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Nurse Educator SIG: Board of Directors
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President
 

Dawna L. Cato, PhD, RN

My background includes a variety of nursing specialties which enable me to bring a full range of perspectives to nursing education. I obtained my BSN and Master’s in the Science of Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University. In 2013, I received my PhD with a specialization in Nursing Education from Capella University. I am involved in several local, state, and national organizations. My passion lies with advancing health and leading change to improve patient outcomes. Currently I am the Lead for the Arizona State Education Practice Collaborative (EPC) to advance the Institute of Medicines Recommendations (2010) to implement Nurse Residency Programs. I am also a member of the Education Committee to advise the Arizona State Board of Nursing as well as appointed to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commissioner on Accreditation. I have a strong conviction towards preparation of the future nursing workforce and providing a seamless transition to professional practice. I have been teaching in both the academic and service sector since 2006 and can easily identify the gaps that lead to transition shock of new and experienced nurses entering a new practice arena. My Dissertation explored the relationship between a BSN Nurse Residency Program and evidence-based practice of the incumbent nursing workforce. I have taught a variety of courses and content in the practice and academic arena using effective modes of delivery such as; online, simulation, traditional classroom, precepting, and clinical instructor. My strengths lie in program design and development to meet the diverse needs of the adult learner.

 

 1st Vice President
 

Laura J. Blank, MSN, RN, CNE

Laura J. Blank is nationally recognized as an expert in Care Coordination, serving on the American Nurses Association Care Coordination Quality Measure Advisory Committee. Ms. Blank has extensive experience in care coordination, transitional care, Medicare/Medicaid Managed Care as well care of the older adult and is completing her PhD as a Hartford Scholar at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Ms. Blank is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northern Arizona University for the past nine years. She has extensive knowledge in curricular development and implementation, and teaches in both online and classroom environments. She holds national certification as a Nurse Educator, serves as a content expert for Wolters Kluwer Health and is actively involved in many national as well as state organizations, such as ANA, AGS, NGNA, NLN and Sigma Theta Tau.

 

 

 2nd Vice President
 

Leanne Prenovost, MBA, MSN, CNE

Leanne has been a nurse for 36 years and graduated with herADN from NDSU in Fargo, ND. Her bedside nursing background has been primarily in Maternal Child Health and she has a passion for working with and advocating for cancer patients due to the passing of her only sister of ovarian cancer in 2011. She is on the board of directors of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizon. Leanne has been a nurse educator for almost 10 years (post licensure RN to BSN and pre-licensure BSN) and holds a Masters in Nursing, Business, and Health Care Administration as well as a post-graduate certificate in Nursing Education. She has been a member of AzNA for many years and has been most actively involved for the past three years.

 

 

Treasurer  

Carol J. Stevens, PhD, RN

Dr. Carol Stevens is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and teaches in both the undergraduate (RN-BSN program) and graduate programs (Nurse Educator). Her teaching focuses on professionalism, evidence-based practice, research and nursing education. Her research interests include writing across the curriculum, particularly in RN-BSN students, healthy nursing work environments, and obesity prevention among Hispanic adolescents. As a Quality Matters peer reviewer, she was instrumental in achieving the first Quality Matters certification for an online course at ASU. She serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Barrett Honors Nursing Students. Dr. Stevens is the current President of the Arizona Nurses Association (2015-2017) and the Second Vice-President of Chapter 6 – Nurse Educator Chapter, where she leads and mentors others in advancing the nursing profession through advocacy, public policy and best-practices education pedagogy.

 Secretary  

Selina Bliss, RN, PhD, CNE, RN-BC

Selina Bliss has been a practicing nurse and active member of several professional nursing organizations in Arizona for the past thirty-plus years. As an inaugural member of the Nurse Educator Specialty Interest Group and a long-time member of the Northern Arizona Chapter, she has been a witness to the growth and evolution of the Arizona Nurses Association. At the Chapter level she was on the Northern Arizona Board and served as the Treasurer for eight years. For the Nurse Educator SIG, she presently serves in the position of Secretary and is active on the Educational Planning Committee. Her involvement in AzNA at the state-wide level includes serving continuously on the AzNA Continuing Education Review Panel since 1994 as well as joining the AzNA Public Policy Committee five years ago. She has just completed a two-year term on the AzNA Board of Directors in the position of Secretary. Selina is in a unique position to represent rural Arizona as well as areas of practice and education simultaneously, as she currently is a nursing professor at Yavapai College in Prescott while keeping her practice current as a staff nurse at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Her past and current experiences allow her to use her time and talents to support AzNA in advancing excellence in the nursing profession, not only at the bedside but in nursing education and faculty development as well. Dr. Bliss received her PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University and her MS and BSN from Arizona State University.

