EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND BIOPREPAREDNESS, NEBRASKA MEDICINE
Shelly Schwedhelm has served in leadership roles within Nebraska Medicine for 35 years. Her work experience has encompassed positions of increasing accountability and responsibility requiring exceptional strategic, communications, analytical, and team-building skills. She also possesses a thorough knowledge of clinical skills, human resources, risk management, as well as the regulatory, financial and contracting skills so critical to the success of large clinics. Ms. Schwedhelm has experience in emergency and trauma services; perioperative services; infection prevention; emergency preparedness; clinical operations; and program-specific roles in quality and start-up and turnaround projects.
Ms. Schwedhelm had overall accountability for Biocontainment Unit operations and logistics during the Ebola virus disease outbreak of 2014-15. She traveled on readiness site visits with the Centers for Disease Control in 2014 and 2015, and developed a two-day Ebola education training program held on the UNMC campus. She currently oversees numerous grants associated with infectious disease and is a program director and subject matter expert with the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC). In addition, Ms Schwedhelm has served as a subject matter expert in numerous site visits to regional Ebola treatment centers and to states to provide expertise and technical support.
Ms. Schwedhelm has contributed to numerous publications related to Ebola virus disease as it relates to clinical nursing care, leadership, staffing strategies, standard operating procedures, use of incident command, and operations and logistics associated with real world experience. She has presented to national and local audiences and contributed to the development of UNMC's first iTunesU course, “The Nebraska Ebola Method.”
Ms. Schwedhelm received her diploma degree from Methodist School of Nursing, her BSN from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, and her MS in Nursing Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is also certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive.