College of Nursing

Lida Dekker

Lida Dekker

Director, RNB Program / Clinical Associate Professor, Vancouver
Lida Dekker
Director, RNB Program / Clinical Associate Professor, Vancouver
Van - VLIB 210P
(360) 546-9269
(360) 546-9398
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686-9600

Lida Dekker is a Clinical Associate Professor at WSU College of Nursing Vancouver. She has been teaching in the RN-to-BSN Program since 2007 and became the Program Director in 2014. Her research focus is on exploring the meaning and practice of cultural safety in nursing practice and education. She was the originator of Cultural Safety and Social Justice in Global Society (N455) and has been teaching this course since January 2008. Her interest in cultural safety grew into collaborative research and into the core content of N455 and her doctoral dissertation, completed in 2014 as part of her EdD in Teacher Leadership at WSU.

Lida became a nurse in 1980 and a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 1986. She has assisted at several thousand births over 30 years. She was a founder, Clinical Director, and full-scope CNM in a licensed, accredited, freestanding birth center in Marin County, CA for 10 years. She then moved to Oahu in the state of Hawaii and practiced in various settings, including on contract at the Tripler Army Medical Center. She moved back to the mainland in 2003 and decided to focus on being a teacher of nurses. She is passionate about preventive care, client health education, and educating nurses to be reflective, self-aware, compassionate practitioners in order to thrive in the profession and to provide the best care to clients.

Lida plans to retire from WSU in August 2017.


  • Doctor of Education (EdD), Washington State University, Vancouver WA
  • Master of Nursing (MN), Washington State University, Vancouver WA
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), California State University East Bay, Hayward CA
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), University of Kansas, Lawrence KS


Population health, maternal/child/family health, cultural safety, education


Population health, maternal/child/family health, cultural safety, curriculum development, teacher leadership, infusing creativity assignments in professional education.


  • Council of Nurse Educators of Washington State (CNEWS), 2014
  • Assocation of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE), 2014
  • National League of Nursing, 2012-present
  • Transcultural Nursing Society, 2010-present
  • Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), 5 years
  • American Nurses Association (ANA), 5 years
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 2007-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau, 2007-present
  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), 2006-present


  • Distinguished Teaching Award, WSU Vancouver College of Nursing, 2014
  • Rachael Royston Scholarship, for graduate studies in education, 2013-14
  • WSU Graduate Student Travel Fund award to present International Association of Bioethics World Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2012
  • Nursing Education Loan Forgiveness Program-Nurse Faculty, HRSA, 2011-2013
  • Bates Excellence in Teaching and Learning Endowment, Travel Globalization Conference, WSU, 2011
  • Sponsored participant in Teaching Without Borders workshops, WSU DDP, 2010
  • Sponsored participant in WSU College of Nursing Curriculum Development Workshops, 2010
  • Sponsored participant at WSU Spokane INCITE conference, 2010
  • Sponsored participant at 4-day workshop on teaching values and self-awareness, Summer Institute of Intercultural Studies at Reed College, Portland, OR, 2009
  • Sponsored participant at 2-day train the trainer workshop, Kaiser Permanente Diversity Training, 2009
  • Outstanding MN Student Award, WSU College of Nursing, 2006
  • Julie Ebreck Nursing Scholarship, in recognition of quality, commitment and a positive vision for the future. Washington State University Vancouver, 2004
  • Graduate Fellowship in Nursing, Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington, 2004



Dekker, L. J. (2014). Informing nursing education: The meaning and experience of cultural safety as expressed by nurses in the pacific northwest (Order No. 3628822). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & THeses A&I. (1561150345)

Articles in peer reviewed journals:

Doutrich, D. L., Dekker, L. J., Spuck, J., & Hoeksel, R.C. (2014). Identity, ethics, and cultural safety: Strategies for change. Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal. 21, 15-21

Flemmer, N., Dekker, L., Doutrich, D. (2014) Empathetic partnership: An interdisciplinary framework for primary care practice. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Ingulli, C., Doutrich, D., Allen, C., & Dekker, L. (2014). Opened my eyes: The meaning of an immersion experience for currently practicing nurses. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 4(1), 6-16. doi:10.9730/

Flemmer, N., Doutrich, D.L., Dekker, L.J., & Rondeau, D.F. (2012). Creating a safe and caring health care for women who have sex with women. Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Doutrich, D.L., Arcus, K., Dekker, L.J., Spuck, J., & Pollock-Robinson, C. (2012). Cultural Safety in New Zealand and the US: Looking for a Way Forward Together. Journal of Transcultural
Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society / Transcultural Nursing Society.

Smart, D., Castillo, M. Bruya, M., Dekker, L., (2010) Outcomes of teaching baccalaureate nursing students about mastitis utilizing a multimodal teaching tool. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.

Published/Completed Presentations

Doutrich, D. L., Dekker L. J., & Flemmer, N. (2014). Cultural safety, critical race theory, empathetic partnership, and innovations in practice and nursing education. SCNSE Conference: International Collaboration: Creating the Vision for CNS Education and Practice, Vancouver, BC.

Dekker, L. J. (2014). Critical Race Theory, Cultural Safety and Cultural Competence Enhancing Education. Communication Nursing Research WIN, Seattle.

Doutrich, D. L., Dekker, L. J., Rasmor, M. L., Hoeksel, R. C., Ludena, M., & Butler, L. (2014). Finding Safety and Authenticity: Becoming a Transformative Nurse Educator. Communicating Nursing Research WIN, Seattle, WA.

Dekker, L.J., Doutrich, D.L., & Spuck, J. (2012). Requiring Reflection on Practice: Potential Abuse of Power vs. Fostering Professional Growth. 11th World International association for Bioethics Congress, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Rasmor, M.L., & Dekker, L.J. (2012). Nursing an Artful Practice: Finding the Aesthetic Groundings of our Practice. 8th Annual Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Vancouver, WA.

Dekker, L.J., Doutrich, D.L., & Spuck, J. (2011). Challenging Students to Take Critical Perspectives on Culture, Research, and Practice. 2011 International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA.

Liggett, T., Dekker, L.J., Fowler, H., & Rasmor, M.L. (2011). Race and Teacher Identity in Educational Contexts. 2011 International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA.

Dekker, L.J., Doutrich, D.L., & Spuck, J. (2011). Integrating research on cultural safety with concepts of critical race theory and healing historical trauma. 7th International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference 2011, Spokane, WA.

Dawson, L., Dekker, L., Post-Educational Intervention Assessment of Cultural Self-Awareness in Acute Care Health Providers, 2010 International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA, February 25-27, 2010.

Doutrich, D., Dekker, L., Spuck, J., Pollock Robinson, C. Integrating cultural safety in nursing education and practice: Nurturing a culturally aware nursing workforce, faculty, and student body, 2010 International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA, February 25-27, 2010.


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