Rhoda Owens PhD, R.N.

Rhoda Owens PhD, R.N.

Assistant Professor

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Rhoda Owens Ph.D., RN, is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines at the University of North Dakota. Since 2015, she has been teaching full time in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Owens holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minot State University, a Master of Science (Nursing) from UND, and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning/Higher Education from UND.

Owens has more than 10 years of academic experience. Prior to beginning at UND, she was on faculty for six years at Williston State College – Minot Site where she managed the site and taught practical nursing and associate degree nursing medical/surgical, role transition, health promotion and clinical courses. Prior to her academic career, Owens worked in clinical practice areas that include medical, surgical, home health/hospice, and pediatric nursing, hospital supervising, staff development and as a hospice coordinator. Presently, she also works in a casual position at Trinity Health’s First Care/Walk-in clinic in Minot, ND.

Much of Owens’ research focuses on role transition, nurses’ professional identity formation, rural health and nursing workforce. She has added grant-funded work to her academic career and currently serves as a Co-PI on a National Council of State Boards of Nursing grant-funded study, “Influence of professional quality of life and work satisfaction on intent to stay: A mixed-methods approach to inform policy and regulation.” This research project is a North Dakota statewide nursing workforce study.


Journal Articles

  • Owens, R.A., & Zwilling, J.G. (2019). Nurse Practitioner Workforce: One Rural State’s Experience of Comparing State Data with National Trends. Journal for American Association of Nurse Practitioners (Accepted for publication 7-25-19)
  • Owens, R.A. (2019). Exploring an innovative course delivery method for accelerated BSN Students. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. DOI: 10.1515/ijnes-2019-0011
  • Owens, R. A. (2018). Nurse practitioner role transition and identity development in rural healthcare settings: A scoping review. Nursing Education Perspectives. 40(3), doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000455
  • Owens, R.A. (2018). Transition experiences of new rural nurse practitioners. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 14(8), 605 – 611. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2018.05.009 
  • Owens, R.A. (2018). Two-year institution part-time nursing faculty experiences during their role transition and identity development: A phenomenological study. Nursing Education Perspectives. 39(1), 10-15. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000250
  • Owens, R.A. (2017). Part-time nursing faculty perceptions of their learning needs during their role transition experiences. Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 12(1), 12-16. doi:  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2016.10.002
  • Owens, R.A. (2012). Transcultural nursing course in Tanzania, Africa. Home Healthcare Nurse, 30(6), 347-352. doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e318257569a.
  • Owens, R.A. (2008). Teaming up to improve the quality of surgical care. American Nurse    Today, 3(5, 25-26.
  • Owens, R.A. (2006). The caring behaviors of the home health nurse and influence on medication adherence. Home Healthcare Nurse, 24(8), 517-526.
  • Owens, R. A. (2012). Chapters 32, 34, 35, 36 and 37 of the Gastrointestinal System Unit. In L. White, G. Duncan, W. Baumle (Eds.), Medical-Surgical nursing an integrated approach (pp. 651 – 763). (3rd ed.). New York: Delmar Cengage Learning.  (Invited submission)


Published Abstracts

  • Owens, R.A. (2019). 2019 Midwest Nursing Research Society Winning Abstracts: Student perceptions of learning in a hybrid professional development course. Western Journal of Nursing Research, (Published online June 25, 2019), 15 – 16 doi: 10.1177/0193945919857712
  • Other Papers:
  • Owens, R.A. & Zwilling, J. (2018). Nursing workforce in North Dakota. Fifth Biennial Report 2019: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota. (pp. 69 – 100). Grand Forks, ND: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. (Invited submission)
  • Owens, R.A., & Zwilling, J. (2016). North Dakota Nurse Practitioners 2017: Understanding the workforce. University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines


Classes Taught

  • NURS 500: Theories and Concepts in Nursing
  • NURS 526: Ethical, Legal, and Health Policy Issues in Healthcare
  • NURS 474: Professional Role Development II
  • NURS 400: Special Topics
  • NURS 410: Clinical Reasoning for Safety and Quality Outcomes
  • NURS 415: Interprofessional Collaborations for Improving Health Care Systems Outcomes


Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing education teaching strategies, curriculum, and evaluation
  • Nursing workforce – work satisfaction, intent to stay, recruitment and retention
  • Nurse practitioner role transition and professional identity formation
  • Rural health


Contact Information
Email: rhoda.owens@UND.edu
Office: 701.777.4175