University of Nebraska Medical Center

Abbey Klein, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Abbey Klein, PhD, RN

Dr. Klein is an assistant professor and nurse scientist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She received her associate degree in nursing from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE. She received her bachelor of science in nursing, family nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate, and PhD in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Her dissertation research focused on urinary incontinence self-management in midlife, rural-dwelling women.

Dr. Klein dedicated much of her education to the provision of service, both within the UNMC College of Nursing and to the UNMC community at-large. She served on the UNMC Student Senate, CON Nursing Doctoral Student Organization, and several faculty-led committees. She is continuing her student advocacy efforts as the Faculty Mentor to the Nursing Doctoral Student Organization.

Dr. Klein is committed to ensuring the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners receive a quality education. She currently teaches in the undergraduate pharmacology courses. She seeks to ensure each student feels a sense of belonging. She is looking forward to educating and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the years to come.

  • 2018, BSN, UNMC
  • 2023, PhD, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Women’s health
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Rural health
  • Health policy
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Qualitative methods
Grant Support
  • July 2022-May 2023  Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Award Amount: $36,600, Role: Klein, A. (P.I.)
  • July 2021-June 2022  Program of Excellence Fellowship, Award Amount: $36,000, Role: Klein, A. (P.I.)
  • January 2021-May 2021 Muriel Munchrath Award: Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma Pi Chapter, Award Amount: $500, Role: Klein, A. (P.I.)
  • January 2021-June 2021 Research!America Micro-Grant, Award Amount: $1,500, Role: Klein, A. (Co-P.I.)
  • October 2020-May 2021 Kate Field Grant-in-Aid, Award Amount: $10,000, Role: Klein, A. (P.I.)
  • July 2021-June 2022 Program of Excellence Fellowship, Award Amount: $36,000, Role: Klein, A. (P.I.)
  • Gonzales, K., Hanish, A.E., Klein, A., Stappert, D., Zegers, C., Holmes, L., & Fiandt, K. (2020). Perceived Impact of Faculty Practice on Nurse Practitioner Education. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36, 181-188. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.12.004
  • Klein, A. J., Mollard, E., & Eisenhauer, C. (2021). Self-Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women: A Concept Analysis. Urologic Nursing, 41(4), 195-207. https://doi.org/10.7257/1053-816X.2021.41.4.195
  • Gonzales, K., Holmes, L., Klein, A., Struwe, L., & Hanish, A. (2023). Faculty Practice as an Educational Strategy: Student, Faculty, and Administrator Perspectives. Nurse Educator, 00(0), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000001367
  • Gonzales, K., Holmes, L., Klein, A., Struwe, L., & Hanish, A. (2023). Academic Nursing and Faculty Practice. Nurse Educator, 48(2), E53-E58. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000001305
  • 2023-Present, Faculty Mentor, Nursing Doctoral Student Association
  • 2022-2023, Student Representative, PhD Affairs Council
  • 2020-Present, Member, Nebraska Rural Health Association
  • 2019-Present, Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 2019-Present, Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Gamma Pi Chapter)
  • 2019-2023, Secretary (2019-2021)/Co-President (2021-2023), Nursing Doctoral Student Organization
  • 2019-2022, Student Representative, Evaluation and Effectiveness Committee
  • 2019-2022, Student Representative, Dean’s Student Advisory Council
  • 2020-2023, Member, Graduate Student Association
  • 2020-2023, Member, UNMC Student Delegates
  • 2019-2021, Member, Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee
  • 2019-2021, 2022-2023, Member, UNMC Student Senate
  • 2021-2023, UNMC College of Nursing, Creating Writing Award
  • 2021, Nebraska Action Coalition, 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader
  • 2019, Sigma Theta Tau, Induction