-life simulation – are grant-funded. She also participates as co-investigator in a number of other research projects in the areas of interdisciplinary education/simulation and academic writing assessment, one of which is funded. Amanda currently serves as president-elect for the Iota Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and leads a number of task-force and project initiatives within the undergraduate baccalaureate program at Creighton University.
Amanda is a nominated member and chair elect of the Undergraduate Assessment and Curriculum Committee at Creighton’s College of Nursing, which is currently tasked with major curriculum revisions as it moves toward adoption of a concept-based curriculum. Amanda’s other relevant awards in nursing include the 40 Under 40 Nursing Leadership Award (2014), Positive Image of Nursing Award (2011) and Outstanding New Nurse Award (2006). Most notably, Amanda was named a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare at Villanova University School of Nursing. She is one of 425 doctoral students to be named to the 2016-18 cohort of Jonas Nurse Scholars. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program aims to increase the number of U.S. nursing school faculty with doctorates. It supports nursing scholars with financial assistance, leadership development programs and networking support.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Kirkpatrick, A., Cantrell, M. A., & Smeltzer, S. C. Relationships among nursing student palliative care knowledge, experience, self-awareness, and performance: An end-of-life simulation study, Nurse Education Today, 73, 23-30, 2019
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Ball, S., Connelly, S., Hercinger, M., Hanks, J., Potthoff, M., Banzhaf, S., & McCafferty, K. Intraprofessional simulations impact on advanced practice and baccalaureate student self-efficacy, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16, 33-39, 2018
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Cantrell, M. A., & Smeltzer, S. A concept analysis of palliative care nursing: Advancing nursing theory, Advances in Nursing Science, 40(4), 356-369, 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Cantrell, M. A., & Smeltzer, S. Palliative care simulations in undergraduate nursing education: An integrative review, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(9), 414-431, 2017
  • Minnich, M., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Schoening, A., Goodman, J., Whittaker, A., & Khanna, M. Writing across the curriculum: Reliability testing of a standardized rubric, Journal of Nursing Education, 57(6), 366-370, 2017

Presentations

  • Kirkpatrick, A. (2020, April 21). Interprofessional Education. Invited Virtual Attending role for The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Virtual Patient Rounds in Neurology School of Medicine Course: ME:200.699.3, 2020
  • Kirkpatrick, A., & Packard, K. (2020, April 2). Transitioning to online IPE in a pandemic. Invited webinar speaker for Connecting at the Nexus: COVID-19 Edition Webinar series. https://nexusipe.org/informing/resource-center/transitioning-online-ipe-pandemic, 2020

  • Selig, C., Kirkpatrick, A., Hercinger, M., Chapple, H., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., Shirley, N., & Thinnes, A., (2020). Interprofessional team development through virtual palliative care simulations (oral/poster presentation). Midwest Nursing Research Symposium (MNRS) 44th Annual Research Conference. Shaumburg, IL, April 1-4, 2020., 2020
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., Selig, C., Shirley, N., & Thinnes, A. (2020). Interprofessional competence development through online palliative care education and virtual interprofessional simulation (VISion) (poster presentation). State of the Science. San Diego, CA, March 20-22, 2020. (Conference canceled), 2020
  • Shirley, N., Thinnes, A., Nystrom, K., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Pick, A., & Selig, C. (2019). Interprofessional competence development through online palliative care education (poster presentation). 2nd Annual Arizona Nexus Interprofessional Conference. Glendale, AZ, November 15-16, 2019., 2019
  • Thinnes, A., Nystrom, K., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Pick, A., Selig, C., & Shirley, N. (2019). Interprofessional competence development through online palliative care education (poster presentation). 2019 University Assessment Symposium Office of Academic Excellence. Omaha, NE, October 25, 2019., 2019
  • Selig, C., Kirkpatrick, A., Thinnes, A., Hercinger, M., Chapple, H., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., & Shirley, N. (2019). Interprofessional team development through virtual palliative care simulations (poster presentation). 2019 University Assessment Symposium Office of Academic Excellence. Omaha, NE, October 25, 2019., 2019

  • Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., Selig, C., Shirley, N., & Thinnes, A. (2019). Virtual interprofessional simulation: A “VISion” for collaboration through online palliative care education (oral presentation). Collaborating Across Borders VII Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 20-23, 2019., 2019

  • Packard, K., Begley, K., Iverson, L., Kirkpatrick, A., Pick, A., & Ryan-Haddad, A. (2019). Development and implementation of synchronous interprofessional education activities integrating distance learners (workshop presentation). Collaborating Across Borders VII Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 20-23, 2019., 2019

