Faculty/Staff Profile

Amy Jude Hoffman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and University Distinguished Scientist

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel:(402) 559-2208
E-Mail: amyj.hoffman@unmc.edu

My name is Amy Jude Hoffman and after 35 years in nursing starting as a medical-surgical nurse, and Associate Professor at Michigan State University, I joined The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018 as Professor and Assistant Dean for the College of Nursing at the Omaha Campus. My research trajectory includes the design and testing of the Theory of Symptom Self-Management for application by clinical practitioners and researchers to advance the science of symptom self-management. I also designed an instrument for measuring Perceived Self-Efficacy for Fatigue Self-Management that is currently supporting researchers and clinicians worldwide (> 50 requests, > 15 countries). In October 2020, I was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in March 2020 I was honored to receive the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Distinguished Scientist Award.

In 2018, I was honored to be awarded a five-year, three-arm randomized clinical trial, from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (R01 CA205025) focusing on symptom self-management and cancer-related fatigue for post-surgical lung cancer patients using virtual reality-based exercise to improve symptom and functional status and quality of life. To develop the intervention, I recruited a team of interdisciplinary experts utilizing their knowledge and expertise to define and refine an innovative exercise program that disrupts debilitating deconditioning by providing post-thoracotomy patients safe exercise at home. The knowledge created through our feasibility and pilot two-arm RCT (R21 CA164515) using a multi-site and multi-state approach of health care professionals has provided the basis for culturally competent, scalable rehabilitation enhancing the physical functioning and quality of life of these lung cancer patients. Because of the highly successful recruitment (67%) and retention rates (97%) in our two-arm pilot RCT (R21 CA164515), 9 leading US and UK cancer centers have requested consultation regarding our methods.

In 2016, I received the Oncology Nursing Society Excellence In Surgical Oncology Nursing Award and served as guest editor in 2017 for an issue of Seminars in Oncology Nursing (a leading oncology nursing journal) that addressed surgical oncology nursing. Upon their request, I have also served as an expert scientific reviewer for the American College of Thoracic Surgeons. I have been an invited chair and scientific reviewer for numerous groups including the National Institutes of Health; American College of Sports Medicine; Oncology Nursing Society; U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and, the U.S. Department of Defense. I enjoy teaching and mentoring, and my students are sought as research assistants and scholars who have achieved funding.

Selected Positions and Employment

1985-1985   Staff Nurse, Cardiac and Neurological Dept., Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI
1985-1986   Staff Nurse, Medical-Surgical Critical Care Dept., Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
1985-1987   Staff Nurse, Surgical Critical Care Dept., Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
1988-1992   Staff Nurse, Emergency Department & Critical Care, Grand Rapids, Metropolitan Hospital, MI
1991-1992   Hospital Nursing Supervisor, Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
1992-1993   Adult Medical and Surgical Critical Care, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
1992-1994   Assistant Director of Nursing, Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
1997-1998   Manager of Inpatient Services, North Ottawa Community Hospital, Grand Haven, MI
1994-1997   Nurse Educator Inpatient Services, Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
1998-2001   Nurse Educator Inpatient Services, Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
2001-2003   Visiting Faculty, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
2005-2006   Research Fellow, Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group, Walther Cancer Institute, IN
2005-2007   Research Fellow, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (F31 NR009621-01A1)
2008-2009   Assistant Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
2009-2015   Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2015-2018   Elected Member, College Advisory Council to the Dean, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2015-2016   Elected Chair, Research Committee, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, MI
2015-2018   Associate Professor with tenure, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2016-2017   Elected Member, Graduate Program Committee, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, MI
2017-2018   Elected Chair, PhD Program Committee, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2018-2020   Elected Secretary, Executive Board of Directors, Midwest Nursing Research Society
2018-Now   Professor (with tenure), University Distinguished Scientist, and Assistant Deanship [6/1/2018  9/30/2019], The University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha, NE
2020-Now   Associate Member, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center [FPBCC] and Appointed Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the FPBCC, Omaha, NE
2020-2022   Re-Elected Secretary, Executive Board of Directors, Midwest Nursing Research Society

Significant Accomplishments

  • 2020 Inducted Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Washington DC
  • 2020 University Nebraska Medical Center Distinguished Scientist Award
  • Awarded NIH-NCI R01 CA205025: Managing Fatigue Using Virtual Reality for Post-Operative Lung Cancer Patients
  • Awarded NIH-NCI R21 CA164515: Managing Fatigue Using Virtual Reality for Post-Operative Lung Cancer Patients
  • Author of the Theory of Symptom Self-Management
  • 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Surgical Oncology Nursing Award

