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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Elizabeth Beam, PhD, RN

Education Researcher, Academic Affairs Director, Global Health NSRI Fellow & Affiliate Faculty in the Global Center for Health Security
Associate Professor, HEROES Program Director, UNMC College of Nursing

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Elizabeth Beam, PhD, RN
Dr. Elizabeth Beam is an Associate Professor at the UNMC College of Nursing. She has worked on an emergency preparedness grant at the College of Nursing since 2005. In that role, she became involved in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and was the educator for the unit in 2014 when Ebola Virus Disease was treated in the United States. Beth worked with that team to create and publish the personal protective equipment ensemble used by the care team at Nebraska for this Category A illness. Dr. Beam has gone on to do further research on healthcare worker behaviors and respiratory protection including recent intervention studies.
Education
  • 2000, BSN, UNMC
  • 2004, MSN, UNMC
  • 2014, PhD, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Educational technology
  • Human behavior in infection control training
Grant Support
  • July 2023-June 2025 Title: Prototyping of a ruggedized powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) for healthcare use in austere conditions , Award Amount: $71,122, Role: Beam, E (P.I.)
  • July 2023-June 2024 Title: Beam Helmet: Human Factors and clinical usability testing of a head-mounted, flip-up powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) Prototype, Award Amount: $20,000, Role: Beam, E (P.I.)
  • August 2021-Sep 2022 Title: Educational Strategy Assessment for Improving Respiratory Protection Equipment Use, Source: NSRI IRAD, Award Amount: $25,000, Role: Beam, E (P.I.)
  • April 2018-May 2020 Title: Investigating donning and doffing behaviors of healthcare workers for N95 respirators, Source: UNMC CON Research Grant, Award Amount: $10,000, Role: Beam, E (P.I.)
  • 2018 – Present Title: Healthcare and Emergency Responder Organization Education through Simulation (HEROES) project, Source: University of Nebraska Programs of Excellence, Role: Beam, E (P.I.)
Publications
  • Beam, E.L. (2021). Letter to the Editor. Respiratory protection for health professions students must be addressed in light of lessons from the coronavirus disease (2019) COVID – 19 pandemic. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, available online 2021. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2021.375
  • Herstein, J. J., Abdoulaye, A. A., Jelden, K. C., Le, A. B., Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G. et al. (2021). A pilot study of core body temperatures in healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment in a high-level isolation unit. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, published online 12 August 2021.
  • Smith, C. J., Matthias, T., Beam, E., Wampler, K., Pounds, L., Nickol, D., Shope, R.J., Carlson, K., & Michael, K. M. (2020). A mixed-methods evaluation of medical residents’ attitudes towards interprofessional learning and stereotypes following sonography student-led point-of-care ultrasound training. Journal of General Internal Medicine 35(10), 3081-3086. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06105-5
  • Beam, E. L., Herstein, J. J., Kupzyk, K. K., & Gibbs, S. G. (2020). A simulation approach to measure critical safety behaviors when evaluating training methods for respirator education in healthcare workers. American Journal of Infection Control,48, 869-874. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2020.05.005 This article was the topic of a podcast from the AJIC website. LINK: https://www.infectionpreventionspotlight.com/rbif-27 [infectionpreventionspotlight.com]
  • Gibbs, S. G., Herstein, J. J., Le, A. B., Beam, E. L., Cieslak, T. J., Lawler, J. V., Santarpia, J. L., Stentz, T. L., Kopocis-Herstein, K. R., Achutan, C., Carter, G. W., & J. J. Lowe. (2019). Review of literature for air medical evacuation high-level containment transport. Air Medical Journal,38(5), 359-365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2019.06.006
  • Gibbs, S. G., Herstein, J. J., Le, A. B., Beam, E. L., Cieslak, T. J., Lawler, J. V., Santarpia, J. L., Stentz, T. L., Kopocis-Herstein, K. R., Achutan, C., Carter, G. W., & J. J. Lowe. (2019). Need for aeromedical evacuation high-level containment transport guidelines. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 25(5), 1033-1034. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2505.181948
  • Beam, E.L., Schwedhelm, M.M., Boulter, K.C., Vasa, A.M., Larson, L., Cieslak, T.J., Lowe, J.J., Herstein, J. J., Kratochvil, C.J., & Hewlett, A.L. (2019) Ebola Virus Disease: Clinical challenges, recognition, and management. Nursing Clinics of North America, 54, 169-180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2019.02.001
  • Le, A.B., Herron, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J., Smith, T. (2018). A Gap Analysis of the United States Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Members to Determine Training and Education Needs in Highly Infectious Disease Mitigation and Management. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 12(6):675-679. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2017.142
  • Le, A.B., Buehler, S., Maniscalco, P.M., Lane, P., Rupp, L., Ernest, E., Von Seggern, D., West, K., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. (2018). Determining Training and Education Needs Pertaining to Highly Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response: A Gap Analysis Survey of U.S. Emergency Medical Services Practitioners. American Journal of Infection Control, 46(3), 246-252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.09.024.  Article was the topic of this Journal Club Commentary https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.11.029
  • Le, A.B., Hoboy, S., Germain, A., Miller, H., Thompson, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. (2018). A Pilot Survey of the United States Medical Waste Industry to Determine Education and Training Needs for Safely Handling Highly Infectious Waste. American Journal of Infection Control, 46:133-138.
  • Smith, C.J., Matthias, T., Beam, E., Wampler, K., Pounds, L., Nickol, D., Carlson, K., & Michael, K. (2018). Building a bigger tent in point-of-care ultrasound education: A mixed-methods evaluation of interprofessional, near-peer teaching of internal medicine residents by sonography students. BMC Medical Education, 18:321. Also available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-018-1437-2
  • Beam, E. L., Hotchkiss, E., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2018). Observed variation in N95 respirator use by nurses demonstrating isolation care. American Journal of Infection Control, 46, 579-580.
