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

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

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Expertise/Specializations

  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Nursing - Bachelors

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

Sara E. Banzhaf MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at Creighton University College of Nursing serves as a member of the undergraduate faculty in roles providing clinical and classroom instruction in a variety of courses including Psychiatric-Mental Health, Community Health, and Preceptorship.   Additional roles including being a Faculty Advisor in the Ratio Studiorum Program, and the Curriculum Coordinator for the Accelerated Nursing Program.  Currently enrolled in the DNP-Post Master's Program with anticipated graduation 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.

Education

  • Clarkson College of Nursing Nursing Diploma/1984
  • Clarkson College of Nursing Nursing BSN/1986
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing MSN/ 12/2012
  • Creighton University College of Nursing Doctorate of Nursing Practice Currently enrolled

Certifications

ANCC Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -May 17, 2013

Publications and Presentations

Presentations

  • 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

  • Innovative Teaching Strategies for Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Nursing Students Quality Psychiatric Mental Health Care Integrated Psychiatric Mental Health Services in Primary Care Interprofessional program models addressing the psychiatric-mental needs of vulnerable populations Spirituality and Reflective Practice in Nursing and integration within Nursing Education

Current Research Projects

  • The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Simulation on Advanced practice and Pre-Licensure Nursing Students’ Self-Efficacy 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

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