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Dr. Sherry Lovan, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, BSN Prelicensure Coordinator
Office: Medical Center Health Science Complex
Dr. Sherry Lovan, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, BSN Program Coordinator
Following high school graduation, Dr. Lovan chose WKU’s nursing programs to pursue a professional career in nursing. She graduated with Associate (ASN) and Baccalaureate degrees (BSN) in Nursing in 1984 and 1986. After several years of practice as a registered nurse, she returned to WKU and graduated in 2004 with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the Nurse Educator specialty concentration. While teaching full-time in the BSN program, Dr. Lovan earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in Cooperation with WKU in 2009.
Her teaching experience began at WKU in 2000 as a part-time clinical instructor for the ASN program. In this role, she quickly learned she had a passion for teaching and for helping students achieve success. In 2004, Dr. Lovan joined the BSN program faculty and taught in several courses including Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Health Assessment, Mental Health, and Community Health Nursing. She currently teaches in the Health Promotion course and Nursing Leadership, Management and Professional Issues course.
Dr. Lovan has served as the BSN Program Coordinator in the School of Nursing since Fall 2012 (when the program doubled in size). She is an active member and officer in the Kappa Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the National League for Nursing. Her research interests include leadership, professionalism, mentoring, empathy, a positive work environment, and the retention of nursing students. She has published in the following peer reviewed journals: Nursing Ethics, The Journal of Nursing Education, the Journal of Christian Nursing, the International Journal of Human Caring, and the Journal of Holistic Nursing.
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