Martha Sturgeon, DNP

Instructional Faculty,
Department of Nursing

Dr. Martha Sturgeon currently works as a nurse practitioner for a hospice organization in addition to teaching online courses. She is a lifelong learner and has earned several degrees culminating in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). As a registered nurse for 40 years and a nurse practitioner for 17 years, her career has focused on medical surgical nursing and adult health. Her professional experience includes oncology, pain management, cardiology, case management, program development, quality improvement, and nursing education. She holds national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

For Dr. Sturgeon, nursing has been an outstanding career choice. Her goals continue to include professional development and assisting patients and families to achieve their health goals. The nursing theorist Imogene King and her Theory of Goal Attainment (1981) have been her blueprint for patient care and nursing practice.

Dr. Sturgeon has had the privilege of observing and participating in the development of the nursing profession as the Nurse Practitioner role has emerged during the last 30 years. She recognizes that the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is in a position to assume the general and specialized healthcare needs of the American public, with the goal of providing low cost, high quality care.


  • Bachelor's in Nursing
    Oakland University
  • Degree in Nursing
    Oakland University
  • Master's in Nursing
    Oakland University

Research Interests

I am interested in pain management and end of life care. I also have a great interest in nursing and patient education.