Vicki Denson is 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.
- 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 include women’s health promotion and preventive screenings, volunteer healthcare providers, and teaching strategies in the online environment.
Quantitative research, Survey research
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Women’s health, nursing education
- 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
- 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
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.
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.