Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile




Ann Malone Berger, APRN, PhD, AOCNS, FAAN
Professor and Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing 
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Oncology
Director of the PhD in Nursing Program

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
Center for Nursing Science - Omaha Division
Room 50107
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
UNITED STATES
tel: (402) 559-4957
E-Mail: aberger@unmc.edu

Dr. Berger is the Professor Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing and an advanced practice nurse at the Nebraska Medical Center. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and her masters and PhD degrees in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Dr. Berger's clinical background includes a decade in all levels of coronary care and over three decades in oncology nursing care. She has held positions in Washington, California and Nebraska.

Teaching

  • Extensive undergraduate level classroom and clinical teaching experience in medical-surgical nursing and chronic illness nursing
  • Teaches oncology nursing and concepts courses to graduate and PhD students
  • Serves as a dissertation chair and committee member
  • Frequently teaches oncology continuing education classes for nurses at the local, regional and national levels

Research/Scholarship

Dr. Berger's research focuses on symptom management, in particular fatigue and sleep/wake disturbances, in individuals with cancer. She is also an expert on the use of wrist actigraphy.

  • Served as PI of a study funded by UNMC/CON Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing Fund (2010 - Present) titled: Breast Cancer Survivors Symptom Survey.
  • Served as a Co-Mentor on an NIH funded K23 study (2007-2011) titled: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Insomnia after Breast Cancer Treatment.
  • Served as the PI on a study funded by the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center (2006-2009) titled: Fatigue and Factors Influencing Fatigue in Patients receiving Colorectal Cancer Chemotherapy funded by the Oncology Nursing Foundation.
  • Served as a P.I. of an NIH/NINR study (2002-2007) titled: Fatigue in Breast Cancer: A Behavioral Sleep Iintervention;
  • Served as the P.I. of an NIH/NCI conference grant (2004-2005) titled: State of the Science Conference on Sleep Disturbances in People with Cancer and their Caregivers
  • Serves as a consultant on the use of actigraphy in clinical studies of activity, sleep and fatigue.

Practice

  • Continues in clinical practice, focusing on educating clinical nurses to delivery quality cancer care through workshops and other teaching venues
  • Involved in development of evidence-based education for oncology patients and families
  • Works with the Oncology Nursing Society to develop evidence based oncology nurse sensitive outcomes for sleep/wake disturbances
  • Frequent invited speaker at local, regional and national oncology nursing conferences

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Selected as the Professor Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing (2007-2012) and reappointed in 2012 through 2017
  • Serves as the Team Captain, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology ™ Cancer-Related Fatigue Panel (2008 - Present)
  • 2011 Creighton University School of Nursing Alumni Merit Award recipient
  • Has assumed several leadership positions within the Oncology Nursing Society
  • Appointed to the NIH/NINR Nursing Science, Children and Families Study Section (2005-2009)
  • MNRS Senior Scientist Recognition Award (2009)
  • State of the Science Lecture award, Oncology Nursing Foundation (2008)
  • Selected as a UNMC Distinguished Scientist (2006)
  • Inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2005)
  • Received the University of Nebraska Medical Center outstanding Teacher Award (2005)
 



I continue the work referred to by Florence Nightingale as a deficit of "vital force" or "vital powers"; we now call it fatigue. My work is aimed at developing and promoting quality cancer care and symptom    management.