University of Nebraska Medical Center

Barbara Nickel, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI

Instructor, UNMC College of Nursing


Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI is a clinical nurse specialist for CHI Health, Center for Clinical Practice and UNMC CON Instructor for PCC3 and 4 for the West Nebraska Division. She has a long history in critical care as a bedside clinician. Now as a CNS, she works to improve patient outcomes throughout the CHI Health Division with specific focus on Sepsis and Vascular Access. She has published several articles on vascular access management in critical care. She was a member and co-author of the Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, 8th edition and is now chair of the newly forming INS Standards Committee that will revised the Standards for publication of the 9th edition in 2024.

  • 1982, BSN, Keene State College
  • 2009, MSN, UNMC
Research Interests

Principle Investigator for IRB approved research study: A comparison of the Fast Track Scoring Protocol with a Standard Post-Operative Protocol for monitoring post-operative observations in selected inpatient populations. Approved 4/17, concluded 5/18.

  • Vascular Access
  • CLABSI reduction
  • Nursing work flows, improving patient outcomes through improved efficiency


  • Kleidon T, Nickel B, Meyer B, et al. JVA, Response to: “Should we use a patient’s port as the preferred intravenous route rather than inserting an additional venous access?”, JVA. 8/2/21, https://doi.org/10.1177/11297298211034944
  • Nyhus, J. “Drug diversion in healthcare”, B. Nickel interview contribution, American Nurse Journal, 2021, 15(5): 26-30.
  • Nickel, B. Does the Midline Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Have a Place in Critical Care? Critical Care Nurse, accepted for publication, Ref.: Ms. No. CCN-D-21-00002R1.
  • Gorski, L. A., Hadaway, L., Hagle, M.E., Broadhurst, D., Clare, S., Kleidon, T., Meyer, B.M., Nickel, B., Rowley, S., Sharpe, E., Alexander, M. (2021). Journal of Infusion Nursing, 44(suppl 1):S1-S224. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000396
  • Nickel, B. “Hiding in plain sight: The burden of peripheral intravenous catheter infections”, Critical Care Nurse, accepted for publication, Ref.: Ms. No. CCN-D-19-00037R1
  • Kooiman Mohr J, Proud M. (Nickel B, INS contributor). The role of the registered nurse in the use of intraosseous vascular access devices. Journal of Infusion Nursing. May/June 2020, 43(3):1-4.
  • Nickel, B. Peripheral Intravenous administration of high-risk infusions in critical care: A risk-benefit analysis. Critical Care Nurse. December 2019, 39(6).
  • Nickel, B. Peripheral Intravenous Access: Application of Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice to Improve Patient Safety. Critical Care Nurse. February 2019, 39(1), 61-71.
  • INS 2017 Infusion Nursing Grand Rounds. 40(5): 266-268, September/October 2017. Abstract: CLABSI Prevention: A framework for divisional improvement.
  • Sherwood, G. & Nickel, B., (2017). Integrating Quality and Safety Competencies to Improve Outcomes: Application in Infusion Therapy Practice. Journal of Infusion Nursing, March/April, 40(2): 116-122.
  • Community service
  • 2020 UNMC, Faculty Daisy Award for 2019-2020 school year
  • 2016 Infusion Nurses Society, INS Member of the Year
  • 2016 CHI Health St. Francis, Non-Clinical Nurse of the Year