Kandis L. McCafferty, PhD, RN
Kandis L. McCafferty, PhD, RN

Kandis L. McCafferty, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Expertise/Specializations

  • Labor and Delivery, Inpatient Obstetrics

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Nursing - Bachelors

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

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.

Education

  • B. A. Sociology Univeristy of Nebraska at Omaha 12/2002
  • B. S. Nursing University of Nebraska Medical Center 12/2007
  • PhD Nursing University of Nebraska Medical Center 05/2014

Certifications

RNC-OB awarded by the NCC 2012 C-EFM awarded by the NCC 2013

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • , Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 48(6), 265-269, 2017
  • , Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Presentations

  • 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 (Panel Presentation), 2017
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education EdMedia 2017 - Washington DC
    The 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 NE
    The 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

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • 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

Current Research Projects

  • 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;

Grant Funding Received

  • 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)
  • Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice ($100,000) National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Cultivating Collaboration: Building a Successful Collaborative Care Model in An Academic Health Partnership Applied/Funded (Co Investigator)
  • Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment - Spiritual Integration to Enhance Reflective Practice in the Creighton University University Accelerated Nursing Program (Banzhaf, Davis, Woster, Kirkpatrick, Tucci, Minnich, McCafferty, Parks, Slone, Aufdenkamp, Beiermann
  • Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment - The Use of Augmented Reality Photospheres in the College of Nursing to Decrease Student Anxiety (Ball, Panning, Miller, Schoening, Koziol, McCafferty, Selig, Murcek, Fukuda, Koster)

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellent - Classroom Teaching, ANC Class of August 2017, 2017
  • 40 Under 40, Nebraska Action Coalition, 2016
  • Daisy Award, Barnes Foundation, 2016
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (Distinguished Member), The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2015
  • Teaching Exellence - Classroom Teaching, Creighton University Class of 2015, 2015
  • Teaching Exellence - Clinical Teaching, Creighton University Class of 2014, 2014