KATHERINE WARD
  • Specialty Track Diretor, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program, College Of Nursing
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing
801-587-3070

Current Courses

Fall 2020

  • NURS 6700-090
    Foundations of EBP
  • NURS 6975-059
    Masters Project
  • NURS 6980-004
    Faculty Consultation
  • NURS 7625-001
    Womens Health Pract V
    Location: CNB 2510 (CNB 2510)

Summer 2020

Spring 2020

Professional Organizations

  • North American Menopause Society. 01/01/2020 - present. Position : Member.
  • International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health. 07/01/2018 - present. Position : Member.
  • Society for Family Planning. 01/01/2012 - present. Position : Junior Fellow.
  • Human Evolution and Behavior Society. 01/01/2012 - present. Position : Member.
  • American Society for Colposocpy and Cervical Pathology. 01/01/2005 - present. Position : Member.
  • Utah Nurse Practitioners. 03/01/1997 - present. Position : Member.
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. 01/01/1997 - 07/01/2019. Position : Member.
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health. 01/01/1997 - present. Position : Member.

Practice History

  • 20% FTE in clinical practice. Specialty in Abnormal Pap management, complicated gynecology chronic pelvic pain, menopause and family planning. Serve as expert consultant in these areas to all faculty practice providers. . http://nursing.utah.edu/clinical-services/birthcar... 12/2016 - present . # of Hours: 10.
  • 10% FTE in clinical practice. Specialty in Abnormal Pap management, complicated gynecology chronic pelvic pain, menopause and family planning. Trained in 2015 in sexual medicine. Serve as expert consultant in these areas to all faculty practice providers. 12/30/2014. http://nursing.utah.edu/clinical-services/birthcar... 01/30/2015 - present .
  • 10% FTE in clinical practice. Specialty in Abnormal Pap management, Complicated Gynecology chronic pelvic pain and family planning. Serve as expert consultant in these areas to all faculty practice providers. 12/30/2014 - present .
    http://nursing.utah.edu/clinical-services/birthcar...
  • 20% FTE in clinical practice. Specialty in Abnormal Pap management, Complicated Gynecology chronic pelvic pain and family planning. 02/2013 - present .
  • 20% FTE in clinical practice. Specialty in Abnormal Pap management, Complicated GYN, chronic pelvic pain and family planning. 07/07/2002 - present .

Teaching Philosophy

As a lifelong learner myself, my goal as a teacher is  to be a mentor, a guide and a muse.  It is my goal to inspire a love of learning,  challenge a student’s assumptions,  and provoke curiosity.  Of all the aspects of my job,  classroom teaching is the most rewarding and I consider it a privilege to share my clinical expertise with students.  My classes include fundamental information for midwives and nurse practitioners. I continually strive to improve my courses in response to student feedback to enhance the learning experience.  I am quick to add technological enhancements while maintaining a solid foundation in scientific inquiry.

Courses I Teach

  • NURS 6115 - Gynecological Management
    Assists the student in the advanced clinical management of women's health from menarche to menopause. Focus is on office care for women experiencing a variety of challenging problems. Care of adolescent, midlife and elderly women in their appropriate context is taught. Women's emotional, family, community and psychological health is considered.
  • NURS 6116 - Well Woman Health Management
    Assists the student in the advanced clinical management of women's health from menarche to menopause. Focus is on office care for women experiencing a variety of challenging problems. Advanced office treatments and procedures are learned. Reproductive health in the postpartum to gynecologic care transition period is covered. Care of adolescent, midlife and elderly women in their appropriate family, social and cultural context is taught. Complimentary therapies are explored.
  • NURS 7611 - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
    The first in a series, this course introduces nurse midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner students to the philosophy and role of the independent practitioner in the ambulatory setting. Students apply didactic knowledge and clinical skills in the provision of women’s health care throughout the life span, with an emphasis on normal findings, and routine management of normal pregnancy and well woman gynecologic care. Students will practice techniques of assessment, beginning awareness of management approaches. Students work under the close supervision of faculty preceptors. This is a Credit / No Credit course.
  • NURS 7825 - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum V
    The fifth in a series, women’s health nurse practitioner students in this course build on the skills and knowledge gained in didactic courses and Practicums I-IV. Students transition to a safe beginning practitioner. This clinical experience is at sites that best match the students’ learning needs. Faculty determine the site in collaboration with the students. Students are expected to apply previous didactic and clinical knowledge and experience in the care of women throughout the life span. During this clinical experience students function semi-autonomously under the supervision of a preceptors. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner students will register for 4 credit hours. Students who are completing both the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major and the Nurse Midwifery major will determine the number of credit hours needed in consultation with the Specialty Director. This is a Credit / No Credit course.
  • NURS 7827 - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Practicum VI
    The final in a series, women’s health nurse practitioner students in this course build on the skills and knowledge gained in didactic courses and Practicums I-IV. Students transition to a safe beginning practitioner. This clinical experience is at sites that best match the students’ learning needs. Faculty determine the site in collaboration with the students. Students are expected to apply previous didactic and clinical knowledge and experience in the care of women throughout the life span. During this clinical experience students function semi-autonomously under the supervision of a preceptors. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner students will register for 4 credit hours. Students who are completing both the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major and the Nurse Midwifery major will determine the number of credit hours needed in consultation with the Specialty Director. This is a Credit / No Credit course.