Barbara Medvec, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4340, 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-4979


  • Leadership
  • Practice environment
  • Quality and safety
  • Practice implementation
  • Evidence-based practice

Dr. Medvec’s scholarship aims to explore the relationship of nurse manager practice environment and the implementation leadership behaviors of nurse managers in supporting nursing staff use of evidence-based practice. Her experiences include healthcare and system executive and nursing leadership. Dr. Medvec’s interests include leadership, practice innovation, value-based care, ambulatory/continuum of care, strategic and transformational planning. She provides support for chief nursing officers in organizational design, transformational leadership and nursing excellence. She values, as a nursing leader and faculty member, the importance of facilitating the transformational changes that should occur with graduate and doctoral level learning. She believes it is her role to assist students and colleagues in making the turn at the bend in the road. 


Dr. Medvec’s teaching philosophy is grounded in her experiences as a healthcare and nursing executive, a student, mentor and teacher.  She has provided education and developmental opportunities for nurses throughout their professional practices. To support their journey, she uses respect, engagement, critical thinking, reflection, deliberation, mindfulness, autonomy and innovation to connect with students.  Her communication and engagement with staff and now students allows them to learning through emerging evidence and through her experiences. Dr. Medvec enjoys using new technology, simulation and group learning through out her courses. She builds on student’s proficiency, using their knowledge and interests to consider their evolving role in advanced practice nursing from a variety of different lenses. Dr. Medvec teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs with a focus on leadership, operations, quality and safety.

Affiliations / Service

  • Bylaws Committee, Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing, 2016 – present
  • Board Member, Michigan League for Nursing, 2016-present
  • Member, Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing, 2016-present
  • Member, Michigan Organization of Nursing Executives, 2001-present
  • Member, American College of Health Care Executives, 1992-present
  • Member, ANA-MI, American Nurses Association, 1977-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Governor's Fitness Award – Oakwood Team Trina-Extreme Makeover, 2014
  • Nightingale Awardee, Administration, Oakland University, 2012
  • “Most Able” Operation Able Community Partnership Award, 2011
  • Fellow, Leadership Detroit, 2005


  • DNP, Madonna University, Livonia, MI, 2017
  • MSN, Madonna University, Livonia, MI, 1996
  • MSA, Madonna University, Livonia, MI, 1986
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1977

Publication Highlights

  • Medvec, B. R., Brenner, P. S. (In Press). The influence of nurse manager practice environment on leadership behaviors as perceived by nurse managers and nursing staff. The Journal of Nursing Administration.

  • Medvec, B. R. (2008). Creating a winning recruitment strategy “You and I together we are nursing”. Nurse Leader, 6(4), 22-23.

  • Medvec, B. R. (1994). Productivity and workload measurement in ambulatory oncology nursing. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 10, 288-295.

  • Medvec, B. R. (1988). Esophageal cancer. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 4, 246-256.

  • Medvec, B. R., Pelusi, J. L., Camp-Sorrell, D., Kleinschmidt, P., Krebs, L., & Mooney, K. (1986). Assistive personnel: Their use in cancer care-an Oncology Nursing Position Paper. Oncology Nursing Forum, 23, 647-651.

  • Miller, S. A., Dodd, M., Goodman, M., Pluth, N., Ryan, L., & Medvec, B. R. (1984). Cancer Chemotherapy Guidelines and recommendations for nursing education and practice. Pittsburg, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

  • Medvec, B. R. (1985). Membership in action through nursing care guidelines. Oncology Nursing Forum, 12(3), 19-21.

  • Wheeler, R. H., Baker, S. R., & Medvec, B. R. (1984). Single agent and combination drug regional chemotherapy for head and neck cancer using an implantable infusion pump. Cancer, 54(2), 145-156.

  • Medvec, B. R. (1983). Implanted infusion systems: Nursing implications and patient care management. In  (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference on Cancer Nursing. Oncology Nursing Society.

  • Baker, S. R., Wheeler, R. H., & Medvec, B. R. (1983). Surgical aspects of outpatient head and neck cancer. Journal of Otolaryngology Archives, 93(2), 192-199.

  • Baker, S. R., Wheeler, R. H., & Medvec, B. R. (1982). Innovative regional therapy for head and neck cancer. Archives of Otolaryngology.

  • Medvec, B. R., & Mioduszewski, J. (1980). Nurses supporting nurses: The Michigan oncology nurses association. Oncology Nursing Forum, 1 (7).