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Kathryn Julia Vanderzwan, DNP, APRN, CHSE

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

656 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:


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Dr. VanderZwan graduated with her BSN from the University of Iowa in 2002. After obtaining her MS from UIC in 2006, she has practiced as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) primarily in Cardiology and Hospital Medicine. She joined the College of Nursing as a Clinical Instructor in 2012 and completed her DNP in May 2017. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and works in the BSN and AGMS curriculums. Dr. Vanderzwan is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and an active member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Selected Grants

International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL), 2022 Debra Spunt Research Grant, PI

2022 UIC Interprofessional Practice and Education Funding: Steering Committee, Simulated Interprofessional Education: Understanding Health Care Students’ Perceptions of Caring for Patients with Complex Needs in High Risk Underserved Communities, Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

Vanderzwan, K., Burt, L., & O’Rourke, J.  (2023).  Nursing Handoff Education Using Experiential  and Virtual Innovations.  Nurse Educator, 48(1), 1-4.

Vanderzwan, K., Hiller, A., Carlucci, M., Amusina, O., Ryan, C., Krassa, T., McPherson, S., Tozer,         C., Quinn, L., & Kent, D.  (2022).  A Mentoring Workgroup for Academic Role Transition              Among Nursing Faculty.  Journal of Nursing Education.  In press.

Ortiz, L., Kent, D., Carlucci, M., Ricca, P., Zeiher, W., Vanderzwan, K., Betka, A., & Kilroy. S.  (2022).  Bloom’s Taxonomy: Framing virtual simulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.               Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.  In press.

*Voelliger, C., Vanderzwan, K., Coyne, E., Hu, Y., Shammas, N., Lisius, K., King, M. & Lemke, J.            (2021).  Education of self-radial palpation and Atrial Fibrillation signs and symptoms.             Journal of Community Health Nursing, 38(3), 193-199.

Kilroy, S., Kent, D., Vanderzwan, K, Jones, K., Hiller, A., Reese, C., Woroch, R., &  McPherson, S. (2021). Development of a Multisite Nursing Simulation WorkGroup Focusing on INACSL Standards.  Journal of Nursing Education, 60(3), 165-168.

Vanderzwan, K. & Walters, E. (2020, August 10).  APPs key to pandemic planning.  American             College of Physicians (ACP) Hospitalist.    

Vanderzwan, K., Schwind, J., Obrecht, J., O’Rourke, J., & Hieber-Johnson, A.  (2020).  Using      Simulation to Evaluate Nurse Competencies.  Journal for Nurses in Professional      Development, 36(3), 163-166.

Jones, K.A., Garrity, M.K., Vanderzwan, K., Epstein, I., de la Rocha, A.  (2016).  To blog or       not to  blog: What do nursing faculty think?  Journal of Nursing Education, 104(3).

Garrity, M.K., Jones, K., Vanderzwan, K., Epstein, I., & de la Rocha A. (2014). Integrative revie   of blogging: Implications for nursing educationJournal of Nursing Education,       53(7),395-401.

Fink, A.M., Eckhardt, A.L., Fennessy, M.M., Jones, J., Kruse, D.K., VanderZwan, K.J., Ryan,   C.J. & Zerwic, J.J.  (2010).  Psychometric properties of three instruments to measure         fatigue with myocardial infarction.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(7), 967  983.  doi:10.1177/0193945910371320. Epub 2010 Aug 4.

Fennessy, M.M., Fink, A.M., Eckhardt, A.L., Jones, J., Kruse, D.K., VanderZwan, K.J., Ryan,   C.J. & Zerwic,  J.J.  (2010).  Gender differences in fatigue associated with acute         myocardial infarction. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 30(4), 224-230.             doi:10.1097/HCR.0b013e3181d0c493.


BSN '02, University of Iowa
MS '06, University of Illinois at Chicago
DNP '17, University of Illinois at Chicago

Licensures and Certifications

American Nurses Credentialing Center/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

SSH, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)

Professional Memberships

Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)

International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL)

Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

Research Currently in Progress

Validation of a Hand-off Curriculum for Prelicensure Nursing Students

Handoff Training Using Simulation with Embedded Distractors