Amy Jude Hoffman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

Contact

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-2208
Email: amyj.hoffman@unmc.edu

  

Education

  • 1991, BSN, Grand Valley State
  • 2000, MSN, Grand Valley State
  • 2007, PhD, Michigan State

Biography


My name is Amy Jude Hoffman and after 35 years in nursing starting as a medical-surgical nurse, and Associate Professor at Michigan State University, I joined The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018 as Professor and Assistant Dean for the College of Nursing at the Omaha Campus. My research trajectory includes the design and testing of the Theory of Symptom Self-Management for application by clinical practitioners and researchers to advance the science of symptom self-management. I also designed an instrument for measuring Perceived Self-Efficacy for Fatigue Self-Management that is currently supporting researchers and clinicians worldwide (> 50 requests, > 15 countries). In October 2020, I was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in March 2020 I was honored to receive the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Distinguished Scientist Award.

In 2018, I was honored to be awarded a five-year, three-arm randomized clinical trial, from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (R01 CA205025) focusing on symptom self-management and cancer-related fatigue for post-surgical lung cancer patients using virtual reality-based exercise to improve symptom and functional status and quality of life. To develop the intervention, I recruited a team of interdisciplinary experts utilizing their knowledge and expertise to define and refine an innovative exercise program that disrupts debilitating deconditioning by providing post-thoracotomy patients safe exercise at home. The knowledge created through our feasibility and pilot two-arm RCT (R21 CA164515) using a multi-site and multi-state approach of health care professionals has provided the basis for culturally competent, scalable rehabilitation enhancing the physical functioning and quality of life of these lung cancer patients. Because of the highly successful recruitment (67%) and retention rates (97%) in our two-arm pilot RCT (R21 CA164515), 9 leading US and UK cancer centers have requested consultation regarding our methods.

In 2016, I received the Oncology Nursing Society Excellence In Surgical Oncology Nursing Award and served as guest editor in 2017 for an issue of Seminars in Oncology Nursing (a leading oncology nursing journal) that addressed surgical oncology nursing. Upon their request, I have also served as an expert scientific reviewer for the American College of Thoracic Surgeons. I have been an invited chair and scientific reviewer for numerous groups including the National Institutes of Health; American College of Sports Medicine; Oncology Nursing Society; U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and, the U.S. Department of Defense. I enjoy teaching and mentoring, and my students are sought as research assistants and scholars who have achieved funding.



Research


Research Interests

  • Symptoms
  • Symptom Management
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Functional Status
  • Quality of Life
  • Theory Construction
  • Translational Science
  • Transitional Care
  • Oncology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Comorbidity
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Team Science (Multidisciplinary, Mulit-Site, Multi-State Science)
  • Research Methodology


Service


Re-Elected Secretary, Executive Board of Directors, Midwest Nursing Research Society

Associate Member, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center [FPBCC] and Appointed Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the FPBCC, Omaha, NE

Elected Secretary, Executive Board of Directors, Midwest Nursing Research Society



Recognition


Spectrum Health Excellence in Nursing Research Award. Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI (2000).

Mary Anorah Welsh Excellence in Nursing Administration Award. Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI (2000).

Graduate School Fellowship and Calder Scholarship. MSU, East Lansing, MI (2000).

John Dunkel Scholarship Award. MSU, College of Nursing, East Lansing, MI (2003-04).

Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Epsilon Chapter-At-Large Research Grant (2005).

 

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