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About Emily W. Nowak PhD, RN, CNE

Professor Nowak is the Program Director for the Nurse Educator concentration and an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing. She joined the St. Catherine University community in 2009 after completing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As an undergraduate alum of the baccalaureate nursing program, Professor Nowak fully embraces the St. Catherine mission and values. Her work at St. Catherine has largely focused on developing and implementing nursing curriculum to reflect the rapidly changing landscapes of healthcare and education. Professor Nowak is passionate about nurturing nurse educators to learn the art of integrating new and dynamic approaches to undergraduate nursing education while holding close the St. Catherine traditions of clinical and educational excellence, leadership, social justice, and community-based learning. Since joining St. Catherine's faculty in 2009, she has taught courses in community and obstetric nursing, inclusivity, foundational teaching strategies, evidence based practice, leadership, curricular design and evaluation, and quality and safety in advanced practice nursing. She also has research interests in holistic approaches to care in the acute care setting and the patient perception of this care. This interest has been significantly influenced by her work at Woodwinds Health Campus (WHC) where she continues to practice as a registered nurse in the maternity and neonatal intensive care units. In collaboration with the Integrative Services team at WHC, Professor Nowak's research has most recently examined how the intersection between eastern and western medicine benefits patients, providers and health systems alike.

Positions

Present Director Nurse Educator Concentration and Associate Professor, Nursing, St. Catherine University Nursing Department
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Disciplines


Grants

2017 - Present Nurse Faculty Loan Program
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015-16 Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, AACN

Courses

  • NURS 6063: Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 6142: Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators
  • NURS 7463: Quality and Safety for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NURS 7653: Leadership in Designing Systems in Nursing Education
  • NURS 7662: Nurse as Leader

Education

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2009 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , Milwaukee, Wisconsin ‐ Nursing
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2003 BA, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Nursing
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