Faculty Profile

Sandra Bleza, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor



Sandra.Bleza@valpo.edu


Biography

Professor Bleza joined the faculty in 2009 and teaches in the undergraduate program. Her extensive clinical experience in critical care environments includes medical, surgical and neuro intensive care; open heart recovery; trauma and emergency care. Priorto teaching at Valpo, she worked as a clinical nurse educator in emergency and critical care. Her scholarly interests include critical thinking and caring intechnologically advanced environments. Professor Bleza is a practicing parish nurse and active volunteer, leading the initiation and development of anautomated external defibrillator (AED) program at a local church and school, and provides ongoing AED, CPR and first aid training through the American Heart Association. She received the Graduate Faculty Excellence Award in 2009. Professor Bleza co-authored a health promotion chapter in School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text (2nd Edition). She is a member of the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Professor Bleza currently serves as the Zeta Epsilon Chapter secretary and is the faculty advisor for Valparaiso University's Student Nurses Association.

Education

MSN - Valparaiso University 2009
BSN - Oakland University 1990

Certifications

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider

Areas of Specialization

  • Emergency and critical care

Professional Affiliations

  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing