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, Omaha Campus

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

Biography

Publications and Presentations

General

  • Ball, S., Goodman, J., Flott, E., Young, C., Hericinger, M., Photosphere safety rooms: A consistent approach to teaching safety assessment., Nurse Educator, 45(5), 2020
  • Ball, S., Hussey, L The effects of augmented reality on pre-licensure nursing students anxiety levels, Journal of Nursing Education, 2020
  • Flott, E., Ball, S., Hanks, J., Minnich, M., Kirkpatrick, M., Rusch, L., Koziol, D., Laughlin, A., & Williams, J. Fostering cllaborative learning and leadership through peer mentorship among undergraduate nursing., Journal of Nursing Education, 2020
  • Ball, S., Hanks, J., Potthoff, M. & Connelly, S. Integration of telehealth in a pediatric simulation between pre-licensure and advanced practice nursing students., Nursing Education Perspectives, 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
  • Ball, S., Panning, M., Miller, J., Schoening, A., Koziol, D., Selig, C., McCafferty, K., Murcek, C., Fukuda, E. & Koster, E. The Use of Augmented Reality to Increase Efficiency in Preparing Undergraduate Nursing Students for New Clinical Settings, Proceedings / Workshops, In J. Johnston (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2017, 1199-1204, 2017
  • McCafferty, K. L, Ball, S. J., & Cuddigan, J Understanding the continuing education needs of rural Midwestern nurses., The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 48(6), 265-269, 2017

Articles

  • Flott, E., Young, C., Ball, S., Goodman, J., Hercinger, M. Enhancing confidence and communication for clinical practice, Nurse Educator, 2020
  • 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, Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 2016

Presentations

  • Flott, B., Manz, J., Ball, S., Beiermann, T. (2020). Preceptor’s Role in Next Generation Nursing. Accepted Panel Presentation. 2020 Nurse Educator’s Conference in Rockies. Cooper Mountain, Co, July 7, 2020, 2020
  • Ball, S., Goodman, J., Russell, C., Flott, B., & Hercinger, M., (2019).  Collaboration of Academic Nursing with Clinical Teaching Partners to Promote Student Awareness of Quality and Safety in the Clinical Environment. Accepted Podium Presentation. 2020 QSEN International Forum. Pittsburg, PA, May 28, 2020, 2020
  • Ball, S. (2020). Augmented Reality In Nursing Education; Providing Innovative Methods to Effectively and Efficiently Engage Learners. Accepted Poster Presentation. 2020 St. Alberts Day. Omaha, NE, March 31, 2020, 2020
  • Flott, B., Manz, J., Ball, S., Beiermann, T. (2019). Supporting transition to practice: Preceptor behaviors that foster a positive preceptorship experience. Accepted; Poster Presentation. 2019 University Assessment Symposium. Omaha, NE, October 25, 2019, 2019
  • Cooper, L. R., Kahana, M. & Ball, S. (2019). A Model for Operating a Faculty-driven Common Core Curriculum. Accepted Panel Discussion. Association for General & Liberal Studies(AGLS) 59th Annual Conference 9/21/2019 , 2019
  •  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

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
  • Exploring Effective Practices and Outcomes for Collaborative Learning and Leadership Teaching Techniques. -Granted 1/8/20-by Creighton University’s Teaching and Learning Center

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