Dr. Janet Atarthi-Dugan CCRN-E, CNE is a nurse educator with 19+ years of experience as a nurse and nurse educator. Her career has encompassed practice as a critical care nurse and unit educator, a clinical instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, nursing faculty at Stratford University and the University of Mary Washington. Dr. Atarthi-Dugan’s commitment to education stems from the belief that the advancement of professional nursing is achieved through lifelong learning and a commitment to evidence-informed practice.
“As healthcare continues to evolve and become more complex, nurses need to be prepared to assume expanded roles,” she said. “Nurses are in a unique position to advocate for changes that extend beyond the bedside and positively impact outcomes for patient populations instead of individuals.”
Dr. Atarthi-Dugan began her career as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy. Following a six-year enlistment, she pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of San Francisco. She has continued her education with a Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) from George Mason University and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Saint Francis College of Nursing. Her experience as an adult learner influences the student-centered approach that is the hallmark of the BSN Completion (BSN-C) program at the University of Mary Washington.
“Nurses, who often work rotating shifts or erratic hours, need a program that meets their needs and allows for a work-life balance. We strive to be flexible and allow our students to attend either full time or part-time.”
Along with the higher-level nursing courses, the curriculum includes courses which allow nurses to make connections between their everyday situations and the liberal arts disciplines. Courses include writing arts, medical ethics, and higher-level sociology/psychology courses.
Dr. Atarthi-Dugan lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children, and rescue cat named Bailey. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching football (GO Niners!), and traveling.
For more information about the program, please contact the nursing program at BSNprogram@umw.edu.