Sara E. Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC
College of Nursing, Omaha Campus
- Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing - Doctorate
- Assistant Professor
Sara E. Banzhaf DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at Creighton University College of Nursing who currently is serving as a member of the faculty in the role of Track Leader for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Track, and works as a Psychiatric-Nurse Practitioner at Monen Health Care Clinic, a community-based clinic. Additional roles include appointment to the Executive Committee of the Behavioral Health Education Committee of Nebraska (BHECN) , and the BHECN Nursing Education sub-committee to support workforce development within the state of Nebraska, and serving on the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Education Council Steering Committee and serves as co-chair of the Education Council Graduate Branch. Previous roles include being a Faculty Advisor in the Ratio Studiorum Program, and the Track Lead for the Accelerated Nursing Program. Education includes achievement of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Creighton University College of Nursing in May 2017. Prior education includes a Masters in Nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center December 2012, and BSN from Clarkson College of Nursing in June 1984. ANCC certification as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner May 2013. Previous work history includes roles in psychiatric mental health nursing as a staff nurse, and RN Care Manager in Home Health. Additionally has served in a variety of nursing leadership roles ranging from Clinical Supervisor, Manager, Operations Director, Quality Clinical Coordinator and Interim Vice President of Nursing Services.
- Potthoff, M., Banzhaf, S., Ball, S., Hanks, J.,Connelly, S., Hercinger, M., McCafferty, K. Intraprofessional Simulation's Impact on Advanced Practice and Baccalauretate Student Efficacy, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16, 33-39, 2018
- Banzhaf, S., McCafferty, K., Tucci, C, Woster, J. Integrating a Spiritual Care Model within An Accelerated Nursing Curriculum, Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 17(1), 17-26, 2018
- Kunes-Connell, Mary A Qualitative Inquiry Addressing the Experience of Depression in Impoverished, Ethnically Diverse Women, Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 25 (2), 99-111, 2019
- Naylor, H., Jessen, J., Banzhaf, S. & Martens-Striklett, K Addressing the Opioid Use Epidemic, Health, Interprofessional Practice, and Education, 2020
- Banzhaf, S.E. Cardiovascular and Metabolic Risk Management in an Adult Population with Schizophrenia: A Quality Improvement Project, Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2020
Mental Health Wellness Healthy Bites Session on the topic of Mental Health – Rescheduled in March 2020 to 2021. Co-presenter – Creighton University
Creating a Clinical Learning Environment Supporting Interprofessional Practice Using a
Synchronous On-Line Strategy. (Banzhaf, S, Price, P., Coffman, R., Iverson, L.)
American Psychiatric Nurses Association 34 th Annual Conference, Virtual
45 Minute Podium Presentation September 30-October 4, 2020
Use of Augmented Reality in Psychiatric Mental Health Simulation.
(Williams, J., Sheridan, R., Koziol, D. McCafferty, K., Banzhaf, S., Panning, M.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association 34 th Annual Conference, Virtual
30 Minute Podium Presentation September 30-October 4, 2020
Addressing the Opioid Use Epidemic: Strategies for Interprofessional Health Education
(Hadenfeldt, C., Naylor, H., Jessen, J., Banzhaf, S. & Martens-Striklett, K.)
Nexus Summit Program, August 2020, Virtual Lighting Talk
Virtual Interprofessional Clinical Team Simulation: Managing Complex Medical
And Psychiatric Comorbidities (Banzhaf, S, Iverson, L, Price, P, Coffman, R.). 2020
Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference (HIPE), July 23-24.
Podium Presentation, 2020
Addressing the Opioid-Use Epidemic: Strategies for Interprofessional Health July 2020
Education (Naylor, H., Jessen, J., Banzhaf & Hadenfeldt, C., Martens-Striklett, K)
2020 Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference (HIPE),
July 23-24. Poster Presentation. Received First Place Poster Award
Inter-Professional Approaches to Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (Hadenfeldt, C., Naylor, H., Jessen, J., Banzhaf, S. & Martens-Striklett, K.)
