Associate Professor, School of Nursing
As a nursing educator, she saw firsthand the needs of students for whom English was a second or third language and focused her research in the area of cultural diversity. Concentrating on both faculty and student skills, she received the Diversity award from California State University, San Bernardino, for exceptional work in highlighting the importance of cultural competence for the nursing profession. She subsequently led a group of nursing students and faculty to Honduras Central America for a cultural immersion experience in health care.
Since coming to Boise State University, Sutherland has expanded her research to include diabetes in the Hispanic population. As part of the Diga Si a la Salud (Say Yes to Health) team, she has conducted a multi-year research study concerning diabetes and health status. The research dissemination includes numerous presentations and several publications. Recognizing the impact of diabetes on health, she is examining diabetes self-management strategies to help those with the disease take an active part in blood sugar control.
Sutherland sees graduate education as one way to advance the nursing research agenda, especially as it relates to vulnerable populations. She helps graduate students explore the health needs of their selected populations and develop strategies to improve the health.
When not in the Treasure Valley, Sutherland can be found enjoying the outdoors in McCall, Idaho