Selected Professional Experiences and Memberships

  • 2000     Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Psi (2009) Chapters.
  • 2006     Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society.
  • 2008     Member, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington DC.
  • 2009     Member of the Review Panel for Cancer Nursing.
  • 2011     Member of the Review Panel for Nursing Research.
  • 2009-2017     Member, Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Grant Review Team.
  • 2011     Consultant, for Raymond Chan, doctoral student candidate with Dr. Patsy Yates, of Nursing at University of Technology for Palliative Care Education and Research, Australia.
  • 2011     Scientific Reviewer, Society of Behavioral Medicine, National Scientific State-of-the Science Conferences.
  • 2012     Scientific Reviewer, NIH, Academic Research Enhancement Award Review Panel (R15), Washington DC.
  • 2012     Presenter, Invitational at United Health Services Hospital 20th Annual Oncology Interdisciplinary Teaching on Dyspnea and Cancer Symptom Management, Binghamton, NY.
  • 2012-2017     Panel Member, National Oncology Nursing Society, Putting Evidence Into Practice Program.
  • 2013-14     Chair, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Pain & Symptom Management Research Section.
  • 2012     Scientific Reviewer, Appointed by the National Oncology Nursing Society Board of Directors to provide expert review of the Evidenced-based Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd edition, by the American College of Chest Physicians.
  • 2013-2014     Invited Presenter, Invitational at Clinical Trials Day, Lansing, MI Capitol Building.
  • 2013-2015     Founding Leader Appointment, Michigan State University Steering Committee for Campus Cancer Champions in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.
  • 2015-2017     Member, The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • 2015     Scientific Reviewer, U.S. Veterans Affairs Scientific Merit Session for VA ORD, RR&D Spire Program.
  • 2014-2016     Scientific Reviewer, NIH, NCI Omnibus Funding Opportunity for Small Grants (R03) and Exploratory and Developmental Research Grant Program (R21), Washington DC.
  • 2016     Scientific Reviewer, NIH-NIA, Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults, Bethesda, MD.
  • 2017     Invited Guest Editor, Seminars in Oncology Nursing on Surgical Oncology Nursing with issue published with 11 manuscripts in February 2017.
  • 2018     Scientific Reviewer, NIH-NIA, Socioeconomic Disparities in Health and Aging, Bethesda, MD.
  • 2018     Invited Keynote Speaker via webinar on Early Career: Building Your Program of Research. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC.
  • 2018     Invited Speaker with Catherine Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, on Symptom Management in the Era of Team Science at the National Oncology Nursing Society 43rd Annual Congress, Washington, DC.
  • 2018     Invited as an expert 2018 Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive Faculty Member, the National Oncology Nursing Society Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • 1/2019     Led the design and supported nurse planning for ANCC 6.0 contact hours Test Writing Course and Faculty Essentials Workshop for ANCC ~5.0 contact hours pending at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing.
  • 6/2019     Scientific Reviewer, NIH-Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences, San Francisco, CA.
  • 11/2019     Chairperson and Reviewer, NIH-NCI, Optimizing the Management & Outcome for Cancer Survivors, via Bethesda, MD.
  • 4/2020     Scientific Reviewer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chronic Medical Conditions, Washington, DC.
  • 4/2020     Invited Keynote Speaker via webinar. Gerontological Society of America, Washington DC.
  • 5/2020     Scientific Reviewer, NIH-NCI Special Emphasis Panel (SEP-1) Omnibus Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) PAR-19-356 (R21) and PAR-20-052 (R03), Washington, DC.
  • 6/2020     Scientific Reviewer, NIH-Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • 11/2020     Scientific Reviewer, NCI Clinical and Translational Exploratory/ Developmental Studies (R21)” and PAR 20-052 “NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (Omnibus R03), Bethesda, MD.
  • 8/2021     Member, American Nurses Association, ANA & State Membership Nebraska Nurses Association Member ID: 04153909
  • 10/2020     Fellow, Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, Washington, DC.
  • 3/2021     Scientific Reviewer, NIH-NCI, Clinical and Translational Exploratory/Developmental Studies (R21/R03), Bethesda, MD

Selected Honors

2000   Spectrum Health Excellence in Nursing Research Award. Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.
2000   Mary Anorah Welsh Excellence in Nursing Administration Award. Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.
2000   Graduate School Fellowship and Calder Scholarship. MSU, East Lansing, MI.
2003-04   John Dunkel Scholarship Award. MSU, College of Nursing, East Lansing, MI.
2005   Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Epsilon Chapter-At-Large Research Grant.
2005   Graduate School Summer Acceleration Fellowship. MSU, East Lansing, MI.
2005   Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Psi Chapter Research Scholarship Award. MSU, East Lansing, MI.
2006   Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Congress Scholarship.
2007   Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program Outstanding Student of the Year Award. College of Nursing, MSU, East Lansing, MI.
2009   Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Excellence in Nursing Research Award.
2010   Abstract Citation Winner. Chosen by the Reviewers and Program Committee as an excellent peer reviewed paper as a feature presentation for the 31st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, WA.
2014   Michigan State University, College of Nursing, Marjorie A. Holmes Faculty Endowment Award.
2016   Recipient, The National Oncology Nursing Society 2016 Excellence in Surgical Oncology Award.
2017   Invited Visiting Scholar and Presenter, The Fred & Pamela Buffet Cancer Center and The University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing in October 2017.
3/2020   2020 University Distinguished Scientist Award, The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.
10/2020   Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

Program of Research Expertise

  • Symptoms
  • Symptom Management
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Functional Status
  • Quality of Life
  • Theory Construction
  • Translational Science
  • Transitional Care
  • Oncology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Comorbidity
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Team Science (Multidisciplinary, Mulit-Site, Multi-State Science)
  • Research Methodology