University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kelly Gonzales, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-C

Associate Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Kelly Gonzales, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-C
Dr. Gonzales is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Biology and Spanish from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received her Master of Science in Nursing and PhD in Nursing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa with a focal area of Parent, Child and Family Nursing. Her dissertation research was in the area of Safe Medication Administration. After completing her doctoral studies, she continued her education by completing a Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from UNMC in order to gain additional clinical expertise and role expansion as an advanced practice nurse. After completing her FNP, she was eager to gain experience as a Primary Care Provider and has since had a faculty position that has included 30-50% practice. Practice continues to inform her current research interests, which include research in the area of primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease management, and health behaviors. She presently teaches and course leads in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has been a full-time faculty of nursing since 2006.
  • 2003, BSN, Coe College
  • 2006, MSN, University of Iowa
  • 2011, PhD, University of Iowa
Research Interests

  • Self-management
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Medication safety
  • Faculty Practice
  • Nursing Education
Grant Support

  • Sep 2018-Mar 2019 Title: Use of Nebraska Tobacco Quitline by primary care, Award Amount: $7,000, Role: Gonzales (P.I.)
  • October 2020-September 2022 Title: Feasibility of BACA mobile application for self-management in people with Parkinson's Disease, Award Amount: $10,940, Role: Gonzales, K (P.I.)
  • Gonzales, K., Barry Hultquist, T., Holmes, L., Stoltman, A., Fiandt, K. (2022). Rural Midwestern primary care nurse practitioner’s transition to practice. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18(3), 299-304. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2021.11.018
  • Gonzales, K., Diegel-Vacek, L., DiGiulio, M., Holmes, L., Lock, S., Lofgren, M., Moss, A., Sherry, D. Yingling, C. (in press). A faculty practice mentoring program. Nurse Educator. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001263
  • Michaud, T.L., Ern, J., Scoggins, D., You, W., Gonzales, K., King, K., Estabrooks, P., Su, D. (2022). Effectiveness of incentives to improve the reach of health promotion programs: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine, 162
  • Gonzales, K. & Stoltman, A. (2020). Optimization of faculty practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(1), 56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.06.013
  • Gonzales, K., Hanish, A., Klein, A., Stappert, D., Zegers, C., Holmes, L. & Fiandt, K. (2020)  Perceived impact of faculty practice on nurse practitioner education. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36, 181-188. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.12.004 
  • Zegers, C.A., Gonzales, K., Smith, L.M., Pullen, C.H., De Alba, A., & Fiandt, K. (2020). The psychometric testing of the modified Functional, Communicative, and Critical Health Literacy tool. Patient Education and Counseling, 103(11), 2347-2352. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2020.05.019
  • Gonzales, K., Berger, A. & Fiandt, K. (2019). Federally Qualified Health Centers use of Nebraska Tobacco Quitline. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, 4(42), 1-12. doi: 10.18332/tpc/113354
  • Gonzales, K. (2018). Establishing a school clinic: Using lean principles to value purpose. Nursing Economic$ 36(5), 225-232.
  • Gonzales, K. (2015). Risk propensity and safe medication administration. Journal of Patient Safety, 11(3), 166-173. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000065
  • Gonzales, K. (2012). Assessments of safe medication administration in nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 2(1), 39-50. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v2n1p39
  • Gonzales, K. (2010). Medication administration errors and the pediatric population: A systematic search of the literature. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25(6), 555-565. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2010.04.002
  • Gonzales, K. (2007). Sharing smiles. Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 33(1). Retrieved January 7, 2009 from http://www2.nursingsociety.org/RNL/1Q_2007/features/feature7.html
  • Academic appointment has included 40-50% practice since September 2014.
  • Nurse practitioner Nebraska Medicaine UNO Health Center. July 2018 - Present.
  • Nurse practitioner Children's Nebraska of Omaha Employee Health / Care4U. October 2017 - Present.
  • Nurse practitioner Nebraska Medicine Plattsmouth Internal Medicine. Temporary coverage March 2017 to June 2017.
  • Nurse practitioner Nebraska Medicine Immediate Care Clinics. August 2015 - October 2017.
  • Nurse practitioner Miracle Hills Primary Care. September 2016 - September 2017.
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (March 2016-Present).
  • Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Clinical Nursing (June 2011-Present) and Nursing Forum (August 2017-Present).
  • Nebraska Action Coalition 40 Under 40 (September 2016).
  • Daily Non-Pareil featured Faces of Health (May 2016).
  • Nurse practitioner All Care Health Center FQHC. August 2014 - March 2017.
  • UNMC CON Dean's Teaching Award (May 2019).
  • UNMC Silver “U” Award (June 2014).