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Kandis Leigh McCafferty, PhD, RN

Director, Simulation - College of Nursing - Director of Simulation - College of Nursing

Associate Professor

Kandis McCafferty

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Kandis Leigh McCafferty, PhD, RN

Director, Simulation - College of Nursing - Director of Simulation - College of Nursing

Associate Professor

Dr. Kandis McCafferty graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BA in Sociology in 2002 and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a BS in Nursing in 2007 and a PhD in 2014.  Dr. McCafferty has spent the majority of her nursing career working as a labor and delivery nurse and has served as a faculty member at Creighton University since 2013.  While at Creighton, Dr. McCafferty has focused her research endeavors on teaching/learning strategies, the use of simualtion within academic and clinical arenas as well as understanding the teaching/learning needs of nurses who are transitioning into professional practice and/or those working in rural settings.  Dr. McCafferty has received many awards for her classroom and clinical teaching throughout her career as an educator and was one of 20 educators across the coutnry to participate in a simulation leadership fellowship with the National League of Nrusing in 2016.  Dr. McCafferty currently teaches Human Pathophysiology, Statistical Reasoning, Research and Evidence Based Practice and Care Management coursework for undergraduate students.

Teaching Interests

  • Labor and Delivery, Inpatient Obstetrics

Research Focus

Rural Health Disparities; Use of Simulation as a form of education; Development of a "Scorecard" to quantify simulation costs; Development of a standardized Clinical Evaluation Instrument; IPE in the Community Setting

Position

Associate Professor

Articles

  • Nuring Education Perspectives
    Flott, Hadenfeldt Using augmented reality to foster clinical readiness and critical thinking. 2021
  • Nurse Educator
    Manz, J., Hercinger, M., Oertwich, P., McCafferty, K. Nurse Preceptor Perceptions of Nursing Student Progress Toward Readiness for Practice
    44(1), p. 34-37 2019
  • Nuring Education Perspectives
    McCaffetry, Schoening, Hercinger The influence of the DEU clinical model on standardized test scores 2019
  • Nurse Education in Practice
    McCafferty, K., Schoening, A, Hercinger, M & Manz, J Impact of dedicated education unit teaching model on the perceived competencies and professional attributes of nursing students
    33, p. 90-93 2018
  • Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal
    Banzhaf, S., McCafferty, K., Tucci, C., & Woster, J. Integrating a Spiritual Care Model within an Accelerated Nursing Curriculum.
    7(1), p. 17-26 2018
  • Clinical Simulation in Nursing
    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.
    16, p. 33039 2018
  • Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
    Understanding the continuing education needs of rural Midwestern nurses.
    48(6), p. 265-269 2017

