Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile

Bunny J. Pozehl, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, FAHA, FAAN

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Lincoln Division
PO Box 880220
Lincoln, NE 68588-0220
tel: (402) 472-7352
E-Mail: bpozehl@unmc.edu

My program of research focuses on exercise training interventions and promoting adherence to exercise in heart failure. Health-related outcomes of interest in response to exercise are adherence behavior, symptoms, physiological and psychological functioning and quality of life. I am an Adult/Acute Care certified nurse practitioner and provide care to patients with heart failure one-half day per week at the Bryan Heart Institute. Clinical practice informs my research and keeps me grounded in the actual delivery of evidence-based care for patients with heart failure.


  • Advanced practice clinical courses in the adult gerontology graduate program
  • Physical Activity in Clinical Research in the doctoral program
  • Health-Related Instrument Construction and Evaluation in the doctoral program


Recent Funding

  • Principal Investigator:
    • HEART Camp: Promoting Adherence to Exercise in Heart Failure Patients. NHBLI/NIH R01 HL112979; 2012-2017.
  • Co-investigator:
    • Homebased Care Transitions Tailored by Cognition and Patient Activation: A prudent use of Transitional Care Resources. Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Zimmerman, L. (PI). 2013-2014.
  • Co-investigator:
    • Web-based weight loss and weight maintenance intervention for older rural women. NINR/NIH 1R01NR010589-01A2 Pullen (PI); 2010-2015.
  • Rural Technology Core (E-learning Committee Chair):
    • Interdisciplinary Heart Health Center: Linking Rural Populations by Technology. NINR/NIH 1P20 NR011404-02 Pullen (PI); 2009 – 2014  See website
  • Principal Investigator:
    • Psychometric Testing of Measures to Estimate Energy Expenditure in Elderly Heart Failure Patients; 2007-2009
  • Principal Investigator:
    • Heart Failure Exercise And Resistance Training CAMP. NINR/NIH 1 R15 NR009215; 2005-2008


  • Adult/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in heart failure clinic at Bryan Heart Institute

Professional Service

  • American Heart Association - Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
    • Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
    • Committee on Scientific Sessions Program (CSSP)
    • Chair - Program Committee
  • Heart Failure Society of America
    • Nursing Committee
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
    • Acute Care Section — Past chair
  • American Nurses Association
  • Research Committee Midwest Nursing Research Society
    • Acute Care Section - Past chair
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
  • Nebraska Nurse Practitioners
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

Professional Recognition

  • 2013  Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2013  Distinguished Scientist Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • 2010  Fellowship in the American Heart Association
  • 2007  Virginia Stone Scholar, American Nurses Foundation
  • 2005  Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research Award, UNMC College of Nursing
  • 2000  Outstanding Nurse Educator, Nebraska Nurses Association
  • 1999  Dr. Anselmo Alonso Research Investigator Award, American Heart Association-Nebraska Affiliate