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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sandra Eggenberger

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Sandra Eggenberger

Sandra Eggenberger

Professor of Nursing


Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 2004
  • Doctoral Coursework Education, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN, 1999
  • Graduate Coursework Gerontology, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN, 1989
  • Master of Science Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1978
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing, Mankato State College, Mankato, MN, 1973

Teaching Areas

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Family Nursing
  • Family Nursing for RNs
  • Human Health Experience
  • Nursing Actions
  • Processes Influencing Health Experience

Health Care Interests

  • Improving family health and advancing family nursing care are central to my role as nurse scholar
  • Contributing knowledge to nursing science and family nursing care are my priorities in advancing the nursing discipline
  • As a nurse educator my goal is to assist students to develop an understanding of nursing science through innovative pedagogies that are grounded in student–faculty relationships

Areas of Research Willing to Discuss With Nursing Students

  • Family nursing science and family care are my areas of nursing research
  • Research methodologies include phenomenology, instrument development, and family intervention research

Current Projects

  • I am currently conducting two research studies at medical intensive care unit at University of Minnesota, Fairview Medical Center: Family Nursing Presence and Family Uncertainty in Critical Illness
  • Principal Investigator at University of Minnesota Fairview in Minneapolis, Minnesota Family Nursing Presence Instrument Development
  • Principal Investigator at University of Minnesota Fairview, Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Eggenberger, S.K., & Nelms, T. P. (2007). Family interviews as a method for family research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58(3), 282–292.
  • Eggenberger, S.K., & Nelms, T. P. (2007). Being Family: The family experience when an adult member is hospitalized with a critical illness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16(9), 1618–1628.
  • Eggenberger, S. K., Grassley, J., & Restrepo, E. (2006). Culturally competent nursing care for families: Listening to the voices of Mexican–American women. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 11(3), Available at:
  • Eggenberger, S. K. (2005). Being family: The family experience when an adult family member is critically ill (Doctoral dissertation, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, 2005). Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • Eggenberger, S. K., Krumwiede, N.K., Meiers, S.J., Bliesmer, M., & Earle, P. (2004). Family Caring Strategies in Neutropenia. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 8(6), 617–620.
  • Eggenberger, S. K., Krumwiede, N. K., Meiers, S. J., Bliesmer, M., Earle, P., & Murray, S. (2004). Giving voice to family caring in cancer: Integrating visual art and research findings. International Journal for Human Caring, 8(3), 59–65.
  • Eggenberger, S., & Nelms, T. P. (2004). Artificial hydration and nutrition in advanced Alzheimer's disease: Facilitating family decision making. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 13(6), 661–667.
  • Krumwiede, N.K., Meiers, S.J., Bliesmer, M., Eggenberger, S.K., Earle, P., Murray, S., Harman, G., Andros, D., & Rydholm, K. (2004). Turbulent waiting with intensified connections: The family experience of neutropenia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31(6), 1145–1152.


  • Bliesmer, M., Earle, P., Eggenberger, S., Krumwiede, N., & Meiers, S. (2005). Douglas R. Moore Research Lectureship. Challenges of chronic illness: Artistic interpretation of the family re–integration process. Family Nursing Research Team ($2000).