About the Contributors

Kathy Andresen DNP, MPH, RN, CNE

Dr. Andresen is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Andresen teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels  in nursing leadership, evidence-based practice and community/public health. Prior to teaching at UWF, Dr. Andresen taught full-time at another teaching institution in the Midwest, serving as Department Chair and providing leadership in several different roles.

Dr. Andresen considers herself a life-long learner and has earned numerous degrees in nursing after starting her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Her pursuit of additional education was supported by many mentors throughout her career, all who have encouraged her to make a difference. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Rush University in Chicago, IL ,  Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa, IA City, a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and and Associate Degree in Nursing from Scott Community College,  Bettendorf, IA. Acter completing her DNP, Dr. Andresen completed a Master of Public Health from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA.

Dr. Andresen has a passion for public health and has practiced nursing care in a variety of community based settings.  Her primary expertise is community-based nursing care within school settings, where she has served as a consultant in regional, state and national roles working to inform policy based upon best practices for school nurses. Her scholarly interests and educational focus include organizational leadership, nursing education and health equity.

Charli Swanson

Charli Swanson is a student at UWF in the Instructional Design & Technology program. She enjoys the combination of structure and creativity in the design of educational materials and hopes to continue working to make education equitable, accessible, and engaging. Charli contributed to the design and organization of this resource.







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