University of Nebraska Medical Center

Meet Our Team


Dorothy Hodges Olson Chair in Nursing
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Michele Balas, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, FCCM, FAAN

Principal Investigator

  • Interest in Research: I am deeply passionate about changing the way that we care for people in the ICU. I was a bedside ICU nurse for years and know how complex the care is in the ICU. I knew I could enhance and improve patient care outcomes, so I became a researcher. As a researcher, I can make  change happen on a larger scale by conducting studies on how we approach ICU care everywhere.
  • Interesting Fact: Prince is my favorite artist of all time and I’m a huge NFL fan (Go Eagles!)


Amberly Wagner-Connolly, DNP, FNP-C

Project Coordinator


Amberly Wagner-Connolly