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Sonja Meiers


Director and Professor

Winona State University

Sonja J. Meiers, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Graduate Nursing, Winona State University in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. She has been named as a Fellow in the Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is currently President of the International Family Nursing Association.

Dr. Meiers has an exemplary career in nursing practice, education, and research leadership spanning 43 years since graduating with a Diploma in Nursing from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. An experienced clinician in pediatric, adult, family, home care, and gerontologic nursing, Dr. Meiers is a leader admired for her perseverance, collaborative style, and ability to guide teams in a data-driven manner. Dr. Meiers’ research contributions include identification of processes that families use to integrate chronic illness into family life, measurement of the family integration experiences in chronic illness, testing of an intervention to improve family health in chronic illness, and use of community-based participatory research methods to enhance family health. She intentionally presses the bounds of clinical scholarship as a clinical nurse specialist and builds academic-practice partnerships that enhance student readiness for advanced nursing practice. Dr. Meiers is an admired international family nursing leader, having led two inspiring international conferences, served as a journal reviewer, and published over 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in family nursing.

Dr. Meiers received a BSN from the College of St. Teresa, an MS from Winona State University, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.

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