Amy Witkoski Stimpfel


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Amy Witkoski Stimpfel

Assistant Professor

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Amy Witkoski Stimpfel's additional information

Amy Witkoski Stimpfel is an assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Deputy Director of the NIOSH-funded T-42 doctoral training program in occupational and environmental health nursing. Broadly, her research explores how to optimize nurses’ work environments to improve nurse well-being and clinical outcomes. Specifically, she seeks to identify how the organization of work related to shift work, scheduling, and sleep influences nurses’ health and well-being, patient safety, and organizational outcomes. Her scholarship draws from theories and methods used in health services research, occupational health and safety, sleep/circadian science, and nursing. Dr. Witkoski Stimpfel’s research has been funded by the American Nurses Foundation, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and others and published in leading interprofessional journals such as Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and The International Journal of Nursing Studies. Prior to joining the Meyers faculty, Dr. Witkoski Stimpfel completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Dr. Witkoski Stimpfel earned a Ph.D. and MS at the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN, cum laude, from Villanova University.

PhD - University of Pennsylvania (2011)
MS - University of Pennsylvania (2009)
BSN - Villanova University (Cum Laude, 2006)

Nursing workforce
Health Services Research

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International
Sleep Research Society

Faculty Honors Awards

Excellence in Nursing Research Award (2022)
T01 Pre-doctoral fellowship, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
T32 Post-doctoral fellowship, National Institute of Nursing Research
Connelly-Delouvrier Scholarship for International Nursing in Ireland
At-large member, Advisory Committee of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI)
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society


Dimensions of Being a Midwife and Midwifery Practice in the United States: A Qualitative Analysis

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Individual and Work Factors Associated with Psychosocial Health of Registered Nurses During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study

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The intellectual capital supporting nurse practice in a post-emergency state: A case study

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Original Research: Losing the Art and Failing the Science of Nursing: The Experiences of Nurses Working during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stimpfel, A. W., Ghazal, L., Goldsamt, L. A., Zhanay, J., & Dickson, V. V. (2022). American Journal of Nursing, 122(4), 22-29. 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000827324.34143.7a
Purpose:RNs have served as the bedrock of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working under unprecedented and difficult conditions. In this study, we sought to understand the experiences of nurses working across a range of care settings in the United States during the first six months of the pandemic, and to learn more about barriers to and facilitators of their work.Methods:This is a qualitative descriptive study. We recruited participants online through regional professional nursing membership listservs, program directors of occupational health nursing training programs, and social media. After completing a survey, potential participants were invited to complete an individual semistructured interview via the Zoom platform. From June through August 2020, we conducted 34 interviews. Content analysis was performed using ATLAS.ti software.Results:The overarching theme - "Losing the art and failing the science of nursing" - underscored the barriers nurses faced in the early months of this pandemic. It reflected the deeply painful disruptions in the care nurses were accustomed to providing their patients. Themes that reflected barriers included disrupted nurse-patient connection, lack of personal protective equipment and fear of infection, lack of evidence-based guidance, and understaffing, all of which drastically altered the delivery of nursing care. Themes that reflected facilitators to nurses' work included camaraderie and strength and resourcefulness.Conclusions:The study findings give important direction to nurse leaders, researchers, and organizations concerning potential areas of support that nurses need during and after this pandemic. Future research should investigate the long-term impact of COVID-19 and similar public health crises on nurses, as well as interventions that could support the workforce after an extended crisis.

A Pilot Observational Exploratory Study of Well-Being in Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Members

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Vaccine hesitancy in American healthcare workers during the COVID-19 vaccine roll out: an integrative review

Caiazzo, V., & Witkoski Stimpfel, A. (2022). Public Health, 207, 94-104. 10.1016/j.puhe.2022.03.017
Objective: The purpose of this integrative review is to examine the literature on vaccine hesitancy among American healthcare workers during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Methods: A review of quantitative literature on acceptance, intention, refusal, or hesitation to accept the COVID-19 vaccine was conducted, searching in PubMed, Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PsycINFO, and Web of Science. Because of the immediacy of the topic, research letters were included in addition to articles. The 18 publications were appraised for quality using the Critical Appraisal Checklist for Cross-Sectional Studies by the Center for Evidence-Based Management. Results: Estimates of vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers were similar to the general population. The literature indicates demographic characteristics associated with vaccine hesitancy, including being younger, female, Black, Hispanic, or Latinx. However, examination of the demographic data also points to gaps in the understanding and implications of those characteristics. The newness or perceived rush of vaccine development and implementation were the most cited sources for hesitancy. Conclusion: The studies in this review give clear areas of need for translational research on dissemination and implementation relating to the correlational data, including in areas of comorbid, diasporic, and reproductive health concerns. However, with the gravity of the pandemic and quick arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine happening in the midst of an infodemic, adjunctive interventions could be warranted to combat hesitancy.

Work Organization Factors Associated With Nurses’ Stress, Sleep, and Performance: A Pre-pandemic Analysis

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How clinicians manage routinely low supplies of personal protective equipment

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Infection Prevention and Control in Liberia 5 Years After Ebola: A Case Study

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Kairos care in a Chronos world: Midwifery care as model of resistance and accountability in public health settings

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