Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Lisa Burkhart, PhD, RN, MPH

Title/s: Associate Professor

Office #: BVM, Room 912, LSC

Phone: 773.508.2923

E-mail: eburkha@luc.edu


PhD       Loyola University Chicago
              Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing                   2002
MPH    University of Illinois Chicago
              School of Public Health                                        1988
BSN      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
              School of Nursing                                                  1985

Research Interests

Spirituality and Informatics

The goal of Dr. Burkhart’s program of research relates to patient-centered care from a holistic perspective and measuring its effect on patient and provider outcomes.  Her expertise includes qualitative grounded theory, psychometric theory validation, and program development and evaluate based on the grounded theory.  Her most recent grounded theory research, “Female Veterans: Coping with Transitions,” is published in Social Work in Mental Health (funded by the Koziol Family Foundation).  Previously, grounded theory research included “Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice.”  Additional informatics research included authoring and psychometrically studying spiritual, religious, and ethics terms in nursing standardized terminologies (NANDA, NIC, and NOC), integrating spiritual care measures in the electronic health record (EPIC), and subsequently measuring documented spiritual care. Through her appointment as a Health Scientist in the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) at Hines Veteran’s Administration, Dr. Burkhart has collaborated as a co-investigator on the Center for Evaluation of Practices and Experiences of Patient Centered Care (CEPEP, OPCC&CT-funded), where she led a team to measure patient and provider outcomes associated with patient centered care using large secondary VA survey, administrative, and electronic health record data sources.   Her current work involves interprofessional collaborative practice education (I-CARE-PATH, HRSA-funded) within a patient centered medical home and School-based health center, while also conducting a needs assessment and evaluation using qualitative (PhotoVoice) and quantitative (PROMIS) measures.  Education includes both on-line and simulation pedagogy.  Her trajectory continues to look at patient-centered needs, models of patient centered care, and measuring the effect of that model of care on patient and provider outcomes. 


Dr. Burkhart chairs the PhD Committee and teaches a graduate course in theory and concepts, as well as an undergraduate course in spiritual care.  Past teaching included undergraduate medical-surgical nursing for 10 years, where she integrated both informatics and spiritual care within a patient centered care model, “flipped classroom” teaching pedagogy.  During that tenure, students voted her Faculty of Year for the last two years the award was offered.  Dr. Burkhart is a recognized expert in spirituality and spiritual care, author of clinical guidelines in spiritual care, and evidence-based guidelines in spiritual care in geriatrics for the Harford Foundation. She is an invited speaker nationally and internationally related to spirituality, spiritual care, and spiritual leadership.


Dr. Burkhart serves as a journal reviewer and recognized author for the Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Western Journal of Nursing Research, Nursing Education Today, Journal of Professional Nursing, Advances in Nursing Science, and Clinical Nursing Studies.  She is also a Fellow in the Center for Nursing Classification, College of Nursing, University of Iowa and a member of NANDA International, where she authored seven NANDA diagnoses.  She currently serves on the Leadership Workgroup of the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition, the Data Interest Group at Loyola University Health System/Trinity Health Care, and locally serves in the Institute for Interprofessional Education, University Senate, and the Faculty Center for Ignation Pedagogy. Through past work at the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, she authored and now owns Integration, the parish nurse documentation system used nationally and internationally. This system is available here as a free download to foster high quality parish nursing practice.

Selected Publications

Burkhart, L., Konicek, D., Moorhead, S., & Androwich, I. (2005).  Mapping parish nurse documentation in the nursing interventions classification: A research method.  Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 23(4), 2-10. 

Burkhart, L. & Hogan, N.  (2008). An experiential theory of spiritual care in nursing practice.  Qualitative Health Research, 18(7), 928-938

Burkhart L. & Androwich I.  (2009)  Measuring spiritual care with informatics.  Advances in Nursing Science 32(3), 200-210. 

Burkhart L. (2009).  Informatics: Capturing and measuring spiritual care.  Vision, 19(4) 16-18.

Burkhart L. (2011).  Documenting the story: Communication within a healthcare team.  Vision, 21(3), 28-33.

Burkhart, L., Schmidt, L., & Hogan, N.  (2011). Development and psychometric testing of the spiritual care inventory instrument.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(11), 2463-2472. 

Burkhart L. & Schmidt W. (2012). Measuring effectiveness of a spiritual care pedagogy in nursing education.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 28(5), 315-321. 

Burkhart L. & Hogan, N. (in press). Female veterans

Integration - A Parish Nurse Documentation System
Author and owns copyright to Integration, a parish nurse documentation system developed through a Kellogg grant awarded to Advocate Healthcare. The system is free to use with permission by completing a request survey form included in the manual and e-mailing it to eburkha@luc.eduThe documentation system manual and forms are as follows: