Angela Opsahl, DNP, RN, CPHQ

Angela Opsahl, DNP, RN, CPHQ

Science of Nursing Care
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 812-855-4971
Sycamore Hall 441, Bloomington


DNP, Indiana University
MSN, Indiana University
BSN, Indiana University


Dr. Opsahl currently teaches undergraduate courses at IU Bloomington. Her teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate education in applied healthcare ethics, advanced practice roles, complex processes (critical care), capstone, leadership, nursing synthesis, nursing surgical intensive, and undergraduate honors research. With 30 years of nursing experience, Angela is currently the Sigma Theta Tau North America Region 9 Coordinator and serves on the boards of the Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality and Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. In her prior professional role, she was the Quality Data Manager for Franciscan St. Francis Health at their three area campus hospitals of Carmel, Indianapolis, and Mooresville, Indiana. This position allowed her to impact patient care through data collection/submission and analysis of patient outcomes and by communicating trends to staff, physicians, and administrators to improve the overall patient experience and support positive patient outcomes. Recently, she was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Chapter Excellence in Leadership Award, Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau Rebecca T. Markel Excellence in Mentoring Award. Dr. Opsahl continues to assist higher education in her role on the Advisory Board for Early Career Teaching Academy at the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. She additionally works collaboratively with two area hospital organizations on program improvement and was appointed to the MNRS Program Planning Committee 2017-2018. As the current Indiana University Nursing Honors Program Coordinator for Bloomington, she enjoys mentoring students at all levels of education and finds it to be one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching. Her scholarship is focused on ways to utilize active learning in both academic and clinical settings to engage the student, the faculty, the staff, and the patient with the overall goal of quality outcomes.

External Funding

Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation. Educational Grant 2020. "Utilizing Standardized Patients with Simulation to Support Concept-based Curriculum for Diverse Patient Population Impact." (PI)

Billings Foundation. Faculty Education Grant 2019-2020. "Undergraduate Nursing Student Perceptions of Facilitators and Inhibitors of Clinical Learning: A Multi-site Study Utilizing Q Methodology." (PI)

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Faculty Learning Community Scholar (2017). Role of Reflection in SoTL FLC. "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Just in Time Teaching: Implementing Top Hat Technology with a Collaborative Approach." (Co-PI)

East Indiana Area Health Education Center (EI-AHEC). Faculty Teaching Grant 2016-2017. "High Fidelity Simulation for ACLS Certification in Undergraduate Nursing Students." (Co-PI)

Selected Publications

Opsahl, A., Nelson, T., Madiera, J., & Wonder, A. (2020). Evidence-based, ethical decision making: Using simulation to teach the application of evidence and ethics in practice. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing. (Accepted ahead of print).

Judge, J., Murray, B., Morris, T., & Opsahl, A. (2019). Interprofessional education: A disaster response simulation activity for military medics, nursing, & paramedic science students. Nurse Education in Practice, 39, 67-72.

Opsahl, A., Judge, D., Morris, T., Robinson, D., Werskey, K., & Edwards, B. (2019). Promoting a mock disaster simulation with leadership from a nurse residency program. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14(3), 153-156. doi:10.1016/j.teln.2019.01.004

Judge, D. S., Opsahl, A., & Robinson, D. (2018). Collaboration between two schools of nursing: Emotional intelligence education for prelicensure students. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(4), 244-246.

Opsahl, A., Auberry, K., Sharer, B., & Shaver, C. (2018). A comprehensive educational approach to improving NCLEX-RN pass rates. Nursing Forum, 53(4), 549-553. doi:10.1111/nuf.12285

Opsahl, A. G., Ebright, P., Cangany, M., Lowder, M., Scott, D., & Shaner, T. (2017). Outcomes of adding patient and family engagement education to fall prevention bundled interventions. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(3), 252-258.