My name is Catherine Sullivan, and I've been teaching Community Health Nursing at UAA since 2004.
In 1977, I completed a hospital School of Nursing diploma nursing program in NH. After working a few years in medical oncology, I decided that I wanted to "expand my horizons" and explore other careers in nursing. To do that, I needed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In 1981, I received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from a RN to BSN program. While completing the BSN, I worked part time in a nursing home with the geriatric population. For a year after that, I worked full time in a pediatrics young adult unit.
It wasn't until 1983 that I finally found my "niche in nursing". In 1983, I moved to Bethel Alaska and worked as a public health nurse (PHN) for the State of Alaska at the Bethel Public Health Nursing Center. There I learned the ropes of public health nursing and had many opportunities to itinerate to Alaska Native villages on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Twice I took a leave of absence and studied for my Masters in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, which I received in 1990. For close to three years, I was an itinerant PHN in Sitka Alaska and itinerated to fishing and Alaska Native villages and logging camps in the Southeast. In 1993 I moved to Anchorage Alaska and was the Child Health Consultant for the State of Alaska until 2004, when I joined the UAA School of Nursing faculty in the Community Health Program.
Currently, I live in Anchorage with my two daughters and our two guinea pigs and two tetra fishes.