MNRS Annual Research Conference 2020, April 1-4, 2020,
- Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model: Integrating a Synergy of Compassion, Ease and Hope to address the Experience of Depression in Ethnically Diverse Impoverished Women. (Banzhaf, S.E, Kunes-Connell, M.) APNA 33rd Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA Poster Presentation , 2019
- St. Albert’s Research Day Creighton University “An Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model: Integrating A Synergy of Compassion, Ease, and
Hope ToAddress the Experience of Depression in Ethnically Diverse Impoverished Women” , 2019
- Addressing Local Health Disparities by Promoting Cultural Competency - presentation at the Global Health Conference Midwest , 2018
- Co-Presenter for the break out session - Establishing Educational and Work Experience at the Annual Psychiatric Nursing Summit - sponsored by the Behavioral Health Education Center of NE , 2017
- Poster Presentation - 2017 University Assessment Symposium Office of Academic Excellence - Title: The Intentional Integration of Spirituality into an Accelerated nursing Program, 2017
- Panel Presentation at the Through the Eye of the Needle: Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, Seattle, Washington
Title: Following a Crosswalk: the Intentional Integration of Spirituality in an Accelerated Nursing Curriculum , 2017
- Meeting the needs of pre-licensure nursing students – The intentional integration of ATI skills modules and real-life scenarios into the clinical skills lab. 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit (Orlando, FL), 2017
- The young and the restless: Combining advanced practice and prelicensure nursing students for intraprofessional simulation National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' (NAPNAP) 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. Denver, CO. – Podium Presentation, 2017
- Poster Presentation accepted for the 2016 Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Title: An Interprofessional simulation's impact on Advanced Practice and Pre-Licensure nursing students' self-efficacy., 2016
- The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Simulation on Advanced Practice and Pre-Licensure Nursing Students’ Self-Efficacy Sigma Theta Tau –Iota Tau 27th Annual Research Day, Creighton University Omaha, NE –Poster Presentation, 2016
- Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-licensure Nursing Students –Accuracy & Efficacy
TLT Showcase: A Celebration of Mission, Technology, and
Teaching – Poster Presentation , 2016
- Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-licensure Nursing Students – Confidence & Communication TLT Showcase: A Celebration of Mission, Technology, and Teaching – Poster Presentation, 2016
- Poster Presentation at the 2015 Creighton University Assessment Symposium: Meeting the Needs of Pre-Licensure Nursing Students – Integrating Skills Into the Clinical Coursework
2015 Creighton Assessment Symposium – Poster Presentation, 2015
Research and Scholarship Interests
- The development of a Concept Based Curriculum for Creighton University Undergraduate Students
Experience of Depression in Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women and Community Based Interventions
Integration of Spirituality and Reflective Practice into Nursing Curriculum and Faculty Practice
Development of innovative teaching and learning strategies for Psychiatric-Mental Health curriculum and practicum experiences for undergraduate and graduate nursing students
The role of a PMHNP in a community based model facilitating a successful transition to employment for a high risk population
Interprofessional Practice to support integration of psychiatric-mental health promoting quality outcomes.
Innovative and Quality Education for PMHNP
Current Research Projects
- 1. Title of Project: An Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model Addressing the Unique Needs of Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women Experiencing Depression.
2. Title of Project: Spiritual Integration to Enhance Reflective Practice in the Creighton University Accelerated Nursing Program
3. Addressing the Opioid Use Epidemic: Strategies for Interprofessional Health Education
4. Interprofessional Collaboration in the Management of Older Adults Experiencing Complex Medical and Psychiatric comorbidities.
Grant Funding Received
- Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students study - Committee on Computing and Academic Technology (CCAT) awarded grant to fund the installation of a camera and capture card to facilitate the study
- Banzhaf, S. E., Davis, B., Woster, J. Tucci, C., McCafferty, K., Kirkpatrick, A., Parks, J., Aufdenkamp, M., Beiermann, T., Slone, C., Minnich, M. (April 2017-December 2018). Spiritual Integration to Enhance Reflective Practice in the Creighton University Accelerated Nursing Program. Funded by Creighton University Office of Academic Excellence And Assessment. $1,150.
- Banzhaf, S. E. (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018). An Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model Proposal Addressing the Unique Needs of Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women Experiencing Depression. Funded by the George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund. $4,463.
- The purpose of this project has two objectives. The first objective is to develop interactive posters that combine augmented reality with hands-on medication administration principles to meet the student learning outcomes found in the foundational coursework of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Health Assessment. The second objective is to develop interactive posters that combine augmented reality with clinical case presentations seen in the Psychiatric Mental Health clinical environment.
- A Haddix Grant application. This applied research study seeks to alleviate ere issues of work-life integration (and assist with broader areas of employee well-being) at our university in addition to publishing articles related to employee well-being, work-life integration, mission fit, etc. PROJECT PLAN: This study will utilize mixed methods- collecting both qualitative and and quantitative data in addition to reviewing relevant documents. Notified that this grant was not selected for funding.
- Co-PI f
- Initial development of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health For the Heart Ministry Center that will work on the development of an application and process to support access and coordination of health care services, and track outcomes,
- The Daisy Faculty Award, Creighton University College of Nursing , 2017
- Iggy Award (2), Office of Retention , 2016
- Iggy Award (1), Office of Retention , 2016
- Creighton University College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award for Classroom Instruction, Graduating Class of December 2015 at Pinning Ceremony, 2015
- Creighton University College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award for Clinical Instruction, Graduating Accelerated Class August 2015 , 2015