Faculty and Staff
Kathleen B. LaSala, PhD, RN, PNP, CNE
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor
College of Nursing
Dr. LaSala received her PhD in Nursing in 1995 with an emphasis on Nursing Administration and Public Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She completed her Master's in Nursing and received her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1983. Her Bachelor's in Nursing was earned in 1980 from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.
Nursing and Health Care Workforce Issues
Nursing Education – mentorship, barriers, academic transition, workplace
Dr. LaSala's research has focused in several areas, including nursing and healthcare workforce issues, exploring barriers and enhancement factors, shortages and mal-distribution or providers, rural and urban issues, and health care policy; nursing education issues, including barriers, academic transitional issues, workplace/environment issues and interdisciplinary/intra-professional education; and tobacco cessation issues – including policy, intervention and evaluative studies.
Dr. LaSala has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels in nursing. She has taught multiple courses over the years, in BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD nursing programs, including: Pediatrics, maternal-child, community, health assessment, leadership & management, policy, finance, theory, research and evidenced based practice, and advanced practice nursing courses. She has supervised clinical courses, thesis, capstone and dissertation projects.
Dr. LaSala has disseminated her research through peer reviewed publications and abstracts in national and international conferences and professional meetings. In addition, tobacco research has been included in Governmental Publications.
Professional Service (selected)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing the state (Colorado) governmental liaison
National League for Nursing, member
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, member
Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter, member (1980-96); Nu Iota Chapter, Counselor and Board member, Eligibility
committee (1996-98); Phi Xi Chapter, Secretary (1999-2000), Treasurer (2000-2003) and Board member (1999-2003); Epsilon
Psi Chapter, President-Elect (2008-2009); Zeta Omicron (2012-present: Vice President)
National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, Member
Western Institute of Nursing, Member and Delegate
National Rural Health Association
Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders, member
Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Board of Directors
Colorado Action Coalition, Robert Wood Johnson funded IOM state task force
Nursing Advisory Board, Metropolitan State University, School of Nursing
Nursing Advisory Board, Colorado Christian University, College of Nursing
Colorado Council of Nursing Educators, member
Colorado Association of Colleges of Nursing, Chairperson
Virginia Rural Health Association, President-Elect 2008-2009
Virginia Association of Colleges of Nursing, nominating committee
Virginia Partnership for Nursing, Board of Directors (Education representative 2008-2010)
Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Blue Ridge Chapter, Council of Virginia Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Education Advisory Council, Carilion Health System, Virginia
Community Collaboration of Health Care Providers and Educators, Colorado
Pike Peak Workforce, Partnerships in Colorado Workforce, Nursing Workforce Advisory Board
Colorado/Wyoming Regional Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Collaboration Task Force, Member
Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Committee (formally the Colorado ASSIST Alliance)
Nevada Advanced Nurse Practitioner Specialty Practice Group, Member
Virginia Rural Health Association, Board of Directors, President-Elect
Center of Outreach for Health and Human Services, James Madison University, Director
Shenandoah Valley Alliance of Health & Human Services, Director
Northwest Area Health Education Center, Board of Directors
Regional Literacy Coordination Committee, Board of Directors
Virginia Quality Education in Sciences and Technology, Advisory Board member
Valley of Virginia Partnerships for Education, Member
Board of Directors, Interstate-81 Corridor Council, Commonwealth of Virginia
Dr. LaSala has practiced in obstetrics, acute/primary/rehabitation pediatric care and in public policy arenas. She has served as a RN and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Research Studies (Selected)
Academic Transitional Issues: Moving from Associate Degree to Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
Impact of Student Incivility on Nursing Faculty: The Lived Experience of Nursing Faculty
Effectiveness of a Child's Fable on Preschoolers Knowledge of Health Concepts
Evaluation of a team-building retreat to promote nursing faculty cohesiveness and job satisfaction
Experiences and patterns of tobacco cessation in the military
Forging the road before us: The lived experience of mentorship for NP faculty in nursing education
Smoking cessation practices of rural and urban healthcare providers
Community collaboration: Utilizing nursing students in a smoking cessation program for pregnant women
An integrated approach to prenatal smoking cessation interventions
The state of smoking cessation practices among health care providers: Educational preparation and motivating factors
Nursing workforce issues in rural and urban settings: Looking at the differences in recruitment, retention and distribution
Nursing students and pregnancy smoking cessation education project
Comparison of nursing recruitment and retention issues in rural versus urban settings
Rural health care and interdisciplinary professional education
Rural health nursing: Recruitment and retention strategies and barriers in rural health settings in the Commonwealth of Virginia
LaSala, K.B. (2012). The growth and development of professional nurses, Imprint: The Professional Magazine for Student Nurses, 59(2), 32-34.
Birx, E., LaSala, K.B., Wagstaff, M. (2011). Evaluation of a team-building retreat to promote nursing faculty cohesiveness and job satisfaction. Journal of Professional Nursing, May/June, 27(3).
LaSala, K.B. (2009). Growth and development of the professional nurses, Imprint: Journal for the National Student Nurses Association. February/March 2009, 33-35.
Nelson, J. P., LaSala, K.B., Pederson, L.L., Sandrock, L, Lewis, J. & Hasenbein, J. (July, 2006). Tri-Service Nursing Research Program. Governmental Document (MDA950-04-010TS08, N04-019) - Experiences and patterns of tobacco cessation.
LaSala, K.B., Lynch, V. (2005). Child abuse and neglect. In Lynch, V. (2005). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.
LaSala, K.B., Nelson, J. (2005). What contributes to professionalism, MEDSURG Nursing, 14(1), 63-67.
LaSala, K.B., Enzman-Hagedorn, M. (2005). Forging the road before us: The lived experience of mentorship for NP faculty in nursing education, NONPF Mentoring: Ensuring the Future of NP Practice and Education Monograph. October 2005.
Scott, L., LaSala, K.B, Urban-Neil, S., Lyndaker, C.Z. (2003) Smoking cessation practices of rural and urban healthcare providers. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 2(3).
Neil-Urban,S., LaSala, K.B., Todd, S.J. (2002). Community collaboration: Utilizing nursing students in a smoking cessation program for pregnant women. Journal of Nursing Education., 41(2), 76-79.
Todd, S.J., LaSala, K.B., Neil-Urban, S. (2001). An integrated approach to prenatal smoking cessation interventions Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, 26(4), 185-191.
Neil-Urban, S., LaSala, K.B., Scott, L. (2001). The state of smoking cessation practices among health care providers: Educational preparation and motivating factors. Journal of Addictions Nursing. I40(2),14-13.
LaSala, K.B., Todd, J.T. (2000). Preventing youth use of tobacco products: The role of nursing. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26(2), 143-149.
LaSala, K.B. (2000). Nursing workforce issues in rural and urban settings: Looking at the differences in recruitment, retention and distribution. On-line Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. February 2000, 1(1).
Neil-Urban, S., LaSala, K.B., Todd, S.J. (1999). Nursing students and pregnancy smoking cessation project, Nevada Nursing Research Network, 2(2), 2.
LaSala, K.B. (1998). Comparison of nursing recruitment and retention issues in rural versus urban settings, Nevada Nursing Research Network, 1(1), 3.
LaSala, K.B., Hopper, S.K., Rissmeyer, D. (1997). Rural health care and interdisciplinary professional education, Nursing and Health Care: Perspectives on the Community, 18(6), 292-298.
LaSala, K.B. (1995). "Rural health nursing: Recruitment and retention strategies and barriers in rural health settings in the Commonwealth of Virginia," Dissertation Abstracts International, 56-05B (2560). (University Microfilms No. 952886)