Faculty/Staff Profile

Professor and Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing
Courtesy Professor Internal Medicine Cardiology
Adult/Acute Nurse Practitioner in Advanced Heart Failure – Nebraska Medicine

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel: (402) 559-3182
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. Self-care management in individuals with multiple chronic conditions has also been a focus of my research. I am an Adult/Acute Care certified nurse practitioner and provide care to patients with advanced heart failure one-half day per week at Nebraska Medicine. 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 acute care nurse practitioner graduate program
  • Health-Related Instrument Construction and Evaluation in the doctoral program
  • Mentors new faculty, post-docs, CTR scholars, and PhD students


Recent Funding

  • Principal Investigator:
    • HEART Camp: Promoting Adherence to Exercise in Heart Failure Patients. NHBLI/NIH R01 HL112979; 2012-2017. No cost extension 2017-2018.
  • Mentor:
    • Self-Management in Heart Failure: M-Health Interventions. UNMC Center for Patient, Family, Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management, 2017-2018. Schmaderer, M (PI), Thompson R, Lundgren S.
  • Mentor:
    • An Exploration of Psychophysiological Factors that Influence Family Caregivers Willingness to Participate in Patient Care in the Intensive Care Unit. American Nurses Foundation 2017-2018. Hetlund, B (PI).
  • Mentor:
    • A Rural-Urban Comparison of Ventricular Assist Device Outcomes. Heart Failure Society of America. 2017-2018. Alonso, W (PI).
  • Co-Investigator
    • Balance Activities and Strengthening to Improve Condition [BASIC]: Training for Elders with Heart Failure. American Nurses Foundation Rehabilitation Nurses Foundation & Virginia Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN, 2015-2017. McGuire, R (PI), Honaker, J.
  • 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 Advanced Heart Failure clinic at Nebraska Medicine

Professional Service

  • American Heart Association - Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
    • Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
    • Committee on Scientific Sessions Program (CSSP) 2010-2017
    • Past Chair - Program Committee
  • Heart Failure Society of America
    • Nursing Committee 2011-2017
  • 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

  • 2018  Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing
  • 2017  Fellow in the Heart Failure Society of America
  • 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
  • 1994  UNMC Leadership Institute
  • 1993  UNL Parents Association Teaching Award
  • 1993  UNMC Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1991  HBO Nurse Scholar - HealthQuest/HBO & Company