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Liz Close

Liz Close

Park City, UT


Educational/Research, Management/Admin/Leadership, School Health


Professional Achievements:

Executive Director of the Utah Nurses Association and Nursing Expert/Consultant for the AARP Center to Champion Nursing in America.  In the latter role worked with states across the country to implement recommendations of the 2011 Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health. 

Professor Emerita and retired Department of Nursing Chair at Sonoma State University.  Over 40 years of career dedicated to undergraduate and graduate nursing education in major state university systems including the University of Utah, the Pennsylvania State University and two campuses of the California State University system.

Instrumental in developing the California Collaborative Model for Nursing Education (CCMNE) to meet California State legislative mandate for seamless ADN to BSN academic progression.  Established the first sustainable collaborative ADN-BSN program in California between Sonoma State University and five area community colleges (Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College, Solano College, College of Marin and Mendocino College).  Specific area of expertise is the Shared Curriculum Model for ADN to BSN progression which eliminates all degree requirement duplication and seamlessly builds on ADN curriculum to complete BSN degree requirements effectively decreasing time to degree and unnecessary student and university costs for RN-BSN education.

Recent publications:

Close, L. & Orlowski, C. (2015, Dec). Advancing Associate Degree in Nursing-to-Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing academic progression: The California Collaborative Model for Nursing Education. Journal of Nursing Education 54(12), 683-688.

Close, L., Gorski, M.S., Sroczynski, M., Farmer, P., & Wartock, J. (2015, Dec). Shared Curriculum Model: A promising practice for education transformation. Journal of Nursing Education 54(12), 677-682.

Jones, D., & Close, L. (Nov/Dec 2015). California Collaborative Model for Nursing Education: Building a higher educated nursing workforce. Nursing Economic$ 33(6), 335-341.

Gorski, M.S., Farmer, P., Sroczynski, M., Close, L., & Wartock, J. (2015, Sep). Nursing education transformation: Promising practices in academic progression. Journal of Nursing Education 54(9), 509-515.

Work History

Utah Nurses Association in Salt Lake City, UT
Executive Director — April, 2018 to present
Center to Champion Nursing in America (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & AARP) in Washington, DC
Nurse Expert Consultant — November, 2011 to present

Education History

University of California, San Francisco
August, 1994

University of California, San Francisco
December, 1977

University of California, San Francisco
June, 1975