Elizabeth Beam, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, HEROES Program Director, UNMC College of Nursing

Education Researcher, Academic Affairs

Assistant Director of Research, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit- Nebraska Medicine

Contact

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

Phone: 402-559-6547
Email: ebeam@unmc.edu

  

Education

  • 2000, BSN, UNMC
  • 2004, MSN, UNMC
  • 2014, PhD, UNMC


Publications


Gibbs, S. G., Herstein, J. J., Le, A. B., Beam, E. L., Cieslak, T. J., Lawler, J. V., Santarpia, J. L., Stentz, T. L., Kopocis-Herstein, K. R., Achutan, C., Carter, G. W., & J. J. Lowe. (2019). Need for aeromedical evacuation high-level containment transport guidelines. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 25(5), 1033-1034. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2505.181948

Beam, E.L., Schwedhelm, M.M., Boulter, K.C., Vasa, A.M., Larson, L., Cieslak, T.J., Lowe, J.J., Herstein, J. J., Kratochvil, C.J., & Hewlett, A.L. (2019) Ebola Virus Disease: Clinical challenges, recognition, and management. Nursing Clinics of North America, 54, 169-180. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2019.02.001

Le, A.B., Herron, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J., Smith, T. (2018). A Gap Analysis of the United States Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Members to Determine Training and Education Needs in Highly Infectious Disease Mitigation and Management. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 12(6):675-679. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2017.142

Le, A.B., Buehler, S., Maniscalco, P.M., Lane, P., Rupp, L., Ernest, E., Von Seggern, D., West, K., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. (2018). Determining Training and Education Needs Pertaining to Highly Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response: A Gap Analysis Survey of U.S. Emergency Medical Services Practitioners. American Journal of Infection Control, 46(3), 246-252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.09.024.  Article was the topic of this Journal Club Commentary https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.11.029

Le, A.B., Hoboy, S., Germain, A., Miller, H., Thompson, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. (2018). A Pilot Survey of the United States Medical Waste Industry to Determine Education and Training Needs for Safely Handling Highly Infectious Waste. American Journal of Infection Control, 46:133-138.

Smith, C.J., Matthias, T., Beam, E., Wampler, K., Pounds, L., Nickol, D., Carlson, K., & Michael, K. (2018). Building a bigger tent in point-of-care ultrasound education: A mixed-methods evaluation of interprofessional, near-peer teaching of internal medicine residents by sonography students. BMC Medical Education, 18:321. Also available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-018-1437-2

*Beam, E. L., Hotchkiss, E., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2018). Observed variation in N95 respirator use by nurses demonstrating isolation care. American Journal of Infection Control, 46, 579-580.

Le, A., Witter, L. Herstein, J. J., Jelden, K. C., Beam, E., Gibbs, S. G., & Lowe, J. J. (2017). A gap analysis of the United States death care sector to determine training and education needs pertaining to highly infectious disease mitigation and management. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, 14(9), 674-680.

Le, A.B., Hoboy, S., Germain, A., Miller, H., Thompson, R., Herstein, J.J., Jelden, K.C., Beam, E.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. A Pilot Survey of the United States Medical Waste Industry to Determine Education and Training Needs for Safely Handling Highly Infectious Waste. American Journal of Infection Control. 2018; 46:133-138.

Vasa, A., Smith, P.W., Schwedhelm, M., Cieslak, T.J., Lowe, J., Kratochvil, C.J., Beam, E. L., Boulter, K., & Hewlett, A. (2017). Advancing preparedness for highly hazardous contagious diseases: Admitting 10 simulation patients with MERS-CoV. Health Security, 15(4). 432-439. Also available at: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/hs.2017.0003

Beam, E. (2016). Letter to the Editor. Call for improvement in personal protective equipment guidance and research. American Journal of Infection Control 44(11), 1428.

*Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2016). Evaluating isolation behaviors by nurses using mobile computer workstations at the bedside. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 34(9), 387-392.

