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School of Nursing Staff - Dawn Garrett Wright

Dr. Dawn Garrett Wright, PhD, CNE

Dr. Dawn Garrett Wright, PhD, CNE

Associate Professor

Office:  Medical Center Health Science Complex
Phone:  270-745-3800


Dawn Wright is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at WKU. She received a BSN (1998) and MSN with an emphasis in Nursing Education (2004) from WKU. Dr. Wright received her Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the Vanderbilt University (2008) and is currently completing coursework for a certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at University of Louisville. She has taught at WKU in the ASN, BSN and MSN Programs since 2002 and she is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nursed Educator (CNE). Prior to beginning teaching, Dr. Wright worked in Public Health Nursing, Pediatrics, and Mental Health Nursing.

Dr. Wright teaches in both the prelicensure and MSN programs. She currently teaches Health Assessment, Mental Health Nursing, and a variety of elective courses including Camp Nursing and Complementary Health Care for undergraduate students. In the MSN Program she co-teaches Theory/Foundations of Professional Nursing, Teaching in Schools of Nursing, and Clinical Teaching in Nursing.

She is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Kentucky Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Kentucky League for Nursing, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International. Her research interests include pediatric obesity, health promotion and health literacy across the lifespan, and issues related to nursing education. Her community service focuses on vulnerable populations and includes work with the CHC Free Clinic and Center for Courageous Kids.

Dr Wright has Assoicate Graduate Faculty Status with the Graduate School.

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