Rebecca Keating-Lefler, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

RN to BSN Program Coordinator


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

Phone: 402-559-4185



  • 1986, ADN, UNMC
  • 1987, BSN, UNMC
  • 1992, MSN, UNMC
  • 2001, PhD, UNMC


Dr. Rebecca Keating-Lefler is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Dr. Keating-Lefler joined the College of Nursing Faculty in January of 2002. Dr. Keating-Lefler received her Associate degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing and her PhD, all from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing. Dr. Keating-Lefler's clinical specialty is in women's health and high risk obstetrics. Other courses taught include health policy and issues, leadership and management, health care outcomes and nursing research. Dr. Keating-Lefler's research focus is single, low-income mothers.


Research Interests

  • The Experience of Becoming a Mother for Single, Unpartnered, Medicaid-Eligible First Time Mothers
  • Needs, Concerns and Social Support of Single, Low-Income Mothers
  • Community Leaders Perceptions of Needs and CCncerns of Single, Low-Income Mothers
  • Content Analysis of Lefler Loss Tool
  • Web Based Intervention for Single, Low-Income, African American Mothers


Campbell-Grossman, C., Brage Hudson, D., Keating-Lefler, R., Ofe Fleck, M. (2005) Community leaders’ perceptions of single, low-income mothers' needs and concerns for social support. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 22(4), 241-257.

Keating-Lefler, R. & Wilson, M. (2004) The experience of becoming a mother for single, unpartnered, Medicaid eligible first time mothers. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 36(1), 1-7.

Keating-Lefler, R., Brage-Hudson, D., Campbell-Grossman, Ofe-Fleck, M. & Westfall, J. (2004).  Needs, concerns, and social support of single, low-income mothers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 25, 1-21.


Nursing Excellence Award from the UNMC CON Alumni Association June 2005.