 Director of Education
 

Olivia Holt, MSN-Ed, RN

I am full-time instructional nursing faculty and maternal/newborn discipline coordinator at Pima Community College, adjunct clinical faculty at Eastern Arizona College, and emergency room/trauma nurse at Banner University Medical Center Tucson. I am currently, working on the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree at Grand Canyon University. I have been involved with the Arizona Nurses Association (AZNA) since 2012. I am the Director of Education for AZNA Chapter 6, and a member of the AZNA nominations committee. I am involved with the Arizona League of Nursing (AZLN) as the Mentoring Committee Chair, the nomination committee, and the Arizona State Board of Nursing Education Advisory Committee.

 Director of Membership
 

Cheryl K. Schmidt, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Schmidt has taught community health nursing to baccalaureate nursing students since 1975, in Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Arkansas, and now at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. She earned her nursing diploma at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, OH, her BSN and Masters in Nursing at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and her PhD in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Schmidt is a Certified Nurse Educator, a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, and a Fellow in the American Nurses Association Academy of Nursing. She has been actively involved with professional and community organizations for over forty years. She has served in leadership positions of the American Nurses Association (ANA) at the local, state and national levels, and has served as a consultant to the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) at the local, state and national levels, including a term as the ANA-appointed Consultant to the NSNA Board of Directors. Dr. Schmidt has been a volunteer nurse in the American Red Cross since 1974, and has taught disaster preparedness education to health care professionals, nursing students, and community members throughout the United States. She collaborated with a team of other Red Cross nurses to develop a course to prepare pre-licensure nursing students to serve as volunteers in Red Cross disaster shelters, which is now being taught in nursing programs throughout the country. Dr. Schmidt has received several awards related to her Red Cross work, including a regional Ann Magnussen Award, a Chapter-level Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Honor Award, and the 2011 International Committee of the Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal (one of four in the U.S. and 39 in the world that year). She has co-authored three book chapters and several manuscripts related to her disaster preparedness work, and presented countless papers at local, state, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Schmidt is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. After moving to Phoenix, AZ in June, 2015, to be closer to family, Dr. Schmidt began teaching at Arizona State University in January, 2016.

 Director at Large  
 

Amy Johnson, MSN-Ed, RN

Amy Johnson is the Associate Director of Nursing for the Brown Mackie College Phoenix campus nursing program. She currently teaches throughout the curriculum on the Phoenix campus. She is involved in the coordination of clinical, faculty development, and curriculum writing. She serves as the Faculty advisor for the student nurses association (SNA) on the Phoenix campus. Amy Johnson currently serves as a Co-Director at Large for the Ch. 6- Nurse Educator Chapter. She is also an active member in the Arizona Action Coalition- Education/Practice collaborative working with the subcommittee focusing on the Nurse of the Future competencies focusing on Evidenced Based Practice.

 Director at Large  

Pamela Fuller, BSN, MSN, RN, EdD, 

Dr. Pamela Fuller is the president of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Phoenix Campus. Prior to joining Chamberlain, she served as dean of the College of Nursing at University of Phoenix. Dr. Fuller started her nursing career as an Associate Degree nurse. She worked in a variety of clinical area including; medical ICU, CCU, Cardiac Rehab, and staff development. While completing her BSN and MSN at University of Phoenix, she began her rewarding career in nursing education and higher education at the University. She completed her Doctoral degree in education in higher education at Argosy University in 2007 specializing in educational leadership. Dr. Fuller serves on various governance committees within the Chamberlain College including President’s Leadership Council.  She currently holds a board position with the American Liver Foundation. In 2010 and again in 2012 she was selected to serve as a member of the Education Committee of the Arizona State Board of Nursing. She has volunteered on many committees through Arizona Nurses Association, and St. Mary’s food bank, Nurse.com advisory Board and is currently active with Sigma Theta Tau chapters Omicron Delta and Phi Pi.  




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