Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN, FAAN


Associate Professor

John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow
Coordinator Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Systems Area of Study

Phone: 573.882.0658
Fax: 573.884.4544

S314 Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Nursing Specialty

Gerontological nursing, Healthcare systems, Nursing homes

Interest Area(s)

Healthcare systems including acute and long term care, nursing leadership, patient/medication safety and safety practice implementation.


  • BSN, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo., 1989
  • MS(N), University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 1997
  • PhD, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 2008

Area of Doctoral Study

Leadership and health systems; nursing homes

Program of Research

Dr. Vogelsmeier’s research focuses on nursing home care with a dual focus on RN-LPN role differentiation, specifically explicating RN contributions to resident safety and on improving medication safety practices. She was recently funded by the National Council State Boards of Nursing to explore RN and LPN differences when performing medication reconciliation in nursing homes and is a site lead on a National Institutes of Nursing Research funding study to test an innovative technology to reduce medication errors. Dr. Vogelsmeier is also practice co-lead on a multi-million dollar Centers for Medicare/ Medicaid funded demonstration project to reduce re-hospitalizations for nursing home residents and is a co-investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study to adapt the Re-engineered Discharge (RED) process for short-stay skilled nursing facility residents.

Bio and Professional Experience

Dr. Vogelsmeier’s has nearly 25 years of practice experience in both acute and long-term care with an emphasis in nursing leadership and management. Her research spans nearly 15 years and is based on improving resident care in nursing homes. She is considered a patient safety expert by both the ARHQ and the Center for Patient Safety.

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Nursing Nome Nurses’ Sensemaking to Detect Medication Order Discrepancies-National Council State Boards of Nursing, (PI), $216,521 2013-2015
  • Pilot Study of the IdentRx Point-of-Care Medication Administration Safety System (Co-PI) SBIR; NINR, $268,086, 2013-2014
  • Medical Error Reporting and Patient Safety Improvement – Missouri Center for Patient Safety, (PI), $14,770, 2012-2013

