University of Nebraska Medical Center

Sally Heusinkvelt, DNP

Clinical Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing

Dr. Heusinkvelt is a clinical assistant professor, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha Division. She received her Registered Nurse Diploma from Bryan School of Nursing in 2000, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC in 2005, a Master of Science in Nursing from UNMC in 2008, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Creighton University in 2019. She is dually certified as an Acute Care and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. Her doctoral scholarly project included the design, development, and implementation of a fully online preceptor training program for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in a large Hospital Internal Medicine practice.

After completing her Nurse Practitioner certification, she worked in a hospital medicine practice for thirteen years, prior to transitioning to a dual inpatient and outpatient Cardiology practice at Nebraska Medicine.

Her research interests include the development of clinical education for nurse practitioners including preparation of clinical preceptors, preparing nurse practitioner transition to practice, and building academic practice partnerships to successfully prepare the future nursing workforce.

  • 2000, Diploma, Bryan School of Nursing – Lincoln
  • 2005, BSN, UNMC
  • 2008, MSN, UNMC
  • 2019, DNP, Creighton University – Omaha
Research Interests
  • Academic Practice Partnerships
  • NP transition to practice
  • Preparation of Clinical Preceptors
  • Heusinkvelt, S., Nelson, Danika., & Langer, K. (2022). Preparing Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Students for Role Transition Through Hospital Immersion, Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18(6):645-648. doi: 0.1016/j.nurpra.2022.02.003.
  • Heusinkvelt, S., & Tracy, M. (2020). An Online Experience: Improving NP and PA Preceptor Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Willingness in a Hospital Medicine Practice. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 1:51 (6):275-279. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20200514-07.
  • Schoonover, K., Herber, A., Heusinkvelt, S., Yadav, H., & Burton, C. (2019).  Case-Based PowerPoint to Improve Knowledge and Comfort of Having Code Status Discussions by Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Students. Journal of Palliative Care. 34(4):215-217. doi: 10.1177/0825859718810725.
  • Hudson, DB., Campbell-Grossman, C., Keating-Lefler, R., Carrahar, S., Gehle, J., & Heusinkvelt S. (2009). Online Support for single, low-income, African American Mothers.  American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 15(2):220-36. doi: 10.1177/1074840708323048      
  • Hudson, DB, Campbell-Grossman C, Keating-Lefler R, Carrahar  S, Gehle J, & Heusinkvelt S. (2009). New Mothers Network: the provision of social support to single, low-income, African American Mothers via email. Journal of Family Nursing. 34(6):350-5.  doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000363683.35562.56.


  • 2021-Present, Nurse Practitioner – Department of Cardiology, Nebraska Medicine Omaha, Nebraska
  • 2008-Present, Hospital Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2019-2021, Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration (NPCEC) Program Director, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2020, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs Clinical Site of Excellence Award Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2018, Outstanding Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Educator, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2017, “Most Likely to Make you Feel Good at the End of a Busy Hospital Internal Medicine Day”, Department of Hospital Internal Medicine 10-year Anniversary Recognition Celebration Mayo Clinic. Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2014, Department of Medicine Innovation in Education Award, “In Situ Simulation Education”, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2013, Silver Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow, “Enhanced Communication between Providers and Nursing Staff on 5 MB D/E” Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2012, Hospital Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner Physician Assistant Educator of the Year, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2011, Bronze Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2006, Extraordinary Care Staff Nurse of Liver Special Care Unit, The Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska