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Heather Vartanian, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

President and Dean


PhD, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
MSN, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
BSN, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 


Professional Certifications

Adult Nurse Practitioner
Basic Life Support

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute care
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Preventative Health

Professional Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Wisconsin Nurses Association 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International - Tau Sigma-at-Large Chapter President

Recent Publications

Vartanian, H.K., Bobay, K. L., Weiss, M. E., (2013). Nurses’ Perceptions of Sustainability of Magnet Efforts. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(3), 166-171.  doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e318283dca7

Recent Presentations

Vartanian, H. & Topp, R. A comparison of antecedents of regular exercise among obese women who do and do not achieve weight loss during six months. Interactive poser session at the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, IN, November 16-20, 2014.

Vartanian, H., Bobay, K., & Weiss, M.  Nurses’ Perceptions of Magnet Sustainability.  Interactive poster session at the 37th Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference. Chicago, IL, March 7-10, 2013.