Selected Publications

  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Despins, L. (2016). A room without orders [Spotlight]. AHRQ WebM&M [serial online]. January 2016. Available at:
  • Corazzini, K., Vogelsmeier, A., McConnell, E.S., Day, L., Kennerly, S., Mueller, C., Flanagan, J., Hawkins, K., Anderson, R.A. (2015). Perceptions of Nursing Practice: Capacity for High Quality Nursing Home Care. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 6(3), 17-24.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Anbari, A., Ganong, L., Anderson, R., Oderda, L., Farag, A., & Madsen, R. (2015). Detecting Medication Order Discrepancies in Nursing Homes: How RNs and LPNs Differ. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 6(3), 48-56.
  • Corazzini, K., McConnell, E.S., Day, L., Anderson, R.A., Mueller, C., Vogelsmeier, A., Kennerly, S., Walker, B., Flanagan, J., Haske-Palomino, M. (2105). Differentiating scopes of practice in nursing homes: Collaborating for care. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 6(1), 43-49.
  • Alexander, G., Rantz, M., Galambos, C., Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Mueller, J., Shumate, S., & Elvin, M. (2015). Preparing nursing homes for the future of health information exchange. Applied Clinical Informatics, 6, 248-266.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Rantz, M., Flesner, M., Lueckenotte, A., & Alexander, G. (2015). Integrating Advanced Practice Registered Nurses into Nursing Homes: The Missouri Quality Initiative Experience. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 30(2), 93-98.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (2014). Identifying medication order discrepancies during medication reconciliation: Perceptions of nursing home leaders and staff. Journal of Nursing Management. 22, 362-372.
  • Popejoy, L., Galambos, C., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2014). Hospital to nursing home transition challenges: Perceptions of nursing home staff. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 29(2), 103-109.
  • Rantz, M., Alexander, G., Galambos, C., Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Flesner, M., Lueckenotte, A., Crecelius, C., & Zwygart-Staffacher, M. (2014). Initiative to test a multidisciplinary model with advanced practice nurses to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 29(1), 1-8.
  • Mueller, C. & Vogelsmeier, A. (2013). Effective delegation: Understanding responsibility, authority, and accountability. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4, 3, 20-27.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Pepper, G.A., Oderda, L., Weir, C. (2013). Medication reconciliation: Qualitative analysis of clinicians’ perceptions. Res Social Adm Pharm. Jul-Aug 9(4):419-30.
  • Bellot, J., Cartron, D., O’Connor, M., Rose, K., Shillam, C., Van Cleave, J. & Vogelsmeier, A. (2013). Advancing the future of nursing: A report of the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BACNC) Alumni policy and leadership committee. Nursing Outlook, 61, 55-57.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Scott-Cawiezell, J., & Pepper, G. (2011). Medication reconciliation in nursing homes: Thematic differences between RN and LPN staff. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37, 56-63.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (2011). Medication administration in nursing homes: RN delegation to unlicensed assistive personnel. Journal of Nursing Regulations, 2(3), 49-52.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Scott-Cawiezell, J. (2011). Achieving quality improvement in the nursing home: The influence of nursing leadership on communication and teamwork. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26(3), 236-242.
  • Rantz, M.J., Alexander, G., Galambos, C., Flesner, M.K., Vogelsmeier, A., Hicks, L., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., & Greenwald, L. (2011). The use of bedside electronic medical record (EMR) to improve quality of care in nursing facilities: A Qualitative analysis. Computer, Informatics, Nursing, 29(3), 149-156.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Miller, R., Griffith, S. (2010). Influencing leadership perceptions of a patient safety culture through just culture training. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 25, 288-294.
  • Vogelsmeier, A.A., Farrah, S.J., Roam, A., & Ott, L. (2010). Evaluation of a leadership development academy for registered nurses in long term care. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 34(2), 122-129.
  • Miller, B., Griffith, S., Vogelsmeier, A. (2010). Statewide approach to a just culture of patient safety – The Missouri story. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 1(1), 52-57.
  • Scott-Cawizell, J., Madsen, R., Pepper, G.A., Vogelsmeier, A., Petroski, G., & Zellmer, D. (2009). Using an electronic medication administration record to improve nursing home medication safety. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 35(1), 29-35.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., & Scott-Cawiezell, J. (2009). The role of nursing leadership in successful technology implementation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39, 313-314.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Halbesleben, J., and Scott-Cawiezell, J. (2008). Technology implementation and workarounds in the nursing home. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 15(1), 114-119.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Scott-Cawiezell, J. (2007). A just culture: The role of nursing leadership. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 22(3), 210-212.
  • Scott-Cawiezell, J., Pepper, G., Madsen, R., Petroski, G., Vogelsmeier, A. & Zellmer, D. (2007). Nursing home error and level of staff credentials. Clinical Nursing Research, 16(1), 72-79.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Scott-Cawiezell, J., and Zellmer, D. (2007). Barriers to safe medication administration in the nursing home. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 33(3), 5-12.
  • Scott-Cawiezell, J., Vogelsmeier, A., McKenney, C., Rantz, M., Hicks, L., and Zellmer, D. (2006). Moving from a culture of blame to a culture of safety in the nursing home setting. Nursing Forum, 41(3), 133-140.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Scott-Cawiezell, J. (2006). Medication error reporting in long term care. Long Term Care Interface, 7(2), 23-25.
  • Scott-Cawiezell, J., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2006). Nursing home safety: A review of the literature. In J. J. Fitzpatrick, P. W. Stone, & P. H. Walker (eds.), Annual Review of Nursing Research: Vol. 24. NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • N8820 Health Care Financial Management
  • N9710 Research Practicum 
  • N8960 Leadership Nursing and Healthcare Systems Practicum

