Background Marty Downey serves as advisor to the Boise State University Student Nurse Association. Along with years of advising for the BSU-SNA, Marty has attended several NSNA conferences and supported the Idaho SNA conference this past fall 2010 at Boise State University. Her passion is holistic nursing and student advocacy.
Dr Downey's teaching specialties are critical care nursing, medical-surgical nursing, health assessment, lab values, holistic nursing practices, stress management, and humor in health. Marty's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is from Marycrest College and her MSN is from Idaho State University with a focus on Nursing Education. She received her PhD from University of Idaho in Adult and Organizational Learning. Marty worked in critical care and was nationally certified in critical care nursing for over 20 yrs and now holds Alumnus CCRN status. She is equally proud of her certification as Advanced Holistic Nurse (AHN-BC) for over 15 yrs. Marty’s dissertation research focused on the education and use of complementary therapies such as massage, imagery, therapeutic touch, acupuncture, aromatherapy (to name a few) by Idaho nurses in personal and professional practice. The results of the study indicate that the nurses who responded to the survey and interviews utilize complementary therapies into their health promotion practices however those nurses who were educated in nursing programs longer than 10-12 years before this study did not have formal education in these therapies and most often are hesitant to use them for professional practice in spite of the upsurge of complementary medical practice use by consumers. She has completed Level 4 Healing Touch courses and promotes research in Healing Touch and other related therapies as a fellowship mentor for 2 research teams at St Luke’s Health System.
Professional Affiliations: American Nurses’ Association, Idaho Nurses’ Association, American Holistic Nurses’ Association, American Assoc. of Critical Care Nurses’ (local chapter), Sigma Theta Tau International & National Nursing Honor Society Mu Gamma chapter, Nurse Leaders of Idaho, Phi Kappa Phi, & others.
Interests: Health promotion, exercise, nutrition, good novels, sewing, biking and various outdoor sports are all favorites. As an advocate for creating calm (stress management) Marty says that she walks the talk of relaxation techniques by integrating them into her daily rituals of health.
Publications: Downey, M., Parslow, S. & Smart, M. (2011). The hidden treasure in nursing leadership: informal leaders. Journal of Nursing Management, 19, 517-521 Downey, M. (2007). Effects of Holistic Nurse course: A paradigm shift for health promotion. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 25(2): 119-125 Downey, M. (2007). Published Abstract: Nurses’ Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Personal and Professional Practice. Communicating Nursing Research Conference Proceedings. Vol. 40 WIN Assembly. Vol. 15. Portland: Western Institute of Nursing.
Dissertation:An Investigation on Education and Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies by Nurses in Personal and Professional Practice. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho.
Dr. Jean Anderson, DNP, NP, ANP-BC Associate Professor
Background Dr. Jean Anderson came to Boise State in 2011 with more than 30 years of experience in RN, advanced practice, and nursing leadership roles. Jean earned her BSN from California State University, Sacramento in 1979. As a student, she was very active in local, state, and national SNA. Jean served as First Vice President of the State Board of the SNA of California, an officer in the CSUS SNA, and on multiple school committees. She helped found the CSUS Nursing Honor Society. She values the leadership lessons and opportunities she had as a nursing student and enjoys helping students to develop their own leadership skills.
Jean worked in emergency and adult critical care units in large urban hospitals in Northern California, earning her CCRN certification. Since earning an MSN as an adult/occupational health nurse practitioner from the University of California, San Francisco, she has worked as an adult NP in primary care settings in CA, FL, NM, AK, ME, and AZ. Jean currently works part time as an NP in the BSU Health Services Clinic. Prior to coming to Boise State, Jean was faculty at Northern Arizona University where she received awards for teaching and outstanding service to the nursing school. Jean served 10 years in the USAF Reserves and Alaska Air National Guard as a flight nurse instructor, and nurse practitioner. She earned the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service to the Alaska ANG, the Alaska Commendation Medal for Outstanding Unit Member, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor for service in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War.
Jean has extensive leadership experience in professional nursing organizations and received 2 national outstanding service awards. She currently serves as treasurer for Mu Gamma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and was a founding member and president of Zeta Eta Chapter. Jean helped found the Northern California Nursing Research Network and has helped coordinate many professional nursing conferences.
Dr. Anderson earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Arizona State University with a minor in evidence-based practice. Her doctoral scholarly project was education for adults with sleep apnea to improve positive airway pressure adherence.
N. J. (2010). Educational program for adults with sleep apnea to improve adherence to
PAP therapy. Arizona Nurses Association conference (third
place award, research poster competition); American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 25th
National Conference; 22nd Annual
Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Symposium (second place award, poster competition. Anderson,
N. J. (2010). Education for experts.
Arizona Nurses Association conference; Western Institute of Nursing Conference; 22nd
Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Symposium. Anderson,
N. J. (2008). Critical thinking and
competency assessment in capstone nursing students.
Arizona University Assessment Fair. Anderson,
N. J. , & Paul, L. L. (2007). Expanding
capacity for simulation use in distance learning.
Institute of Nursing Conference.