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 nursing and 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 in Family Practice in Parowan, Utah.
She has over 30 years of experience as a clinical nurse and 23 years of experience in nursing education. She has worked in acute care, long term care, public health, school, and home health settings.
Currently, Lister serves on the Valley View Medical Center Board of Trustees, the State Board of Nursing Education Committee, and the Advisory Committee for the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah.
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 earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education from Walden University.
Industry Expertise (4)
Writing and Editing
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
Health Care in Rural Communities
Mental Health Nursing
Priciples of Health Promotion
Learning Experiences in Nursing School
Current Public Health Issues
Walden University: Education, Ph.D.
Brigham Young University: M.Sc., Nursing
University of Utah: B.Sc., Nursing
- Valley View Medical Center Board of Trustees
- State Board of Nursing Education
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.”
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...'"
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...
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.