Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Cathy Deckys joined the Boise State University School of Nursing clinical faculty in 2010 upon becoming the first graduate of the Master of Science in nursing program. She brings with her, 35 years of clinical practice, half of which was dedicated to her field of specialty in occupational health and public health. She has worked for two Fortune 500 companies in the Seattle area, providing nursing services for occupational and non-occupational illness and injury. She has developed employee wellness programs, ergonomic training, and emergency response teams.
Her current teaching interests are Community and Population Health Nursing, Leadership and Management, Community Preceptorships, Evidence-based practice (EBP) research, and Comparative Effectiveness research (CER). She is utilizing creative teaching innovations by partnering with the University of Lethbridge School of Nursing in an on-line pilot program using Adobe Connect. In her third year of teaching, she assumed the role of course lead for the Community and Population Health Nursing course.
Deckys has focused her research activities towards her population of interest who are refugees. She is currently involved in an interprofessional study with Respiratory Care and Nursing students to determine CPR cognitive knowledge retention. Cathy mentors her peers through a fellowship at St. Luke’s hospital for EBP research projects and sits on the College of Health Sciences strategic planning committee for interprofessional curriculum development.
Deckys provides service to her profession, the School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences, and her community by serving as Vice President of Mu Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and sitting on committees such as International Nursing Opportunities, Scholarship, and interprofessional curriculum team. She is a member of INA and has been chosen by the state board of nursing as an NCLEX writer for national licensing exams. In her community, she is a member of the Idaho Medical Reserve Corps and teaches First Aid, CPR and Community Emergency Response Training.
Her family life boasts of four grown children; two in Seattle, two in Boise. She has a retired husband who loves anthropology, one Jack Russell and four adopted cats. Her alter ego is a dancer who dreamed of Broadway but ended up choreographing aerobics programs. She loves to hike, paint and garden. Humor is critical to life.