Barbara Nickel, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI



University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - West Nebraska Division
1601 East 27th St.
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: 308-632-0436



  • 1982, BSN, Keene State College
  • 2009, MSN, UNMC


Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI is a clinical nurse specialist for CHI Health, Center for Clinical Practice and UNMC CON Instructor for PCC3 and 4 for the West Nebraska Division. She has a long history in critical care as a bedside clinician. Now as a CNS, she works to improve patient outcomes throughout the CHI Health Division with specific focus on Sepsis and Vascular Access. She has published several articles on vascular access management in critical care. She was a member and co-author of the Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, 8th edition and is now chair of the newly forming INS Standards Committee that will revised the Standards for publication of the 9th edition in 2024.


Principle Investigator for IRB approved research study: A comparison of the Fast Track Scoring Protocol with a Standard Post-Operative Protocol for monitoring post-operative observations in selected inpatient populations. Approved 4/17, concluded 5/18.

Research Interests

  • Vascular Access
  • CLABSI reduction
  • Nursing work flows, improving patient outcomes through improved efficiency


Kleidon T, Nickel B, Meyer B, et al. JVA, Response to: “Should we use a patient’s port as the preferred intravenous route rather than inserting an additional venous access?”, JVA. 8/2/21,

Nyhus, J. “Drug diversion in healthcare”, B. Nickel interview contribution, American Nurse Journal, 2021, 15(5): 26-30.

Nickel, B. Does the Midline Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Have a Place in Critical Care? Critical Care Nurse, accepted for publication, Ref.: Ms. No. CCN-D-21-00002R1.

Gorski, L. A., Hadaway, L., Hagle, M.E., Broadhurst, D., Clare, S., Kleidon, T., Meyer, B.M., Nickel, B., Rowley, S., Sharpe, E., Alexander, M. (2021). Journal of Infusion Nursing, 44(suppl 1):S1-S224. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000396

Nickel, B. “Hiding in plain sight: The burden of peripheral intravenous catheter infections”, Critical Care Nurse, accepted for publication, Ref.: Ms. No. CCN-D-19-00037R1

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Community service


2020 UNMC, Faculty Daisy Award for 2019-2020 school year

2016 Infusion Nurses Society, INS Member of the Year

2016 CHI Health St. Francis, Non-Clinical Nurse of the Year