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Sara Elizabeth Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Nursing

Sara Banzhaf

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Faculty - Nursing
College of Nursing
Nursing Practice (Doctorate)
Nursing MSN (Master of Science)
Nursing Post-Graduate (Post-Graduate Certificate)
Graduate School
CRISS II - Criss 2

Sara Elizabeth Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Nursing


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.

Teaching Interests

  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Research Focus

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 

Department

Nursing - Doctorate

Position

Assistant Professor

General

  • Clinical Simulation in Nursing
    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
    16, p. 33-39 2018
  • Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal
    Banzhaf, S., McCafferty, K., Tucci, C, Woster, J. Integrating a Spiritual Care Model within An Accelerated Nursing Curriculum
    17(1), p. 17-26 2018

Articles

  • Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association
    Kunes-Connell, Mary A Qualitative Inquiry Addressing the Experience of Depression in Impoverished, Ethnically Diverse Women
    25 (2), p. 99-111 2019

Publications

  • Health, Interprofessional Practice, and Education
    Naylor, H., Jessen, J., Banzhaf, S. & Martens-Striklett, K Addressing the Opioid Use Epidemic 2020
  • Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association
    Banzhaf, S.E. Cardiovascular and Metabolic Risk Management in an Adult Population with Schizophrenia: A Quality Improvement Project 2020

Presentations

  • A Graduate Education Faculty Toolkit: Let's Do It Pre-Conference Workshop at APNA Conference 2021
  • Mental Health Wellness Healthy Bites Session on the topic of Mental Health –               Rescheduled in March 2020 to 2021.  Co-presenter – Creighton University  2021
  • 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, Virtual45 Minute Podium Presentation September 30-October 4, 2020    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, Virtual30 Minute Podium Presentation September 30-October 4, 2020   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         2020
  • Virtual Interprofessional Clinical Team Simulation:  Managing Complex MedicalAnd 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 2020Education (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   2020
  • 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,Schaumburg, Illinois.   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, WashingtonTitle:  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

Awards

  • The Daisy Faculty Award
    The Daisy Faculty Award - "To honor your exceptional impact on your students and your inspirational influence on their future"
    Creighton University College of Nursing
  • Iggy Award (2)
    Identified by Freshman student following first semester of college acknowledging contributions leading to their success during their first semester at Creighton University
    Office of Retention
  • Iggy Award (1)
    Identified by Freshman student following first semester of college acknowledging contributions leading to their success during their first semester at Creighton University
    Office of Retention
  • Creighton University College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award for Classroom Instruction
    Recognition of valuable contributions to Clinical Instruction
    Graduating Class of December 2015 at Pinning Ceremony
  • Creighton University College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award for Clinical Instruction
    Recogniation of valuable contributions to Classroom Instruction
    Graduating Accelerated Class August 2015