  • Kirkpatrick, A., Iverson, L., Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., Selig, C., Shirley, N., & Thinnes, A. (2019). Interprofessional team development through virtual palliative care simulations (oral presentation). 2019 Heartland Interprofessional Education (HIPE) Conference. Omaha, NE, August 1-2, 2019., 2019
  • Thinnes, A., Nystrom, K., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Pick, A., Selig, C., & Shirley, N. (2019). Interprofessional competence development through online palliative care education (poster presentation). 2019 Heartland Interprofessional Education (HIPE) Conference. Omaha, NE, August 1, 2019., 2019

  • Kirkpatrick, A. (2019). Development of palliative care competence in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (podium presentation). 2019 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference. Phoenix, AZ, June 19-22, 2019., 2019
  • Selig, C., Kirkpatrick, A., Thinnes, A., Hercinger, M., Chapple, H., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., & Shirley, N. (2019). Interprofessional team development through virtual palliative care simulations (poster presentation). 30th Annual Iota Tau Research Day. Creighton University, Omaha, NE, May 2, 2019., 2019
  • Selig, C., Kirkpatrick, A., Thinnes, A., Hercinger, M., Chapple, H., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., & Shirley, N. (2019). Interprofessional team development through virtual palliative care simulations (poster  presentation). 2019 Creighton University (St. Albert’s) Research Day. Omaha, NE, April 2, 2019., 2019

  • Kirkpatrick, A. (2019). Development of palliative care competence in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (podium/paper presentation). Midwest Nursing Research Symposium (MNRS) 43rd Annual Research Conference. Kansas City, KS, March 27-30, 2019., 2019
  • Kirkpatrick, A. (2018). A concept analysis of palliative care nursing (podium/paper presentation). Midwest Nursing Research Symposium (MNRS) 42nd Annual Research Conference. Cleveland, OH, April 12-15, 2018., 2018
  • Minnich, M., Shirley, N., Kirkpatrick, A., Rusch, L., Tadeo Orbik, K., Peak, J., & Montoya, A. (2018). Community health nursing clinical immersion experiences (oral presentation). Creighton University Teaching and Learning Center AEA Development Grant Series, March 21, 2018., 2018
  • Kirkpatrick, A. & Rusch, Lori. (2016). Addressing self-efficacy and self-awareness in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE. October 6, 2016.
     , 2017
  • Banzhaf, S., Davis, B., Woster, J., Tucci, C., McCafferty, K., Parks, J., Aufdenkamp, M., Slone, C., Kirkpatrick, A., Minnich, M., Manz, J., & Beiermann, T. (2017). Following a crosswalk: The intentional integration of spirituality in an accelerated nursing curriculum (panel presentation). Justice Conference 2017 -- Through the Eye of the Needle: The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education. Seattle, WA, August 10-13, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Minnich, M., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Schoening, A., Goodman, J., Whittaker, A., & Khanna, M. (2017). Writing across the curriculum: How reliable is our standardized rubric? (podium presentation). 28th Annual Iota Tau Research Day. Omaha, NE, May 4, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, A., & Iverson, L. (2017). Development of palliative care competence in nursing students using simulation (podium presentation). 28th Annual Iota Tau Research Day. Omaha, NE, May 4, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, A. & Rusch, Lori. (2017). Addressing self-efficacy and self-awareness in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (podium/paper presentation). Midwest Nursing Research Symposium (MNRS) 41st Annual Research Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 6-8, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2017). The impact of an interprofessional pediatric simulation on advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students’ self-efficacy (poster presentation). Midwest Nursing Research Symposium (MNRS) 41st Annual Research Conference. Minneapolis, MN, April 6-8, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, A. & Rusch, Lori. (2017). Addressing self-efficacy and self-awareness in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (poster presentation). 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit. Orlando, FL, April 2-5, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2017). The impact of an interprofessional pediatric simulation on advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students’ self-efficacy (poster presentation). 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit. Orlando, FL, April 2-5, 2017.
     , 2017

  • Hercinger, M., Kirkpatrick, A., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., McCafferty, K., Miller, J., & Pothoff, M. Development of a pediatric simulation using peer mentoring between junior and senior undergraduate and advanced practice nursing students (Invited podium presentation). 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit. Orlando, FL, April 2-5, 2017.
     , 2017

  • Kirkpatrick, A. & Rusch, Lori. (2017). Addressing self-efficacy and self-awareness in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (poster presentation). 2017 Creighton University Research Day (St. Albert’s). Omaha, NE. March 30, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Connelly, S., Pothoff, M., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, Kirkpatrick, A., &
    McCafferty, K. (2017). The young and the restless: Combining advanced practice and prelicensure nursing students for intraprofessional simulation (podium presentation). National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' (NAPNAP) 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care.  Denver, CO. March 16-19, 2017.
     , 2017

