University of Nebraska Medical Center

Denise Waterfield, PhD, APRN-NP, CCRN, AGACNP-BC

Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Dr. Waterfield is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She received her bachelor of science and master of education from Louisiana Tech University and her bachelor of science in nursing and PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has spent the last 10 years in nursing working as a nursing assistant, an intensive care nurse, a nurse specialist, and an advance practice registered nurse in neurology. Her research trajectory includes ethical sensitivity and symptom management.
  • 1993, BS, Louisiana Tech University
  • 1994, M.Ed., Louisiana Tech University
  • 2015, BSN, UNMC
  • 2022, PhD, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Symptom Management
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Pain
  • Agitation/Sedation
  • Delirium
  • Immobility
  • Sleep
  • Ethical Sensitivity
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Implementation and Translational Research
Grant Support
  • 2022-2022 Title: MNRS/Aurora Health Dissertation Grant, Award Amount: $5,000, Role: Waterfield, D (P.I.)
  • Waterfield, D., & Barnason, S. (2022). The integration of care ethics and nursing workload: A qualitative review. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13723
  • Waterfield, D., & Barnason, S. (2021). Use of PADIS assessment tools by critical care nurses: An integrative review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 43 (9), 843-858. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0193945920973025
  • Waterfield, D. (2019, May). Preventing a meltdown: Nurses’ role in the patient safety system. Nebraska Nurse, p. 4. https://www.nursingald.com/publications/2065
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Committee Chair, Member, Nebraska Nurses Association, American Nurses Association
  • CHI Health Good Samaritan RN in the Intensive Care Unit (2015-2019).
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine.
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society.
  • Member and LARC Co-Chair and Region 2 Representative, Nebraska Nurses Association.
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses, Gamma Pi At-Large Chapter
  • Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
  • Member, UNMC CON PhD Recruitment Taskforce.
  • Student Representative, UNMC CON Distance Education/Digital Campus Agile Pod Committee.
  • 2021, Berger Nursing Scholarship, UNMC
  • 2020, Muriel Munchrath Scholarship Award in Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Pi at-Large Chapter
  • 2019, Nellie House Craven Scholarship, UNMC
  • 2019, Gail Graham Scholarship, Nebraska Nurses Association
  • 2017/18, Jim & Faye Rasmussen College of Nursing Scholarship, UNMC
  • 2018, CHI Health Good Samaritan Professional Excellence Award
  • 2018, CHI Health Good Samaritan DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses