Laura Kirk, PhD, RN

Clinical Associate Professor
Laura Kirk


Office Phone
Office Address

6-176 WDH
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Clinical Associate Professor


PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Nursing

MS, University of Minnesota
Major: Nursing
Minor: Gerontology and focus on Community Health LTC

BSN, University of Minnesota
Major: Nursing

AS, Normandale Community College
Major: Nursing

Licensures and Certifications

Registered Nurse, State of Minnesota Board of Nursing

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Biographical Summary

Laura Kirk, PhD, RN is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her nearly 30-year nursing career has been driven by an enduring interest in the health and well-being of older adults across care settings. Kirk is passionate about educating nurses to provide high-quality care and develop programming to meet the needs of the rapidly growing older adult population. Her approach to teaching mirrors the collaborative nurse-patient relationship, providing opportunities to role model safe, effective, and ethical nursing practice. Kirk's research has explored topics like long-term outcomes of exercise interventions for peripheral artery disease. She has been recognized for her excellence in research and dissemination, receiving the Sigma Founders Award - Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award. In addition to her faculty role, Kirk has served as president of the School of Nursing Alumni Society Board.

Teaching Summary

Courses: N2001, N3806, N4777W
Guest Lecturer: N4205V, N4205W
Teaching Assistantship: N8194


Selected Publications

Austin, R., Chi, C., Delaney, C., Kirk, L., Michalowski, M., Pruinelli, L., Rajamani, S., Monsen K. (2021). COVID-19 response empowered through nursing knowledge generated through existing IT infrastructure. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 25(1). Available at 

Austin, RR., Kirk, L., Voss, M., Kristoferson, G., Gozum, S., Koithan, M., Kreitzer, MJ. (under review). Building a Pathway for Integrative Nursing Research. Creative Nursing, 28(2).

Elgersma, KM., Brown, RJL., Salisbury, D., Stigen, L., Gildea, L., Larson, K., Schorr, EN., Kirk, LN., Treat-Jacobson, D. (2020). Adherence and exercise mode in supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 38(3), 108-117. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvn.2020.07.002

Abrahamson, K., Davila, H., Kirk, LN., Alarcon, G., Mueller, C. (2020). Can a Nursing Home Psychotropic Reduction Project be Successfully Implemented in Assisted Living? Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/0733464820948328

Horning, ML., Schneider, R., Beacham, B., McKechnie, AC., Kirk, L., Emery, D., Lindquist, R. (2020). Appreciation of the Research-Practice Link: Using An Authentic Learning Environment for a Writing-Intensive Nursing Course. Nursing Education Perspectives, 41(6). 361-363. DOI: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000568

Kirk, L., Smith, G. E., Gaugler, J. E., Hepburn, K., Knopman, D., Lewis, M., 2018. Development and testing of a neuropsychiatric symptoms model in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44 (1): 21-30.

Rich, K., Treat-Jacobson, D., DeVeaux, T., Fitzgerald, K., Kirk, L., Thomson, L., Foley, A., Hill, D., 2017. Society for Vascular Nursing—Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) updated nursing clinical practice guideline. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 35 (2): 90-111.

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Current Research

Title: AACN Pilot School: A Competency-Based Approach to Leadership Development and Resilience for Student Nurses
Funding Source: Johnson & Johnson
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount/% Effort: $10,000
Time Period: 12/2022-6/2023

Title: Writing Enriched Curriculum - Legacy Writing Plan
Funding Source: Office of Undergraduate Education – University of Minnesota
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount/%Effort: $1,800
Time Period: 9/2022-9/2024

Title: Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) Legacy edition Writing Plan
Funding Source: Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
Role: Co-Liaison
Amount/%Effort: $3,000
Time Period: June, 2021 – June 2023

Title: Social Isolation in Older Adults
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: Unfunded

Selected Completed Research

Title: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Total Body Recumbent Stepping (TBRS) in Senior Living
Funding Source: School of Nursing Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount/% Effort: $3,000
Time Period: 3/1/18-9/30/19

Title: Promoting Healthy Aging and Mobility in Rural Minnesota: The PAD PRAIRIE Initiative 
Funding Source: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $1,645,967
Time Period: 6/1/15 to 5/31/18

Title: Upper Body Arm Ergometry in Senior Living: A Feasibility Study
Funding Source: University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount/% Effort: $36,245
Time Period: 12/1/16-1/15/18

Title: Adherence to Non-Group Based Exercise Interventions in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 
Funding source: School of Nursing Foundation 
Amount of award: $3,000
Time Period: 12/1/2015-12/31/2016


Research Summary

  • Effect of aerobic exercise on physical function, cognition and mood in sedentary older adults in senior living
  • Relationship-based care in senior living/long-term care
  • Nursing informatics to examine health and wellbeing outcomes in older adults