Research Summary

Current research interests include the nursing workforce, workload, nurse-to-patient ratios, patient acuity, nurse career paths, compensation, voluntary turnover, nurses working at the bedside in the childbearing and child rearing years and quantitative and qualitative methods.


  • ADN, Nursing, Weber State University
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Utah
  • MS, Nursing Administration, Brigham Young University. Project: Thesis, Job Role Perceptions of Head Nurses
  • PhD, Nursing , University of Utah. Project: Dissertation, The Career Paths of Female Nurses: Decisions Association with Intention to Leave Direct Patient Care


Dr. Hofmann is an Associate Professor for the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. In this role she teaches baccalaureate and doctoral course focusing on advanced management and advanced finance in healthcare systems, quality improvement, and professional roles. Dr. Hofmann's background includes many years in the acute-care setting where she assumed various clinical and senior executive officer and administrative operations roles. She was responsible for patient care delivery, nursing standards, and overall healthcare operations. Dr. Hofmann holds two ANCC board certifications, Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive Advanced. In addition she is an Executive Fellow of the Wharton School of Business Nurse Executive Program. Dr. Hofmann has been honored with numerous leadership, teaching and research awards. Her research interests are focused on the nursing workforce, evaluating workload, patient acuity, novice to expert ratios and factors influencing stabilizing the nursing workforce with experienced and expert nurses. She currently serves on the Utah State Board of Nursing, volunteering her time to support and advance nursing in the state. Dr. Hofmann is a member and board member of numerous state and national professional organizations including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American Nurses Association.

Career Highlights

Division Chair, Health Systems and Community-Based Care, College of Nursing: January 2022-present

Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing: June 2021-present

Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing: June 2017-May 2021

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing, Westminister College: January-May 2018

Assistant Vice President Nursing, Intermountain Healthcare: 2008-2017

Chief Nursing Officer, North Region Intermountain Healthcare: 2005-2008

Nurse Administrator, LDS Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare: 2004-2005

Nurse Administrator, Cardiovascular Services, Intermountain Healthcare: 2001-2004

Director, Central Staffing, Supervision and PRN & Agency Services: 1996-2001

Assistant Director, Staffing, Supervision and PRN & Agency Services: 1995-1996

Assistant Professor, Nursing, Weber State University: 1988-2017

Charge Nurse/Staff Nurse, Intermountain Healthcare: 1982-1996