Natalie McAndrew

Natalie McAndrew, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K

  • Associate Professor

Natalie McAndrew, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree and master’s from Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI and her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The focus of Dr. McAndrew’s program of research is developing, testing, and translating palliative-based interventions for family caregivers of patients experiencing serious illness. She promotes the delivery of holistic, high-quality, family-inclusive health care. Dr. McAndrew is also interested in nursing ethics and how ethical conflict in health care affects families. Dr. McAndrew practiced for nine years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a medical intensive care unit. She is an active member in the following organizations: Midwest Nursing Research Society; Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group; American Psychosocial Oncology Society; International Family Nursing Association; and American Thoracic Society. Dr. McAndrew was selected as a Sojourns Scholar (2021 Cohort) and received a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership career development award to support her growth as a national palliative care leader.


PhD Nursing Science University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
BSN Nursing Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
BA Psychology University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI

Awards and Honors

2021 – Froedtert Nursing Research Award for 2021 – Experiences of Family Caregivers of Critically Ill Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients
2020 – Froedtert Nursing Research Award for Integrating Palliative and Hospice Support
Across Intensive Care Units at a Tertiary Academic Medical Center
2019 – Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Family Research Interest Group
Dissertation Award

Grants and Contracts (Current)
Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Family Caregivers of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients: Intervention to Improve Family-Focused Palliative Care. Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Career Development Award and Oncology Nursing Foundation Oncology Nursing Grant ROE3. Role: Principal Investigator

Grants and Contracts (Completed)
COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Nurses Working in Critical Care in the United States. Marquette University College of Nursing Internal Grant. Role: Co-Investigator

Clinical Research Scholars Program (2019-2021 cohort) Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin (NIH CTSA Grant UL1TR001436)

A Transdisciplinary Approach to Improving Communication in the Intensive Care Unit. UWM Collaborative Research Development Award. Role: Principal Investigator

Experiences of Family Caregivers of Patients who Underwent Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in the Intensive Care Unit: A Pilot Study. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Research and Creative Activities Support (RACAS). Role: Principal Investigator

Intellectual Contributions

Jerofke-Owen, T. A., McAndrew, N. S., Gralton, K. S., Totka, J. P., Weiss, M. E., Fial, A. V., & Sawin, K. J.. (2022). Engagement of families in the care of hospitalized pediatric patients: A scoping review. Journal of Family Nursing, 28(2), 151-171. doi:10.1177/10748407211048894

McAndrew, N. S., Erickson, J. M., Guttormson, J., Bear, A., Marks, S., Patel, J., & Harding, E. S. (2022). A scoping review of the experiences of adolescents and young adults in the ICU, their family members, and their health care team. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 34(1), 31-55. doi:10.1016/j.cnc.2021.11.003

Hetland, B. D., McAndrew, N. S., Kupzyk, K. A., Krutsinger, D. C., Pozehl, B. J., Heusinkvelt, J. M., & Camenzind, C. E. (2022 (accepted in 2021)). Family caregiver preferences and contributions related to patient care in the ICU. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 44(3), 214-226. doi:10.1177/01939459211062954

McAndrew, N. S., Guttormson, J., Marks, S., Rhodes, M., Patel, J., & McCracken, C. (2021). Intensive Care Unit Nurse: Could we call a palliative care consult? ICU Provider: It's too early. Palliative care integration in the ICU: The struggle to translate evidence into practice. Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing, 40(1), 51-58. doi:10.1097/DCC.0000000000000451

Naef, R., Brysiewicz, P., Mc Andrew, N. S., Beierwaltes, P., Chiang, V., Clisbee, D., de Beer, J., Honda, J., Kakazu, S., Nagl-Cupal, M., Price, A. M., Richardson, S., Richardson, A., Tehan, T., Towell-Barnard, A., & Eggenberger, S. (2021). Intensive care nurse-family engagement from a global perspective: A qualitative multi-site exploration. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 66, 103081. doi:10.1016/j.iccn.2021.103081

Guttormson, J. L., and McAndrew, Natalie S. “Time to move: Shifting the ICU paradigm to improve outcomes for survivors of critical illness.” Heart and Lung.

McAndrew, Natalie S., Schiffman, Rachel, and Leske, Jane. “Relationships among climate of care, nursing family care and family well-being in ICUs.” Nursing Ethics 26.7-8 (2019): 2494-2510.

Hetland, B, McAndrew, Natalie, Perazzo, J, and Hickman, R. “A qualitative study of factors that influence active family involvement with patient care in the ICU: Survey of critical care nurses.” Intensive & critical care nursing 44. (2018): 67-75.

McAndrew, Natalie S., Leske, Jane, and Schroeter, Kathryn. “Moral distress in critical care nursing: The state of the science.” Nursing Ethics 25.5 (2018): 552-570.

McAndrew, Natalie. “Nurses and physicians bring different perspectives to end-of-life decisions in intensive care units.” Evidence-based nursing 21.3 (2018): 85.

Leske, J S., McAndrew, Natalie, Brasel, K J., and Feetham, S. “Family Presence During Resuscitation After Trauma.” Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses 24.2 (2017): 85-96.

Hetland, B, Hickman, R, McAndrew, Natalie, and Daly, B. “Factors Influencing Active Family Engagement in Care Among Critical Care Nurses.” AACN advanced critical care 28.2 (2017): 160-170.

McAndrew, Natalie, Leske, Jane B., Guttormson, J, Kelber, S T., Moore, K, and Dabrowski, S. “Quiet time for mechanically ventilated patients in the medical intensive care unit.” Intensive & critical care nursing 35. (2016): 22-7.

Kozeniecki, M, McAndrew, Natalie, and Patel, J. “Process-Related Barriers to Optimizing Enteral Nutrition in a Tertiary Medical Intensive Care Unit.” Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 31.1 (2016): 80-5.

McAndrew, Natalie, Leske, Jane B., and Guttormson, J. “Quiet Time for Mechanically Ventilated Patients in a Medical Intensive Care Unit.” Western journal of nursing research 38.10 (2016): 1374-5.

Zakzesky, D, Klink, K, McAndrew, Natalie, Schroeter, K, and Johnson, Gilbert. “Bridges and Barriers: Patients' Perceptions of the Discharge Process Including Multidisciplinary Rounds on a Trauma Unit.” Journal of trauma nursing: the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses 22.5 (2015): 232-9.

McAndrew, Natalie, and Leske, J S. “A Balancing Act: Experiences of Nurses and Physicians When Making End-of-Life Decisions in Intensive Care Units.” Clinical nursing research 24.4 (2015): 357-74.

Maidl-Putz, Carolyn, and McAndrew, Natalie. “Sound levels can be harmful.” Nursing Critical Care 9.5 (2014): 29-35.

Leske, J S., McAndrew, Natalie, and Brasel, K J. “Experiences of families when present during resuscitation in the emergency department after trauma.” Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses 20.2 (2013): 77-85.

Schroeter, K, Byrne, M., Klink, K A., Beier, M, and McAndrew, Natalie. “The impact of certification on certified perioperative nurses: a qualitative descriptive survey.” ORNAC journal 30.3 (2012): 34-8, 40-1, 44-6.

Leske, J S., McAndrew, Natalie, Evans, C, Garcia, A E., and Brasel, K J. “Challenges in conducting research after family presence during resuscitation.” Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses 19.3 (2012): 190-4.

McAndrew, Natalie, Leske, J S., and Garcia, A. “Influence of moral distress on the professional practice environment during prognostic conflict in critical care.” Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses 18.4 (2011): 221-30.