Beam, E. L., Schwedhelm, S., Boulter, K., Kratochvil, C., Lowe, J., Hewlett, A., Gibbs, S. G., & Smith, P. W. (2016). Personal protective equipment processes and rationale for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit during the 2014 Activations for Ebola Virus Disease. American Journal of Infection Control, 44, 340-342.

Jelden, K. C., Smith, P. W., Schwedhelm, M. M., Gibbs, S. G., Lowe, J. J., Beam, E. L., Kratochvil, C. K., Boulter, K. C., & Hewlett, A. L. (2015). Learning from Ebola: Interprofessional practice in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice,1, 97-99.

Smith, P. W., Boulter, K. C., Hewlett, A. H., Kratochvil, C. J., Beam, E. L. (middle initial error in publication), Gibbs, S. G., Lowe, J. J., & Schwedhelm, M. M. (2015). Planning and response to Ebola virus disease: An integrated approach. American Journal of Infection Control, 43, 441-446.

*Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2015). Clinical Challenges in Isolation Care: Safe Practices for Nurses at the Bedside. American Journal of Nursing, 115 (4), 44-49.

Lowe, J.J., Olinger, P.L., Gibbs, S.G., Rengarajan, K, Beam, E.L., Boulter, K.C., Schwedhelm, M.M., Hayes, K.A., Krotochvil, C.J., Vanairsdale, S.; Frislie, B; Lewis J., Hewlett, A., Smith, P.W., Gartland, B., Ribner, B.S. (2015). Environmental infection control considerations for Ebola. American Journal of Infection Control, published corrected proof online.

Jelden, K.C., Gibbs, S.G., Smith, P.W., Schwedhelm, M., Iwen, P.C., Beam, E.L., Kratochvil, C.J., Boulter, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. (2015). Caring for Patients with Ebola Virus in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. Infectious Disease Special Edition, 18, 60-62.

Jelden, K. C., Gibbs, S. G., Smith, P. W., Schwedhelm, S. S., Iwen, P. C., Beam, E. L., Hayes, K. A., Marion, N., Kratochvil, C. J., Boulter, K. C., Hewlett, A. L. (2015). Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Patient Discharge and Environmental Decontamination Following Ebola Care. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(3), 203-205.

Schwedhelm, S., Beam, E. L., Morris, R. D., & Sebastian, J.G. (2015). Reflections on interprofessional team-based clinical care in the ebola epidemic: The Nebraska Medicine experience. Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 27-29.

*Beam, E. L., Gibbs, S. G., Hewlett, A. L., Iwen, P. C., Nuss, S. L., & Smith, P. W. (2014). Method for investigating nursing behaviors related to isolation care. American Journal of Infection Control, 42, 1152-1156.

*Smith, P.W., Beam, E., Sayles, H., Rupp, M. E., Cavalieri, R. J., Gibbs, S. G., & Hewlett, A. L. (2014). Impact of Adenosine Triphosphate Detection and feedback on hospital room cleaning. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 35(5), 564-569.

Beam, E., Lowe, J. Zirges, C, Carroll, C., Gibbs, S., Lawrence, S. J., Smith, P.W., and Hewlett, A.L. (2013). Biocontainment Patient Transport: A Missouri to Nebraska Functional Exercise. Domain3, Fall, 20-23.

*Beam, E., Gibbs, S., Boulter, K., Beckerdite, M., & Smith, P. (2011). A method for evaluating personal protective equipment technique by healthcare workers. American Journal of Infection Control, 39, 415-420.

Beam, E., Boulter, K., Freihaut, F., Schwedhelm, S., & Smith, P. (2010). The Nebraska experience in biocontainment care. Public Health Nursing, 27(2), 140-147.

Beam, E. & Kaiser, M. (2007). Creative strategies for teaching disaster preparedness concepts. Journal of Nursing Education 46 (11), 528.

Beam, E. L., Smith, S. M., Pullen, C., & Carstens, P. (2006). Design and development of bioterrorism response education programs. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2(2), e65-e68.