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

Clinical Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Cheri L. Friedrich

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-0470

Fax 612-626-6606

Office Address:
6-112 Weaver-Densford Hall

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

Clinical Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative

Specialty Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Coordinator of the Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Program

Co-Director, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs

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 Professor in the School of Nursing, and is the specialty coordinator of the pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric clinical nurse specialist Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the School of Nursing. She is the Co-Director of Interprofessional Education through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs. 

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 Faculty Award: Out of the Box Thinking, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, 2018
  • Daisy Faculty Award: Exceptional Mentoring, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, 2012
  • Innovator’s Award ATLES- University of Minnesota, 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


Research Funding Grants

MDH Healthy Learning Communities Collaborative: Health Care Home, Public Health, Behavioral Health Partnership

North Metro Pediatrics, Anoka County Public Health and Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being

Grant execution participant including data analysis that impacts all three agencies with the goal to improve access for underserved patients with mental health conditions.

September 2018-June 2019



  • Friedrich, C., Teaford, H., Taubenheim, A., & Sick, B. (2020). Interprofessional Health Care Escape Room for Advanced Learners. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(1), 46–50. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20191223-11
  • Fjone, A., & Friedrich, C. (2019). Reimbursement realities for the APRN. In K. A. Blair (Ed.), Advanced practice nursing roles (6th ed., pp. 211-234). New York, NY: Springer.
  • 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, 53–57.
  • 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, 33(5), 573–575. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2018.1538941

On-line Guidebooks

Book Chapters

  • 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 (6th ed., pp. 211–233). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Friedrich, C., & Lindeke, L. (2015). Reimbursement Realities for APRN In K. Blair, and M. Jansen (Eds.), Advanced Practice Nursing: Core Concepts for Professional Role Development (5th ed., pp. 209-230). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Friedrich, C., & Schadewald, D. M. (2012). Postpartum and Lactation in E. Youngkin, M. Davis, D. Schadewald and C. Juve (Eds), Women's Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (4th ed., pp. 631-695). New York, NY: Pearson.


Board Certifications


Registered Nurse, State of Minnesota Board of Nursing
Certified Nurse Practitioner, State of Minnesota Board of Nursing


Primary Care Pediatric NP, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners: Certified Lactation Consultant


Public Health Nurse, State of Minnesota Board of Nursing