  • Le, A., Witter, L. Herstein, J. J., Jelden, K. C., Beam, E., Gibbs, S. G., & Lowe, J. J. (2017). A gap analysis of the United States death care sector to determine training and education needs pertaining to highly infectious disease mitigation and management. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, 14(9), 674-680.
  • Le, A.B., Hoboy, S., Germain, A., Miller, H., Thompson, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. A Pilot Survey of the United States Medical Waste Industry to Determine Education and Training Needs for Safely Handling Highly Infectious Waste. American Journal of Infection Control. 2018; 46:133-138.
  • Vasa, A., Smith, P.W., Schwedhelm, M., Cieslak, T.J., Lowe, J., Kratochvil, C.J., Beam, E. L., Boulter, K., & Hewlett, A. (2017). Advancing preparedness for highly hazardous contagious diseases: Admitting 10 simulation patients with MERS-CoV. Health Security, 15(4). 432-439. Also available at: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/hs.2017.0003
  • Beam, E. (2016). Letter to the Editor. Call for improvement in personal protective equipment guidance and research. American Journal of Infection Control 44(11), 1428.
  • Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2016). Evaluating isolation behaviors by nurses using mobile computer workstations at the bedside. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 34(9), 387-392.
  • Beam, E. L., Schwedhelm, S., Boulter, K., Kratochvil, C., Lowe, J., Hewlett, A., Gibbs, S. G., & Smith, P. W. (2016). Personal protective equipment processes and rationale for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit during the 2014 Activations for Ebola Virus Disease. American Journal of Infection Control, 44, 340-342.
  • Jelden, K. C., Smith, P. W., Schwedhelm, M. M., Gibbs, S. G., Lowe, J. J., Beam, E. L., Kratochvil, C. K., Boulter, K. C., & Hewlett, A. L. (2015). Learning from Ebola: Interprofessional practice in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice,1, 97-99.
  • Smith, P. W., Boulter, K. C., Hewlett, A. H., Kratochvil, C. J., Beam, E. L. (middle initial error in publication), Gibbs, S. G., Lowe, J. J., & Schwedhelm, M. M. (2015). Planning and response to Ebola virus disease: An integrated approach. American Journal of Infection Control, 43, 441-446.
  • Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2015). Clinical Challenges in Isolation Care: Safe Practices for Nurses at the Bedside. American Journal of Nursing, 115 (4), 44-49.
  • Lowe, J.J., Olinger, P.L., Gibbs, S.G., Rengarajan, K, Beam, E.L., Boulter, K.C., Schwedhelm, M.M., Hayes, K.A., Krotochvil, C.J., Vanairsdale, S.; Frislie, B; Lewis J., Hewlett, A., Smith, P.W., Gartland, B., Ribner, B.S. (2015). Environmental infection control considerations for Ebola. American Journal of Infection Control, published corrected proof online.
  • Jelden, K.C., Gibbs, S.G., Smith, P.W., Schwedhelm, M., Iwen, P.C., Beam, E.L., Kratochvil, C.J., Boulter, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. (2015). Caring for Patients with Ebola Virus in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. Infectious Disease Special Edition, 18, 60-62.
  • Jelden, K. C., Gibbs, S. G., Smith, P. W., Schwedhelm, S. S., Iwen, P. C., Beam, E. L., Hayes, K. A., Marion, N., Kratochvil, C. J., Boulter, K. C., Hewlett, A. L. (2015). Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Patient Discharge and Environmental Decontamination Following Ebola Care. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(3), 203-205.
  • Schwedhelm, S., Beam, E. L., Morris, R. D., & Sebastian, J.G. (2015). Reflections on interprofessional team-based clinical care in the ebola epidemic: The Nebraska Medicine experience. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 27-29.
  • Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2014). Method for investigating nursing behaviors related to isolation care. American Journal of Infection Control, 42, 1152-1156.
  • *Smith, P.W., Beam, E., Sayles, H., Rupp, M. E., Cavalieri, R. J., Gibbs, S. G., & Hewlett, A. L. (2014). Impact of Adenosine Triphosphate Detection and feedback on hospital room cleaning. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 35(5), 564-569.
  • Beam, E., Lowe, J. Zirges, C, Carroll, C., Gibbs, S., Lawrence, S. J., Smith, P.W., and Hewlett, A.L. (2013). Biocontainment Patient Transport: A Missouri to Nebraska Functional Exercise. Domain3, Fall, 20-23.
  • Beam, E., Gibbs, S., Boulter, K., Beckerdite, M., & Smith, P. (2011). A method for evaluating personal protective equipment technique by healthcare workers. American Journal of Infection Control, 39, 415-420.
  • Beam, E., Boulter, K., Freihaut, F., Schwedhelm, S., & Smith, P. (2010). The Nebraska experience in biocontainment care. Public Health Nursing, 27(2), 140-147.
  • Beam, E. & Kaiser, M. (2007). Creative strategies for teaching disaster preparedness concepts. Journal of Nursing Education 46 (11), 528.
  • Beam, E. L., Smith, S. M., Pullen, C., & Carstens, P. (2006). Design and development of bioterrorism response education programs. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2(2), e65-e68.
Service
  • Gamma Pi At-Large Sigma Chapter, Publicity Chair, 2011 - present.
  • UNMC Incident Command Team, Planning Section, 2019 - present.
  • Academies Collaborative, Steering Committee Member, 2021 – 2023 term.
Recognition
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America William Rutala Scholarship 2020
  • UNMC Academic Affairs Interprofessional Education Scholar Award 2019
  • State of Nebraska Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska 2015