Meet Our Writers

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Sandra Bassendowski, EdD, RN, Pammla Petrucka, PhD, RN, Bev McBeth, MEd, RN, and Marlene Smadu, EdD, RN

Sandra Bassendowski, EdD, RN, and Pammla Petrucka, PhD, RN, are assistant professors at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Bev McBeth, MEd, RN, is an advisor to the Native Access Program to Nursing (NAPN) at the Saskatchewan
Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Marlene Smadu, EdD, RN, is associate dean of the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.

Sandra Bassendowski, R.N., Ed.D., and Pammla Petrucka, R.N., Ph.D.

Both Sandra Bassendowski, R.N., Ed.D., and Pammla Petrucka, R.N., Ph.D., serve as associate professors at the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of Ms. Bev McBeth, Aboriginal Nursing Advisor (Regina, SK), NAPN/M, in the development of this article.

Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC
Sandra Fights, MS, RN, CMSRN, CNE and Kathy Lattavo, MSN, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC

Sandra Fights, MS, RN, CMSRN, CNE, is the Immediate Past President of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). Kathy Lattavo, MSN, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, is the President of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and Medical-Surgical CNS at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

SANDRA FIGHTS, MS, RN, CMSRN, CNE, AND KATHY LATTAVO, MSN, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC
Sandra P. Ganon, RNC

Sandra P. Ganon, RNC, is a certified neonatal intensive care nurse at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill in Kansas City, Missouri.

Sara Torres, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., with contributor, Patti Urso, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.-B.C.

Dr. Sara Torres is the Associate Dean of Walden University's School of Nursing. She is nationally recognized for her research on interpersonal violence. She conducted one of the first national comparative studies of Hispanic women's attitudes toward domestic violence and has received funds from the National Institutes of Health for various research projects. She also co-authored the book Hispanic Voices: Hispanic Health Educators Speak Out. Before joining Walden University, she served as Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and as associate professor and chair of the School of Nursing's Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams is a freelance writer based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Sharon Palmer, RD

Sharon Palmer is a registered dietitian with a 16-year career in health care. She is now a free-lance writer residing in Southern California.

Sharon Petgrave, M.S.N., R.N.

Sharon Petgrave, M.S.N., R.N., works in the subacute unit at Hebrew Health Care in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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