Professor Petersen practiced in the field of pediatrics for over two decades. She has clinical experience in the areas of critical care, medical/surgical nursing, urgent care, and oncology research. She has worked in administration as a director of cancer patient support services, as a head nurse preceptor, a staff nurse, and an oncology research nurse.
Her passion for nursing education has led her to a role in nursing administration, where she is excited to serve as a leader in the RN-to-BSN Program. She inspires students to find their calling and provide compassionate care that will truly impact the lives of the patients whose lives they touch. She greatly enjoys mentoring students as they develop as nursing scholars, leaders, and clinicians. Prof. Petersen believes that students learn most effectively through case studies and real-life experiences that bring to light how holistic care of a patient’s mind, body, and spirit often brings healing, hope, and meaning from the experience of life-threatening illness.
Prof. Petersen’s doctoral program, which focused on the effects of a spiritual care educational program for pediatric oncology nurses on their knowledge, attitudes, and level of spiritual care competence, was funded with two grants from the American Cancer Society and several national scholarships. Her current program of research is focused on assisting students to find a greater sense of vocation, as well as meaning and purpose in their nursing practice. She has recently conducted research evaluating her Carthage Symposium course with Professor Sandie Biscilglia called Communication Strategies to Improve Spiritual Care of Patients Facing the End of Life.
Prof. Petersen has been honored with a multitude of national awards including the prestigious Tylenol Future Care Scholar Award, the Sigma Theta Tau International Rising Star in Research and Scholarship, and a Schmitt Leadership Fellowship, for her academic excellence, exemplary leadership in nursing, community involvement, and dedication to caring for others. She was honored to receive the 2019 and 2020 Carthage College Department of Nursing Excellence and Innovation in Academic Teaching Award, as voted upon by the graduating undergraduate classes. She recently was awarded funding through a competitive national process to attend the 2020 NetVUE Teaching Vocational Exploration Seminar.
Professor Cheryl Petersen, Ph.D., R.N., is an Assistant Director of RN to BSN Program. She has extensive pediatric clinical experience in the areas of critical care, medical/surgical nursing, urgent care, and oncology research. Her research and scholarship have been recognized with the receipt of a multitude of national honors, awards, and scholarships.
Assistant Director of RN-to-BSN Program, Assistant Professor of Nursing
- B.S.N. — Marquette University
- Ph.D. — Nursing, Marquette University
- NSG 1050 Contemporary Professional Nursing
- NSG 3014 Nursing Practice II: Improving Children’s Health Outcomes
- SWK 2330 Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services
Nursing education: Spiritual care of children with cancer at the end of life and their families.
- Petersen, C.L., Callahan, M.F., McCarthy, D.O., Hughes, R.G., White-Traut., R., & Bansal, N.K. (2016 epub). An online educational program improved pediatric oncology nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, and spiritual care competence. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. doi 10.1177/1043454216646542
- Petersen, C. L., Breakwell, S., & Callahan, M. (2014). Palliative and end of life care: Precepts and ethics for the orthopaedic population. Orthopaedic Nursing, 33(3), 127-134.
- Petersen, C. L. Spiritual care of the child with cancer at the end of life: A concept analysis. (2013). Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(6), 1243-1253. doi: 10.1111/jan.12257
- Petersen, C., Jacobson, R., Warwick, A., Jaradeh, S., & Kelly, M. (2013). Wilms’ tumor presenting with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 35(4), 267-270. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e31828d46a7
- Taylor, E.J., Petersen, C.L., & Haase, J. (2015). Spirituality and spiritual care of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 31(3),227-241.