College of Nursing

Billie Severtsen

Billie Severtsen

Associate Professor
FACULTY
NAME:
Billie Severtsen
TITLE:
Associate Professor
OFFICE:
SNRS 222B
EMAIL:
severt@wsu.edu
PHONE:
(509) 324-7286
FAX:
(509) 324-7341
MAILING ADDRESS:
WSU College of Nursing
SNRS 222B
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Billie Severtsen earned a Nursing Diploma from Sacred Heart School of Nursing (Spokane), a Bachelor of Science Degree from Gonzaga University (Spokane), a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Columbia University (New York) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Gonzaga University. Her clinical expertise is in the area of Nursing Ethics and Ethical Decision Making. She has taught nursing ethics to undergraduate and graduate students for many years.
Dr. Severtsen teaches required courses in the BSN and the RN to BSN program each semester. These courses examine, in particular, ethical issues which are specific to the culture of nursing and nurses. She has also taught an elective, “Narrative Medicine” which examines the role of illness narratives in the genesis of disease and illness causation. She has mentored numerous graduate students in both thesis and non-thesis projects. She serves on the PhD Dissertation Committee of one student at the present time. Her research interests are qualitative; interpretive phenomenological inquiry.

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • Med, Teachers College/Columbia University
  • BSN, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

INTERESTS

Ethical decision making in health care, life narratives of illness and quality of life, Heideggerian Hermaneutic Phenomenology, and health care policy   

MEMBERSHIP

  • Western Institute of Nursing, 2008-present
  • The Hastings Center Institute,  1998-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, 1980-present
  • Washington State Nurses Association,  1975-present

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Sigma Theta Tau (Delta Chi) Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • WSU Mentor of the Year Award, 2006
  • WSU Provost’s Award for Distinction in Ethics Teaching, 1998
  • Sigma Theta Tau (Delta Chi) Excellence in Research Award, 1997
  • WSU College of Nursing Graduate Faculty Excellence Award, 1993

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