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Dawn BowkerDawn Bowker

Assistant Professor of the School of Nursing

Courses Taught Regularly

  • Community Health
  • Genomics
  • Health Care Informatics

Year Started at Mercy College 2010

Education

  • Ph.D in Nursing, New Mexico State University (2015)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Minnesota/PPM
  • Masters in Arts in Nursing, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
  • Associate Degree in Nursing, Lakewood College, White Bear Lake, MN

Certifications

  • National Certification Corporation: Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Advice to Students
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would encourage you to always look within for there lies strength, beauty, compassion and discernment. Believe in all that you can be!

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1987 in clinical practice. Clinical focus on adolescent health care, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menopause, obstetrics and well woman care.
  • First Assist in the operating room since 1987 with multiple GYN surgeons.
  • Community Health Clinics: Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in multiple community health clinics with focused care on adolescents and in free clinics providing care for persons who are uninsured/under insured and/or homeless.

Research Interests

  • HPV immunization update with vulnerable populations
  • Health disparities
  • Global health
  • Community health
  • Diversity
  • Transcultural considerations
  • Access and barriers to health care          

Professional Projects

  • Co-author of Cultural Considerations of Global Health in the Yucatan, a 3 credit immersion course
  • Development of an immersion preceptor option at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation offered twice yearly
  • Development and implementation of Genomics, a 1 credit elective course
  • Faculty advisor for Mercy College Association of Nursing Students (MCANS)
  • Grant recipient and co-author: Post Partum and Post Operative Depression and Clinical Assessment Protocol.
  • Co-development and implementation of clinical practice protocols on: PCOS, Infertility, clinical assessment of Post Partum and Post-Operative Depression.
  • MAN Defense Presentation, Augsburg College: Theory, Research and Practice of a Comprehensive Teen Sexuality Education Program.

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Vulnerability & Perceptions of  HPV Immunization Uptake on Pine Ridge Reservation in Women Ages 18-25, New Mexico State University, Research Symposium LaCruces, NM, May 2013
  • Nurse Practitioners: Valuable Role in the Interdicspilinary Health Care Team, April 2013
  • Qualitative Outcomes of Dental Outreach: A Case Report 8th Annual Research Conference: Creating a Culture of Inquiry, Des Moines, IA, April 2013
  • Mitakuye Oyasin: A Student's Journey IUGO Student Leadership Conference, Lafayette, IA, March 2013
  • Global Health Collaboration Global Health Conference, Des Moines, IA, Nov 2012
  • Ins and Outs of Journal Publication Mercy Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference (CEU presentation), Aug 2012
  • You’re Not the Medicine Man!, Des Moines University Cultural Conference, Aug 2012
  • The Importance of Nontraditional Clinical Sites: A Mutual Benefit for Students and the Community
    2012 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
    , St. Paul, Minnesota, June 2012
  • A Cultural Anthropological Perspective of the Oglala Lakota People at Pine Ridge, Mercy Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference (CEU presentation), Feb 2012
  • Understanding Health Care Practices and Culturally Congruent Care for the Oglala Lakota People at Pine Ridge, Mercy Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference (CEU presentation), Feb 2012
  • Call to Action in Support of Nurses and the Future of Nursing with Mercy College Association of Nursing Students, Round Table Discussion with Governor Branstad, Dec 2011
  • Poster Presentation: Dental Care for the Homeless.
    Mercy Hospital 6th Annual Year in Review of Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference, Dec 2011
  • Poster Presentation: Advocacy for the Homeless and Recently Housed: A Case Study, Mercy Hospital 6th Annual Year in Review of Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference, Dec 2011
  • Poster Presentation: The Importance of Nontraditional Clinical Sites, Mercy Hospital 6th Annual Year in Review of Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference, Dec 2011
  • Dental Care for the Homeless and Recently Housed,
    Mercy Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference (CEU presentation), Oct 2011
  • Advocacy for the Homeless and Recently Housed: A Case Study, Cultural Fair, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Oct 2011
  • Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Care for the Homeless, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny IA, Sept 2011
  • Advocacy for the Homeless and Recently Housed: A Case Study Mercy Evidence Based Practice and Research Conference (CEU presentation), Sept 2011
  • The Cummins Model of Language Acquisition for the Multilingual Classroom. Cummins Model Presentation: Making the Most of Instructional Time with English Language Learners. Mercy College of Health Sciences (CEU presentation), June 2011
  • Cummins Model Presentation: Making the Most of Instructional Time with English Language Learners, Conference Moderator Mercy College of Health Sciences (CEU presentation), June 2011
  • The Patient Experience: From a Diverse Cultural Perspective, Moderator of Panel Presentation (4 Events) DREAM Team, Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, IA, May/June 2011
  • Pharmacology and Women’s Health, Grandview University Pharmacology, Des Moines, IA, April 2011
  • Poster Presentation: Nursing in the Community, Nurses Week Nursing Fair,  Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, IA Recipient “Excellence Award”, May 2011
  • Poster Presentation: “Lovingly Strict” A Mixed Method Study on the Meaning of Compassion as Perceived by Faculty and Students in a Small Health Science College, Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Chi Chapter Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA, March 2011
  • Poster Presentation: Dental Care for the Homeless
    Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Chi Conference, March 2011

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • National League for Nurses (NLN)
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)
  • Faculty Research Group, MCHS

Community Service Involvement

I am very active in my church and in faith-based community service. I am passionate about outreach and advocacy for the homeless, adolescent sexuality, issues related to women’s health and transcultural nursing.

Personal History

I have had a diverse career in nursing and am excited about contributing to the nursing foundation for the students at MCHS. I hope you have as much pride and fulfillment in your nursing career as I have had in mine. I relocated to Des Moines from a suburb of St Paul in July, 2010. I love spending time with my family, my husband Wayne and our three daughters, Lauren, Lisa and Grace. I enjoy family walks with our dog, reading and traveling.

Quick Links

Dawn Bowker, RN, MAN, ARNP, WHNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing
dbowker@mercydesmoines.org
(515) 643-6726


Curriculum Vitae
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Office Location
Building 1, Room 212

Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-11:00 and by request

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239