Kathryn J. Vanderzwan, DNP, APN, ACNP-BC

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. VanderZwan graduated with her BSN from the University of Iowa in 2002. She began her nursing career as a Staff Nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2003. 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.

Current Area of Teaching
  • Undergraduate (BSN)
  • Graduate Entry Masters (GEM)
Service / Practice

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Selected Honors & Awards

2016 Daisy Faculty Award

Selected Publications
  • 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, JNE-2016 104 Version 3.
  • Garrity, M.K., Jones, K., Vanderzwan, K., Epstein, I., & de la Rocha A. (2014). Blogging in nursing education: An integrative review. Journal 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.
Current Research

The intent of Dr. Vanderzwan's research is to improve communication and dissemination of knowledge among nursing students with the use of Web 2.0 tools. Blogs and microblogs (such as Twitter) have become increasingly popular among the millennial learner. Therefore, Ms. VanderZwan is currently partnering with a regional UIC colleague and Canadian nurse educators to further identify the best uses of this technology and the methods best suited for faculty endorsement.

Additionally, Dr. Vanderzwan's DNP work focused on simulation and its use during nurse competencies. She plans to continue to evaluate the usage of simulation among pre-licensure students in an effort to broaden UIC's simulation program and change practice among nurses.