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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Bunny Pozehl, PhD, APRN-NP, FHFSA, FAHA, FAAN

Professor, UNMC College of Nursing

402-559-3182

Bunny Pozehl, PhD, APRN-NP, FHFSA, FAHA, FAAN
Dr. Bunny Pozehl’s program of research focuses on exercise training interventions and promoting adherence to exercise in heart failure. Health-related outcomes of interest in response to exercise are adherence behavior, symptoms, physiological and psychological functioning and quality of life. Self-care management in individuals with multiple chronic conditions has also been a focus of her research. Dr. Pozehl is an Adult/Acute Care certified nurse practitioner, and she provides care to patients with advanced heart failure one-half day per week at Nebraska Medicine. Clinical practice informs her research and keeps her grounded in the actual delivery of evidence-based care for patients with heart failure.
Education
  • 1978, BSN, UNMC
  • 1983, MSN, UNMC
  • 1990, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Publications
  • Brawner CA, Ehrman JK, Myers J, Chase P, Vainshelboim B, Farha S, Saval MA, McGuire R, Pozehl B, Keteyian SJ. (2018). Exercise Oscillatory Ventilation: Inter-reviewer Agreement and a Novel Determination. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 50(2): 369-374.
  • Deka P, Pozehl B, Williams M, & Yates, B. (2017) Adherence to recommended exercise guidelines in patients with heart failure. Heart Failure Reviews 22(1):41-53.
  • DeVon HA, Vuckovic K, Ryan CJ, Barnason S, Zerwic JJ, Pozehl B, Schulz P, Seo Y, Zimmerman L. (2017) Systematic review of symptom clusters in cardiovascular disease. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs.;16(1):6-17
  • Yates BC, Pozehl B, Kupzyk K, Epstein CM, Deka P. Are Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Patients Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines? Rehabil Nurs. 2017 May-Jun;42(3):119- 124.
  • Zimmerman L, Wilson, F, Schmaderer M, Struwe L, Pozehl B, Paulman A, Bratzke L, Moore K., Raetz L, George B. (2017). Cost-effectiveness of a Care Transition Intervention Among Multimorbid Patients. West J Nurs Res. 2017 May;39(5):622-642.
  • Zimmerman L, Pozehl B, Vuckovic K, Barnason S, Schulz P, Seo Y, Ryan C, Zerwic J, and DeVon H. (2016) Selecting symptom instruments for cardiovascular populations. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 45(6), 475-496.
  • Shade MY, Berger AM, Dizona PJ, Pozehl BJ, Pullen CH. (2016) Sleep and health-related factors in overweight and obese rural women in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 39(3): 386-97.
  • Schmaderer M., Zimmerman L, Hertzog M., Pozehl B, Paulman, A. (2016) Correlates of Patient Activation and Acute Care Utilization among Multimorbid Patients. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(10),1335-53.
  • Kupzyk, K. A., Seo, Y., Yates, B., Pozehl, B., Norman, J., & Lowes, B. (2016). Use of the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument for measuring physical functioning in patients with heart failure. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24(2), 323-336.
  • Bravo, K. S., Pozehl, B., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2016) Revision and Psychometric Testing of the Safe Administration of Medication Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement. 24(1): 147-165.
  • Johnson ML, Zimmerman L, Welch JL, Hertzog M, Pozehl B, Plumb T. (2016) Patient activation with knowledge, self-management and confidence in chronic kidney disease. Journal of Renal Care Mar; 42(1):15-22. Doi 10.1111/jorc.12142
  • Jackson H, Yates BC, Blanchard S, Zimmerman LM, Hudson D, Pozehl B. (2016) Behavior Specific Influences for Physical Activity Among African American Women. Western Journal of Nursing Research 38(8):992-1011.
  • Seo Y, Yates B, LaFramboise, Pozehl B, Norman J, & Herzog M. (2016) A home-based diaphragmatic breathing retraining in rural patients with heart failure. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Mar;38(3):270-91. doi: 10.1177/0193945915584201.
  • Schmaderer M, Pozehl B, Hertzog M, Zimmerman L. (2015) Psychometric Properties of the Patient Activation Measure in Multimorbid Hospitalized Patients. Journal of Nursing Measurement; 23 (3):128-41. doi: 10.1891/1061-3749.23.3.E 128.
  • Pozehl B, McGuire R, Norman J. (2015) Team-based care for cardiac Rehabilitation and exercise training in heart failure. Heart Failure Clinics Jul;11(3):431-49, doi: 10.1016,j.hfc.2015.03.007. Review
  • Williams, M. A., & Pozehl, B. (2015). Reasonable expectations: How much aerobic capacity, muscle strength, and quality of life can improve with exercise training in heart failure. Heart Failure Clinics, 11(1), 37-57.
