Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Sheila Hurst, MSN, BSN

Washington State University
PhD Student

Sheila Hurst is currently pursuing her PhD from Washington State University. In addition to her MSN from University of North Dakota and BSN from Johns Hopkins University, she has a BS in Community Health Education from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Her bedside nursing experience includes: Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, and Mother/Baby. The predominance of her nursing experience was obtained while working on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Tuba City, AZ. She also worked as a Research Manager for Johns Hopkins Center for Native American Health in Tuba City AZ.. After re-locating to the Pacific Northwest, she worked as a school nurse on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. Ms. Hurst also spent two years as a Health Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in the southwest of the Dominican Republic and participated in the Peace Corps Fellow and AmeriCorps programs as an undergraduate nursing student. She currently works as a clinical nursing teaching assistant for first year nursing students and is an instructor for certified nursing assistants. Her research interests include environmental health, health policy, health disparities, evidence based practice, and simulation learning. Her dissertation topic is on the treatment practices (overuse and misuse of chemical toxins) for head lice infestations and the impact of school exclusion policies on treatment decisions.