Denise Waterfield, MEd, BSN, RN

Nurse Specialist


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Kearney Division
2402 University Drive
Kearney, NE 68849-4510

Phone: 308-865-8952



  • 1993, BS, Louisiana Tech University
  • 1994, M.Ed., Louisiana Tech University
  • 2015, BSN, UNMC


Denise Waterfield received her Master of Education degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1994. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the PhD program in the UNMC College of Nursing. Her research area of interest is critical care nurses’ assessment and management of pain, agitation/sedation, and delirium.


CHI Health Good Samaritan RN in the Intensive Care Unit (2015-2019).

Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Member and LARC Co-Chair and Region 2 Representative, Nebraska Nurses Association.

Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses.

Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Member, UNMC CON PhD Recruitment Taskforce.

Student Representative, UNMC CON Distance Education/Digital Campus Agile Pod Committee.


CHI Health Good Samaritan Professional Excellence Award (2018).

CHI Health Good Samaritan DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses (2018)