Doctor of Nursing Practice, Fall 2018

By Lizzie Kibler | Photography provided by Matthew Howard | Published March 23, 2018
Campus shot Matthew will graduate this fall.

What is your focus?

My doctoral work is investigating the link between communication and workplace bullying in nursing.

Why do you have an interest in health care?

My interest in health care comes from strong sense of duty and service. I feel this has been instilled in me by my family. Many in my family are in some sort of service-related industry, from teachers, social workers, charity workers and lay parishioners. I had a calling to do something to help others and I am the  first in my family to be in the healthcare field. While in college, I took an EMT course and was bitten by the “Trauma Bug”. Since then, I have been an Emergency Department nurse, a flight nurse and a trauma nurse. After some years at the stretcher-side, I was able to marry my passions of nursing and education, which is what I am doing now.

Can you tell us more about the international doctoral nursing education organization board?

The International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) is a non-profit professional association whose mission is to advance quality doctoral nursing education globally. It is grounded in the core values of respect, diversity, integrity and solidarity. Values which the nursing profession shares. The organization began from discussions in 1995 when the University of Michigan School of Nursing hosted a conference on doctoral education in nursing. From these discussions and through the dedication of nursing faculty, the association was formed in the organization it is today.

On February 19, 2018, I received notification that I had been elected to the position of Student Board Member for the INDEN Board (2018-2021). The board consists of 12-14 members including three doctoral students and an executive director who is also a doctoral student. Officers hail from multiple countries including China, the UK and the US.

Anything else you'd like to add about your achievement and what the future holds for you?

My international experiences through Sigma have exposed me to a world of nursing. One that I was admittedly very oblivious to. Interacting with nurses from outside the United States on a routine basis has helped to prepare me to serve on the INDEN Board. I am very interested in doctoral education as the future of nursing. There has been great debate regarding terminal degrees in nursing around the world, but it has increased in magnitude since the inception, and implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. This is a discussion that I want to be a part of.

Learn more about the INDEN board here: