Faculty Profile

Heidi Monroe

Heidi Monroe

Associate Professor of Nursing

Email: monroh@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2726
Office: SHS 222

Education: BS, Seattle Pacific University, 1989; MSN, Seattle Pacific University, 2007; PhD, Seattle Pacific University, 2017. At SPU since 2007.

Heidi Monroe started teaching full time at SPU in 2007 while continuing in practice as a pediatric registered nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she worked for 26 years. She has long been associated with SPU, and graduated from the same program in which she now teaches. Dr. Monroe has built extensive nursing experience since 1989, working in pediatric acute, ambulatory, and community settings. She has developed a deep appreciation for children and their families and seeks to promote excellent nursing care to help them thrive.

Dr. Monroe’s teaching and research also focus on the education and practice of clinical ethics in nursing. Her doctoral dissertation, Education and Experience in Nursing Professional Values Development described opportunities and obstacles in nurses’ alignment with the nursing code of ethics. Additional research has been in the area of diversifying the nursing workforce, specifically related to men in the profession. Her thesis, Recruitment and Retention of Men in Pediatric Nursing: Their Perceptions and Experiences in a Regional Pediatric Medical Center described the challenges and rewards experienced by men caring for children and their families in their nursing careers. In 2021, Dr. Monroe published a book co-authored with Dr. Richard Steele, Professor Emeritus of Moral & Historical Theology, titled Christian Ethics and Nursing Practice (Wipf & Stock).

While at SPU, Dr. Monroe has taught courses in professional identity, pediatric nursing, community health nursing, nursing ethics, senior synthesis nursing, nursing leadership, research, university seminar, and colloquium.

Selected Publications:
Steele, R. B., & Monroe, H. A. (2020). Christian ethics and nursing practice. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.
Monroe, H.A. (2019). Nurses’ professional values: Influences of experience and ethics education. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(9-10), 2009-2019.

Heidi Monroe

Why I Teach at SPU

Heidi Monroe, Associate Professor of Nursing

“I teach at SPU to give back to my community in this place, and beyond. It is a joy to contribute to the advising, teaching, and formation of new nurses and to promote their highest level of professionalism, competence, and caring. I am honored to collaborate with other Christian educators to graduate men and women who will go on to do incredible things.”