Cheri L. Friedrich, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC

Clinical Associate Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Cheri L. Friedrich

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-0470

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
6-134 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clinical Associate Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Specialty Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Coordinator of the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

DNP, University of Minnesota, 2007

MS, University of Minnesota, 1992

BSN, University of Minnesota, 1989


Cheri Friedrich, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She first began teaching at the University of Minnesota in 1992 and has taught across three programs at the school: the Bachelor of Science (BSN) program, the Masters of Nursing (MN) program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Dr. Friedrich draws on her years of experience as a primary care PNP and interprofessional team member to inform her teaching, as she consistently integrates teaching of graduate students into her clinical practice. Dr. Friedrich maintains an active clinical practice in a non-profit clinic that serves un- and under-insured children and their families in Anoka County.

Dr. Friedrich also has a broad focus on interprofessional education which is evident in all three missions of the School of Nursing: teaching, service and scholarship. She has been instrumental in representing and co-leading efforts in developing innovative interprofessional teaching and learning strategies through her work on the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center’s 1Health committee. This small strategic committee is charged with the development and implementation of numerous interprofessional educational opportunities. Through this committee Dr. Friedrich has been the lead faculty developer on two interprofessional escape rooms for both early and advanced learners. These interprofessional health care escape rooms are available on-line, free of charge, at:

Awards & Recognition

University of Minnesota

  • Daisy Award School of Nursing- Out of the Box Thinking May 2018
  • Daisy Award School of Nursing- Exceptional Mentoring May 2012
  • Innovator’s Award ATLES- University of MN School of Nursing May 2009

External Sources

  • MN Chapter NAPNAP Presidents Award May 2017 and May 2014
  • Nominee for the Clinical Excellence Award-HealthEast February 2008
  • Sigma Theta Tau Professional Honor Society for Nurses Inducted 1989

Professional Associations



Friedrich, C., & Saftner, M. (2019). Postpartum and lactation. In D. Schadewald and U. Pritham (Eds.), Women's Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide, 5th ed. New York, NY: Pearson. 

Friedrich, C., & Fjone, A. (2018). Reimbursement Realities for the APRN. In K. Blair (Ed), Advanced Practice Nursing: Core Concepts for Professional Role Development, Sixth edition (pp. 211-233). New York, NY: Springer.

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., Boland, P., Sick, B. (2018). Beginner Interprofessional Health Care Escape Room Facilitator Guide. or

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., Sick, B. (2018). Advanced Interprofessional Health Care Escape Room Facilitator Guide. or

Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., Boland, P., Sick, B. (2018). Escaping the Professional Silo: An Escape Room Implemented in an Interprofessional Education Curriculum. Journal of Interprofessional Care. (available on-line) DOI:10.1080/13561820.2018.1538941.

Sick, B., Hager, K., Uden, D., Friedrich, C.,Mead-Kim, H., Branch-Mays, G., Pittenger, A., (2019). Using a Guided Reflection Tool and Debriefing Session to Learn from Interprofessional Team Interaction in Clinical Settings. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice,14, pp 53-57.


Board Certifications

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners: Certified Lactation Consultant