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Amanda Kirkpatrick, , MSN, RN-BC

Villanova University PhD
Home Blair NE United States


Amanda Kirkpatrick, MSN, RN-BC currently works as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing program at her alma mater, Creighton University (BSN, 2005), where she has worked since obtaining her MSN in nursing education from Clarkson College in December 2012. Her previous work experience was in the area of Burn/ICU clinical nursing (3 years) and staff development (4 years) at Nebraska Medicine. She serves as principle investigator on a number of research projects in her areas of interest, including interdisciplinary education, simulation, palliative care, and rubric development for reflective writing. Two of these projects, those related to her doctoral work in end-of-life simulation, are grant funded. She also participates in a number of other research projects as co-investigator in the areas of interdisciplinary education/simulation and academic writing assessment, one of which, is funded. Amanda currently serves as President-Elect for the Iota Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and leads a number of task force and project initiatives within the undergraduate baccalaureate program at Creighton University. Most notably, Amanda is a nominated member of the Undergraduate Assessment and Curriculum Committee at Creighton’s College of Nursing, which is currently tasked with major curriculum revisions as it moves toward adoption of a concept-based curriculum. Amanda’s relevant awards in nursing include the 40 Under 40 Nursing Leadership Award (2014), Positive Image of Nursing Award (2011) and Outstanding New Nurse Award (2006) – both from the Nebraska Nurses’ Association, and student nominations for teaching. Amanda is also a wife, and a mother of two boys.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Palliative Care/Pain/Hospice
Dissertation: Development of Palliative Care Competence in Undergraduate Nursing Students Through End-of-Life Simulation