Naomi Zurba is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing and Clinical Site Coordinator at the University of Providence’s School of Health Professions. With over two decades of experience in the nursing field, Zurba brings a wealth of practical knowledge to her role as a nurse educator in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Anchorage program. Zurba is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Capella University. In addition, Zurba holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Education from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberland College of Nursing.
Zurba’s professional background is equally impressive and diverse. In addition to her role as Clinical Site Coordinator for the Anchorage Alaska Clinical Site, Zurba also works as a regional Supervisor of Education for Critical Access Hospitals and Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals. Leading to her current professional and educational positions include working fourteen years as a Registered Nurse and over ten years of experience working as a clinical nurse educator. Zurba has also held roles in staff development.
- Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Capella University (In Progress)
- Master of Science in Nursing | Nurse Education, Western Governors University
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Chamberland College of Nursing
- Associate Degree of Nursing, Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing
- Anchorage Alaska Clinical Site Coordinator, 2023 – Current
- Regional Supervisor Education Critical Access Hospitals/Long Term Acute Care Hospital, 2022 – Current
- Staff Development Coordinator, 2021 – 2022
- Clinical Nurse Educator, 2009 – 2020
- Registered Nurse, 1995 – 2009
- Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Providence, 2023 – Current
- Clinical Adjunct Instructor, University of Providence, 2020
- Association for Womens’ Health, Obstetrical, Newborn Nurses (AWHONN)
- Association for Nursing Professional Development
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
- Nursing Professional Development, Board Certified (NPD-BC)
- Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Certification (RNC-OB)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor
- Collaborative Institutional Review Board Training Initiative (CITI)
- High-Reliability Leader Training
- Development Dimensions International Leadership Development (DDI)
- Nurse Educator of the Year, March of Dimes Alaska
- PAMC Leader Award, Aspen Award Winner
- ABSN: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- NRS 313: Nursing Practice Fundamental
- NRS 372: Nursing Concepts I
- NRS 421: Nursing Leadership
- NRS 430: Clinical Concepts I
- NRS 450: Transition to Nursing Practice
- NRS 474: Nursing Concepts III
- Admissions Committee, Member
- Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Faculty, Member
Three Questions With Naomi Zurba
- What do you enjoy doing outside of academia?
- I enjoy travel – from being a tourist to other countries or the U.S., staying in hotels, backpacking, and public use cabins. I like seeing different aspects of life and getting out into nature.
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
- Teleporting so I could get to more places quicker. But only if I can take items with me. Then I could meet more of my travel goals without time taken up in airplanes, cars, etc.
- What is the most interesting or unique course you have ever taught?
- Patient-Centered Care to new nurse residents in the residency program at Providence Alaska Medical Center. It was challenging to find ways to assist nurses in considering all the aspects of life that have had an effect on our patients. I wanted to help pass on things that took me a long time to learn so nurses could have more empathy when caring for struggling patients.