Gwen Anderson, PhD Dean School of Nursing Chaminade University

Gwen Anderson, PhD Dean
School of Nursing
Chaminade University

Chaminade University welcomes Dr. Gwen Anderson as its new Dean of the School of Nursing.  Anderson previously served in higher education in Nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level in California and in British Columbia.

“I came to Hawaii because the Chaminade nurse exemplifies the beliefs and practices that called me into nursing service with the same focus as years ago: grace, an open heart, professionalism, and a disciplined mind,” said Anderson. “I believe Chaminade nursing education celebrates the bridge between the spirit and science which translates into quality relationships and confident application of knowledge at the bedside.”

Anderson received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Victoria, a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alberta, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nursing from Boston College, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics from Stanford University.  She has a strong and rich history as a leader in the field of nursing. Dr. Anderson’s transformational and authentic styles of leadership support diversity, dialogue, team work and collaborative partnerships. Her work leading a national team of Program Directors in the Veteran Affairs Health Administration System to design and implement a standardized RN post baccalaureate residency program exemplifies a remarkable leader who practices mentorship and coaching.

“I’m very pleased that Dr. Anderson has accepted this important leadership position,” said Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD. “Her long experience in building partnerships with the Veterans Administration and our military services will be especially important to furthering the outreach of our School of Nursing.”

Anderson’s program of research has explored and disseminated knowledge about ethical issues, cultural values and decision making often called into focus with applications of genomics in research and practice. With more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals she emphasizes genomic nursing competencies; the perspective of families as they embrace the impact of genomic knowledge about themselves, their children and grandchildren; and the importance of creating morally accountable polices that protect genomic privacy.  She has advocated, promoted and developed genomics education for nurses in the US and in other countries. She and her team of research staff at VA San Diego Healthcare System have contributed to an ongoing national study by the Office of Research and Development in the Department of Veteran Affairs to enroll a million Veterans across the US into a research study designed to investigate a better understanding of how genes affect health. Her years of experience on institutional review boards for the protection of human subjects provide a rich resource as the ‘genome expert’ for Chaminade and Hawaiian organizations.

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