DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Munden joined the College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty in January 2014. She holds a Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult nursing, and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She was awarded the Valparaiso University Alumni Association Distinguished Student Award for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, and the Graduate Faculty Academic Excellence Award. Dr. Munden’s clinical background includes pediatrics, medical, surgical, occupational health, plastic surgery/aesthetics, dermatology, family practice, and acute care. She maintains clinical expertise as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the retail healthcare setting at Minute Clinic, where she mentors FNP students and serves as a qualified delegate to new graduates. As an advanced practice nurse, Professor Munden has been an active board member of the Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice (SNAP) in northwest Indiana for five years, currently serving as the organization’s vice president. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Professor Munden has participated in research with Dr. Nola Schmidt, and Health Visions Midwest, through the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health U.S. grant. Data collected was used to bring positive changes in Lake County by addressing infant mortality and morbidity among Hispanic populations. Professor Munden’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) evidence-based practice project, Healthy Skin is IN: A Multifaceted Sun Safety Program for Adolescents, was developed as a result of her experiences treating skin cancer, and ongoing research interests in sun safety education and skin cancer prevention among adolescents. She presented her DNP EBP project at the Midwest Nursing Research Consortium and Valparaiso University’s Alumni Association Graduate Research Symposium in 2013.
- BSN – Purdue North Central 2005
- FNP – Valparaiso University 2008
- DNP – Valparaiso University 2013