Dr. Steinke's professional career includes over 40 years experience in acute care, critical care, cardiovascular nursing and university professorships. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her investigation of sexual counseling needs of patients with heart disease and their partners. Dr. Steinke is a Fellow in the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Nursing.
Her initial research focused on sexuality and aging, and later work investigated sexual concerns of heart patients who had experienced heart attack, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, and heart failure. She has investigated psychological responses such as anxiety and depression in cardiac populations. A primary goal of her research is to develop and test interventions for patient education and sexual counseling that can be implemented in practice by health professionals. Dr. Steinke has received extramural funding for her work with funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Heart Association. Additional funding has been awarded through other professional organizations, local agencies, and internal funding.
Dr. Steinke has had her research and clinical articles published in over 65 journal articles and in numerous book chapters. She has an educational website, www.intimacyandtheheart.org. In addition, she produced a video for patients on how to resume sexual activity after a heart attack, heart surgery, heart failure, and implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Dr. Steinke has presented her work to international, national, regional, and local audiences through both invited and juried presentations.