The purpose of this website is to provide helpful resources for health care students and educators as well as health promotion resources for members of the global community.


About Me

Dr. Gwen MorseI grew up on the South Side of Chicago (Homewood-Flossmoor) and received my nursing education at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago (diploma graduate) in 1974. My family moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1977 and I met my husband through my mother-in-law who was my nursing supervisor (a successful blind date story!). My husband and I were on the Newlywed Game in 1980 (our claim to fame!). In 1990, I had the privilege of visiting Florence Nightingale's grave site and her summer home. Click here to see the pictures.

After completing my BSN and MSN we packed up our two sons and moved to Tucson where I completed my doctorate at the University of Arizona. While working on my dissertation, we again packed up our family and moved to Orono, Maine and I taught at the University of Maine. After three years, we returned to California and over the past several years I taught for a number of Universities both in traditional as well as online modalities.  I have also served as the Director of a multi hospital education department. In addition, I was a Dean and Professor for an online University in which I developed and successfully received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission for a graduate nursing program. My current position is serving as the Online Program Director of a MSN Nurse Educator Program.

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Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae


  • 1994: University of Arizona, PhD
  • 1988: California State University Dominguez Hills, MSN
  • 1984: California State University Dominguez Hills, BSN
  • 1974: Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma


  • 2007: Six Sigma Champion
  • 2001: Outstanding Educator Award: California State University Dominguez Hills
  • 2001: National Education Program to Improve End of Life Care by Nurses (AACN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • 1997: Scientific Fellow: American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • 1990: Best Vocational Education Teacher (California Regional Occupation Program)

Employment History

  • South University (Online): Associate Professor, Program Director (Nurse Educator Graduate Programs)
  • Capella University (Online): Adjunct Faculty
  • California State University, Los Angeles: Lecturer
  • Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey (Online): Mentor Faculty
  • Kaplan University (Online): Dean and Professor. Graduate School of Nursing
  • Regis University (Online): Affiliate Faculty
  • Walden University (Online): Adjunct Faculty
  • California State University Dominguez Hills: Lecturer
  • Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara, CA: Director of Education
  • University of San Diego: Assistant Professor
  • University of Maine: Assistant Professor
  • University of Phoenix: . Adjunct Faculty
  • Regional Occupation Program, Santa Barbara, CA: Nursing Assistant Instructor
  • Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA: Staff Nurse
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey, IL: Staff Nurse
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL: Staff Nurse
  • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL: Staff Nurse


  • Morse, G. (2009). Faculty application of the American Psychological Association style.  Journal of Nursing Education, 48(10), 542-551, doi:10.3928/01484834-20090610-10
  • Ryu, R., Dunbar, W., & Morse, G. (2002). Meniscal allograft replacement: A 1- year to 6 -year experience. Arthroscopy, 18(9) 989-994.
  • Morse, G. &, House, J. (2001). Changes in Meniere’s disease responses as a function of the menstrual cycle. Nursing Research, 50(5), 286-292.
  • Morse, G. (1999). Positively reframing perceptions of the menstrual cycle among women with premenstrual syndrome. JOGNN, 28(2), 165-174.
  • Morse, G. (1997). The effect of social support on women’s perceptions of perimenstrual changes among women with PMS. Health Care for Women International, 18(2), 175-193.
  • Morse, G. (1995). Reframing women’s health in nursing education: A feminist approach. Nursing Outlook, 43 (November/December), 273-277.
  • Morse, G. (1994). Positive concomitants of the menstrual cycle: Nurse intervention and its effect on perimenstrual changes. British Journal of Family Planning, 19(Suppl.), 26-28
  • Morse, G. (1990). Resurgence of the nurse assistant in acute care. Nursing Management, 21(3), 34-36.

Grant Activities

  • Morse, G. (1999). Education funding request for non-traditional courses in an acute care setting. Education Support Council of San Francisco. Funded: $5,000.
  • Morse, G. (1997). Telephone Call Back Program for high-risk discharged patients. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation. Funded: $50,000.
  • Morse, G. (1996). Ménière’s disease response across menstrual cycle phases. House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA. Funded: $25,000.
  • Morse, G. (1996). Changes in Ménière’s disease responses as a function of the menstrual cycle. American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant. Funded: $3,000.
  • Morse, G. (1996). Ménière’s disease response across menstrual cycle phases. Small Grant (RO3) Program, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute of Health (NIH). Approved, not funded.
  • Morse, G. (1994). The effect of positive reframing and social support on perception of perimenstrual changes for women with PMS. Faculty Summer Research Award, University of Maine. Funded: $5,000.
  • Morse, G. (1992). Effect of social support on women’s perception of Perimenstrual changes. National Service
    Research Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship. Approved, not funded. Resubmitted, 1993.

Courses Taught


  • Nursing Informatics
  • The Nurse Leader-Manager
  • Introduction to Nursing Research
  • Health Promotion
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Biostatistics
  • Technology for the Information Age
  • Nursing and Telehealth
  • Life Cycle
  • Health Promotion & Teaching
  • Nursing Care Management of Adults I and II
  • Professional Nursing Practice


  • Nursing Research Methods
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care
  • Evaluation Methods for Health Care Educators
  • Theoretical Frameworks
  • Curriculum Development
  • Legal Environments in Health Care
  • Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators
  • Evidence-Based Practice through Research
  • Statistics and Applied Research methods
  • Methods of Inquiry
  • Applied Research for Nursing Practice
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Healthcare Information Management
  • Contemporary Health Care Issues and Health Policy
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
  • Psychometric Theory and Measurement (Doctoral)
  • Synthesis Project
  • Success Strategies in the Master of Science Program in Nursing Online Environment


  • The Nurse Educator: Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

Curriculum Design


  • Life Cycle & Health Promotion
  • Pathophysiology
  • Adult Health I & II


  • Professional Nursing Practice


  • Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences


  • Developed a Master’s of Science in Nursing Program with three specializations: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Clinical Nurse Leader. In May, 2007, the program was reviewed and approved by the Higher Learning Commission.