ADN, Northern Kentucky U., 1977; Bachelor of science in nursing, Northern Kentucky U., 1989; MSN, U. Cincinnati, 1991; postgraduate, U. Cincinnati.
Staff nurse, Holmes division U. Cincinnati, 1977-1987; staff nurse, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, Kentucky, 1989-1990; staff nurse, Mercy Hospital-Anderson, Cincinnati, 1990-1992. Research associate, clinical instructor U. Cincinnati College Nursing and Health, 1992-1993.
Member ANA, AACN, Emergency Nurses Association, American Heart Association, Sigma Theta Tau.
Married Daniel J. Courtade, June 22, 1985. Children: Christopher Ryan, Nicole Danielle.