Laura Prochnow, DNP, RN, CHSE

Laura Prochnow Portrait

Clinical Assistant Professor
Junior Medical-Surgical Specialty Coordinator
Undergraduate Studies Program
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4305 NURS1

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

Telephone: 734-647-2051


  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Assisting nursing students with study techniques and test taking strategies
  • Simulation Education

Dr. Prochnow’s  area of scholarship focuses on quality improvement and patient safety; specifically on preventing medication errors, team communications, and strengthening the medication administration process with future nurses.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Gilbert Whitaker Improvement of Teaching Grant, PI (2020-21)


Dr. Prochnow’s passion includes cultivating future nurses to become the “Great Nurse”.  She promotes students to develop advanced critical thinking skills which are needed to care for the current patient populations. Her specialty area includes utilizing simulation education to create and enhance these nursing skills. Dr. Prochnow creates a learner-centered, interactive classroom that endorses individual learning strategies. She also assists students with test-taking approaches to promote success on national exams.  

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau 1990-present; Rho chapter: Board positions: Faculty Counselor 2020-2021.
  • The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Certified Health Simulation Educator (CHSE) 2015-present; Member 2011-present; abstract reviewer 2013-2016.
  • American Heart Association, Instructor BLS, ACLS, & PALS 1994-present; ACLS Regional Faculty 2014-2018.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Instructor Team STEPPS Master Trainer

Notable Awards / Honors

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 5th Cohort of the Interprofessional Leadership Fellows.
  • University of Michigan School of Nursing Dean’s List during DNP program, 2016-2018


  • DNP, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2018
  • MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN 2013
  • BSN, Madonna University, Livonia, MI 1990

Publication Highlights

  • Prochnow, L., Tschannen, D. (Accepted, anticipated publish date January 2022).  Impact of TeamSTEPPS® Education Training with Rural Hospital Staff. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

  • Prochnow, L., Tschannen, D. (2021). Impact of TeamSTEPPS® Education Training on Rural Hospital Staff.  Poster presented at University of Michigan School of Nursing, Research Day 2021.

  • Ashjian, E., Barinbaum, R., Prochnow, L. (2021).  Team on the Screen: A Pilot Study of Teaching Students Interprofessional Competencies Through Virtual Patient Education. Poster presented at University of Michigan Medical School, Health Professionals Education (HPE) Day.

  • Hughes-Carter, D.L., Maneval, R., Prochnow, L.  (2016). A simulated multi patient medication administration experience: Evaluating senior level nursing students’ performance. Poster Presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau / National League of Nursing, Nursing Education Research Conference in Washington D.C.

  • Hughes-Carter, D. L., Maneval, R., Dubes, G., Prochnow, L. (2016). Simulation of an acute care medication pass used to identify gaps in senior nursing students’ performance:  How to measure student performance.  Poster Presentation at the 24th Annual Greater Lansing Community Research Day in Lansing, MI.

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