Amber Kolesar, MSN, CCRN-KInstructor
School of Nursing
Libermann Hall 805
Education:MSN, Nursing Education, Duquesne University
BSN, Duquesne University
Amber Kolesar joined Duquesne University School of Nursing as an Instructor in Fall of 2016. She earned her BSN and MSN from Duquesne University, where she was also an adjunct clinical faculty member. She is a certified critical care nurse with an extensive clinical background working primarily in cardiothoracic intensive care. Ms. Kolesar has been educating nursing students in both the clinical and didactic settings since 2008. She has been involved in leadership and curriculum redesign activities as well as program and course evaluation.
Ms. Kolesar has a special interest in critical care and medical-surgical nursing. Research interests include strengthening the learning experience for undergraduate students, simulation and providing high quality feedback to students. Her scholarly work focuses on creating a dynamic learning experience for students. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, American Academy of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Phi Chapter and the Duquesne University School of Nursing Alumni Association.
Ms. Kolesar demonstrates a passion for educating nursing students and fostering critical thinking in a challenging but supportive manner. Her most recent course responsibilities include Fundamentals of Nursing Practice and Clinical Ethics, Adult Health and Illness, Pharmacology, Evidence Based Practice and Pathophysiology.
Research interests include simulation and providing high quality feedback to nursing students. Currently involved in medication administration simulation project.
Making Feedback Count (2016). UPMC 8th Annual Best Practices in Nursing Education Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
Simko, L., Henry, R., McGinnis, K.. & Kolesar, A. (2014). Simulation and mock code: A safe way for nursing students to learn. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 4(7), 95-103.
Henry, R., Kolesar, A., McGinnis, K. & Simko, L. (2009). Use of simulation in mock code participation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing 5(3), S13-S14.
2011 Nominee, Daisy Faculty Award, UPMC ShadysideHospital
2009 First Place - UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Fair, Quality Division. The Role of Tight Glucose Monitoring in Decreasing Mortality and Sternal Wound Infection Rates Post Cardiac Surgery. UPMC Shadyside Hospital
2009 Special Recognition - Shadyside Hospital Foundation Quality Award. The Role of Tight Glucose Control in Decreasing Mortality and Sternal Wound Infection Rates Post Cardiac Surgery. UPMC Shadyside Hospital
2006 Nominee, Rookie of the Year, UPMC Shadyside Hospital
2005 Marie Miller Award for Excellence in Medical/Surgical Nursing, Duquesne University