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Patricia Ensweiler Hershberger, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor

Department of Population Health Nursing Science

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Building & Room:

1044 NURS

Address:

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

Office Phone:

312.996.1305

About

Patricia Ensweiler Hershberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science, College of Nursing and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine.

Building on her clinical practice experiences as a Certified In-Patient Obstetrical Nurse and a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Hershberger recognizes the difficult and far-reaching decisions patients undergoing novel reproductive and genetic biotechnologies face. She has devoted her research program to improving the health and healthcare of patients and contemporary families by promoting informed decision making and developing meaningful decision-support tools. Leading stellar multidisciplinary teams and with support from professional (International Society of Nurses in Genetics; Sigma Theta Tau, International; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses), university (University of Illinois at Chicago Internal Research Support Program, University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research), and federal (National Institutes of Health; T32, K12, R03, R34) funding as Principal Investigator, she has conducted multiple studies to determine underlying decision processes and factors that affect decisions among (1) young women with cancer who consider egg and embryo freezing, (2) genetically high-risk couples who consider preimplantation genetic testing of their embryos, and (3) modern families who use donated gametes to establish embryos. Important findings from Dr. Hershberger’s research led to the formation of the Decision-Making Process Model, which delineates key underlying mechanisms that shape patient preferences, values, and ultimately behaviors. Using this innovative model as a guide, Dr. Hershberger currently has several studies in various stages to create and test patient-centered, decision-support interventions.

Dr. Hershberger is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 National Award of Excellence in Research from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses for her pioneering research in decision science and assisted reproduction. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine Chicago. Her commitment to infertility patients and contemporary families led to the 2016 text, Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners, which she co-edited with Dr. Eleanor Stevenson (Duke University). Dr. Hershberger is also committed to promoting the scientific careers of junior colleagues and students. Equally important to the many remarkable DNP and PhD students that she mentors, Dr. Hershberger has cultivated  partnerships with leaders from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the Midwest Nursing Research Society to study how organizations and institutions can effectively advance the research and careers of midcareer (i.e., Associate Professor) scientists.

Dr. Hershberger is currently serving on the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Nurses Professional Group Executive Board and is a Trustee to the Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation.

Student Opportunities:

Students interested in advancing research in assisted reproduction; decision science; and digital, decision-support interventions are encouraged to contact Dr. Hershberger.

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health/NINR/T32NR0704, Toward Discovering Decision-Making Processes Among Patients in Assisted Reproduction, Post-Doctoral Fellow

International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Longitudinal Follow-Up of Donor-Egg Kinships, Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Heath/NINR/R03NR010351, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Couples’ Decision Making at the Genetic and Reproductive Interface, Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Health/NICHD/K12HD055892, Fertility Preservation Decisions among Young Women Diagnosed with a Life Threatening Illness, BIRCWH Scholar

National Institutes of Health/NHLBI/R01HL114404, Sickle Cell Reproductive CHOICES: Efficacy of a Primary Prevention Intervention, Co-Investigator

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Development of the TELL Tool to Aid Women and Their Partners with Disclosing Donor Conception to Their Children, Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Heath/NINR/R34NR019278, Feasibility and Pilot Testing of the TELL Tool Among Gamete and Embryo Donation Recipient Parents, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Selected Journal Articles

 ~ Denotes Mentored Student as Author

Selected Journal Articles related to Dr. Hershberger’s expertise in decision science and assisted reproduction:

Hershberger, P. E., Driessnack, M., Kavanaugh, K., & Klock, S. C. (2021). Oocyte donation disclosure decisions: A longitudinal follow-up at middle childhood. Human Fertility, 24(1), 31-45

Hershberger, P. E., Driessnack, M., Kavanaugh, K., & Klock, S. C. (2020).  Emerging views of kinships created through oocyte donation. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 45(1), 18-24.

Hershberger, P. E., & Kavanaugh, K. (2017). Comparing appropriateness and equivalence of email interviews to phone interviews in qualitative research on reproductive decisions. Applied Nursing Research, 37, 50-54.

Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A.M., Molokie, R., Thompson, A. A., Thompson, A. A., Suarez, M. L., Yao, Y., Dallas, C. M., & Wilkie, D. J. (2016). Toward understanding family-related characteristics of young adults with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait in the USA. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(11-12), 1587-1597.

Hershberger, P. E., & Stevenson, E. L. (2016). Advancing the care of individuals and couples at risk for and diagnosed with infertility. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45(1), 98-99.

