Megan Pfitzinger Lippe, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor

Dr. Megan Pfitzinger Lippe has been a registered nurse since 2009, and earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Her nursing practice experience is in adult and cardiovascular critical care nursing. She has taught undergraduate nursing students since 2011, and was the recipient of the Texas Exes Teaching Award from the University of Texas during her first year of teaching.

Dr. Lippe’s area of research focuses on palliative and end-of-life care education. She has developed and tested multiple high-fidelity simulations. Dr. Lippe has published works in areas related to palliative care education, simulation, and social justice. Her dissertation work developed and tested a method for assessing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life education within undergraduate curricula.

Currently, Dr. Lippe has two funded studies and several unfunded studies in progress. She received funding from the local STTI chapter to expand the methods from her dissertation study to assess curricula at multiple nursing schools for palliative care content integration. She is also testing a new, interprofessional withdrawal of care simulation with grant funds obtained from the internal Research Grants Committee. Her unfunded research includes an integrative review of interprofessional palliative care educational interventions, development and testing of palliative care knowledge measures, and other research with the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium’s Undergraduate Curriculum research team.

Dr. Lippe is a member of several nursing organizations, including STTI, HPNA, and NLN. She is also the recent Past-President of the Epsilon Theta chapter of STTI at UT Austin, current facilitator of STTI’s Hospice and Palliative Nursing community of interest, and serves on STTI’s Conference Planning Task Force. She was the featured STTI leader in the September 2015 STTI Chapter Leader Emphasis, and her worked helped earn the Epsilon Theta chapter the Chapter Key Award in 2015.

Dr. Lippe is married to her high school sweetheart, William, and they have two children together. She is thankful for her family’s ongoing love and support in her academic and scholastic endeavors.

As a doctoral student, Dr. Lippe worked with a colleague at the University of Texas to write a paper regarding social justice education in pre-licensure programs. This published article has recently received national attention, including being featured on the Advances in Nursing Science blog and having received letter to the editor comments. The article reference is below:

Thurman, W. & Pfitzinger Lippe, M. (2017). Returning to the profession’s roots: Social justice in nursing education for the 21st century. Advances in Nursing Science, 40(2), 184-193.

Publications for Dr. Lippe:

Lippe, M. & Hudson, S. (accepted, in press). Communication simulation using laypersons as standardized patients: Preparing students for their first clinical day. Nurse Educator.

Lippe, M. & Carter, P. (accepted, in press). Assessing student characteristics in palliative care education research: A literature review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

Lippe, M., Jones, T., Becker, H., & Carter, P. (accepted, in press). Student preparation to care for dying patients: Assessing outcomes across a curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education.

Lippe, M., Volker D., Jones, T., & Carter, P. (2017) Evaluating end-of-life care education within nursing programs: A method for targeted curriculum evaluation. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, (19)3, 266-274.

Thurman, W. & Pfitzinger Lippe, M. (2017). Returning to the profession’s roots: Social justice in nursing education for the 21st century. Advances in Nursing Science, 40(2), 184-193.

Pfitzinger Lippe, M. & Becker, H. (2015). Improving attitudes and perceived competence in caring for dying patients: An end-of-life simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(6), 372-378.

Pfitzinger Lippe, M. & Carter, P. (2015). End-of-life care teaching strategies in prelicensure nursing education: An integrative review. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 17(1), 31-39.

Ongoing Research:

2017-present Lippe, M. Withdrawing Care for an Unexpectedly Ill Patient: Interprofessional Simulations. Research Grants Committee, University of Alabama. $5937

2017-present Lippe, M. (PI) End of Life Education within Baccalaureate Programs: A Feasibility Study Assessing Nursing Curricula. STTI Epsilon Omega Chapter Grant, University of Alabama. $500

2016-present Mazanec, P. (PI), & Lippe, M. (Co-I). Development and Testing of ELNEC-Undergraduate Palliative Care Knowledge Quiz (IRB pending via Washington State University)

2016-present Lippe, M.(PI) Evaluating the Impact of End-of-Life Simulations on Students’ Emotional Perceptions and Perceived Competence in Caring for Dying Patients (IRB approved; data collection in progress)