University of Nebraska Medical Center

Myra Schmaderer, PhD, RN

Interim Assistant Dean - Lincoln Division
Associate Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Dr Schmaderer is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing. Dr. Schmaderer received her doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015. Her research area is multimorbidity, chronic disease, patient activation and self-management. Dr. Schmaderer is particularly interested in using mobile health technology. She has over 30 years of clinical experience with a focus on acute and chronic disease. Dr. Schmaderer’s teaching area includes Leadership and chronic disease.
  • 1990, BSN, UNMC
  • 1994, MSN, UNMC
  • 2015, PhD, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Determinants of Patient Activation in Multimorbid Hospitalized Patients
  • Barnason, S., Zimmerman, L., Atwood, J., Nieveen, J., Schmaderer, M. (2002). Development of a self-efficacy instrument for coronary artery bypass graft patients. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 10(2), 123-133.
  • Barnason, S., Zimmerman, L., Nieveen, J., Schmaderer, M., Carranza, B., & Reilly, S. (2003) Impact of a Home Communication Intervention for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients with Ischemic Heart Failure on Self-Efficacy, Coronary Disease Risk Factor Modification and Functioning. Heart & Lung, 32 (3). 147-158.
  • Zimmerman, L., Barnason, S., Nieveen, J., & Schmaderer, M. (2004). Symptom Management Intervention in Elderly Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients. Outcomes Management. 8 (1).
  • Sittner, B., Schmaderer, M., Zimmerman, L., Hertzog, M., & George, B. (2009). Rapid Response Team: Simulated Training for Enhancing Patient Safety (STEPS). Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 5. e119-e127.
  • Schmaderer, M., (2015). Determinants of patient activation in hospitalized multimorbid patients. Dissertation, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.
  • Schmaderer, M., Pozehl, B., Hertzog, M., & Zimmerman, L. (2015). Psychometric Properties of the Patient Activation Measure. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(3), E128-E141.
  • Burbach, B. E., Cohen, M. Z., Zimmerman, L. M., Schmaderer, M. S., Struwe, L. A., & Paulman, A. (2016). Post-hospitalization transition to home: Patient perspectives of a personalized approach. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(5), 32-40.
  • Schmaderer, M., Zimmerman, L., Hertzog, M, Pozehl. B., & Paulman, A. (2016). Correlates of Patient Activation and Acute Care Utilization among Multimorbid Patients. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(10), 1335-1353.
  • Zimmerman, L., Wilson, F., Schmaderer, M., Struwe, L., Pozehl, B., Paulman, A., Bratzke, L., Moore, K., Raetz, L., George, B. (2017). Cost-Effectiveness of a Care Transition Intervention among Multimorbid Patients. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(5), 622-42.
  • Struwe, L., Schmaderer, M., Zimmerman, L. (2019) Changes in Patient Activation in a Home Care Transition Intervention. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi.org/10.1177/0193945919848091
  • Schmaderer, M., (1994, May). Factors predicting length of stay in the coronary artery bypass graft patient. Master's thesis, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.
  • Zimmerman, L., Nieveen, J., Barnason, S., & Schmaderer, M. (1996). The effects of music interventions on postoperative pain and sleep in coronary bypass graft patient. Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice, 10(2), 153-170.
  • Nelson, F.V., Zimmerman, L., Barnason, S., Nieveen, J., & Schmaderer, M. (1998). The relationship and influence of anxiety on postoperative pain in the coronary artery bypass graft patient. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 15(2), 102-9.
  • American Heart Association
  • MNRS
  • Sigma Theta Tau