Over the past 11 years, I have worked as a registered nurse on medical-surgical, hospice, oncology and orthopedics units. My work with geriatric populations and new nurses stimulated my interest in end of life care and nursing education. In 2012, I completed my Master’s Degree in Nurse Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. My master’s thesis was titled “Nursing Students’ Attitudes Toward End of Life Care.” I am currently in the online PhD program at UW-Milwaukee, and beginning my second year of coursework. As I develop my dissertation research, I am focused on communication between healthcare providers and patients and their families in end of life and palliative care. I continue to work part-time on an orthopedic unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, while being a full-time assistant professor at St. Catherine University.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – End of life care
Dissertation: Communication in End of Life and Palliative Care