Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Sara Ahten joined Boise State University in 2002, after a career in corporate healthcare. In her professional roles outside of academia, she served as Business Development Director for the Idaho facilities of an international healthcare corporation; Vice-President of Healthcare Services for a regional marketing company; and Business Development and Marketing director for an orthopedic multispecialty clinic, ambulatory surgery center and sports medicine/rehabilitation center.
Dr. Ahten received her Doctor in Nursing Practice from Rush University in Chicago, where her doctoral project focused on the area of health care reform, specifically preparing staff for the implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model within clinical settings. The project married perfectly her scholarship interests with the DNP research foci of integration and application of evidence-based knowledge and practice. Her areas of scholarship are organizational leadership and change management, organizational civility, and adult education in both face-to-face and distance environments.
She also holds an MSN– Emphasis in Nursing Education from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and a BSN from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Dr. Ahten is a native Illinoisan and a life-long Midwesterner, who has relocated quite happily to Boise with her husband, three sons, and one dog. She enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, house decorating and remodeling, – and, yes, shopping – which ties perfectly into the activities mentioned above.