Vicki Denson
RN-BSN Program DirectorClinical Assistant Professor 360-546-9752 VLIB 210S 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686

Vicki Denson is the RN-BSN program director and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Washington State University College of Nursing. Her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science degree was completed at New Mexico State University with an emphasis on health disparities and vulnerable populations. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) were completed at Arizona State University. Her clinical practice has focused on women’s health in a variety of community settings over the past 20 years. Experiences volunteering as a healthcare provider in charitable clinics, led to her interest in exploring volunteer healthcare providers’ practices for preventive screenings with under-served women and what motivates volunteerism. She is certified as a nurse educator and has taught RN-BSN and graduate nursing students since 2008. In her educator role she strives to deliver student-centered learning.

Education

  • PhD in Nursing Science, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner track, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Research Interests
Research interests include women’s health promotion and preventive screenings, health services delivery, and teaching strategies in the online environment.

Methodological Strengths
Quantitative research, Survey research

Areas of Expertise
Women’s health, nursing education

Memberships

  • Transcultural Nursing Society (2018-present)
  • Western Institute of Nursing (2011-present)
  • National League for Nursing (2009-present)
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (2006-present)
  • American Nurses Association (2002-present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (2002-present)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Vancouver Nursing Excellence Award in Teaching, Washington State University, 2020
  • Excellence in Research Award – Western New Mexico University, 2017
  • HRSA Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Award, 2011
  • Certificate of Academic Excellence – Grand Canyon University, awarded 2009

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Publications:

Denson, V., & Shurts, L. (2020). RN to BSN students’ experiences with asynchronous AV discussion responses. Nursing Education Perspectives, Online 5/28/2020

Denson, V., & Shurts, L. (2018 online; 2019 journal). RN to BSN students’ communication satisfaction with asynchronous discussion forums: Audio-video versus text-based responses. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(1), 98-104.

Denson, V. (2016). Cervical cancer screening practices of volunteer providers in faith-based clinics. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(1), 27-34.

Denson, V. (2006). Diagnosis and management of infertility, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 2(6), 380-386. Article received recognition as one of the Top 25 articles published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2009-2010 Academic Year.

Presentations:

Denson, V., Graves, J., & Kent, E. (2020). Poster presentation: Language assistance services in non-federally funded safety-net clinics in the U.S. Western Institute of Nursing 53rd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference April 16, 2020. Portland, OR. 

Mott, B., & Denson, V. (2019). Podium presentation: Psychometric field test of Hung’s Postpartum Stress Scale: Cultural implications. 45th Annual Conference Transcultural Nursing Society International. Richmond, VA.

Denson, V., & Shurts, L. (2019). Podium presentation: RN to BSN students’ experiences with asynchronous audio-video discussion responses. Western Institute of Nursing 52nd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. San Diego, CA.

Mott, B., Denson, V., & Rodriguez, S. (2019). Podium presentation: Psychometric field test of Hung’s Postpartum Stress Scale. Western Institute of Nursing 52nd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. San Diego, CA.

Denson, V., & Shurts, L. (2018). RN to BSN students’ communication satisfaction: AV versus text discussion responses. Podium presentation. Western Institute of Nursing 51st Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Spokane, Washington.

Denson, V. (2015). Volunteer NPs’ screening practices for Hispanic women in faith-based clinics. Poster presentation. Western Institute of Nursing 48th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Denson, V. (2014). Volunteer health care providers’ recommendations and practices for cervical cancer screening in faith-based clinics serving low-income Hispanic women. Poster presentation. Western Institute of Nursing 47th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Portland, Oregon.

Denson, V. (2009). A journey through infertility. Podium presentation. 12th Annual National Mother Baby Nurses Conference. Phoenix, Arizona.

Denson, V. (2005). Diagnosis and management of infertility. Podium presentation. American College of Nurse Practitioner’s National Clinical Conference. Palm Springs, California.

Denson, V. & Komnenich, P. (2002). Maternal serum screening: Women’s experiences. Poster presentation. Western Institute of Nursing 35th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Palm Springs, California.