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Teresa Russell

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program B.S. Nursing (BSN)

Dr. Teresa Russell has been a nurse and educator for over 45 years, specializing in care of the older adult, gerontological research, and nursing education. She has been a nurse educator for Southwest Baptist University, Cox College, and Lincoln University. Dr. Russell received her Doctor of Nursing Research in 2010 from the University of Missouri. Dr. Russell began her career in critical care nursing, moving to nursing administration, then to nursing education.
As an online nurse educator, Dr. Russell has been a contributing faculty member at Walden University, Health Sciences, School of Nursing since 2010 and teaches in the RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs. Courses taught include topics in clinical nursing, informatics, issues and trends, and health delivery systems.
Dr. Russell has published nursing journal articles on quality management, pain management, and gerontological nursing. Dr. Russell has been a critical care clinician, patient care services director, and consultant for mental health placement programs. She is active in community health through parish nursing and American Heart Association volunteer activities.
Dr. Russell is a member of the National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.

Courses Taught

NURS 4005 - Topics in Clinical Nursing

NURS 3000 - Issues and Trends in Nursing

NURS 3005 - The Context of Healthcare Delivery

NURS 6015 - Information and Healthcare Technologies Applied to Nursing Practice


PhD, University of Missouri

MSN, University of Missouri

BSN, Central Methodist University - Fayette, MO United States

ADN, Missouri Southern State College - Joplin, MO United States


Russell, T. L., Madsen, R. W., Flesner, M., Rantz, M. J. (2010). Pain management in nursing homes: what do quality measure scores tell us?. Journal of gerontological nursing.

Rantz, M. J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., Flesner, M., Hicks, L., Mehr, D., Russell, T. L., Minner, D. (2013). The influence of teams to sustain quality improvement in nursing homes that "need improvement".. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.


Russell, T. L. (2007). Barriers and Facilitators for Pain Management in Long Term Care. University of Missouri School of Nursing.

Russell, T. L. (2009). Implementation of Quality and Safety Initiatives in Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau Springfield MO chapter.

Russell, T. L. (2006). Leadership & Conflict Resolution in Long Term Care. Missouri League for Nursing.

Russell, T. (2013). Pain Management in the Older Adult: Barriers and Facilitators . Little Rock Black Nurses Association.

Russell, T. L. (2009). The ABC's of Clinical Evaluation. Southwest Baptist College of Nursing.