Regi Freeman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Regi Freeman

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
(734) 764-8377

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
University of Michigan Health System
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Room 4726C
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-5859

Telephone: (734) 764-8377
Fax: (734) 615-2240


  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Critical care
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Evidence based practice
  • Quality improvement of nursing quality indicators

Regi Freeman is the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the University of Michigan Health System. As a critical care nurse, Ms. Freeman has integrated a strong practice base through direct mentorship of bedside nurses. Focusing on the three spheres of influence in CNS practice (nursing/nursing practice; patient/family; system). Ms. Freeman has worked on multiple nursing practice implementations, policy and procedure developments, and quality improvement projects. She has presented nationally on heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplant, alcohol withdrawal management and pressure ulcer prevention in high risk critical care patients.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Post extubation swallow screening in the Cardiovascular ICU.


Ms. Freeman has instructional roles in both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She focuses on leadership and management skills required of nurses in the clinical setting specifically the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role. Using a variety of teaching strategies, she covers concepts of team building, delegation, negotiation and problem solving; all within an organizational content. Primary areas of focus are evidence based practice and quality improvement. At the graduate level she has precepted and mentored multiple students in the CNS role. Ms. Freeman assists CNS students to integrate into the three spheres of CNS practice including nursing/nursing practice, patient/family, and system. 

Affiliations / Service

  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2009-present
  • Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2010-present
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2006-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, 2008-present
  • Michigan Nurses Association, 1999-2000 & 2007-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Research Forum poster presentation 2nd place, Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2010
  • Most Innovative Topic poster session award, American Case Management Association, 2007
  • Excellence Award for Clinical Care in the Midwest, Nursing Spectrum, 2006
  • Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence in Education/Research Nominee, Oakland University, 2006


  • MSN, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 2010
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1998

Publication Highlights

  • Freeman, R., Smith, A., Dickinson, S., Tschannen, D., James, S., & Friedman, C. (2017). Specialty linens and pressure injuries in high-risk patient in the intensive care unit. AJCC, 26(6), 474-481. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2017530.

  • Haverstick, S., Goodrich, C., Freeman, R., James, S., Kullar, R., & Ahrens, M. (2017). Patients' Hand Washing and Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infection. Crit Care Nurse, 37(3), e1-e8. doi: 10.4037/ccn2017694.

  • Freeman, R., Koerner, E., Clark, C., & Halabicky, K. (2016). Cardiac Transplant Postoperative Management and Care. Crit Care Nurs Q, 39(3), 214-226. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000116.

  • Freeman, R., Koerner, E., Clark, C., & Halabicky, K. (2016). The Path From Heart Failure to Cardiac Transplant. Crit Care Nurs Q, 39(3), 207-213. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000114.

  • Freeman, R. & Maley, K. (2013). Mobilization of intensive care cardiac surgery patients on mechanical circulatory support. Crit Care Nurs Q, 36(1), 73-88. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e31827532c3.

  • Freeman, R., McKee, S., Lee-Lehner, B., & Pesenecker, J. (2013). Reducing interruptions to improve medication safety. J Nurs Care Qual, 28(2), 176-185. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318275ac3e.

  • Freeman, R., Nault, C., Mowry, J. & Baldridge, P. (2012). Expanded resources through utilization of a primary care giver ECMO model. Critical Care Nursing, 35(1), 39-49. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e31823b1fa1.