Denise Westendorf


Denise is a lecturer for the Nursing Department specializing in medical/surgical nursing, perioperative nursing, and leadership.

She holds certifications in nursing professional development and perioperative nursing and was named a 100 Great Iowa Nurses in 2011.

Education and Training

  • MSN, St. Ambrose University
  • BS, Coe College, Nursing

What inspires you?

I am inspired by peoples' stories and how nursing can have an impact on so many different aspects of others' lives.

Professional Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nurses


Chant, K. J., Westendorf, D (2019). Nurse residency programs: Key components for sustainability. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. 35, (4), 185-192.

Martin, J. G., Cassatt, K. B., Kincaid-Cinnamon, K. A., Westendorf, D. S., Garton, A. S., Lemke, J. H. (2014). Topical administration of tranexamic acid in primary total hip and total knee arthroplasty. The Journal of Arthroplasty, (29), 889-894.

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