Dr. Judy Liesveld

Dr. Judy Liesveld

Associate Dean for Education and Innovation

"The BSN is a stepping stone to further education in master's, DNP and PhD programs. I want as many nurses to pursue graduate programs as possible."

Degrees held:

  • PhD — University of Iowa, 2007
  • MS in Nursing of Children — Arizona State University, 1990
  • BSN — University of Iowa, 1980

Career highlights:

I can honestly say that I have loved my entire career as a nurse. My first job is particularly special to me. It was in a remote rural community on the Navajo reservation. I was a school/clinic nurse and put everything I had learned with my BSN education to good use. I learned so much from others and grew as a person and as a new nurse. I cherish this experience.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching because I wanted to continue my career in an academic setting. There is a quote that says, “To teach is to learn.” Working with students and seeing them grow and learn to become successful nurses is very rewarding.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

My father always encouraged me to value education and to never stop learning. My career in nursing has allowed me to be a lifelong learner!

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

I was initially drawn to nursing because I wanted an exciting career working with people in health care. Nursing is so dynamic. There are so many avenues for nurses to pursue: nurse managers, nurse leaders, nurse researchers/scientists, nurse practitioners, as well as an incredible variety of places where nurses can work!

What is the value of a BSN?

Having a BSN creates many more career opportunities in nursing including management and leadership positions. The BSN also expands the use of critical thinking and use of evidence to inform nursing practice. The BSN is a stepping stone to further education in master's, DNP, and PhD programs. I want as many nurses to pursue graduate programs as possible.

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