Presentations and Lectures

  • Alexander, G., Popejoy, L., Vogelsmeier, A., & Galambos, C. (2016, March). A Care Delivery Model to Improve Quality of Care: The MOQI Experience. Presented at the Midwest Nurses Research Society 40th Annual Research Conference, Milwaukee, WI. (Regional)
  • Popejoy, L., Vogelsmeier, A., Wakefield, B., Galambos, C., Hanna, M., Huneke, D., Lewis, A., Green, L., Mehr, D. (2016, March). SNF to Home: Challenges to Home Transition from Multiple Stakeholder Perpectives. Paper presentation at the Midwest Nurses Research Society 40th Annual Research Conference, Milwaukee, WI. (Regional)
  • Despins, L. & Vogelsmeier, A. (2016, March). Factors in Intensive Care Unit Nurses’ Alarm Response Decision-Making. Paper presentation at the Midwest Nurses Research Society 40th Annual Research Conference, Milwaukee, WI. (Regional)
  • Corazzini, K., Anderson, R., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2015, November). Building Capacity for High Quality Long-Term Care: Assessment and Care Planning. Paper presentation at the Geriatric Society of America, Orlando, FL. (International)
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Popejoy, L., Flesner, M., & Rantz, M. (2015, October). The APRN role in reducing nursing home hospitalizations. Electronic poster presentation at the American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C. (National)
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Anbari, A., Niemeyer, M., Anderson, R., Ganong, L., Oderda, L., & Farag, A. (2015, April). Nursing home nurses detection of medication order discrepancies. Paper presentation at the Midwest Nurses Research Society, Indianapolis, IN. (Regional)
  • Popejoy, L., Vogelsmeier, A., Flesner, M., Rantz, M. Lueckenotte, A., & Niemeyer, M. (2014, November). Reducing rehospitalizations for nursing home residents: APRNs championing the change. Paper presentation at Geriatric Society of America, Washington, DC. (International).
  • Popejoy, L., Wakefield, B., Vogelsmeier, A., Galambos, C., Mehr, D., Mercier, D. (2014, September). Challenges to SNF discharge home: Adapting RED to SNF. Poster presentation at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC (National)
  • Hanna, M., Mehr, D., Popejoy, L., Vogelsmeier, A., Mercier, D. (2014, August) Physician perceptions of problems in the SNF to home transition. Poster presentation at the Frail Elderly Conference, Columbia, MO. (Regional)
  • Popejoy, L., Crecelius, C., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2013, August). Interventions to reduce acute care transfers: INTERACT project. Presentation at the Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference. Columbia, MO.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Halverson, E. (2013, April). Patient safety data review. Presentation at the Center for Patient Safety Annual PSO Participant Meeting. Columbia, MO.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (2012, April). Nursing home nurses strategies to implement medication reconciliation. Oral poster presentation at the Midwest Nurses Research Society (MNRS) 36th Annual Research Conference. Dearborn, MI.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (2011, August). Detecting medication order discrepancies in nursing homes: Processes of medication reconciliation. Poster presentation at the Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference. Columbia, MO.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (2010, November). Medication Reconciliation in Nursing Homes. Paper presentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (2010, June). RN delegation to CMT/CMA; Medication Administration in Nursing Homes. Presentation at the National Council for State Boards of Nursing, Use of Unassistive Licensed Personnel. Chicago, IL.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Halbesleben, J., & Scott-Cawiezell. (2010, April). Quality improvement teams and technology implementation. Poster presented at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Farrah, S. (2008, October). Leadership Development Academy: A multi-method, innovative statewide strategy for LTC Leadership. Presentation at the 32nd Annual Professional Nurse Educators Conference. Kansas City, MO.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. & Scott-Cawiezell, J (P.I.) (2008, September). Nursing home medication safety: Bringing new tools to old challenges. Presentation at the AHRQ 2008 Conference: Promoting Quality Partnering for Change. Bethesda, MD.
  • Vogelsmeier, A., Halbesleben, J.R., & Scott-Cawiezell, J.R. (2008, September). Quality improvement teams facilitate technology implementation. Poster presented at the AHRQ 2008 Conference: Promoting Quality Partnering for Change. Bethesda, MD.
  • Vogelsmeier, A. (January-March, 2008). Resident safety: Everyone’s goal. Presentation for the Missouri League for Nursing Workshop Series. Various sites in MO.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, 2015
  • Excellence in Faculty Research, April 2011
  • John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow, 2009-2011
  • John A. Hartford Pre-Doctoral Scholar, 2005-2007
  • PhD Student Excellence Award, Recipient, University of Missouri, 2007
  • Cooperative PhD Research Day Second Place Poster Presentation, 2007


  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau