Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile

Michael J. Rice, Ph.D., APRN-NP, FAAN
Project Director: PIPN Project

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
Room 4069
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
United States of America
tel:(402) 559-5464

Michael Rice is a Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health at the College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Rice attended the University of Arizona where he was a NRSA funded individual predoctoral instrumentation fellow. He graduated with his doctorate in Clinical Nursing Research while studying the “Social psychodynamics of domestic violence”. Dr. Rice earned his master's degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His baccalaureate degree is from Mount Marty College, a private Catholic College, in Yankton South Dakota.

Dr Rice is currently the Director of the three year Primary Integrated Psychiatric Nursing (PIPN) project by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for 1.2 million dollars to educating psychiatric nurse practitioners through enhanced distance education technology in rural and medically underserved areas of Nebraska. He is also the Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) , an annually funded state legislative earmark of 1.5 million dollars to support the recruitment, retention, and competency of the Nebraska behavioral health workforce by providing education and training in evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and use of behavioral telehealth service to expand outreach and serve the people of Nebraska.

He is a licensed Psychiatric APRN and is board certified by ANCC since 1995 and is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association on national board certification and test development. His past educational efforts have been a national model for Psychiatric NP’s distance education through internet based videoconferencing and PDA’s. He was awarded the prestigious 2002 EDUCAUSE award for Excellence in Application of Technology for the Benefit of Humanity and 2003 award for Best Paper in Industry and Corporate Training: EISTA, International Institute of Informatics. He provides national and international consultation and serves on editorial review boards on health care technology. He also serves on the National Board of Advisors for Spyglass Consulting, a firm focused on emerging health care technology, whose clientele include Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Sun Microsystems.


  • Dr. Rice has taught psychiatric mental health nursing at the undergraduate, masters and Doctorate of Nursing Practice Levels, including psychotherapy/counseling; assessment, diagnosis and treatment of medical differential and co-morbid conditions in psychiatric presentations and neuropsychopharmacology.
  • Dr. Rice is an advocate for the use of evidence based practice and is the editor of the column “Evidence Based Practice in Psychiatric Care” in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. He recently edited a special issue on Evidence Based Practices in Assertive Community Treatment for the Journal of the American psychiatric Nurses Association. He has been an invited speaker and symposium leader on Evidence Based Practice in Psychiatric Care at national conferences.
  • Dr. Rice has a particular clinical interest in the impact of co-morbidity and the impact on psychiatric illnesses. He has presents nationally at professional and educational conferences on the impact of co morbid medical conditions on psychiatric presentations.


  • Dr. Rice’s funded research expertise focuses on the effects of stress and abuse on human health. His recent work focuses on the childbearing health of abused women, including completed projects examining the influence of abuse on labor and delivery outcomes; the experience of postpartum depression; the childbearing experiences of abused Hispanic women; the examination of physical correlates and problems caused by abuse; and testing of abuse assessment methods during childbearing. Dr Rice has also used his consistent track record of HRSA funding to investigate the use of distance technologies and social media for educational outreach. He is currently using social analytics to examine the outcomes of using blogs and wiki's for asynchronous learning.


  • Dr. Rice has a long history of maintaining an active practice. He has practiced at Langley Porter UCSF, Assistant to the Chairman and Director of the Acute Care Treatment Team, Kino Community Hospital, Tucson Arizona, private practice as a Psychiatric ARNP in rural and medically underserved Steven’s County Washington, ASU Health Clinics and Assertive Community Treatment.

Professional Service/Recognition

  • 2010 Nurse Educator Excellence in Education Award. American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • 2010 Outstanding Teacher Award: University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • 2006 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing. Induction Nov..
  • 2006 Emerging Leader Program. American Academy of Nursing.
  • 2005 Nominee. Psychiatric Nurse Researcher of the Year. American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
  • 2003 Best Paper in Industrial and Corporate Training. Education and Information Systems Technologies and Applications (EISTA). International Institute of Informatics. Orland Fl. August 1.
  • 2002 Effective Practices and Solutions. Medically Indigent Rural Area (MIRA) Psychiatric NP Program. EDUCAUSE.
  • 2002 Educause. Excellence in Technology Applications for the Benefit of Humanity. Atlanta. Oct.
  • 2002 Nominee Faculty Excellence, Washington State University.
  • 2001 Outstanding Innovations in Clinical Research, Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nursing.
  • 2000 Grand Rounds Research Poster Award. American Nurses Association Biennial Convention, June.
  • 2000 Evidence-based poster award. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.May,.
  • 2000 Nomination, Research Poster: Grand Rounds Session at ANA Biennial Convention, by Western Institute of Nursing, June 2000.
  • 1999 Faculty excellence in Research , co recipient.
  • 1999 National Institute of Nursing Research: Research Training: Developing Nurse Scientists.
  • 1996 Faculty Service Award, Intercollegiate Center For Nursing Education, Spokane Washington.
  • 1995 Nominee: Faculty Service Award, ICNE, Spokane Washington. Spring
  • 1994 Foundation Preeminance Award: 1993 1994, Mount Marty College, Yankton S.D.
  • 1994 Nominee: J.C. Penny, Golden Rule Award, 1994
  • 1994 Nominee: United Way, Volunteer of the Year Award, Spokane Washington
  • 1991 Sigma Theta Tau: Nursing Honor Society. Award for Research Excellence Delta Chi Chapter