Marci Zsamboky returned to Duquesne University School of Nursing in 2022 as the Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner Program. She is a psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner with a Lifespan specialty, as well as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with children and adolescence. Dr. Zsamboky has more then 25 years of experience teaching in the clinical setting. She has received several awards for her teaching, including the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award in Teaching Excellence from University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and the 2019 Sara K. Archer Award for Outstanding Faculty from the PMHNP Program at Vanderbilt University. Additionally, Dr. Zsamboky is the 2021 recipient of a $1,920,000 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program Grant.
Dr. Zsamboky is active in several professional organizations including the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau since 1994, and serves on several psychiatric association boards. Dr. Zsamboky is an active volunteer in the community particularly related to mental health issues.
EducationDNP, Vanderbilt University, 2018
PMC, Vanderbilt University, 2017
MSN, University of Pittsburgh, 1994
BSN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1985
Zsamboky, M.L. (2017, January). Sleep and pregnancy: Understanding the importance. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 32(1), pp. 22-24.
Hande, K., Jesse, M.A., Christenberry, T., Zsamboky, M., & Kennedy, B. (2020, September/October). Optimizing the student learning environment: A framework to select faculty for teaching courses. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(5), pp. 404-411. https://doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.03.002
Haskell, B., Schroer, M., & Zsamboky, M. (2020, April 13). Easing the psychological impact of Covid-19 for nurses. American Nurse, 15(4).
Haskell, B., Schroer, M., & Zsamboky, M. (2020, Summer). Easing the psychological impact of Covid-19 for nurses. Tennessee Nurse, 83(2), p. 8.
Zsamboky, M., Haskell, B., Vick, R., & Schroer, M. (2021). Treating child and adolescent depression
and anxiety in primary care. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 17(1), pp. 54-59.
2022 Zsamboky, M., Vick, R., Pitts, C., Tapp, J., Pfieffer, M.L., Painter, M., Butler, M., Ketel, C. Designing a behavioral health curriculum for family nurse practitioner students: Integrated care begins in the classroom. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 48th Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
2021 Zsamboky, M., Vick, R., Pfieffer, M.L., Tapp, J., Pitt, C. Telehealth simulation for FNP behavioral health course: Transforming care to meet needs in rural and underserved areas. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Transform 2021 Conference. Dallas, TX.
2021 Zsamboky, M., Schroer, M., Butler, M. Trauma in children and adolescents: A roadmap for assessment,
diagnosis, and treatment. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual
2021 Simmons, M., Zsamboky, M. Innovative strategies for optimizing virtual learning and telehealth simulation experiences for PMHNP students. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. Virtual.
2021 Vick, R., Zsamboky, M. Meeting the needs of underserved populations: Designing behavioral health content for a family nurse practitioner HRSA training grant. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. Virtual.
2021 Pfieffer, M.L., Vick, R., Tapp, J., Ketel, C., Zsamboky, M., Pitt, C. Behavioral health and primary care: A simulated experience preparing family nurse practitioner students in telehealth in rural and underserved communities. INACSL Virtual Conference 2021.
2021 Zsamboky, M. Update on ACEs: What's the research saying? 24th Annual Northeast Regional Psychiatric Nursing Conference. Virtual.
2019 Zsamboky, M., Schroer, M. ADHD or bipolar mania? Using neuroscience to inform treatment. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2012 Zsamboky, M. Simulation: Meeting the challenge in mental health nursing. National League for Nursing Education Summit. Anaheim, CA.
2012 Zsamboky, M. Simulation: Meeting the challenge in mental health nursing. QSEN National Forum. Tucson, AZ.
2016 Zsamboky, M. Simulation: Meeting the challenge in mental health nursing. Tennessee Simulation Alliance. Nashville, TN.
2013 Zsamboky, M. Mindfulness: Applications for nursing education. University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Placing the Learner First Continuing Education Series. Pittsburgh, PA.
2013 Zsamboky, M. Professional boundaries. UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing Faculty Development. Pittsburgh, PA. (Repeated annually between 2006-2013).
2012 Zsamboky, M. A Roadmap to excellence: The Center of Excellence journey. Pennsylvania League for Nursing Region 6 Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
2008 Zsamboky, M. Attachment theory in therapy. American Psychiatric Nurses Association, PA Chapter, Southwest Region. Pittsburgh, PA.
2022 Pitts, C., Tapp, J., Zsamboky, M., Vick, R., Pfieffer, M.L., Painter, M., Butler, M., Ketel, C. Family nurse practitioner students and behavioral health: A strategy to promote health equity in rural underserved communities. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 48th Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
2020 Humphrey, S., Karp, S., Zsamboky, M. EMR-based depression for adolescent type I diabetes patients: A QI project. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Virtual.
2020 Zsamboky, M. Measuring adherence to depression screening in an outpatient supportive oncology clinic: Clinical implications and recommendations for improvement. American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference. (Conference canceled).
2018 Zsamboky, M., Hande, K., Pfieffer, M. Assessing the implementation of a depression Screening tool in a supportive oncology clinic. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. Columbus, OH.
2011 Zsamboky, M. Reflecting quality and safety in simulation: Meeting the challenge in mental health nursing education. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA.
2008 Zsamboky, M. Developing Faculty Ownership of the Continuing Accreditation Process. National League for Nursing Leadership Conference. Orlando, FL. First Place Prize for Faculty Poste
2022 - Distinguished Alumni Award in Teaching Excellence, University of Pittsburgh
School of Nursing
2019 - Sara K. Archer Award for Outstanding Faculty - PMHNP Program, Vanderbilt University
2008 - Outstanding Faculty Leadership Role Poster - 1st Place, NLN Faculty Leadership Conference
2006 - Cameo of Caring Award - Nurse Educator, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing (First Awardee)
Role: Primary Investigator
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program
Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching Educational Advancement Fund
Role: Primary Investigato
Project: Utilizing a trauma-informed care approach to nurse practitioner education
Shadyside Hospital Foundation
Project: The Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention on Empathy, Emotion, Regulation and Patient Satisfaction in Undergraduate Nursing Students.