Heather Naylor, MSN, FNP
Heather Naylor, MSN, FNP

Heather Naylor, MSN, FNP

College of Nursing, Phoenix Campus


  • Pain Management
  • Family Practice NP

Academic Appointments


  • Nursing - Bachelors


  • Instructor

Teaching Activity

  • NUR Evidence-Based Practice 2 - Course Coordinator
  • NUR 250 Pathophysiology - Course Coordinator
  • NUR 312 Evidence-Based Practice 1 - Course Coordinator
  • NUR 341 Pharmacology - Course Coordinator
  • NUR 444 Care Management III - Instructor
  • NUR 489 - Preceptorship - Course Coordinator


Publications and Presentations


  • Naylor, H., Aufdenkamp, M. Escape the pharmacy: An active learning strategy for the nursing pharmacology classroom, Nursing Education Perspectives, 2020
  • Naylor, H.M., Jessen, J.L., Banzhaf, S., Martens-Stricklett, K. Addressing the opioid epidemic: Strategies for interprofessional health education., Health, Interprofessional Practice, and Education, 4(1), e2131, 2020


  • Invited Keynote Speaker for Sigma Theta Tau Iota Tau's 31st Annual Research Days as Creighton College of Nursing in Omaha, NE. "Pain and the Power of Suggestion.", 2020
  • Poster Presentation at Midwest Nursing Research Society annual conference. "Adressing the Opioid Use Epidemic: Strategies for an Interprofessional Approach.", 2020
  • Lead presenter at Nurse Educator's Conference in the Rockies. I will be lead presenter with Cindy Hadenfeldt and Marillee Aufdenkamp on a flipped classroom activity I developed for Pharmacology, Escape The Pharmacy, where participants learn analgesic content by solving a series of puzzle-clues focusing on maximum dose and adverse effects of various classes of analgesic medications, recognition of opioid oversedation, and review of opioid receptors., 2019
  • Crash Course: Pain Management of the Hospitalized Patient in Pain and Non-Pharmacologic Approaches - presented to Creighton Medical Students (M4) , 2019
  • When Your Patient Takes Opioids: Prescribing Risks and Tapering Strategies - Dignity Health Pain Symposium, 2018
  • Opioid Tapering presentation for providers in the Arizona Service Area for Dignity Health designed to meet new Arizona Continuing Medical Education requirement for opioid prescribing in Arizona. , 2017
  • Palliative Care vs. Pain Management - Dignity Health Pain Symposium, 2016
  • Multimodal Analgesia in Acute Care - Arizona Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Conference in Tucson, AZ, 2016
  • Principles of Multimodal Analgesia and Non-Pharmacologic Approaches - Barrow Neurological Institute Nursing Symposium, 2015
  • Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals presentation to Dignity Health Quality Committee, 2015
  • Putting the Purpose into the Practice of Pain Management: Case Studies in Acute Care - Dignity Health Pain Symposium, 2014
  • Advanced, Clinically Relevant Case Studies in Pain Management - Dignity Health Pain Symposium, 2013

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Pain Management
    Flipped classroom activities
    Nurse transition to practice

Current Research Projects

  • Pain communication
    Nurse transition to practice during COVID pandemic

Grant Funding Received

  • No grant received but conducted qualitative research project on New Graduate RN perspectives of working in acute care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research to be presented at Scholarly Forum and manuscript nearing completion for submission.