  • Minnich, M., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Schoening, A., Goodman, J., Whittaker, A., & Khanna, M. (2017). Writing across the curriculum: How reliable is our standardized rubric? (podium presentation). AEA Development Grant Series. Omaha, NE. February 1, 2017.
     , 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, M., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2016). An intraprofessional simulation’s impact on advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students’ self-efficacy (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE., 2016
  • Kirkpatrick, M. & Rusch, Lori. (2016). Addressing self-efficacy and self-awareness in undergraduate nursing students through end-of-life simulation (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE., 2016

  • Minnich, M., Kirkpatrick, A., Chapple, H., Schoening, A., Goodman, J., & Whittaker, A. (2016). Writing across the curriculum: How reliable is our standardized rubric? (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE. October 6, 2016.
     , 2016
  • Kirkpatrick, A., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2016). An intraprofessional simulation’s impact on advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students’ self-efficacy (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE. October 6, 2016.
     , 2016
  • Kirkpatrick, M. (2016). Use of simulation in end-of-life care education for undergraduate nursing students: An integrative review (poster presentation). Iota Tau Annual Research Day. Omaha, NE., 2016
  • Kirkpatrick, M., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2016). The impact of an interprofessional pediatric simulation on advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students’ self-efficacy (poster presentation). Iota Tau Annual Research Day. Omaha, NE., 2016

  • Kirkpatrick, A., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2016). The impact of an interprofessional pediatric simulation on advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students’ self-efficacy (poster presentation). Iota Tau Annual Research Day. Omaha, NE, May 5, 2016.
     , 2016
  • Kirkpatrick, A. (2016). Use of simulation in end-of-life care education for undergraduate nursing students: An integrative review (poster presentation). Iota Tau Annual Research Day. Omaha, NE, May 5, 2016.
     , 2016
  • McCafferty, K., Banzhaf, S., Hanks, J., Hirsch, K., Beiermann, T., Ball, S., Kirkpatrick, A., Price, H., & Nilsson, P. (2015). Meeting the needs of pre-licensure students integrating skills into the clinical coursework (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE., 2015
  • Minnich, M., Kirkpatrick, M., Goodman, J., Schoening, A., Chapple, H., & Whitaker, A. (2015). Standardizing writing assessment across the undergraduate nursing curriculum (poster presentation). AEA Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE., 2015
  • Kirkpatrick, M. (2013). Coaching: A tool for retention and professional development (post presentation). State of the Art Nursing Conference. Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Kirkpatrick, M., & Lander, M. (2012). Mapping the future: Professional development paths for the registered nurse (oral presentation). NNSDO National Convention. Boston, MA., 2012
  • Kirkpatrick, M., & Lander, M. (2012). Mapping the future: Professional development paths for the registered nurse (poster presentation). State of the Art Nursing Conference. Omaha, NE., 2012

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Palliative Care Nursing Competence, Academic and Reflective Writing, Spirituality, Nursing Simulation, Interprofessional Education

Grant Funding Received

  • Development of palliative care competence in undergraduate nursing students using simulation
  • Dissertation Study: Development of palliative care competence in undergraduate nursing students using simulation
  • Writing across the curriculum: How reliable is our standardized rubric?
  • Spiritual Integration to Enhance Reflective Practice in the Creighton University Accelerated Nursing Program
  • Community Health Nursing Clinical Immersion Experiences
  • Interprofessional Team Development Through Virtual Palliative Care Simulations: Funding for Standardized Patients. Kirkpatrick, A. (PI), Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., Selig, C., Shirley, N., & Thinnes, A. Submitted January, 2019 for Faculty Research Grant from Creighton University Graduate School in the amount of $500. (Awarded $500)
  • Virtual Interprofessional Simulation: A “VISion” for the Future of Health Professions Education. Kirkpatrick, A. (PI/Scholar). Submitted February, 2019 for Macy Faculty Scholars Program. ($158,259 over two years with 50% protected time for scholar activity)
  • Interprofessional Team Development Through Virtual Palliative Care Simulations: Funding for Standardized Patients. Kirkpatrick, A. (PI), Chapple, H., Hercinger, M., Iverson, L., Jorgensen, D., Nystrom, K., Pick, A., Selig, C., Shirley, N., & Thinnes, A. Submitted September, 2019 for Faculty Research Grant from Creighton University College of Nursing in the amount of $500. (Awarded $500)

Awards and Honors

  • Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, AACN & Villanova University, 2016
  • 40 Under 40 Nurse Honoree for Nursing Leadership, Nebraska Action Coalition, 2014
  • Teacher of the Week, Delta Zeta Sorority, 2013
  • Positive Image of Nursing Award, Nebrasa Nurses Association, 2011
  • Extraordinary Nurse Award, Nebraska Medical Center, 2008
  • Outstanding New Nurse Award, Nebrasa Nurses Association, 2006
  • BSN Scholarly Poster Award, Creighton University, 2005
  • Magna Cum Laude, Creighton University, 2005
  • Teacher of the Week, Delta Zeta Sorority, 2016