Donna Lister weaves her experience in clinical nursing and nursing education into every lecture and one-on-one student interaction. As an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing at Southern Utah University, Lister has grown the nursing program by 50 percent in the last two years and turns out 100 percent NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates for many graduating classes.
Lister received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Utah and her master of science in nursing from Brigham Young University. Upon completion of her studies, Lister was nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She maintains licensure and practices as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Family Practice in Parowan, Utah. She earned her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education from Walden University. She is also a certified nurse educator (CNE). She has been at SUU since 2005.
Lister teaches the following courses:
- NURS 3140 Foundations of Professional Nursing
- NURS 4440 Contemporary Issues
With more than 30 years of experience as a clinical nurse, Lister has experienced various facets of nursing, including acute care, long term care, public health, school and home health, administration and quality assurance. This experience, combined with over 23 years in nursing education, enhances Lister’s teaching.
“I’ve had so many great things come from my teaching experiences,” said Lister. “Overall, my favorite part has been helping individuals learn, grow and develop understanding and skills to make a positive difference in the world.”
She currently serves on the Cedar City Hospital Board of Trustees, chair of the Board Quality and Patient Safety committee, and the State Board of Nursing Education Committee. Her areas of interest include nursing education and educational processes, rural health and populations and current issues in nursing and health care.
“We have a great team of faculty who are well practiced in their fields," said Lister. "From the student’s first day in class, we are actively preparing our students to become excellent registered nurses.”
In her spare time, Lister helps on her family ranch raising feed, crops and cattle. She enjoys family time with her husband, children and grandchildren, gardening, baking, reading and writing.