Ann Garton, DNP, FPCC, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Ann is an Associate Professor in the Nursing program and Director of the Institute for Person-Centered Care.

Her practice focus has been both acute & community health. Ann has taught courses in the traditional BSN, RN to BSN and accelerated BSN populations.

In 2011, Ann was named a 100 Iowa Great Nurse.

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Education and Training

  • DNP, Indiana Wesleyan
  • MSN, St. Ambrose University, Nursing Administration
  • BSN, Gannon University, Nursing
  • BA, Mercyhurst University, Biology
  • BS, Mercyhurst University, Health Sciences
  • Fellow of Person-Centered Care, Planetree International 2021-current
  • Illowa Partners in Nursing: Clinical Nursing Faculty Preparation Certification, October, 2010

My first grade teacher asked the class to draw what we wanted to be when we grew up. I drew a nurse in her cap and uniform in front of a hospital. My mother (who is also a nurse) kept that drawing, framed it, and gave it to me when I graduated nursing school. I guess it was destiny. Nursing is one of the hardest vocations and – for many – is a calling. I am ever grateful to care for patients and families at their most vulnerable time. I also enjoy being challenged to improve wellness within our community. I look forward to assisting our future professionals to enjoy the same.

Ann, on why she studied Nursing


Growing Healthy Together: A Refugee Health and Wellness Program through Person-Centered Care & RE-AIM®. Wisconsin League of Nursing Poster presentation 2021.

Person-Centered Care Toolkit: Integrating Best Practices Across Health and Human Services, (2020). St. Ambrose University, Institute for Person-Centered Care. Contributing author and editor.

Institute for Person-Centered Care Podcast, Host, KALA & the Institute for Person-Centered Care

Publication, co-author: Topical Administration of Tranexamic Acid in Primary Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasty, Journal of Arthroplasty (2013)

More About Ann

Courses Taught

Nursing Process I: Across the Lifespan (traditional and accelerated)
Population Health
Clinical Application I, II & III
Advanced Nursing Practicum
Advanced Application Project
Foundations of Nursing Knowledge
Leadership and Contemporary Issues
RN to BSN program 

Community Service

Genesis Health System Home Health & Hospice Oversight Committee, 2020 - current
Ridgecrest Foundation Board, 2021 - current
Quad City Behavioral Health Coalition, 2019 - current; Steering Committee member 2021 - current
Tapestry Farms, Board member 2018 - current
Volunteer "Jungle" refugee camp, Calais, France, 2016
BIX Chair Finish Line Stretch 2016-2020
BIX Medical Tent Chair, 2014, 2015

Work Experience
  • Clinical practice has focused on care of the Orthopaedic patient, general surgical population, and wound care
  • Administrative nursing position overseeing quality data, evidence-based practice, and performance improvement.

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