Sally Heusinkvelt, DNP


Clinical Assistant Professor


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




  • 2000, Diploma, Bryan School of Nursing – Lincoln
  • 2005, BSN, UNMC
  • 2008, MSN, UNMC
  • 2019, DNP, Creighton University – Omaha


Dr. Heusinkvelt is a clinical assistant professor, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha Division. She received her Registered Nurse Diploma from Bryan School of Nursing in 2000, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC in 2005, a Master of Science in Nursing from UNMC in 2008, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Creighton University in 2019. She is dually certified as an Acute Care and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. Her doctoral scholarly project included the design, development, and implementation of a fully online preceptor training program for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in a large Hospital Internal Medicine practice.

After completing her Nurse Practitioner certification, she worked in a hospital medicine practice for thirteen years, prior to transitioning to a dual inpatient and outpatient Cardiology practice at Nebraska Medicine.

Her research interests include the development of clinical education for nurse practitioners including preparation of clinical preceptors, preparing nurse practitioner transition to practice, and building academic practice partnerships to successfully prepare the future nursing workforce.


Research Interests

  • Academic Practice Partnerships
  • NP transition to practice
  • Preparation of Clinical Preceptors


Heusinkvelt, S., Nelson, Danika., & Langer, K. (2022). Preparing Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Students for Role Transition Through Hospital Immersion, Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18(6):645-648. doi: 0.1016/j.nurpra.2022.02.003.

Heusinkvelt, S., & Tracy, M. (2020). An Online Experience: Improving NP and PA Preceptor Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Willingness in a Hospital Medicine Practice. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 1:51 (6):275-279. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20200514-07.

Schoonover, K., Herber, A., Heusinkvelt, S., Yadav, H., & Burton, C. (2019).  Case-Based PowerPoint to Improve Knowledge and Comfort of Having Code Status Discussions by Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Students. Journal of Palliative Care. 34(4):215-217. doi: 10.1177/0825859718810725.

Hudson, DB., Campbell-Grossman, C., Keating-Lefler, R., Carrahar, S., Gehle, J., & Heusinkvelt S. (2009). Online Support for single, low-income, African American Mothers.  American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 15(2):220-36. doi: 10.1177/1074840708323048      

Hudson, DB, Campbell-Grossman C, Keating-Lefler R, Carrahar  S, Gehle J, & Heusinkvelt S. (2009). New Mothers Network: the provision of social support to single, low-income, African American Mothers via email. Journal of Family Nursing. 34(6):350-5.  doi: 10.1097/01.NMC.0000363683.35562.56.


2021-Present, Nurse Practitioner – Department of Cardiology, Nebraska Medicine Omaha, Nebraska

2008-Present, Hospital Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota

2019-2021, Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration (NPCEC) Program Director, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education Collaboration Rochester, Minnesota


2020, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs Clinical Site of Excellence Award Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2018, Outstanding Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Educator, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota

2017, “Most Likely to Make you Feel Good at the End of a Busy Hospital Internal Medicine Day”, Department of Hospital Internal Medicine 10-year Anniversary Recognition Celebration Mayo Clinic. Rochester, Minnesota

2014, Department of Medicine Innovation in Education Award, “In Situ Simulation Education”, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota

2013, Silver Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow, “Enhanced Communication between Providers and Nursing Staff on 5 MB D/E” Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

2012, Hospital Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner Physician Assistant Educator of the Year, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota

2011, Bronze Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota

2006, Extraordinary Care Staff Nurse of Liver Special Care Unit, The Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska