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Linda S. Koharchik, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor/Director, Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Affairs
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 521
Phone: 412.396.4229

Education:

DNP, Nursing, Waynesburg University, 2010
MSN, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2004
BSN, Nursing, Indiana University of PA, 1976
Bio

Dr. Koharchik became a part of Duquesne University School of Nursing faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the fall of 2010. She is a certified nurse educator as well as a board-certified nurse executive. Dr Koharchik earned her MSN from Duquesne University and a DNP from Waynesburg University.

Before becoming a nurse educator, Dr. Koharchik worked for many years in intensive care nursing and in nursing administration. While at Duquesne, Dr. Koharchik has conducted process improvement projects to insure safe student practice, including an initiative to improve students' competency in medication dosage calculation and an initiative to improve nursing students' immunization rates for influenza. She has been awarded the Duquesne University School of Nursing Faculty Research Intramural Grant.

She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Sorority for Women Educators and has been a recipient of the 2012 Lucille Cornetet Professional Development grant, 2012 Woman of Distinction Award, and recipient of the 2013 Educational Foundation Award. In 2012, Dr. Koharchik received the Rita M. Carty Faculty Leadership Award. In 2008, Dr. Koharchik was recognized with the Cameo of Caring for Nurse Educators Award by Citizens School of Nursing. Additionally, Dr. Koharchik has served as an item writer for the National Council for Licensure Examination. Dr. Koharchik is a contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing.

Research
  • 2014 Accepted as participant in the National League for Nurses LEAD program
  • 2013 Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation Award ($500, funded)
  • 2012 Lucile Cornetet Individual Personal Development Award ($1400, funded)
  • 2011 Duquesne University School of Nursing Research Faculty Development Grant ($5000, funded)

Scholarship

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Koharchik, L., Salman, K., Hardy, E., & Mayle-Towns, K. (2012). Influenza immunisation status among nursing students. Journal of Infection Prevention, (13)3, 84-87.

Koharchik, L., Hardy, E., & Salman, K., (2012). Evidence-based initiative to improve influenza immunisation participation among undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Infection Prevention, (13)6, 186-191.

Koharchik, L., & Hardy, E. (2013). As easy as 1,2,3! Dosage calculations. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! (11)1, 25-29.

Perry, N., & Koharchik, L. (2014). Impact of faculty development sessions to increase faculty competency with supervision of medication administration in an associate degree program. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 9(1), 37-42.

Koharchik, L., Hardy, E., King, M., & Garibo, Y. (2014). Evidence-based approach to improve nursing student dosage calculation proficiency. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 9(2), 69-74.

Koharchik, L. (2014). Teaching for Practice: Delineating the Role of the Part-Time Clinical Instructor. American Journal of Nursing, 114(5), 65-69.

Koharchik, L. (2014). Teaching for Practice: Starting a Job as Adjunct Clinical Instructor. American Journal of Nursing, 114(8), 57-60.

Invited author:

Gibson Antonich, M.M., & Koharchik, L. (2014). The nursing student preceptorship:
Collaborative learning. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Faculty Advisory Newsletter, 3(1), 2-3.

Grossman, S. & Porth, C.M. (2014). Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States. (9 ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Contributing author of questions to be posted on Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins' PrepU adaptive testing platform.

Presentations (last 5 years)

Koharchik, L. , & Hardy, E. (2014). Evidence-based approach to improve nursing student dosage calculation proficiency. Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, . 1/3- 1/5/2014. Las Vegas, NV. (Poster Presentation).

Koharchik, L. & Hardy, E. Evaluation of a professional nurse-student nurse academic partnership. Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, . 1/3-1/5/2014. Las Vegas, NV. (Poster Presentation).

Koharchik, L. (2014). An evidence-based approach to improving student nurses math proficiency. 6th Annual Best Practice in Nursing Education Conference. 3/21/2014. UPMC Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA. (Podium presentation).

Koharchik.L., Culleiton, A., & Weideman, Y. Writing NCLEX-style Questions. 2/19/2013. Duquesne University, School of Nursing Faculty Development.

Koharchik, L. Dimensional Analysis: Essential Mathematics for Lifetime Success. 6/15/2013. Podium presentation at the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International: Alpha Alpha State Convention, State College, PA.

Koharchik, L. Professional Nurse-Student Nurse Academic Partnership. 10/15/2013. UPMC Academic Partnership Council. The Dedicated Educaiton Unit.

Koharchik, L. Dimensional Analysis for Dosage Calculation. 1/20/2012 & 8/14/2012. Duquesne University, School of Nursing Faculty Development.

Koharchik, L. & Hardy, E. A Process to Improve Student Nurse Medication Math Proficiency. 5/27/2012. Poster presentation at 18th Annual Research Day. Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna, OH.

Koharchik, L. (2012). Historical Perspectives of Intensive Care Nursing and the Impact of Evidence-Based Nursing. 10/5/2012. Podium presentation as invited speaker. TheGreaterJohnstown Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Johnstown, PA.

Koharchik, L (2012). Evidence-based Initiative to Improve Influenza Immunization Participation among Undergraduate Student Nurses. 5/3-4/2012. Poster presentation (approved by competitive review) at the 19th National Evidence-Based Practice Conference, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IO; 10/5/2012 Poster presentation (approved by competitive review at the Pennsylvania Public Health Conference, Pittsburgh, PA; 10/19/2012. Poster presentation (approved by competitive review) at the first Nursing Research Conference, Walsh University, North Canton, OH.

Koharchik, L. (2010). Strategy for Assessing and Facilitating Evidence-based Nursing Practice in a Community Hospital. 5/15/2010. Poster presentation. First Annual DNP Scholars Day Conference at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA.

Koharchik,L. (2009). Looking for answers... searching for evidence.  Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, PA.

Koharchik,L. (2009). What is evidence-based nursing practice?  Seeking answers to clinical questions. Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, PA.

Koharchik, L. (2009). Evidence-based nursing practice:  The Iowa model and forming a clinical question, Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, PA.

Koharchik, L. (2009). Evaluating evidence and developing outcomes. Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, PA.

Koharchik, L. (2009). Strategy for assessing and facilitating evidence-based nursing practice in a community hospital.  Southwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nursing Leaders (SWPONL).  Nemacolin Woodlands, Farmington, PA. (Third Place Poster).

Koharchik, L. (2009).  Strategy for assessing and facilitating evidence-based nursing practice in a community hospital. Greater Pittsburgh 21st Annual Nursing Research Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Honors/Awards
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses
  • Cameo of Caring 2009
  • Delta Kappa Gamma: Woman of Distinction 2012
  • Rita M. Carty Faculty Leadership Award 2012