Katie Osborn, R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D.
Katie Osborn R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D., was first introduced to the profession of nursing at St. Francis School of Nursing in San Francisco, where she received her diploma. She went on to obtain a bachelor in science in nursing from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), a master’s of science from the University of California, San Francisco, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.
Katie’s clinical practice began at St. Francis hospital in the burn intensive care unit. After moving to Sacramento in 1975, Katie went to work for Sutter General hospital in the intensive care unit. In 1979, while continuing to work at Sutter General, Katie joined the faculty at CSUS, division of nursing, as a part-time lecturer.
In 1990, Katie became a full time faculty and continued to move up the academic ladder to full professor in 1999. Katie remained at CSUS for more than 30 years, teaching bachelor and master’s degree nursing students, as well as teaching nurses in hospital in service and continuing education programs. Her expertise includes program and course development, didactic lecturing, and clinical supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. She also has been actively involved in nursing research and publication throughout her clinical and teaching career.
Since 1999, Katie has participated as a nurse educator on humanitarian surgical missions to Laos, Africa, Vietnam, Honduras, Bangladesh, and Ecuador. She teaches the local nurses and doctors about health care and disease prevention. In addition, Katie manages the patients after discharge from the recovery room.
In 2009, Katie published a nursing textbook: Medical Surgical Nursing: Preparation for Practice. Katie was the lead author on the text that had 61 contributors from the United States and Canada. In 2010, Katie published an online self paced tutorial: ECG: The Art and Science of Interpretation.
Katie’s honors include the “Heroes in Healthcare” community service award for her humanitarian work from the Coalition for Excellence in Healthcare, a division of the Health Communication Research Institute of Northern California. This award included commendations from the mayor and the state legislature. She also received the community service award from CSUS for her humanitarian work and her service to student development. In 1995, a perpetual faculty award was begun in her honor by the graduating class: The Guiding Light Award for Outstanding Performance by a Nursing Faculty. Katie is one of the founding members of the Zeta Ata chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.
Katie joined the UC Davis Medical Center clinical education department in May 2010, as a nurse educator. Her job description includes teaching the educators’ curriculum development and assisting with development of educational programs.