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Donna Lister - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Donna Lister Donna Lister

Chair of the Department of Nursing | Southern Utah University


Specializing in nursing education and educational processes, rural health and current issues in nursing and health care.


Donna Lister is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Southern Utah University. Her areas of interest include nursing education and educational processes, rural health and populations, as well as current issues in health care.

Lister is nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and practices as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She is also a Certified Nurse Educator.

She has many years of nursing practice and experience in nursing education. She has experience in Primary care, acute care, long-term care, public and community health care.

Currently, Lister serves as the chair of the Board of Nursing Education Committee. She also serves on the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders, Academic Leadership Committee.

Lister earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and her Master of Science in Nursing from Brigham Young University. She completed her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in higher education from Walden University.







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In the News: SUU Nursing Scholarships


Industry Expertise (4)

Writing and Editing



Medical/Dental Practice

Areas of Expertise (12)

Nursing and Health Care

Long Term Health Care

Historical Evolution of Nursing

Coping with Acute and Chronic Illness

Legal, Ethical and Moral Isssues in Health Care

Rural Health

Nursing Education

Health Care in Rural Communities

Mental Health Nursing

Priciples of Health Promotion

Learning Experiences in Nursing School

Current Public Health Issues

Education (3)

Walden University: Education, Ph.D.

Brigham Young University: M.Sc., Nursing

University of Utah: B.Sc., Nursing

Affiliations (3)

  • State Board of Nursing Education
  • Cedar City Hospital Medical Staff member
  • UONL ALC membership

Media Appearances (2)

SUU Nursing Ranked #3 in Utah

SUU News  online


“We have a program with qualified, experienced faculty members who love to teach and intelligent, motivated, and impressive students,” said Donna Lister, chair of the department of nursing. “This combination has produced results that have ranked us in the top nationally, and more importantly, prepared students to go into practice or into graduate programs with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to excel in their profession and their personal lives as they work and live in communities across the nation.”

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Southern Utah University offers new nursing program scholarships

St. George News  online


"'Intermountain has been very generous,' said Donna Lister, associate professor of Nursing and the department chair at Southern Utah University. 'This donation is all about our students. If you don’t have to worry about how to pay for tuition it’s a huge load off your shoulders. We are so grateful for the additional opportunities this partnership offers our nurses...'"

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Event Appearances (1)

Best Learning Experiences: Sharing the Perspective of New Practicing RNs

NLN Education Summit Poster Presentation, 2010  

Articles (1)

Perspectives of Practicing Registered Nurses on the Importance of Learning Experiences in Nursing School

Walden University

2012 The personal accounts of practicing nurses are missing in the research literature concerning preparation for professional practice. The current and projected shortage of nurses in combination with the rapidly changing health care environment underscore the need for increased research on the best nursing education practices. The purpose of the study was to explore perspectives of practicing nurses about learning experiences in nursing school that best prepared them for practice...

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Courses (6)

NURS 3140 Foundations of Professional Nursing

Introduces theoretical and practice concepts upon which nursing is based through exploration of professional writing, evidence-based practice, historical evolution of nursing, health teaching, and principles of health promotion.

NURS 3160 Essentials of Evidence Based Practice

Theoretical and research base for nursing practice. Understanding nursing theory; research critique and application to enhance nursing practice.

NURS 3240 Concepts in Mental Health Nursing

This course focuses on nursing concepts basic to mental health and wellness across the lifespan including common mental illnesses, therapeutic relationships, family dynamics, self-image/self-esteem, crisis intervention, group process, coping with acute and chronic illness, and stress management.

NURS 4440 Contemporary Issues in Nursing

Students participate in exploration of the nursing role in the context of current legal, ethical, moral, economic and political issues which impact health.

NURS 4441 Contemporary Issues in Nursing for the RN to BSN

Exploration of current legal, ethical, moral, economic and political impact on health care. Exploration of the role of nurses in today's health care environment.

NURS 4556 Leadership & Management Lab for the RN to BSN

Clinical lab experience using a faculty guided/student designed model, utilizing critical thinking, problem solving and clinical decision making while applying leadership and management principles.