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Bunny Pozehl, PhD, APRN-NP, FHFSA

2020 HFSA Nursing Research Leadership Award

Professor and Dorothy Hodges Olson Endowed Chair in Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Nursing

Bunny Pozehl, PhD, APRN-NP, FHFSA was named the 2020 HFSA Nursing Research Leadership Award winner. Learn more >>

Dr. Pozehl has been a heart failure nurse practitioner and nurse scientist for 25 years. She has led a multidisciplinary research team to design, test and refine the HEART Camp intervention for exercise in heart failure patients. This theory-based, multicomponent intervention aims to improve long-term adherence to exercise. She has received funding for this research from the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Foundation, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at NIH. Findings from this research has been disseminated in more than 112 peer-reviewed, data-based publications and she has presented her work at over 130 scientific meetings. 

Dr. Pozehl is a committed volunteer for nursing, heart failure and science. She has been an active member of HFSA, AHA, AAHFN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty for nearly her entire career. She has served on numerous committees including the Nursing Committee of HFSA, the Program Committee of HFSA and has Chaired the Program Committee for the Council of Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing at AHA. She is an active reviewer on numerous high impact journals and has served as a grant reviewer for the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for Health and Research Development and several study sections at the NIH.

Dr. Pozehl’s expertise has been recognized with several awards over her career: HealthQuest/HBO Nurse Scholar, Distinguished Teaching awards, and research awards including the Dr. Anselmo Alonso Research Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, the Virginia Stone Scholar from the American Nurses Foundation, and a Distinguished Scientist Award from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  She shares her expertise in a commitment to mentoring and development of students, trainees and junior faculty. She has mentored more than 70 masters, DNP and PhD students who have gone on to productive clinical and research careers. Her contributions have been recognized with fellowship in the Heart Failure Society of America, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Nursing.