Hershberger, P. E., Sipsma, H., Finnegan, L. & Hirshfeld-Cytron, J. (2016). Reasons why young women accept or decline fertility preservation after cancer diagnosis. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 45(1), 123-134.

Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A. M., Molokie, R., Thompson, A. A., Suarez, M. L., Yao, Y., & Wilkie, D. J. (2016). Perception of young adults with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait about participation in the CHOICES randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(6), 1430-1440.

Hershberger, P. E., Finnegan, L., Altfeld, S., ~Lake, S., & Hirshfeld-Cytron, J. (2013). Toward theoretical understanding of the fertility preservation decision-making process: Examining information processing among young women with cancer. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 27(4), 257-275.

Hershberger, P. E., Finnegan, L., Pierce, P. F., & Scoccia, B. (2013). The decision-making process of young adult women with cancer who considered fertility cryopreservation. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42(1), 59-69.  

Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A. M., Kavanaugh, K., Olshansky, E., Schwartz, A., & Tur-Kaspa, I. (2012). The decision-making process of genetically at-risk couples considering preimplantation genetic diagnosis: Initial findings from a grounded theory study. Social Science & Medicine, 74(10), 1536-1543.

Hershberger, P. E., Kavanaugh, K., Hamilton, R., Klock, S. C., Merry, L., Olshansky, E., & Pierce, P. F. (2011). Development of an informational web site for recruiting research participants: Process, implementation, and evaluation. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29(10), 544-551.

Hershberger, P. E., Schoenfeld, C., & Tur-Kaspa, I. (2011). Unraveling preimplantation genetic diagnosis for high-risk couples: Implications for nurses at the front line of care. Nursing for Women’s Health, 15(1), 36-45

Hershberger, P .E., & Pierce, P. F. (2010). Conceptualizing couples’ decision making in PGD: Emerging cognitive, emotional, and moral dimensions. Patient Education and Counseling, 81(1), 53-62.

Hershberger, P. E., & Kavanaugh, K. (2008). Enhancing pregnant, donor oocyte recipient women’s health in the infertility clinic and beyond: A phenomenological investigation of caring behaviour. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(21), 2820-2828.

Hershberger, P., Klock, S. C., & Barnes, R. B. (2007). Disclosure decisions among pregnant women who received donor oocytes: a phenomenological study. Fertility & Sterility, 87(2), 288-296.

Hershberger, P. E. (2007). Pregnant, donor oocyte recipient women describe their lived experience of establishing the “Family Lexicon.” JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 36(2), 161-167.

Hershberger, P. (2004). Recipients of oocyte donation: An integrative review. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 33(5), 610-621.

          Selected Journal Articles with PhD students that completed Dr. Hershberger’s Developing Literature Reviews course and publications to facilitate the scientific rigor of literature reviews:

Hershberger, P. E. (2021). Using a manuscript template to foster dissemination of doctoral students’ literature reviews. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(2), 111-115.

~ Mathew, A., Doorenbos, A. Z., Jang, J. K., & Hershberger, P. E. (2020 [Epub ahead of print]). Acceptance and commitment therapy in adult cancer survivors: A systematic review and conceptual model. Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

Dunn Lopez, K., Gephart, S. M., & Hershberger, P. E. (2020). Using online survey software to enhance rigor and efficiency of knowledge synthesis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(10), 838-845.

~ Potisopha, W., Vuckovic, K. M., DeVon, H. A., Park, C. G. & Hershberger, P. E. (2020). Sex differences in prehospital delay in patients with acute stroke: A systematic review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 35(6), E77-E88.

~ Jang, M. K., Hershberger, P. E., Kim, S., Collins, E., Quinn, L.T., Park, C. G., Ferrans, C. E. (2019). Factors influencing surveillance mammography adherence among breast cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 46(6), 701-714.

~ Kim, S., Savage, T. A., Hershberger, P. E., & Kavanaugh, K. (2019). End-of-life care in neonatal intensive care units from an Asian perspective: An integrative review of the research literature. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 22(7), 848-857.

~ Mirzaei, S., Hershberger, P. E., & DeVon, H. A. (2019). Association between adverse clinical outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting and perioperative blood transfusions. Critical Care Nurse 39(1) 26-35.

~ Roach, K. L., Hershberger, P. E., Rutherford, J. N., Molokie, R. E., Wang, Z. J., & Wilkie, D. J. (2018). The AVPR1A gene and its single nucleotide polymorphism rs10877969: A literature review of associations with health conditions and pain. Pain Management Nursing, 19(4), 430-444.

