UA Nurse Leaders Recognized by Peers with Tucson Nurses’ Week Awards

May 9, 2016

As part of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), held in honor of the largest health-care workforce in the United States and the profession most trusted by the public, seven nurse leaders from the University of Arizona College of Nursing were honored by their peers during an annual gala held by the Tucson Nurses’ Week Foundation on May 7.

'Most Inspirational Mentor'

Cheryl Lacasse, MS, RN, OCN, clinical professor, was selected as the ‘Most Inspirational Mentor’ for her demonstrated leadership, skill and ability as a role model, coach, motivator, advocate, teacher and visionary. The award is given annually in honor of Cheryl McGaffic, Barbara Monroe and Robin Rogers, three UA College of Nursing faculty members who lost their lives in October 2002.

Lacasse has taught at the UA for 19 years and has more than 30 years of nursing experience in advanced clinical practice, complex-care management for cancer survivors and integrative therapies for symptom management and long-term wellbeing. She led the curriculum development team for the online Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership program and currently serves as the faculty coordinator. She is also the faculty lead for the new Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship program. Lacasse was named a Tucson "Fabulous 50" Nurse in 2005.

Tucson 'Fabulous 50' Nurses

The following UA College of Nursing "Fab 50" nurses were chosen by their peers for their role modeling and mentoring of others, concern for humanity and their contributions to the local community and the profession of nursing.

  • Patricia Daly, PhD, FNP-BC, RN-BC, clinical assistant professor
    Dr. Daly has been an emergency and urgent care nurse practitioner for more than 25 years. A 2013 graduate from the UA College of Nursing PhD program, she investigates mindful-eating interventions to address obesity in adolescents and adults.
  • Evangeline M. Dowling, PhD, MSN/Ed, RN, clinical instructor
    Dr. Dowling is a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar who discovered her passion for improving the health of vulnerable populations during her work with older adults in the intensive care unit and the emergency department. Her research focus is on promoting cardiovascular health in older Mexican-American men through physical activity.
  • Sheila M. Gephart, PhD, RN, assistant professor
    Dr. Gephart is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and neonatal nurse-scientist with 14 years of clinical experience in maternal-child nursing and neonatal intensive care as a registered nurse. She investigates inter-professional interventions to prevent and support early recognition of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), one of the leading causes of illness and mortality in premature infants. She earned her PhD from the UA College of Nursing in 2012.
  • Lisa H. Kiser, MSN, BSN, CNM, WHNP, clinical instructor
    Kiser is a certified nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner. She has been trained in integrative healing techniques for the treatment of stress and trauma, as well as for labor (birth) support. She has worked as a doula, labor and delivery nurse and nurse-midwife, serving diverse communities in Tucson. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UA in 2002.
  • Yvette Mathesen, MEd, BSN, RN, assistant coordinator, Steele Innovative Learning Center
    Mathesen has worked at the UA College of Nursing for almost 10 years as a simulation specialist in the Steele Innovative Learning Center (SILC). She uses creativity and innovative concepts to help provide exceptional, hands-on nursing education for students learning and practicing clinical and critical-thinking skills. Mathesen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UA in 2001.
  • Donna B. McArthur, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, clinical professor
    Dr. McArthur has more than 45 years of nursing experience, including 35 years as a family nurse practitioner, educator and administrator in ambulatory health-care settings in the United States and Saudi Arabia. She was one of the first NPs to be inducted into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.