Presentations

  • McCafferty K. Creating reality-based educational experiences using augmented technology enhancements. ATI Summit, San Antonio TX (Invited) 2021
  • McCafferty K., & Panning, M., Creating reality-based educational experiences using augmented technology enhancements, College of Nursing Technology Fair 2020
  • McCafferty, K., Flott, E., Hadenfeldt, C., & Panning, M. Using augmented reality to bring classroom and clinical together. CU Assessment Symposium. 2019
  • Flott, E., McCafferty K., Hadenfeldt, C., & Stanton, M., Using Augmented Reality Posters to Facilitate Learning for Students in Foundational Nursing Courses. 2019 Nurse Educator's Conference in the Rockies, Vail, CO 2019
  • McCafferty, K., Flott, E., Panning, M., Salter, B., Works, L., Hadenfeldt, C., Stanton, M., Oliveros, A., Using Augmented Reality to Enhance Student Learning in Foundational Coursework - The Role of Technology. Nebraska IT Symposium, Omaha, NE 2019
  • The Influence of the DEU Clinical Model on Standardized Test Scores (Flott, Beiermann, Hercinger, McCafferty, Schoening) DEU Symposium Portland, OR 2018
  • Sustaining Simulation Centers: Return on Investment – What Data Do I Collect? (Deckers, McCafferty, Roberto, Calacci) INACSL Conference 2018 Toronto, Canada  2018
  • The Role of the Caregiver in PTSD Following Cesarean Section (Leister, McCafferty (faculty support)), CHI Nursing Display Omaha, NE - Poster Presentation  2018
  • Sustaining Simulation Centers – Identifying Data Points to Determine the Return on Investment (McCafferty) College of Nursing Forum, Creighton University, 2018
  • Sustaining Simulation Centers: Return on Investiment - What Data Do I Collect(Deckers, McCafferty, Roberto, Calacci) IMSH Society for Simulation inHealthcare: Making the Impossible PO:SS:18:LE (Rapid Fire Presentation) 2018
  • Following a Crosswalk: Intentional Integration of Spirituality in an Accelerated Nursing Curriculum (Banzhaf, Davis, Woster, Tucci, McCafferty, Aufdenkamp, Parks, Slone, Minnich, Beiermann, Kirkpatrick). Through the Eye of the Needle: Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education - Seattle, Washington (Podium Presentation) 2017
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education EdMedia 2017 - Washington DCThe Use of Aumented Reality to Increase Efficiency in Preparing Undergraduate Nursing Students for Clinical Settings (Ball, Panning, Miller, Schoening, Koziol, Selig, Murcek, McCafferty, Fukuda, Koster, Niu, Koh) 2017
  • OLC Collaborate Nebraska - Omaha NEThe Innovative Use of Augmented Reality in the College of Nursing (Ball, Panning, Miller, Schoening, Koziol, Selig, McCafferty, Murcek, Fokuda, Koster, Niu, Koh) - Podium Presentation 2017
  • 2017 ATI National Nurse Educator Summitt (Orlando, FL)/MNRS 41st Annual Research Conference (Minneapolis, MN).The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Simulation on Advanced Practice and Pre-Licensure Nursing Students' Self-Efficacy (Kirkpatrick, Ball, Banzhaf, Connelly, Hanks, Hercinger, McCafferty Potthoff), Poster Presentation 2017
  • 2017 ATI National Nurse Educator Summitt (Orlando, FL)Meeting the Needs of Pre-Licensure Nursing Students - The intentional Integration of ATI Skills Modules and Real Life Scenarios into the Clinical Skills Lab (Hanks, McCafferty, Banzhaf, Hirsch, Beiermann, Ball), Poster Presentation 2017
  • 2017 ATI National Nurse Educator Summitt (Orlando, FL)Deelopment of a Pediatric Simulation Using Peer Mentoring Between Junior and Senior Undergraduate and Advanced Practice Nursing Students (Hercinger, Kirkpatrick, Ball, Banzhaf, Connelly, Hanks, McCafferty, Miller, Potthoff) - Podium (Invited) 2017
  • Connelly, S., Pothoff, M., Ball, S., Banzhaf, S., Hanks, J., Hercinger, Kirkpatrick, M., M., & McCafferty, K. (2016). The young and the restless: Combining advanced practice and prelicensure nursing students for intraprofessional simulation (podium presentation). National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' (NAPNAP) 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. Denver, CO. 2017
  • Overview of Advanced Simulation Technology, Collaboration and Education (McCafferty & Carstens) Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders - Podium (Invited) 2016
  • When a Patient Refuses Consent (Alleman, Skpe, McCafferty) Schwartz Rounds Creighton University Medical Center - Panel Presentation 2016
  • 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 (poster presentation). Creighton University Assessment Symposium 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
  • The Implications of the Use of a Standardized Clinical Evaluation Instrument for Pre-Licensure Nursing Students (McCafferty, Woster, Goodman, Bunton) 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 – Confidence & Communication (Ball, Banzhaf, Hanks, Beiermann, McCafferty, Hirsch, Murcek) TLT Showcase: A Celebration of Mission, Technology, and Teaching – Poster Presentation 2016
