University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Lincoln Division
550 N 19th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0620

Phone: 402-472-7359



  • 1980, BSN, UNMC
  • 1982, MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 1985, MSN, UNMC
  • 1992, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Dr. Barnason is professor at the College of Nursing and received her diploma in nursing from Lincoln General School of Nursing. She completed both her BSN and MSN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing. Dr. Barnason received a PhD at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. She has clinical expertise in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing and experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Barnason joined the faculty full-time in 1998. She currently teaches in the graduate Adult-Gerontology masters and doctorate of nursing practice programs.


Research Interests

  • Maximizing Outcomes Needed After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Using Weight Management (MOMENTUM)
  • Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program
  • Early recovery and transition of care for cardiac patient after acute events
  • Symptom Management following cardiac revascularization
  • Secondary Risk Factor prevention after cardiac revascularization
  • Transition of care after hospitalization for acute cardiac events
  • Symptom Management Intervention in Elderly CABG Patients

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

July 2013-June 2016
Advancing Rural Emergency and Acute Care (AREA) Program for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs), $768,825, Morris, K (P.I.), Barnason, S (Co-investigator)


Schuelke, S., & Barnason, S. (2017). Interventions Used by Nurse Preceptors to Develop Critical Thinking of New Graduate Nurses. Journal For Nurses In Professional Development, 33(1), E1-E7. doi:10.1097/NND.0000000000000318

Smith, G. D., Gelling, L., Haigh, C., Barnason, S., Allan, H., & Jackson, D. (2017). The position of reporting guidelines in qualitative nursing research. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, doi:10.1111/jocn.14213

DeVon, H. A., Vuckovic, K., Ryan, C. J., Barnason, S., Zerwic, J. J., Pozehl, B., & ... Zimmerman, L. (2017). Systematic review of symptom clusters in cardiovascular disease. European Journal Of Cardiovascular Nursing: Journal Of The Working Group On Cardiovascular Nursing Of The European Society Of Cardiology, 16(1), 6-17. doi:10.1177/1474515116642594

Young, L., Hertzog, M., & Barnason, S. (2017). Feasibility of Using Accelerometer Measurements to Assess Habitual Physical Activity in Rural Heart Failure Patients. Geriatrics, 2(3), 23. MDPI AG. Retrieved from

Eisenhauer, C. M., Hageman, P. A., Rowland, S., Becker, B. J., Barnason, S. A., & Pullen, C. H. (2017). Acceptability of mHealth Technology for Self-Monitoring Eating and Activity among Rural Men. Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.), 34(2), 138-146. doi:10.1111/phn.12297

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2013 Inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

2012 Inducted as a Fellow into American Academy of Nursing.

2007 Inducted as a Fellow into the American Heart Association.

2006 The Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. UNMC College of Nursing . Teaching Award.

2005 4th Annual UNMC College of Nursing: Adult Health & Illness Department . Teaching Award.

2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005 Emergency Nurses Association. Distinguished Service Award.

1996 Nebraska Emergency Nurses Association.Award of Excellence

1996 Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.Alumni of the Year Award.

1996 Emergency Nurses Association.Lifetime Achievement Award & ENA Hall of Fame Honors Panel.