Sarah J. Ball, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Sarah J. Ball, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Sarah J. Ball, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Expertise/Specializations

  • Women's Health (Maternal -Child Nurse)
  • Simulation
  • Technology
  • Safety and Quality

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Nursing - Bachelors

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Nursing Courses at Junior and Senior Level

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • McCafferty, K. L., Ball, S. J., & Cuddigan, J. Understanding the continuing education needs of rural Midwestern nurses, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 2017
  • Iverson, L., Ball, S., Harms, A., Murcek, C., Woods, S, & Young, T. Technology in the College of Nursing: Perception and Use to Achieve Learning Outcomes, Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2016

Presentations

  •  Evaluation of stand-alone safety and quality labs using standardized scores. Accepted Panel Presentation 2019 Nurse Educator’s Conference in Rockies. Vail, Co, July 8, 2019
     , 2019
  • Augmented Reality In Nursing Education; Providing Innovative Methods to Effectively and Efficiently Engage Learners. Accepted Poster Presentation 2019 Nurse Educator’s Conference in Rockies. Vail, Co, July 11, 2019, 2019
  • The Use of Augmented Reality Photospheres in the College of Nursing to Decrease Student Anxiety; AEA program titled March Madness with a Faculty Development Focus. Accepted Interactive Table Presentation, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, 2018
  • The Use of Augmented Reality Photospheres in the College of Nursing. AEA Accepted Poster Presentation, Creighton University: Omaha, NE , 2017
  • Ball,S., Panning, M., Miller, J., Schoening, A., Selig, C., Koziol, D. Murcek, C., McCafferty, K. Fukuda, E., Koster, E. (2017). The Use of Augmented Reality to Increase Efficiency in Preparing Undergraduate Nursing Students for New Clinical Settings [51291]. Accepted; Round Table Presentation at the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education; EdMedia World Wide Conference on Education Media and Technology. Washington, D.C., 2017
  • Ball,S., Panning, M., Miller, J., Schoening, A., Koziol, D., McCafferty, K., Selig, C., Murcek, C., Fukuda, E., Koster, E. (2017). The Innovative Use of Augmented Reality in the College of Nursing, Accepted; Poster and Demonstration Presentation at the 2017 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Collaborate Nebraska, Omaha, NE, 2017
  • Ball, S. & Panning, M. (2017). Augmented reality: An innovative learning tool. (Accepted Podium Presentation) Nebraska IT Symposium 13th Annual Conference. Omaha, NE., 2017
  • The use of augmented reality photospheres in the college of nursing to decrease student anxiety.  Accepted Podium Presentation. Iota Tau 28th Annual Research Day. Omaha, NE, May 4, 2017.
     
     , 2017
  • Hercinger, M., Kirkpatrick, M., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Connelly, S., Hanks, J.,  McCafferty, K., & Pothoff, M. (2016). Meeting the needs of pre-licensure nursing students- The intentional integration of ATI skills modules and real life scenarios into the clinical skills lab. Accepted; Poster Presentation. 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit. Orlando, FL, 2017
  • 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. Accepted; Poster Presentation. 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit Orlando, FL.
     , 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. Accepted; Poster Presentation. MNRS 41st Annual Conference , 2017
  • Connelly, S., Pothoff, M., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, M., Kirkpatrick,M., & McCafferty, K. (2016). The young and the restless: Combining advanced practice and prelicensure nursing students for intraprofessional simulation. Accepted; Podium presentation. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' (NAPNAP) 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care.  Denver, CO., 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. Accepted; Poster Presentation. Creighton University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE. , 2016
  • Ball, S. & Backer, T. (2016). Perinatal Coping and Debriefing. Podium presentation for Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Seventh Annual Nebraska Section Fall Conference. Omaha, NE. (Podium Presentation), 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
  • McCafferty , K., Hanks, J., Beiermann, T., Banzhaf, S., Ball, S., Hirsch, K. Murcek, C. Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students-Accuracy & Efficacy. Teaching and Learning with Technology Showcase, Poster Presentation, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2016
  • Ball, S., Banzhaf, S. , Hanks, J., Beiermann, T., McCafferty, K.  Hirsch, K. Murcek, C. Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students.-Confidence and Communication. Teaching and Learning with Technology Showcase, Poster Presentation, Creighton University. Omaha, Ne., 2016
  • Meeting the Needs of Pre-Licensure Students Integrating Skills into the Clinical Coursework. Creighton University Assessment Symposium Poster Presentation,, 2015
  • The Interactive Online Use of C-CEI as a Student-Driven, Online, Peer Evaluation Tool (IRB: 654739-2) International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Accepted; Poster Presentation June 2015, 2015
  • Peer- Evaluation of Simulated Clinical Experiences Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) (IRB: 654739-2) ATI 2015 National Nurse Educator Summit, Accepted Poster Presentation April 2015, 2015
  • Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Real-time Method of Online Peer-Evaluation in the Simulation Setting (IRB: 654739-2) Iota Tau Research Day Poster Presentation, Accepted; Poster Presentation April 2015, 2015
  • The Interactive Online Use of C-CEI as a Student-Driven, Online, Peer Evaluation Tool (IRB: 654739-2) Creighton College of Nursing Technology Fair Podium Presentation, 2015
  • The Interactive Online Use of C-CEI as a Student-Driven, Online, Peer Evaluation Tool (IRB: 654739-2) Creighton College of Nursing Technology Fair Podium Presentation., 2014
  • Maternal Child High Fidelity Simulation Lab: The Attitudes, Comfort Levels and Teamwork, Poster Presentation, September 26, 2013, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Maternal Child High Fidelity Simulation Lab: The Attitudes, Comfort Levels and Teamwork, Power Point Presentation, September 18, 2013, Omaha, NE., 2013

  •  A model for operating a faculty-driven common core curriculum. Submitted panel discussion on 2/14/2019 for Association for General & Liberal Studies(AGLS) 59th Annual Conference 9/2019- Pending Acceptance
     

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Clinical Simulation Labs Student Peer & Self Evaluation Interactive Classroom Teaching E-learning; Augmented Reality;Assessment

Current Research Projects

  • IRB-1175470-1 Augmented Reality and Photosphere’s in the College of Nursing
    IRB 1144140-4 Effect of Augmented Reality on Anxiety in Pre-licensure Nursing Students
    IRB 907729-1 Augmented Reality and Photosphere's in the college of Nursing IRB 857321-1 The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Simulation on Advanced Practice and Pre-Licensure Nursing Students’ Self-Efficacy Exempt 01/18/2016 IRB 854244-1 Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students New Project Exempt 01/2016 IRB 654739-3 The Interactive Online Use of Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Student Driven Peer Evaluation Tool 11/2015

Grant Funding Received

  • •Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students. -Granted 12/15- $1750.00 by Creighton University’s Committee on computing and Academic Technology
  • The Use of Augmented Reality Photospheres in the College of Nursing to Decrease Student Anxiety. – Granted 12/16- $760.00 by Creighton University’s Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment

Awards and Honors

  • Nebraska AWHONN Nurse of Year, Association of Women's Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, 2018
  • Postitive Image of Nursing, Nebraska Nurses Association, 2017