University of Nebraska Medical Center

Heidi Keeler, PhD, MSN/MBA, RN

Director, CON Continuing InterProfessional Development and Innovation (CiPDI), Assistant Vice Chancellor, UNMC Office of Community Engagement
Associate Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Dr. Heidi Keeler, received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, and her doctoral degree in nursing from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Keeler’s clinical experiences include adult medical surgical nursing, in acute, primary care, and long term care settings, and community population health nursing.

Dr. Keeler’s areas of clinical research interest revolve around improving overall educational systems and platforms, concentrating on how IT systems can improve educational experience, outcomes evaluation collection and analysis, and improve overall program efficiencies. Dr. Keeler envisions clinical translational research and dissemination and implementation research as essential to maintaining competencies and sustainability of the future healthcare workforce, and aims to examine new ways to effectively improve clinical performance through innovative knowledge and skills acquisition modalities.

  • 1998, BSN, Amherst
  • 2010, PhD, UNMC
  • 2022, MSN/MBA, Liberty University
Research Interests
  • Workforce Readiness, Development, and Innovation.
  • Health promotion, prevention and advocacy.
  • Use of technology for both educational and practice change.
Grant Support
  • September 2022-September 2026 Title: An Innovative States-wide Nursing Workforce Clinical Preceptor Academy, Award Amount: $3,995,519, Role: Keeler, H (P.D.)
  • Khazanchi, R., Keeler, H., Marcelin, J. R. (2021). Out of the Ivory Tower: Successes From a Community-Engaged Structural Competency Curriculum, Academic Medicine: 96(4). 482 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003927
  • King, K.M., Tchouankam, T., Keeler, H., Minter, C., Love, K., Cai, G., Estabrooks, P.A.. (2020). Conceptualization and utilization of community engagement approaches in translational research: a scoping review. Journal of Translational Research. https://doi.org/10.15761/JTS.1000418
  • Keeler, H., Baier, R., Kosar, C., Culross, B., Cramer, M.E. (2019). Examining the impact of board-certified registered nurses in skilled nursing facilities using national and state quality and clinical indicators. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 45(11), 39-45. https://doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20191011-06
  • Cramer, M.E., Wulf, K., Wendl, M., Keeler, H. (2019). Are advanced providers prepared to care for the agricultural population? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(2), e41–e44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2018.09.018
  • Keeler, H., Sjuts, T., Niitsu, K., Watanabe-Galloway, S., Mackie, P. F.-E., & Liu, H. (2018). Virtual Mentorship Network to Address the Rural Shortage of Mental Health Providers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(6S3), S290–S295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.02.001
  • Kotcherlakota, S., & Keeler, H. (2014). Establishing a learning repository to facilitate collaboration and communication of academic work among nursing faculty. Nurse Educator, 39(3), 113-117.
  • Mollard, E. K., Guenzel, N., Brown, P. A., Keeler, H. J. and Cramer, M. E. (2014), Policy Considerations for Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates among Pregnant Women. Public Health Nurse, 31: 281–288.
  • Keeler, H. J. (2013). Nurse training program boosts quality. Provider (Washington, D.C.), 39(8), 40-42.
  • Keeler, H., & Kaiser, M. (2010). The integrative model of adolescent health risk. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25(2), 126-137
  • Keeler, H. & Cramer, M. (2007). A Policy Analysis of Federal Registered Nurses Safe Staffing Legislation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 37(7/8), 350-356.
  • Community Collaborations Committee.
  • Rural Health 2030 Task Force.
  • Educational Development Institute (EDI) Committee.
  • UNMC Wellbeing Coordinating Council
  • 2018 UNMC Faculty Development,Omaha NE, Innovation Award-Podcasting.
  • 2017 UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators Omaha, NE, Academy Member for Exemplifying Excellence in Teaching Education.
  • 2015 UNMC Omaha, NE, E-Learning Innovator in Education Award: “What to do next: An interactive journey combining behavioral health and medical-surgical nursing,” Faculty Advisor.
  • 2015 UNMC College of Nursing Omaha, NE, UNMC College of Nursing Best Team Award: Apple Ebola Training Team.
  • 2013 UNMC Omaha, NE, iLEAD: UNMC Leadership Academy Graduate
  • 2012 Nebraska Action Coalition Omaha, NE, Nebraska Action Coalition: 40 Under 40 Nursing Leadership Award