Amber Kolesar joined Duquesne University School of Nursing as an Instructor in August 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. 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. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at Saint Louis University, with a focus on food insecurity.
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.
Kolesar works with several colleagues to facilitate service-learning trips to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She most recently traveled with thirteen undergraduate students for eight days. While working alongside students and faculty members from UPOLI School of Nursing, they provided education and care to families in several health facilities, homes and a school.
She 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 and Pathophysiology.
EducationMSN, Nursing Education, Duquesne University
BSN, Duquesne University
Expertise and Research Interests
- Improving clinical judgement
- Service learning abroad
- Providing student feedback
- Simulation and providing high quality feedback to nursing students.
The impact that service-learning trips has on undergraduate students.
Her doctoral work focuses on food insecurity.
Comprehensive care of the elderly in home and health systems, (2018). Polytechnic University of Nicaragua School of Nursing (UPOLI) 75th Anniversary Conference. Managua, Nicaragua.
Making Feedback Count (2016). UPMC 8th Annual Best Practices in Nursing Education Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
Kelly, S. H., Koharchik, L., Henry, R., Cippel, M., Hardner, S., Kolesar, A., & Clark, B. (2018). An Advanced Medication Administration Experience to Promote Students' Knowledge Acquisition in the Skill of Administering Medications. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Kelly, S. H., Koharchik, L., Henry, R., Cippel, M., Hardner, S., Kolesar, A., & Clark, B. (2018). An Advanced Medication Administration Experience to Promote Students' Knowledge Acquisition in the Skill of Administering Medications, STTI Epsilon Phi Chapter's Annual Scholars Night, March 22, 2018, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA.
Kelly, S. H., Koharchik, L., Henry, R., Cippel, M., Hardner, S., Kolesar, A., & Clark, B. (2018). An advanced medication administration experience to promote students' knowledge acquisition in the skill of administering medications. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(2), 104-107.
Kolesar, A. L., & Colbert, A. M. (2018). What would you do if this were your mother? Nursing, 47(7), 11-13.
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.
2017 Participant Favorite Poster, Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference
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