Sara E. Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC, Dr.
Sara E. Banzhaf, Dr. , DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC

Sara E. Banzhaf, Dr. , DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Expertise/Specializations

  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Nursing - Doctorate

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

Sara E. Banzhaf DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at Creighton University College of Nursing serves as a member of the undergraduate and graduate faculty in roles providing clinical and classroom instruction in a variety of courses including Psychiatric-Mental Health, Community Health,   Additional roles including being a Faculty Advisor in the Ratio Studiorum Program, and the Track Lead for the Accelerated Nursing Program, and the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track.  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, and currently works as a a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Porto Clinic. 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.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Intraprofessional Simulation's Impact on Advanced Practice and Baccalaureate Student Self-Efficacy, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16, 33-39, 2018
  • Integrating a Spiritual Care Model Within an Accelerated Nursing Curriculum , Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 2018
  • A Qualitative Inquiry Addressing the Experience of Depression in Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women:  Implications for Developing a Community-Based Model, Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Electronic Submission 12/9/2017, 2017

Presentations

  • 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
  • Presentation at the College of Nursing 2017 Annual Faculty Retreat 
    Title:  Finding Your Sacred Space  , 2017
  • Panel Presentation at the Through the Eye of the Needle:  Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, Seattle, Washington
    Title:  Following a Crosswalk:  the Intentional Integration of Spirituality in an Accelerated Nursing Curriculum     , 2017
  • Creighton University Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds.  “An Interprofessional 
    Title:  Mental Health Model:  A Synergy of Compassion, Ease and Hope 
                    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
  • Reflective Practice and Spirituality: Exploration, A Framework, and Future Practice integratino Strategies Enhancing Quality Nursing Education at Creighton University College of Nursing, 2016
  • Poster Presentation at the 2015 Creighton University Assessment Symposium: The Intentional Integration of Nursing Skills into the Clinical Coursework, 2015

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • 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

Current Research Projects

  • 1.   Title of Project:  An Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model Addressing the Unique Needs of Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women Experiencing Depression. 
    2. 
    Title of Project:  Spiritual Integration to Enhance Reflective Practice in the Creighton University Accelerated Nursing Program

Grant Funding Received

  • Utilizing Technology and Real-time Assessments to Improve Efficacy and Competence with Technical Skills in Pre-Licensure Nursing Students study - Committee on Computing and Academic Technology (CCAT) awarded grant to fund the installation of a camera and capture card to facilitate the study
  • The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Simulation on Advanced practice and Pre-Licensure Nursing Students’ Self-Efficacy
  • Banzhaf, S. E., Davis, B., Woster, J. Tucci, C., McCafferty, K., Kirkpatrick, A., Parks, J., Aufdenkamp, M., Beiermann, T., Slone, C., Minnich, M. (April 2017-December 2018). Spiritual Integration to Enhance Reflective Practice in the Creighton University Accelerated Nursing Program. Funded by Creighton University Office of Academic Excellence And Assessment. $1,150.
  • Banzhaf, S. E. (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018). An Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model Proposal Addressing the Unique Needs of Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women Experiencing Depression. Funded by the George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund. $4,463.

Awards and Honors

  • Iggy Award (2), Office of Retention , 2016
  • Iggy Award (1), Office of Retention , 2016
  • Creighton University College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award for Classroom Instruction, Graduating Class of December 2015 at Pinning Ceremony, 2015
  • Creighton University College of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award for Clinical Instruction, Graduating Accelerated Class August 2015 , 2015