Registered Nurse, Lutheran Medical Center School Nursing, Cleveland, 1981. MSN, University Illinois College Nursing, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University Illinois College Nursing, 1991.
Staff nurse Intensive Care Unit/stepdown Deaconess Hospital, Cleveland, 1981-1984. Clin nurse Surgical Intensive Care Unit University Illinois Hospital, Chicago, 1984—2000, teaching/research assistant, 1987-1999. Assistant to director nursing research support services Rush University College of Nursing, since 1991, associate professor, 1992—2005, professor, since 2005.
Nurse practitioner Our Lady of the Resurrection MC, Chicago, since 2000. Adjunct faculty University Illinois College Nursing, Chicago, since 1992. Member continuing education advisory board Nurseweek, 2003^.
Fellow: Institute Medicine of Chicago, American College Critical Care Medicine, American Academy Nurse Practitioners, American Academy Nursing (chair acute/critical care expert panel). Member: American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (member advanced practice advisory team Aliso Viejo, California 1996-1999, Civil Engineering test writer since 1998, Wyeth-Ayerst Mentor award 1994, Excellence in Education award 2005), American Heart Association (council CV nursing), American College Nurse Practitioners, National Organization Nurse Practitioner Faculties (board member), Society Critical Care Medicine (member program committee), Midwest Nursing Research Society (Outstanding Research Achievement award Acute Care Nursing Research section 2003), Sigma Theta Tau (president/vice president 1995-1997, chair research committee since 2001, Nursing Recognition award 1999).
Married Horace Mann Nowell, November 4, 1989. 1 child, Horace.