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



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

Teaching Interests

Dr. Burkhart chairs the PhD Committee and teaches graduate courses in epistemology, theory and concepts, outcomes performance, spiritual care, and ethics.  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 also a TeamSTEPPS master trainer in primary care.

Courses Taught, 2015-2016

GNUR 361 Nursing Ethics
GNUR 432 Philosophical Basis of Nursing Science
CMAN 439 Outcomes Performance Management: Theory

Research/Scholarly Interests and Selected Publications

My research trajectory has expanded from spirituality/spiritual care to holistic patient centered care, interprofessional collaborative practice, and health care system redesign to improve patient outcomes.  This effort uses multiple research methods, including secondary data analysis, qualitative grounded theory, participatory action research, and simulation science.  I am currently working on three grants as co-investigator: HSRA-funded grant to redesign primary care into interprofessional collaborative teams, VA Health Services Research and Development to create a tool to measure and facilitate patient centered care in VA primary care, and VA Office of Nursing Services to evaluate spiritual care in nursing practice.

Vincensi, B. & Burkhart, L. (in press). Development and psychometric testing of two instruments to assess nurse practitioners’ provision of spiritual care.  Journal of Holistic Nursing.  Accepted for publication December 2015.

Burkhart L. & Hogan, N. (2015). Female veterans: Coping with transitions. Social Work in Mental Health. 13(2), 108-127. 

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

Burkhart, L. & Androwich, I. (2009).  Measuring Spiritual Care with Informatics.  Advances in Nursing Science, 32(3), 200-210.

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

Burkhart, L., Solari-Twadell, P.A., & Haas, S.  (2008).  Addressing spiritual leadership: An organizational model.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 38(1), 33-39.

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. & Androwich, I. (2004).  Measuring the domain completeness of the nursing interventions classification in parish nurse documentation.  Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 22(2), 72-82. 

NANDA International. (2003, 2005, 2007).  Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions & Classification. Philadelphia: author.  Authored NANDA diagnoses: Spiritual Distress, Risk for Spiritual Distress, Readiness for Enhanced Spiritual Well-being., Impaired Religiosity, Risk for Impaired Religiosity, Readiness for Enhanced Religiosity, Moral Distress and revision to Decisional Conflict.

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.edu. The documentation system manual and forms are as follows:

Professional & Community Affiliations

2015 Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education, National League of Nursing
2014 Ambassador, Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education
2008, 2009 Faculty of the Year, undergraduate nursing program, Loyola University Chicago.  This is the last two years the award was offered
2006 NANDA International Publications Article Award
2006 NANDA International Unique Contributions Award