  • Seo Y, Yates B, LaFramboise L, Pozehl B, Norman JF, Hertzog M. (2015) A Home-Based Diaphragmatic Breathing Retraining in Rural Patients With Heart Failure. West J Nurs Res. 2015 May 8. pii: 0193945915584201. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:25956151
  • Pozehl B, McGuire, & Norman J. (2015). Team-based care for cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training in heart failure. Heart Failure Clinics. 11(3): 431-449.
  • Pozehl BJ, Duncan K, Hertzog M, McGuire R, Norman JF, Artinian NT, Keteyian SJ. (2014) Study of adherence to exercise in heart failure: the HEART camp trial protocol. BMC Cardiovasc Disord.,14:172. doi: 10.1186/1471-2261-14-172.
  • *Pecka, S., Schmid, K., & Pozehl, B. (2014). Psychometric Testing of the Pecka Grading Rubric for Evaluating Higher Order Thinking in Distance Learning. AANA Journal, 82(6):449-456.
  • Seo, Y., Yates, B. C., Norman, J. F., Pozehl, B., & Kupzyk, K. (2014). Comparisons of dyspnea, fatigue, and exercise intolerance between individuals with heart failure with high versus low knee extensor muscle strength. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 25(1), 11-17.
  • Duncan, K., Pozehl, B., Hertzog, M., & Norman, J.F. (2014). Psychological responses and adherence to exercise in heart failure. Rehabilitation Nursing, 39(3), 130-139. doi:10.1002/rnj.106
  • Macken, L. C., Yates, B. C., Meza, J., Norman, J., Barnason, S., & Pozehl, B. (2014). Health-related quality-of-life outcomes in coronary artery bypass surgery patients and partners. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 34(2), 130-137. doi:10.1097/HCR.0b013e3182a528ba
  • Bratzke-Bauer, L. C., Pozehl, B. J., Paul, S. M., & Johnson, J. K. (2013). Neuropsychological patterns differ by type of left ventricle dysfunction in heart failure. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: The Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists, 28(2), 114-124. doi:10.1093/arclin/acs101
  • Carlson, B., Pozehl, B., Hertzog, M., Zimmerman, L., & Riegel, B. (2013). Predictors of overall perceived health in patients with heart failure. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 28(3), 206-215. doi:10.1097/JCN.0b013e31824987a8
  • Macken, L. C., Yates, B. C., Meza, J., Norman, J., Barnason, S., & Pozehl, B. (2013). Health-related quality-of-life outcomes in coronary artery bypass surgery patients and partners. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 34(2):130-7. doi:10.1097/HCR.0b013e3182a528ba
  • Weierbach, F., Yates, B. C., Hertzog, M., & Pozehl, B. (2013). Differences and similarities in rural residents' health and cardiac risk factors. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 13 (1), 26-49. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/91269029/differences-similarities-rural-residents-health-cardiac-risk-factors.
  • *Norman J, Pozehl B, Duncan K, Hertzog M, Krueger S. (2012). Effects of exercise training versus attention on plasma B-type natriuretic peptide, 6-minute walk test and quality of life in individuals with heart failure. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 23(4), 19-25.
  • *Carlson, B., Pozehl, B., Zimmerman, L., Hertzog, M., Reigel, B. (Epub 2012 Apr 9). Predictors of Overall Perceived Health in Patients with Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • *Bratzke-Bauer L, Pozehl B, Paul S, Johnson J. (2012). Neuropsychological patterns differ by type of left ventricle dysfunction in heart failure. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, doi: 10.1093/arclin/acs101
  • Aguirre, T., Brage-Hudson, D., Rodehorst-Weber, T., Pozehl, B., Boeckner, L., & Wilhelm, S. (2012). Mexican American mothers' eating and child feeding behaviors. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 35(1), 4-23. doi: 10.3109/01460862.2012.646462
  • Bauer, L., Pozehl, B., Hertzog, M., Johnson, J., Zimmerman, L., & Filipi, M. (2012). A brief neuropsychological battery for use in the chronic heart failure population. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 11(2), 223-230. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2011.03.007
  • Bozak, K., Pozehl, B., & Yates, B. (2012). Challenges of applying a comprehensive model of intervention fidelity. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(4), 504-519. doi: 10.1177/0193945911403774
  • Prasun, M.A., Casida, J., Howie-Esquivel, J., Pozehl, B., Fahlberg, B., Johnson, C., Mock, J., Quinn, J., Yehle, K., & Bass, L. (2012). Practice patterns of heart failure nurses. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 41(3), 218-225. doi:10.1016/j.hrting.2012.02.001
  • Young, L., Zimmerman, L., Pozehl, B., Barnason, S., & Wang, H.M. (2012). Cost-effectiveness of a symptom management intervention: Improving physical activity in older women following coronary artery bypass surgery. Nursing Economics, 30(2), 94-103.
  • Bauer, L.C., Johnson, J.K., & Pozehl, B.J. (2011). Cognition in heart failure: An overview of the concepts and their measures. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23(11), 577.
  • Bauer, L., & Pozehl, B. (2011). Measurement of cognitive function in chronic heart failure: A feasibility study. Applied Nursing Research, 24(4), 223-228. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2009.12.002
  • Duncan, K., Pozehl, B., Norman, J.F., & Hertzog, M. (2011). A self-directed adherence management program for patients with heart failure completing combined aerobicand resistance exercise training. Applied Nursing Research, 24(4), 207-214. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2009.08.003
  • Schulz, P., Zimmerman, L., Pozehl, B., Barnason, S., & Nieveen, J. (2011). Symptom management strategies used by elderly patients following coronary artery bypass surgery. Applied Nursing Research, 24(2), 65-73. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2009.03.001; PMCID: PMC3032001
  • *Pozehl, B., Duncan, K., Norman, J., & Hertzog, M. (2010) Heart Camp: Effects of a Multi-Component Exercise Training Intervention in Patients with Heart Failure. Heart & Lung, 39(6 Suppl): S1-13.
  • *Hertzog, M., Pozehl, B., & Duncan, K. (2010) Cluster Analysis of Symptom Occurrence to Identify Subgroups of Heart Failure Patients: A Pilot Study. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 25(4):273-283.
  • *Suleiman KH, Yates BC, Berger AM, Pozehl B, Meza J. (2010) Translating the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index Into Arabic. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(2): 250-268.
  • *Bosak, K., Yates, B., & Pozehl, B. (2010) Effects of an Internet Physical Activity Intervention in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(1): 5-22.
  • *Norman, J., Pozehl, B., Duncan, K., Hertzog, M., Elokda, A., & Krueger, S. (2009). Relationship of Resting B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Level to Cardiac Work and Total Physical Work Capacities in Heart Failure Patients. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention, 29(5): 310-3.
  • *Bosak, K., Yates, B., & Pozehl, B. (2009). Feasibility of an Internet Physical Activity Intervention. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31(5), 648-661.
  • *Yates, B.,Dodendorf, D., Lane, J., LaFramboise, L., Pozehl, B. Duncan, K.,Knodel, K. (2009) Testing an Alternate Informed Consent Process. Nursing Research, 58(2), 135-9.
  • *Pozehl B., Duncan K., Hertzog M. (2008). The effects of exercise training on fatigue and dyspnea in heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 7, 127-132.
  • Skaggs, B., Yates, B., Hertzog, M, Barron, C, Norman, J. & Pozehl B. (2007) Meaning in heart disease: Measuring the search for meaning. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 15(2), 145.
  • Fiandt, K, Barr, K., Hille, G, Pelish, P., Pozehl, B., Hulme, P., Muhlbauer, S, & Burge, S. (2004). Identifying clinical scholarship guidelines for faculty practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 20(3), 147-155.
  • Pozehl B., Duncan, K., Krueger, S., & VerMaas, P. (2003) Adjunctive effects of exercise training in heart failure patients receiving maximum pharmacologic therapy. Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing,18(4), 177-184.
  • Duncan, K. & Pozehl, B. (2003) Effects of an exercise adherence intervention on outcomes in patients with heart failure. Rehabilitation Nursing, 28(4), 117-122.
  • Duncan, K. & Pozehl, B. (2002). Staying on course: The effects of an adherence facilitation intervention on home exercise participation. Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing, 17(11), 59-71.
  • Duncan, K., & Pozehl, B. (2001). Effects of individual performance feedback on nurses’ adherence to pain management clinical guidelines. Outcomes Management for Nursing Practice, 5(2), 57-62.
Service
  • Adult/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Advanced Heart Failure clinic at Nebraska Medicine.
  • American Heart Association - Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing.
  • Heart Failure Society of America.
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society.
  • American Nurses Association.
  • Research Committee Midwest Nursing Research Society.
  • American Academy of Nursing.
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty.
  • Nebraska Nurse Practitioners.
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
Recognition
  • 2018 Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing.
  • 2017 Fellow in the Heart Failure Society of America.
  • 2013 Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
  • 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
  • 2010 Fellowship in the American Heart Association.
  • 2007 American Nurses Foundation, Virginia Stone Scholar
  • 2005 UNMC College of Nursing, Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research
  • 2000 Nebraska Nurses Association, Outstanding Nurse Educator
  • 1999 American Heart Association-Nebraska Affiliate, Dr. Anselmo Alonso Research Investigator
  • 1994 UNMC, UNMC Leadership Institute
  • 1993 UNL, UNL Parents Association Teaching
  • 1993 UNMC, UNMC Distinguished Teaching
  • 1991 HealthQuest/HBO & Company, HBO Nurse Scholar