BSN, St. Olaf College
MSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
PhD, Widener University
Dr. Hawks has worked in and has taught nursing for more than 35 years. She has practiced in and managed care in a variety of areas, including critical care, renal transplantation, orthopedics, general surgery, urology, and private duty home care nursing. She currently teaches online courses in the Nurse Executive track of the MSN program. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2012.
She serves as the Editor of Urologic Nursing and is the Co-Editor of the 6th through 8th editions of Medical-Surgical Nursing: Clinical Management for Positive Outcomes. The 8th edition of the textbook was named the American Journal of Nursing Medical-Surgical Nursing Book of the Year for 2008. Dr. Hawks has published over 60 articles, books, book chapters, or editorials. Her areas of research include empowerment, mentoring, nursing education, active teaching strategies, and alcoholism. She and her colleagues developed the NANDA nursing diagnosis Altered Family Process: Alcoholism (now known as Dysfunctional Family Processes: Alcoholism) .
Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Work
Dr. Hawks is currently the Chairperson of the Medical-Surgical Nurse Expert Panel with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is involved with revising the medical-surgical nursing certification examination every three years. Dr. Hawks received the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates President's Trophy for Outstanding Contributions to Urologic Nursing and the Iowa Nurses Association Teresa Christy Award for excellence in research, education and practice.