~ Zhu, B., Hershberger, P. E., Kapella, M., & Fritschi, C. (2017). The relationship between sleep disturbance and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(23-24), 4053-4064. 

~ Youngcharoen, P., Hershberger, P. E., & Aree-Ue, S. (2017). Pain in elderly patients with knee osteoarthritis: An integrative review of psychosocial factors. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 25, 19-28.

          Selected Journal Articles related to Dr. Hershberger’s dedication to fostering and stimulating leadership in nursing science and practice:

Hershberger, P. E. (2020). MNRS News series: Excerpts from the excellent. Top 10 strategies for advancing service acumen [Invited Publication]. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(10), 883-884.

Hetland, B., Lindroth, H., Kamp, K., Gates, B., Wierenga, K., Hardin, H., Gilmore-Bykovski, A., Topp, R., Hershberger, P. E., & Madigan, E. (2020). The Emerging Scholars’ Network within MNRS: From acorns to oaks. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(2), 143-152.

Hershberger, P. E., Minton, M., Voss, J. G., McCarthy, A. M., Murrock, C. J., Topp, R. & Talsma, A. (2019). Midcareer faculty needs identified by the MNRS Midcareer Scholars Task Force. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(5), 762-783.

Durham, M. L., Yingling, C., & Hershberger, P. E. (2019). Accelerating improvement of a DNP project proposal course using quality improvement methods. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(5), 306-3011.  

Hershberger, P. E., Wynd, C. A., Glass, L. K., O’Connell, K. M., Fitzpatrick, J. J., Bergstrom, N., & Lusk, S. L. (2017). Celebrating 40 years of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(5), 609-621.

Topp, R., Hershberger, P. E., Bratt, M. M. (2017). Answering wicked questions: Dealing with opposing truths as a nursing associate professor. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(6), 733-744.

Hershberger, P. E., Klock, S. C., & Takefman, J. (2016, Spring). ASRM scientific abstracts: Review process, preparation, and presentation strategies [Invited Publication]. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group Newsletter, pp. 4, 9.

Hershberger, P. E. (2016). Addressing the needs of midcareer scholars in challenging times: A new initiative for MNRS [Invited Publication]. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(7), 928-930.

Books & Book Chapters

Stevenson, E. L. & Hershberger, P. E. (Eds.) (2016). Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners. New York, NY.

Hershberger, P. E. & ~Yeom, S. (2016). Examining the unit of analysis in assisted reproduction: Insights into individual, couple, and family research in education and counseling. In E. L. Stevenson & P. E. Hershberger (Eds.), Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners (pp. 49-58). New York, NY.

Hershberger, P. E. (2016). Using an egg donor: Insights into an infertile woman’s experience. In E. L. Stevenson & P. E. Hershberger (Eds.), Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners (pp. 59-64). New York, NY.

Hershberger, P. E. (2016). Young women’s reasons about fertility preservation treatment when facing a cancer diagnosis: A literature review. In E. L. Stevenson & P. E. Hershberger (Eds.), Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners (pp. 143-152). New York, NY.

Hershberger, P. E. (2016). A genetically at-risk couple considers the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis in the United States. In E. L. Stevenson & P. E. Hershberger (Eds.), Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners (pp. 255-260). New York, NY.

Stevenson, E. L. & Hershberger, P. E. (2016). Family formation: What is ahead? In E. L. Stevenson & P. E. Hershberger (Eds.), Fertility and assisted reproductive technology: Theory, research, policy, and practice for health care practitioners (pp. 341-352). New York, NY.

 

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Professional Leadership

2020 - 2022: Member, Board of Trustees, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Foundation

2019 - 2024: Executive Board (To Chair, 2021), Nurses Professional Group, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

2019 - 2021: Member, Podcast Task Force, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

2019 - 2021: Inaugural Chair, Mid-Career Special Interest Group, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)

2014 - 2018 (2 Terms) Board of Directors, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

Notable Honors

2020, Distinguished Service Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

2019, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Seoul National University; Seoul, South Korea

2019, Fellow, Institute of Medicine Chicago

2017, Senior Investigator Award, MNRS, Women's Health & Childbearing Research Interest Group

2016, Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2013, National Award of Excellence in Research (25,000 Members), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

2014 & 2005, Prize Paper Award, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Nurses Professional Group