Clinical Professor
Friedrich, Cheri


Office Phone
Office Address

6-112 WDH
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Clinical Professor
Katherine R. & C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership
Specialty Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care
Co-Director, Center for Interprofessional Health


DNP, University of Minnesota

MS, University of Minnesota

BSN, University of Minnesota

Licensures and Certifications

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Minnesota Board of Nursing
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Certified Lactation Consultant, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

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Biographical Summary

Cheri Friedrich is the specialty coordinator of the pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric clinical nurse specialist Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the School of Nursing. Dr. Friedrich also has a broad focus on interprofessional education which is evident in all three missions of the School of Nursing: teaching, service and scholarship. She is the co-creator and co-director of the Center for Interprofessional Health. She is a national leader in developing innovative interprofessional health education approaches to support learners in interprofessional competency advancement. She led the development and implementation of interprofessional health care escape rooms, developed an innovative virtual interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum, and co-developed a continuing education series for clinical preceptors. Friedrich continues to support IPE as a practicing PNP and preceptor in a Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a fellow of the National Academies of Practice and has been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.

She first began teaching at the University of Minnesota in 1992 and has taught across three programs at the school: the Bachelor of Science (BSN) program, the Masters of Nursing (MN) program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Dr. Friedrich draws on her years of experience as a primary care PNP and interprofessional team member to inform her teaching, as she consistently integrates teaching of graduate students into her clinical practice. Dr. Friedrich maintains an active clinical practice in a non-profit clinic that serves un- and under-insured children and their families in Anoka County.

Research Summary

  • Pediatric nurse practitioner/pediatric clinical nurse specialist clinical education
  • Health promotion
  • Interprofessional education

Honors and Recognition

  • Katherine R. & C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership, 2022
  • Fellow American Academy of Nursing, 2022
  • Fellow National Academies of Practice, 2021
  • Daisy Award School of Nursing - Out of the Box Thinking, 2018
  • Presidents Award, MN Chapter NAPNAP, 2014
  • Daisy Award School of Nursing - Exceptional Mentoring, 2012
  • Innovator's Award ATLES, University of MN School of Nursing, 2009
  • Nominee for the Clinical Excellence Award, HealthEast, 2008
  • Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau Professional Honor Society for Nurses, 1989

Professional Memberships

  • American Interprofessional Health Collaborative
  • American Nurses Association
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates
  • Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs


Selected Publications

Rohlik, G., Mahoney, E., Butterfass, E., Friedrich, C., Simpson, D., & Kawai, Y. (2022). Improving Mobility Practices of Critically Ill Children. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 36(5), 406-415.

Friedrich, C. L., Sick, B., & North, S. E. (2021). Building Experiential Interprofessional Education: Bridging the Education to Practice Gap. American Nurse Journal, 16(11), 45-49.

Friedrich, C., & Saftner, M. (2020). Postpartum and Lactation. In D. M. Schadewald, U. A. Pritham, E. Q. Youngkin, M. S. Davis, & C. Juve (Eds.), Women's Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (5th ed., pp. 631-695). Pearson Publishers.

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., & Sick, B. (2020). Interprofessional Health Care Escape Room for Advanced Learners. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(1), 46-50. doi:

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., Boland, P., & Sick, B. (2019). Escaping the Professional Silo: An Escape Room Implemented in an Interprofessional Education Curriculum. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 33(5), 573-575. doi:

Gardenier, D., Benbenek, M. M., & Friedrich, C. L. (2019). Should Nurse Practitioner Programs Share Courses? Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(7), 472-473. doi:

Sick, B., Hager, K. D., Uden, D., Friedrich, C., Kim, H. M., Branch-Mays, G., & Pittenger, A. (2019). Using a Guided Reflection Tool and Debriefing Session to learn from Interprofessional Team Interactions in Clinical Settings. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 14, 53-57. doi:

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., & Sick, B. (2018). Advanced Interprofessional Health Care Escape Room Facilitator Guide. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(1), 46-50. doi:

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., & Sick, B. (2018). Beginner Interprofessional Health Care Escape Facilitator Guide.

Friedrich, C., Petry, A. F., Roth, C., & Wagner, L. (2017). Human Relationships: The Heart of Interprofessional Education. Creative Health Care Management. Retrieved from

Fjone, A., & Friedrich, C. (2015). Reimbursement Realities for the APRN. In K. A. Blair & M. P. Jansen (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing Roles: Core Concepts for Professional Role Development (pp. 209-230). Springer Publishing Company. doi:

Friedrich, C. (2014). 7 Back to School Tips from the School Nurse. University of Minnesota Health Blog.

Friedrich, C., & Schadewald, D. M. (2012). Postpartum and Lactation. In E. Youngkin, M. Davis, D. Schadewald, & C. Juve (Eds.), Women's Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (4th ed., pp. 631-695). Pearson.


Selected Presentations

Workshop facilitator with Belani, K., Norbie E., Chaika, J., Miller, J., Baum, K., Harmon, J., Madhok, M.  Health Education Simulation Four Day Workshop. Also presented breakout session on Using Simulation  for Interprofessional Team Development. Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore,  India, June 2018. 

Keynote and summit facilitator with Jernigan, S., Sick, B. Caring for the Underserved in an  Interprofessional and Interpersonal Way. Ohio University-Full Day Interprofessional Summit Across  Three Campuses. Lead at Dublin, Ohio. Dr. Sick lead at Athens, Ohio and Dr. Jernigan lead at Cleveland,  Ohio. Each site facilitator hosted a keynote broadcast to all three campuses with local site group  facilitation, January 2019.

Panel Presentation with Fulkerson, J., Krzyzanowski, B., and Looman,W. Mindfulness in the Workplace. Presented at School of Nursing All Staff, All Faculty-Fall Retreat. University of Minnesota, School of  Nursing. St. Paul, Minnesota, August 2019. 

Podium Presentation Health Care Escape Rooms Embedded in Nursing Curriculum. Presented to Child  and Family Health Coop: Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty. University of Minnesota, School of Nursing.  Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2019. 

Competitive Presentations/Posters 
Workshop Presentation with Sick, B. & Taubenheim, A. Innovative Teaching: Building an  Interprofessional Health Care Escape Room. Collaborating Across Borders Fall Conference.  Indianapolis, Indiana, October 2019. 

Podium Presentation Escaping the Professional Silo: Creation and Implementation of Simulated Health  Care Escape Room. All Together Better Health, Auckland, New Zealand, September 2018.