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Lida Dekker's Research Department of Nursing

Lida Dekker, EdD, MN, RN, PHCNS-BC

Phone: (360) 546-9269
Fax: (360) 546-9398
Located in Library (VLIB) 210 P
Office Hours: by appointment


  • EdD Teacher Leadership WSU 2014
  • MN WSU 2006
  • Certificate Nurse-Midwifery LA County/ Univ So. Calif Med School 1986
  • BSN Calif State Univ Hayward 1980
  • BFA Univ. of Kansas 1970

About Lida Dekker

Lida Dekker is a Clinical Associate Professor at WSU College of Nursing Vancouver. She has been teaching in the RN-to-BSN Program since 2007 and became the Program Director in 2014.  Her research focus is on exploring the meaning and practice of cultural safety in nursing practice and education.   She was the originator of Cultural Safety and Social Justice in Global Society (N455) and has been teaching this course since January 2008. Her interest in cultural safety grew into collaborative research and into the core content of N455 and her doctoral dissertation, completed in 2014 as part of her EdD in Teacher Leadership at WSU.

Lida became a nurse in 1980 and a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 1986.  She has assisted at several thousand births over 30 years.  She was a founder, Clinical Director, and full-scope CNM in a licensed, accredited, freestanding birth center in Marin County, CA for 10 years. She then moved to Oahu in the state of Hawaii and practiced in various settings, including on contract at the Tripler Army Medical Center.   She moved back to the mainland in 2003 and decided to focus on being a teacher of nurses. She is passionate about preventive care, client health education, and educating nurses to be reflective, self-aware, compassionate practitioners in order to thrive in the profession and to provide the best care to clients.

Please communicate with me freely and often.  This program is designed for you to explore your own cultural identities and to learn how to be effective in creating a healing environment with clients who may not share your values or way of being in the world. Sharing your experiences and resources is how we will learn from each other.



Course IDTitleMeeting TimeLocationSemesterSyllabus
N440Population Health TheoryTuesdaysVECS 105Fall
N455Cultural Safety and Social Justice in Global SocietySpring
N495 [CAPS for RN-BSN Program]Advanced Clinical PracticumasynchronousOnlineSpring