2631 E. Discovery Parkway
Bloomington, IN 47408
Dr. Angela Opsahl is an assistant professor of nursing and teaches undergraduate courses at Indiana University School of Nursing Bloomington (IUSON BL). Her teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate education in applied healthcare ethics, advance practice roles, complex processes (critical care), capstone, leadership, nursing synthesis, nursing surgical intensive, and undergraduate honors research. With more than 31 years of nursing experience, Angela is currently President-Elect of the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality. In 2021, Dr. Opsahl was appointed to the National League for Nursing Commission Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) as an On-Site Program Evaluator, supporting continuous quality improvement and promoting excellence in national and international nursing education.
Dr. Opsahl was recently awarded the 2021 Karen Cobb Scholarship of Teaching Award from Indiana University School of Nursing, the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Indiana League for Nursing, the 2020 Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chapter Excellence in Education Award, the 2019 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, and the 2019 Sigma Theta Tau Rebecca T. Markel Excellence in Mentoring Award. Dr. Opsahl has published 20 articles for peer-reviewed journals and provided over 39 peer-reviewed conference presentations, including international presentations in Edinburgh, Scotland; Calgary, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; and Rome, Italy. Her scholarship is focused on ways to utilize active learning strategies in both academic and clinical settings to engage students, faculty, staff, and patients with the overall goal of quality outcomes.
In her prior professional role, Dr. Opsahl was the Quality Data Manager for Franciscan St. Francis Health at their three area campus hospitals (Carmel, Indianapolis, and Mooresville, Indiana). This position allowed her to impact patient care through data collection/submission and analysis of patient outcomes, and by communicating trends to staff, physicians, and administrators to improve patient experience and support positive patient outcomes. As a current Honors Coordinator for IUSON BL, she enjoys mentoring students at all levels of education and finds it to be one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching.
MICI-Area Health Education Center Grant 2020-2021. Implementing Scripted Case Studies Post-Clinical to Support Cinical Reasoning and Judgment through an Academic-Practice Partnership. (Co-PI)
Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation. Educational Grant 2020. Utilizing Standardized Patients with Simulation to Support Concept-based Curriculum for Diverse Patient Population Impact. (PI)
Billings Foundation. Faculty Education Grant 2019-2020. Undergraduate Nursing Student Perceptions of Facilitators and Inhibitors of Clinical Learning: A Multi-site Study Utilizing Q Methodology. (PI)
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Faculty Learning Community Scholar (2017). Role of Reflection in SoTL FLC. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Just in Time Teaching: Implementing Top Hat Technology with a Collaborative Approach. (Co-PI)
East Indiana Area Health Education Center (EI-AHEC). Faculty Teaching Grant (2016-2017). High Fidelity Simulation for ACLS Certification in Undergraduate Nursing Students. (Co-PI)
Opsahl, A. G., Embree, J. L., Howard, M. S., Davis-Ajami, M. L., Herrington, C., Wellman, D. S., & Hodges, K. T. (2021). Adapting Civility Education in an Academic-Practice Partnership. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 52(12), 575-580. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20211108-09.
McCrea, K. A., Leathers, B. N., Heitman, L. C., Hawkins, E. K., Abbott, T. M., & Opsahl, A. (2021). Transitioning Professional Development Classes to Virtual Instruction. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 52(9), 404-406. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20210804-04.
Roush, K., Opsahl, A., Ferren, M. (2021). Developing an internship program to support nursing student transition to clinical setting. Journal of Professional Nursing, 37(4), 696-701. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.04.001.
Roush, K., Opsahl, A., Parker, K., & Davis, J. (2021). Business continuity planning: An effective strategy during an electronic health record downtime. Nurse Leader. (In Press). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2021.01.003.
Opsahl, A., Embree, J., & Howard, M. (2021). Innovative opportunities for civility: Professional development in a time of COVID-19. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 52(1), 11-12. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20201215-05.
Roush, K., & Opsahl, A. (2021). Developing an internship program to support nursing student transition to clinical setting. Journal of Professional Nursing. (Accepted ahead of print). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.04.001.
Opsahl, A., Nelson, T., Madiera, J., & Wonder, A. (2020). Evidence-based, Ethical Decision Making: Using Simulation to Teach the Application of Evidence and Ethics in Practice. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, 17(6), 412-417. https://doi.org/10.1111/wvn.12465.
Opsahl, A.G., & Townsend, C. (2020). Mentoring to engage diverse undergraduate nursing students in honors research. Nursing Forum, 56(1), 19-23. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12503.
Hughes-Gay, M., Opsahl, A., Kirby, K. & DeGraff, J. (2020). An educational collaboration for student nurse engagement on the essential skill of delegation. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 16(1), 63-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2020.06.005.
Opsahl, A., Judge, D., Hensel, D. (2020). Teaching Q Methodology to Prelicensure Nursing Students. Nursing Education Perspectives, 41(1), 39-40. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000447.
Judge, J. Murray, B., Morris, T., & Opsahl, A. (2019). Interprofessional education: A disaster response simulation activity for military medics, nursing, and paramedic science students. Nurse Education in Practice, 39, 67-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.08.004.
Opsahl, A., Judge, D., Morris, T., Robinson, D., Werskey, K., & Edwards, B. (2019). Promoting a Mock Disaster Simulation with Leadership from a Nurse Residency Program. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(3), 153-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2019.01.004.
Opsahl, A., Horton-Deutsch, S. (2019). A nursing dashboard to communicate the evaluation of program outcomes. Nurse Educator, 44(6), 326-329. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000632.
Judge, D.S., Opsahl, A., Robinson, D. (2018). Collaboration Between Two Schools of Nursing: Emotional Intelligence Education for Prelicensure Students. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(4), 244-246. 246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2018.06.007.
Judge, D., Opsahl, A., Hensel, D. (2018). Q methodology: Teaching strategy to promote student engagement. Nurse Educator, 43(6), 285-286. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000503.
Opsahl, A., Auberry, K., Sharer, B., Shaver, C. (2018). A Comprehensive Educational Approach to Improving NCLEX-RN Pass Rates. Nurs Forum, 53(4), 549-553. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12285.
Opsahl, A.G., Ebright, P., Cangany, M., Lowder, M., Scott, D., Shaner, T. (2017). Outcomes of adding patient and family engagement education to fall prevention bundled interventions. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(3), 252-258. https://doi.org/10.1097/ncq.0000000000000232.