  • Quantitative Outcomes for the Dedicated Education Unit Clinical Teaching Model (Rusch, Oertwich, Manz, Hercinger, Schoening, McCafferty) AACN’s 2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference – Podium Presentation 2015
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students- Can Standardization Occur? (Woster, McCafferty, Aufdenkamp, Goodman, Bunton) 2015 Creighton Assessment Symposium – Poster Presentation 2015
  • Meeting the Needs of Pre-Licensure Nursing Students – Integrating Skills into the Clinical Coursework (McCafferty, Banzhaf, Hanks, Hirsch, Beiermann, Ball, Kirkpatrick, Price, Nilsson, Nolette) 2015 Creighton Assessment Symposium – Poster Presentation 2015
  • Defining the Levels of Knowledge, Skills and Self-Efficacy in Rural Intrapartum Nurses. (McCafferty) Association of Women’s Health, Neonatal and Obstetric Nurses – Podium- Invited 2015
  • The Interactive use of the Modified Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Student Driven Peer Evaluation Tool (Ball, Manz, McCafferty), Poster Presentation, (IRB: 654739 – 2), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation And Learning. 2015
  • The Interactive use of the Modified Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Student Driven Peer Evaluation Tool (Ball, Manz, McCafferty) International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation And Learning – Poster Presentation (IRB: 654739 – 2) 2015
  • 2015 ATI National Nurse Educator Summit Peer-Evaluation of Simulated Clinical Experiences Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI), (Ball, Manz, McCafferty), Poster Presentation (IRB: 654739 – 2). 2015
  • 2015 Sigma Theta Tau – Research Day Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Real-time Method of Online Peer Evaluation in the Simulation Setting (McCafferty, Ball, Manz) – Poster Presentation – (Same poster presentation as the Creighton University Assessment Symposium). 2015
  • 2015 Sigma Theta Tau – Research Day To DEU or not DEU? Preparing BSN students for Preceptorship, (Rusch, Oertwich, Woods, Manz, Hercinger, Schoening, McCafferty), Poster Presentation. 2015
  • Peer-Evaluation of Simulated Clinical Experiences Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) (Ball, Manz, McCafferty) 2015 ATI National Nurse Educator Summit– Poster Presentation (IRB: 654739 – 2) 2015
  • Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Real-time Method of Online Peer Evaluation in the Simulation Setting (McCafferty, Ball, Manz) – Poster Presentation – (Same poster presentation as the Creighton University Assessment Symposium) 2015 Sigma Theta Tau – Research Day – Poster Presentation 2015
  • To DEU or not DEU? Preparing BSN students for Preceptorship (Rusch, Oertwich, Woods, Manz, Hercinger, Schoening, McCafferty) – 2015 Sigma Theta Tau – Research Day Poster Presentation 2015
  • 2015 Creighton University Assessment Symposium Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument, (C-CEI) as a Real-time Method of Online Peer Evaluation in the Simulation Setting (McCafferty, Ball, Manz), Poster Presentation. 2015
  • Utilizing the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) as a Real-time Method of Online Peer Evaluation in the Simulation Setting (Ball, Manz, McCafferty) 2015 Creighton University Assessment Symposium – Poster Presentation 2015
  • Understanding the Factors that Influence Rural Nursing Care, Emergency Nursing Association Conference 2014
  • Understanding the Factors that Influence Rural Nursing Care Emergency Nursing Association Conference – Podium (Invited) 2014

Foundation/Association

  • Creighton University Center for eLearning and Academic Innovation
    McCafferty, K., Hanks, J., Beiermann, T., Banzhaf, S. Ball, S., Murcek, C. Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students (Applied/Funded)

Awards

  • Teaching Excellent - Classroom Teaching
    ANC Class of August 2017
  • 40 Under 40
    Nebraska Action Coalition
  • Daisy Award
    Barnes Foundation
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (Distinguished Member)
    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Teaching Excellence - Classroom Teaching
    Creighton University Class of 2015
  • Teaching Excellence - Clinical Teaching
    Creighton University Class of 2014

Consulting

  • Consultant/Editor
    Consultant
    Editor and Reviewer for the NLN/Laerdal Simulation Templates
    NLN/Laerdal - Simulation Scenarios
    2020 - 2021
  • Consultant/Editor
    Consultant
    Reviewer for the Maternal Newborn Assessments and Lesson Plans
    Sherpath Peer Review Project for Elsevier Publishers
    2016 - 2016