Professor Petersen has practiced in the field of pediatrics for the past 23 years. She has clinical experience in the areas of critical care, medical/surgical nursing, urgent care, and oncology research. She has worked as a staff nurse, a quality assurance chair, a head nurse preceptor, an educator, and a research nurse.
Her love for teaching students in the clinical environment inspired her to pursue a doctoral degree and also led to her passion for undergraduate nursing education. 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 a patient’s experience with a 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.
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.
Professor Cheryl Petersen, Ph.D., R.N., is a visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She has clinical experience in the areas of critical care, medical/surgical nursing, urgent care, and oncology research, and has worked as a staff nurse, a quality assurance chair, a head nurse preceptor, an educator, and a research nurse.
Clinical 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.