Sarah Schroeder - Student Spotlight

Sarah E Schroeder is an MSN to PhD student at UNMC’s College of Nursing. She completed her diploma in Nursing from Bryan School of Nursing, followed by her BSN and MSN at UNMC. Sarah is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Research/professional interests: My professional interests include advanced Heart Failure (HF) and End-stage Heart disease requiring Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Devices. Specifically, within this population, my research surrounds the evaluation and establishment of frailty assessment that not only demonstrates accuracy of frailty determination, but establishes responsiveness to change following MCS implantation. I also have a fond interest in Quality of Life in MCS patients and have been involved in a variety of research projects surrounding this important topic.

Why I chose a PhD in nursing: I remember seeing something on social media about a dual DNP/PhD degree. This seemed odd to me so in a time where I swore I would go back to school, I inquired about this type of degree. After discussing this with four different individuals, I realized there was one thing missing in my career, and that was furthering my interest in research. Thus… leading to my PhD application submission.

What I like about UNMC: I feel like I have grown up at UNMC. My current advisor is someone whom I have known professionally and academically for nearly 13 years. UNMC seemed like a suitable fit for the completion of my final degree. I continue to be challenged through this path.

Professional memberships: Associate member of American College of Cardiology (AACC), American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), American Heart Association (AHA), International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), International Consortium of Circulatory Assist Clinicians (ICCAC, 2020 Secretary), American Society of Artificial Implantable Organs (ASAIO, 2021 MCS Chair Track), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), and Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA)

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