Joan M. Owens, Ph.D., R.N.C.-M.N.N.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Owens' personal teaching philosophy is drawn in part from key elements of the Gonzaga University Mission. The University focus on lifelong learning is essential not only in the dynamic field of nursing and nursing education, but is something she...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Philosophy in Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado

M.S.N., Gonzaga University

B.S., Nursing, University of Washington

A.D., Nursing, Spokane Community College

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

N710: Population Focused Care  

N720: Evidence Synthesis for Advanced Nursing

N645E: Practicum in the Clinical Setting

N646E: Practicum in Academia Setting

N652E: Teaching Learning Strategies

N651E: Curriculum Development

N701- N704: DNP Practicums I- IV


Dr. Owens' personal teaching philosophy is drawn in part from key elements of the Gonzaga University Mission. The University focus on lifelong learning is essential not only in the dynamic field of nursing and nursing education, but is something she has demonstrated throughout her 29 year nursing career. She is passionate about education, but also passionate about nursing as a profession. The diversity and variety the role can bring is important, but the key role nurses play while present at life’s most precious and momentous events is part of what makes nursing so inspiring to her.  She tries to instill the same sense of inspiration in her students while stressing the importance of reflective thought and critical thinking.

Owens, J. (2017). "Secondary stress and nurse educators." Teaching and Learning in Nursing 12(13). 214-215. doi:10.1016/j.teln.2017.02.004.

Owens, J. (2017). "Life Balance in Nurse Educators: A Mixed-Methods Study." Nursing Education Perspectives, 38(4), 182-188. doi:10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000177