Sharon Roller

Sharon received her Bachelor's of Science in nursing at Azusa Pacific University in California and immediately began working for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, California. She has remained at Sharp Healthcare for her entire 25 year career but has had a variety of roles in perinatal nursing: staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical educator, administrative nurse, nursing supervisor and lactation consultant. She became board certified in high-risk perinatal nursing in 1983 and has maintained that certification to the present. After twenty years in nursing, she completed her Master's degree in nursing education and administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona with the goal of teaching nursing in a University setting at the Bachelor's or Master's level. She worked as a clinical instructor in perinatal nursing for a local university and taught NCLEX review courses after completing the Master's degree. Sharon's passion for mother's and babies also led her to become a certified lactation consultant. While continuing to practice in the hospital setting, Sharon is now a full-time assistant professor of nursing at National University in San Diego, California. She is the lead faculty for the Childbearing Family nursing courses in this accelerated, non-traditional BSN program. She teaches both theory and clinical and finds actively working in the perinatal environment keeps her classroom instruction exciting and current.

Sharon has been an active member and currently holds a leadership position in the San Diego chapter of Association for Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, La Leche League and the International Lactation Consultant Association.

Since perinatal patient care and education has been the focus of her career, Sharon chose to pursue the Doctorate in Nursing Practice when returning to graduate school. She is currently a distance learning student in the DNP program at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. During her home schooling years and in her nursing experiences, she has come in contact with several Deaf individuals and recognized the unique needs of these individuals and their families. Sharon began taking American Sign Language courses to enable her to communicate with these individuals and better understand the Deaf culture. She continues to pursue ASL. Understanding and better serving the needs of Deaf individuals and her passion for mothers and babies has lead her to focus her DNP work on perinatal education of Deaf women. Sharon will be exploring these women's perceptions of their preparation for childbirth and ability to care for themselves and their babies at home. Following completion of her doctorate, Sharon has plans to author a book reflecting the findings of her research. Sharon will continue to teach nursing students in the BSN and MSN programs. She hopes that her lifelong love of perinatal nursing and learning will be passed on to nurses of the future as she continues to "pay it forward" in her role as a nurse educator.