Faculty/Staff Profile

Cheryl Bagley Thompson, PhD, RN
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Associate Professor

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel: (402) 559 3645
email: cbthompson@unmc.edu

Dr. Thompson is an associate professor in the College of Nursing.  Dr. Thompson received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Creighton University, Omaha, NE, her masters from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and her doctoral degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Dr. Thompson’s clinical background includes critical care, coronary care, air medical transport, and informatics. She has held nursing positions throughout the United States and in Japan. Dr. Thompson joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2001.


  • Dr. Thompson was inducted into the Interprofessional Academy of Educators in 2018.
  • Dr. Thompson has taught courses in nursing informatics and research at the graduate level, including introduction to health informatics, systems analysis, database design, and decision support.
  • Dr. Thompson is teaching in the undergraduate Population Health course in fall 2017.
  • Dr. Thompson is a member of the graduate faculty and supervises graduate students in the College of Nursing and the Biomedical Informatics Program.
  • Under teaching add Dr. Thompson has applied online teaching principles to teaching across universities (teaching with UNO) and across countries (teaching with the University of Agder in Norway)
    • Fossum, M., Fruhling, A., Moe, C. E., & Thompson, C. B. (2017). Crossing borders: An online interdisciplinary course in health informatics for students from two countries, Computers, Informatics, and Nursing. 35(4):186-193.
  • Dr. Thompson has piloted a successful approach to qualitative evaluation of students enrolled in an online asynchronous course in informatics.
  • Dr. Thompson is known for her use of technology in education, including innovative uses of the interactive iWall for teaching core informatics concepts


  • Dr. Thompson's scholarship focuses on the application of informatics techniques to academic areas of research, education, and clinical practice.
  • Dr. Thompson's current scholarship focuses on effective use of educational data for administrative decision making, particularly for data related to diversity evaluation and to student success.
    • Thompson, C. B. (2015). Where are the Data: Effective Strategies for Diversity Reporting, [Presentation] NASPA Multicultural Conference, Miami, FL.
    • Thompson, C. B. (2019). Analytic Approach to Determining Causes of Graduate Student Attrition selected for [Poster Presentation] at the 24th Annual State of the Art nursing conference (Omaha, NE).
    • Thompson, C. B. (2019). Meaningful Measurement of Diversity Initiative Outcomes selected for [Podium Presentation] at the 24th Annual State of the Art Nursing Conference (Omaha, NE).
    • Thompson, C.B. & Norman-Collins, K. (2019) Effective Measurement Strategies for Tracking Institutional Diversity, selected for [Presentation] American Association for University Administrators (Detroit, MI).
  • Dr. Thompson developed and validated the Air Medical Transport Minimum Data Set which is now included in CAMTS national accreditation standards.


  • Dr. Thompson has directed multiple collaborative efforts to improve collection, documentation and use of academic data for educational decision making in systems such as PeopleSoft and Hobson's Radius (customer management system software).
  • Dr. Thompson served as the UNMC campus lead for the state wide, 7 campus implementation of the PeopleSoft Student Information System.
  • Designed and implemented an information system for data management for the Family Health Care Center, the Senior Health Promotions Center and the Mobile Nursing Center
  • Collaborating with interdisciplinary colleagues on the plans for educational technology in the new Omaha and Norfolk College of Nursing buildings.

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Dr. Thompson has provided leadership to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Summer Medical and Dental Education Program/Summer Health Professions Education Program since 2011. She served as Project Director from 2011 – 2016 and as Co-PI from 2016 to present.
  • Dr. Thompson serves on the Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program and Applicant Review committees.
  • Dr. Thompson completed an American Council of Education Fellowship from 2014 to 2015 and currently serves on the Council of Fellows Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Dr. Thompson served as Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs/Student Affairs from 2011 to 2017.