Anita C. Reinhardt


HSS 117

Dr. Reinhardt has had the pleasure to work in Nursing for over 50 years starting as a nursing assistant working nights in a long-term care facility. Now she is a Professor for the NMSU School of Nursing. She has been teaching nursing since 1979 and practiced as a critical care clinical nurse specialist (CCRN). She then became a nurse educator followed by 15 years as a nursing administrator. She has been with NMSU since Spring 2008 and worked with both undergraduate and graduate students. She has been married to her sweet Fred since 1986. They have adventured all over the world while she continues to nurse and teach. They have a cat and love Southern New Mexico.


PhD (Nursing Research – Health Care  Work Environments), Oregon Health & Science University
MSN (Cardiovascular surgery: clinical nurse specialist), University of California, San Francisco
BSN (Nursing), University of California, San Francisco
ADN Nursing, Santa Barbara City College
AAS General Studies, Santa Barbara City College

Awards & Honors

  • 1983-1984 Hinckley Scholarship (University of California, San Francisco)
  • 2001-2002 Hoyt Scholarship (Oregon Health & Science University)
  • 2008-2009 Most Distinguished Member of the Teaching Academy 2008-2009 (NMSU)
  • 2014 William and Mary Margaret Hancock Nursing Faculty Excellence Award (May 9, 2014)

Clinical Focus

  • Critical Care
  • Nursing Administration
  • Supportive teaching modalities

Research Interests

  • Teaching supportive technologies
  • Work environments in health care environments
  • NMNEC curriculum implementation

Selected Publications

  • Reinhardt, A.C. Exemplar Topic: Remediation. In Smith, M. J., Carpenter, R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2015). Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Reinhardt, A.C. Exemplar Topic: Crisis Management. In Smith, M. J., Carpenter, , & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2015). Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Reinhardt, A.C., Leon, T.G., Summers, L.G. (2021). The Transformational Leader in Nursing Practice – an approach to retain nursing staff. Administrative Issues Journal (in review).
  • Reinhardt, A. C., Leon, T. G., & Amatya, A. (2020) Why Nurses Stay: Analysis of the registered nurse workforce and the relationship to belonging and work environments Applied Nursing Research.
  • Reinhardt, A. C., Leon, T. G., DeBlieck, C, & Amatya, A. (2019). Using simulation to advance clinical reasoning. Applied Nursing Research 47(6), p 63-70. org/10.1016/j.apnr.2019.05.005
  • Reinhardt, A. C., Keller, T., Kolenovsky, A., Keller, H., & Schultz, P. (2019). Admission assessment: Linking a standardized admission exam to nursing program outcomes. Administrative Issues Journal (12)
  • DeBlieck, C., Ochart Summers, L. C., Saiki, L., Kuchler, E., Noe, S., Lynch, S., Reinhardt, A. , Keller, T. (2020). Charting cognitive growth of nursing students using linguistic software.  Nurse Educator 45(1). DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000658.
  • Lynch, S., DeBlieck, C., Summers, L., Reinhardt, A. C., & Borges, W. (2018). Adolescent stress treatment study: A cluster randomized trial. Clinical Nursing Research, p. 105477381775176.
  • Reinhardt, A. C., Keller, T., Ochart Summers, L., & Schultz, P. (2012). Strategies for success: Crisis management for remediation of at-risk students. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(6), 305-311. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20120409-03
  • Reinhardt, A. C., Mullins, I., DeBlieck, C., & Schultz, P. (2012). Intravenous (I.V.) Insertion simulation: Confidence, skill, and performance. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 8(5), e157-e167.
  • Reinhardt, A. C. (2010). The impact of work environment on telephone advice nursing. Clinical Nursing Research. 19(3), 289-310.
  • Reinhardt, A. C. (2009, October). From talk to action: Putting the CAT together. The New Mexico Nurse, 54, 4.
  • Reinhardt, A. C. & Keller, T. (2009). Implementing interdisciplinary practice change in an international health-care organization. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 15, 318-325.
  • Reinhardt, A. C. (2004). Discourse on the transformational leader metanarrative or finding the right person for the job. Advances in Nursing Science. 27(1): 21-31.
  • Reinhardt, A. C. & Ray, L. (2003). Differentiating quality improvement from research. Applied Nursing Research, 16, 2-8.