University of Nebraska Medical Center

Rebecca Swanson, DNP, APRN, PNP-AC/PC

Clinical Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Rebecca Swanson , DNP, APRN, PNP-AC/PC

Rebecca Swanson is the Coordinator for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Swanson is a proud UNMC alum, completing her BSN in 2007, MSN in Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in 2011, and finally her DNP in 2018. She also completed her post-graduate certificate for Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2018 through Creighton University.

Dr. Swanson works as a CPNP in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Stem Cell Transplant at Nebraska Medicine where she is passionate about implementing evidence-based practice and mentoring nursing staff and students. Clinical projects have focused on creating a pediatric survivorship clinic, reducing sedation for children undergoing radiation therapy & MRI, transitioning pediatric chemotherapy regimens to the ambulatory care setting, and co-developing an EBP curriculum for Nebraska Medicine staff nurses.

  • 2007, BSN, UNMC
  • 2011, MSN, UNMC
  • 2018, DNP, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Nebraska Medicine Clinical Inquiry Squad (NCIS): Implementing a unit-based EBP curriculum
  • The influence of prolonged hospitalization on cortical activation, gross manual dexterity, communication skills, and socialization in children
  • Process improvements lead to a reduction in sedation use in children receiving radiation therapy
Grant Support
  • January 2021-December 2021 Title: Evaluating the Psychosocial Needs in Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment and Stem Cell Transplant Pediatric Cancer Research Group (PCRG) Grant (Award Amount: $30,000), Role: Swanson, R. (P.I.)
  • November 2019-May 2020 Title: A Pilot Study of Immersive Education Utilizing Virtual Reality Software for Children Undergoing Radiation Therapy and MRI Pediatric Cancer Research Group (PCRG) Grant (Award Amount: $10,000), Role: Swanson, R. (P.I.)
  • Swanson, R., Wagers, , & Yager, A. (2018). A quality initiative improves the treatment and experience of pediatric radiation oncology patients. Oncology Issues33, 34-39.
  • Hao, J., Li, Y., Swanson, R Chen, Z, & Siu, K-C. (2023). Effects of virtual reality on physical, cognitive and psychological outcomes in cancer rehabilitation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Supportive Care in Cancer, 31:112.
  • Kotcherlakota, S., Beam, E., Ricks, B., Swanson, R., Schuelke, S., Rodrigues Armijo, P., Glass, B., Wilt, J., & Siu, K. (2023). An interprofessional network approach to increase XR use in healthcare. In Cherner, T., & Fegely, A. (Eds). Bridging the XR Technology-to-Practice Gap: Methods and Strategies for Blending Extended Realities into Classroom Instruction (pp.169-186) . Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/222242/
  • Swanson, R., Diederich, , Jordan-Schaulis, S., Reicks, B., & Zimmerman, R. (2023). Stronger together: APRN / PA shared governance council drives transformational change. Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants36(5).
  • Faculty Practice Committee, UNMC College of Nursing
  • Nebraska VR Network for Education and Research (NeVRNER), UNMC
  • Innovation Operating Model IDU Workstream, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine
  • Nursing Research and Innovation Committee (NRIC), Nebraska Medicine
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), Midwest Chapter Membership Chair
  • Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON), Nebraska Chapter Founder
  • Nebraska Foster Care Review Board #23, Member
  • 2016, St. John Alumni Achievement Award, St. John Lutheran School
  • 2015, Nominee, Carol M. Wilson Quality in Nursing Award, Nebraska Medicine
  • 2011, Nebraska Medicine Staff Recognition Program Recipient, Nebraska Medicine
  • 2011, Abbot Nutrition Educational Grant, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • 2011, Charlotte Burgess Award, UNMC College of Nursing
  • 2007, Honors with Distinction, UNMC College of Nursing