Faculty/Staff Profile

Professor and Interim Assistant Dean, Lincoln Division

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Lincoln Division
550 N 19th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0620
tel:(402) 472-7359

Dr. Barnason is professor at the College of Nursing and received her diploma in nursing from Lincoln General School of Nursing. She completed both her BSN and MSN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing. Dr. Barnason received a PhD at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. She has clinical expertise in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing and experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Barnason joined the faculty full-time in 1998. She currently teaches in the graduate Adult-Gerontology masters and doctorate of nursing practice programs.


  • Dr. Barnason teaches in the clinical courses for the Adult-Gerontology graduate program.
  • Dr. Barnason teaches the in the Methods for Assessing Clinical Practice Outcome and the Clinical Inquiry courses in the doctorate of nursing practice program.


  • Dr. Barnason is a principal investigator for a pilot study in P20 center: Interdisciplinary Healthy Heart Center P20 Grant (P20NR011404 – 01 NINR/NIH). Her pilot study is entitled: Maximizing Outcomes Needed After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Using Weight Management (MOMENTUM). Website link
  • Dr. Barnason is a co-investigator for the Advanced Rural Hospital Care (ARHC) Program funded by AHRQ from 2011-2014: Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program.
  • Dr. Barnason's area of research interest relates to early recovery and transition of care for cardiac patient after acute events. In addition, Dr. Barnason has conducted research using telehealth devices as the platform to deliver nursing interventions.
    • Areas of cardiovascular research emphasis include:
      • Symptom Management following cardiac revascularization
      • Secondary Risk Factor prevention after cardiac revascularization
      • Transition of care after hospitalization for acute cardiac events
  • Dr. Barnason was a co-investigator on NINR (r01 NR07759) funded grant entitled: Symptom Management Intervention in Elderly CABG Patients. Refer to the following website for more information on the currently funded grant: http://www.unmc.edu/nursing/grant_smi/smi_home.htm

Professional Service/Recognition

  • 2013 Inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Emergency Nursing
  • 2012 Inducted as a Fellow into American Academy of Nursing
  • 2007 Inducted as a Fellow into the American Heart Association.
  • 2006 The Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. UNMC College of Nursing . Teaching Award.
  • 2005 4th Annual UNMC College of Nursing: Adult Health & Illness Department . Teaching Award
  • 2005 Emergency Nurses Association. Distinguished Service Award.
  • 2004 Emergency Nurses Association. Distinguished Service Award.
  • 2001 Emergency Nurses Association.Distinguished Service Award.
  • 2000 Emergency Nurses Association.Distinguished Service Award.
  • 1996 Nebraska Emergency Nurses Association.Award of Excellence..
  • 1996 Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.Alumni of the Year Award.
  • 1996 Emergency Nurses Association.Lifetime Achievement Award & ENA Hall of Fame Honors Panel.

Grant/Contract Support

2013-2016 Advancing Rural Emergency and Acute Care (AREA) Program for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs)
HRSA: Advancing Nursing Education Grants
1 D09HP25929-01-00
PI: Kathy Morris; Co-investigator: Susan Barnason

2013-2015 Promoting self-management through adherence among heart failure patients
1 R15 NR013769-01A1 NINR/NIH
PI: Lufei Young; Co-investigator: Susan Barnason

2011-2014   Advanced Rural Hospital Care (ARHC) Program
AHRQ: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Programs
$ 195,266
PI: Kathy Morris; Co-investigator: Susan Barnason