Keynote Speaker - 2021

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Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, ANEF


Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, ANEF

Lisa Burkhart holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago and as a Research Health Scientist in the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare at the Edward Hines, Jr VA hospital.  She earned a PhD in nursing from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in public health from the University of Illinois Chicago. Clinical experiences cross the healthcare continuum in acute, ambulatory, and community-based adult and geriatric care. She has taught medical/surgical nursing, research and ethics at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels; and her research foci include spirituality, informatics, interprofessional practice, and health services research.  Dr. Burkhart is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, a prestigious recognition for expertise, leadership, mentorship, and advocacy in nursing education. 

Dr. Burkhart's passion is to build bridges across chasms.  This included developing spiritual, religious and ethics terms in international standardized healthcare terminologies used in electronic health records, thereby providing the ability to document and measure the effect of spiritual care on patient outcomes.  She authored a middle range theory of spiritual care in nursing practice that has been used in research and guides nursing education in undergraduate and graduate textbooks. Currently, she is Principal Investigator on three research studies bridging acute and community-based care to support interprofessional and whole person care.  Dr. Burkhart uses mixed methods research to reveal the complexity of Veteran life experiences to inform health system processes to better meet the needs of Veterans within the context of life.  Currently she leads a team to develop a decision support tool to prevent community-acquired pressure injuries in Veterans living with spinal cord injury (SCI) for use in the SCI clinic.  Dr. Burkhart has served on grant review boards for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Agency for Health, Research and Quality.

Through her dedication to teaching, research and service, Dr. Burkhart has touched many hearts. With her students, she promotes the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom through scholarship, faith, and love. In practice and research, colleagues value her commitment to achieve better health outcomes by confronting challenges in processes and systems. Dr. Burkhart’s work resonates with the Lasallian values of fidelity, justice, and community that are so essential to discovering meaning and making a difference in our world. We welcome the opportunity to Celebrate Scholarship with Dr. Burkhart.