Joan M. Owens, Ph.D., RN

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing & Assistant Professor

Dr. Owens is the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Program and an Assistant Professor. Her areas of interest include Nursing Education, Teaching & Learning strategies, Civility, and Maternal Child health. Her clinical background includes...

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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 is the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Program and an Assistant Professor.  Her areas of interest include Nursing Education, Teaching & Learning strategies, Civility, and Maternal Child health. Her clinical background includes neonatal, maternal newborn and pediatric care, she is a certified maternal newborn nurse.  

Dr. Owens entered the profession with an Associate degree in nursing from Spokane Community College, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Washington, her Master’s degree in nursing from Gonzaga University, and earned her PhD in nursing education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her research focus includes best practices in nursing education, life balance, and professional quality of life in nurse educators. 

Owens, J., Kottwitz, C., Tiedt, J., Ramirez, J. (2018). Strategies to attain faculty work-life balance.

            Building Healthy Academic Communities, 2(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/bhac.v2i2.6544.

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     

Owens, J. (2015). Life Balance in Nurse Educators: A Mixed Method Study.

                        Doctoral Dissertation. University of Northern Colorado.