I am passionate about nursing science and contributing to the development of our future nurses through education, coaching and mentoring.
I have been a nurse for 41 years and have worked in both the acute care setting as well as in public health/community health. I have been teaching in higher education for 17 years as well as have worked in the clinical setting to stay at the bedside and maintain my nursing skills.
Research and Creative Works
Self-care management of chronic disease
Aging and sexuality
End of life care decision making
Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts
Evaluation of feasibility and efficacy of a strengths-based intervention to improve self-care management among patients with chronic illness: pilot study
Stepanian, N., Heggdal, K. & Mendelsohn, J. B. June 2022 - June 2023. Bridge Award, Pace University, $4,500.00. Funded.
NURS 298: Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 424: Clncl Mngmnt of Popltin Hlth
NURS 448: Ethcs & Excllnc in Prfsnl Nrsn
NURS 478: Ethics & Excellence in Nursing
NURS 923: Develpmnt of Nursing Knowledge
Publications and Presentations
Health care professionals' experiences of facilitating patient activation and empowerment in chronic illness using a person-centered and strengths-based self-management program.
Heggdal, K., Stepanian, N. A., Oftedal, B. F., Mendelsohn, J. B. & Larsen, M. H. (2021). Chronic Illness. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/17423953211065006
Health-care professionals' assessment of a person-centred intervention to empower self-management and health across chronic illness: Qualitative findings from a process evaluation study.
Heggdal, K., Mendelsohn, J. B., Stepanian, N. A., Oftedal, B. F. & Larsen, M. H. (2021). Health Expectations. Vol 24 (Issue 4) , pages 1367-1377. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hex.13271