Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile

Sarah A. Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean, Academic Programs,
Florence Niedfelt Professor

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
Room 5022
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel: (402) 559-4286
E-Mail: sathompson@unmc.edu

Dr. Sarah Thompson’s research has focused on issues related to end-of-life care in nursing homes over the last 10 years. In addition to state and locally funded projects, she has received two federally funded grants from the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research.  Her most recent grant focuses on examining key organizational attributes and palliative care and their impact on quality end-of-life care for nursing home residents and their family members.  Findings from the study will drive the development of interventions, aimed at variations in organizational leadership, communication, teamwork, and palliative care, to improve end-of-life care.  In addition to research, Dr. Thompson has practiced as a hospice nurse and developed interdisciplinary graduate level coursework focused on care at the end-of-life.


Dr. Thompson has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate level coursework. Most recently, she has taught doctoral level, qualitative research methods and at the masters level she has taught theories related to organizational systems. Dr. Thompson also developed and taught an interdisciplinary graduate course on palliative care. She has served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees and masters research projects.


Recent Funding

The Impact of Quality End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes. Principal Investigator. R01 NR009547-01A1. 2006-2010.  $1,175,133 (direct costs)

Shaping Long-term care in America (2007-2012). Consultant. Principle Investigator, Vince Mor, PhD. Funded by Department of Health and Human Services, $1,491,367.

Increasing Faculty Capacity in Nebraska (2009-2012). Principal Investigator. Health Resources and Services Administration. $616,483.

The Kansas Nursing Facility Project; The Impact of Culture Change  (2006-2008). Consultant. Funded by the Kansas Department on Aging, State of Kansas, $697,027.

Developing A Measure of Palliative Care (2006 – 2007). Principal Investigator. Funded by University of Kansas School of Nursing , Office of Grants.

The Kansas Nursing Facility Project (2002-2006). Principal Investigator. Funded by the Kansas Department on Aging, State of Kansas , $933,769.


Dr. Thompson has practiced as an administrator, researcher, and educator. She provides consultation to nursing facilities and other health care organizations regarding the development of palliative care programs.

Professional Service/Recognition

Dr. Thompson serves on the editorial board and as a peer reviewer for several research based periodicals. During her tenure at the University of Kansas she received awards for her teaching and research scholarship.