Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN
Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN

Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
College of Nursing, Omaha Campus

Expertise/Specializations

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

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Nursing - Bachelors

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Mandy Kirkpatrick is an Associate Professor at Creighton University College of Nursing in Omaha, NE where she has been faculty since 2013. Her research interests include simulation, interprofessional (IP) education, and palliative care (PC). Her doctoral research at Villanova University was in the area of interprofessional end-of-life simulation, funded by the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Program (2016-2018), Creighton's Haddix grant, and Sigma Theta Tau – Iota Tau Chapter (2016-2017). Mandy’s experience in working collaboratively with IP teams has led to the development of several successful projects and taskforces throughout her career, including simulation teams, course development, and interprofessional research. As a Macy Faculty Scholar (2019-2021), she aims to develop and disseminate virtual interprofessional simulation (VISion) using palliative care scenarios as an effective model for interprofessional education of distance students. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s has held leadership positions in local and national nursing and IP practice organizations. She has received recognition and awards for teaching excellence and scholarship, with regional, national, and international invitations to speak or consult on IP simulation and PC topics. Mandy is an active member of multiple nursing and interprofessional organizations and holds leadership positions on several committees. Her professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, ANA, NLN, AACN, HPNA, AIHC, INACSL and SSIH. Her simulation research has been disseminated in peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations nationally and internationally.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • 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
  • 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
  • Cantrell, M. A., & Smeltzer, S. A concept analysis of palliative care nursing: Advancing nursing theory, Advances in Nursing Science, 40(4), 356-369, 2017
  • Cantrell, M. A., & Smeltzer, S. Palliative care simulations in undergraduate nursing education: An integrative review, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(9), 414-431, 2017
  • 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, Interprofessional Education, Distance Simulation

Current Research Projects

  • Macy Faculty Scholars Program (2019-2021): "Virtual Interprofessional Simulation: A “VISion” for the Future of Health Professions Education"

    AAMC Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education Grant Program (2021-2022): "Simulation to Assess Impact of a Health Equity-Focused Health Humanities Track in GME"

    SSIH Distance Simulation Research Committee (2021-2023): "2023 Research Summit on Distance Simulation"

    Other Scholarship: "IRB Exempt Study: Evaluation of Palliative Care
    Competency Among Undergraduate Nursing Students Following Completion of ELNEC Course";

    Manuscripts in process: Pilot results of an interprofessional palliative care course and distance simulation (2 manuscripts); Integrative reviews of virtual interprofessional simulations and interprofessional palliative care education studies (2 manuscripts); Effective practices and outcomes of a collaborative learning and leadership (1 manuscript)
     

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