University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dana Samson, MSN, RN

Instructor, UNMC College of Nursing


Dana Samson began teaching at UNMC College of Nursing West Nebraska Division nearly twenty years ago. She has been a staunch supporter of nursing students, meeting them at their academic level and encouraging them to create their nursing identity by incorporating nursing theory and evidence-based practice into their care. She is a proponent of client autonomy and client-centered care. She has been rewarded with continued encounters with former students; so much, that she will never change her personal cell phone number. Currently, she serves as a part-time instructor and an ATI Champion for the West Nebraska Division. Dana and her husband, Tom, have a son, Scott, a daughter-in-law, Larissa, and two adorable grandpuppies, Mick and JD.

  • 1976, BS, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • 1978, BSN, Creighton University
  • 1982, MSN, UNMC
  • Farr, L.A., Keene, A., Samson, D, Michael-Jacoby, A., (1986), Relationships between disruption of rhythmicity and re-entrainment in surgical patients; Chronbiologia, 13(2), 105-113.
  • Farr, L.A., Keene, A., Samson, D., Michael, A. Alterations in circadian excretion on urinary variables and physiological indicators of stress following surgery; Nursing Research, 33(3), 140-146.
  • 2015, Silver U, UNMC CON
  • 2010, Collective Teaching Award, UNMC CON