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Portrait of Lisa Rettenmeier

Lisa Rettenmeier, Ed.D.

Chair and Professor of Nursing

Educational Background

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Specialization in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

June 2012

Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN)

Specialization – Nurse Educator

Clarke College

Dubuque, Iowa

May 2004


Mount Mercy College

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

May 1992

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that building strong leaders helps advance professional nursing practice.  I think of leaders in nursing education as being positive role models that have the ability to create a shared vision that promotes growth in professional practice. A good leader should be able to lead others by sharing a vision, including others in the collaborative process of the shared vision, building a sense of trust, and foster changes that facilitate positive student outcomes and increase overall achievement.

Nursing is about caring for whole person, body, mind, and spirit and are driven intrinsically by ‘the virtues of serving, caring, respecting, empowering, and helping without asking for anything in return’ (Sergiovanni, 2005). This statement exemplifies the virtues on which the nursing profession is founded and continues to shape professional practice.

Lisa Rettenmeier


Professional Background

Professional nursing experience in the following units: medical/surgical, orthopedics, neurology, and skilled nursing

Research Interests

  • Mentoring, leadership practices, and nursing faculty retention
  • Currently involved in the College Study Strategies research project – interdisciplinary collaboration research

Courses Taught

DNP program

  • nursing research
  • nursing theory and leadership
  • nursing statistics
  • advanced nursing research

Certifications and Memberships

  • Iowa Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International – Rho Eta Chapter
  • Publications

    Lavin, R., Slepski, L., & Rettenmeier, L. (2014). Directions for Nursing Research and Development. In Veenema, T. (ed.). Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 3rd ed. Springer.

    Schemmel-Rettenmeier, L., Proffitt Lavin, R., & Frommelt-Kuhle, M. (2012). Biological Weapons & Emergency Preparedness: Part 1: Anthrax and Plague

    Frommelt-Kuhle, M., Schemmel-Rettenmeier, L., & Proffitt Lavin, R. (2012). Biological Weapons & Emergency Preparedness: Part 2: Botulism and Smallpox.

    Proffitt Lavin, R., Frommelt-Kuhle, M., & Schemmel-Rettenmeier, L. (2012) Part 3: Chemical Weapons and Emergency Preparedness

    Proffitt Lavin, R., Schemmel-Rettenmeier, L., & Frommelt-Kuhle, M. (2012). Chapter 1: Conducting Research during Disasters (2012). Annual Review of Nursing Research.