Nursing and Health Studies Program

Andrea Kovalesky

Andrea Kovalesky
Associate Professor

University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE
Box 358532
Bothell, WA 98011

PH: 425.352.5367
FAX: 425.352.3237
Office: UW1-231

Teaching Philosophy

To encourage students to critically explore and refine how various theoretical frameworks reflect and articulate the realities of their own professional and personal experiences.

Courses Taught

  • BCUSP 117      Arts and Healthcare (Also as BHLTH 497)
  • BNURS 350      Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • BNURS 409      Community Health Nursing - Focus on substance use
  • BNURS 410      Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing
  • BNURS 507      Advanced Roles in Nursing Practice
  • BNURS 508      Ethics and Aesthetics
  • BNURS 520      Nursing Research I
  • BHLTH 497      Alcoholism in U.S. Films
  • BEDUC 423      Health, Fitness, and Issues of Abuse

Research Interests

The use of the arts in healthcare; autoethnography and the visual arts.

Global Professional Activities

Visiting Professor, Psychology, LCC International College, Klaipeda, Lithuania, May, 2006

Workshop Leader, A.P.P.L.E. (American Professional Parenting with Lithuanian Education), Preventing and Addressing Problematic Alcohol use in school children, Lithuania, July 2004

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • UWB Distinguished Teacher Award, 2001
  • Huckabay Teaching Fellowship Mentor, UW, 2001-2002
  • International Nurses Society on Addictions research grant, 2001
  • Worthington Scholarship Award, 2000 - 01, 2005 - 06
  • UWB Undergraduate Student Research Grant, 2005 - 06
  • International Nurses Society on Addiction, Additictions Nursing, and the Arts Grant award "The use of the arts in recovery"
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Undergraduate Curriculum Development Institute: The Educated Citizen and Public Health, in Crystal City, VA


  • PhD, Nursing Science, University of Washington, Seattle
  • MA, Theology, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California 1990
  • MSN, Perinatal Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • BSN, University of San Francisco

Clinical Experience

  • Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
  • U. S. Army Nurse Corps
  • Seattle King County Public Health
  • Providence Childrens Center, Everett, WA
  • L.A. School District

Clinical Background

Certification in Addictions Nursing, since 1994
Public Health Department of Seattle-King County
Providence Medical Center, Everett - Program for children of mothers with addictions
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Pediatric Nurse Specialist
Neonatal intensive care, school nursing, developmental disabilities nursing
US Army Nurse Corps, 1973-1976

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Factors influencying registered nurses' promotion of social justice for the seriously mentally ill in Washington state hospitals, mid 20th century." Madness, citizenship and social justice - A human rights conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 13, 2008.

Teramoto, T., Hirose, T., Kovalesky, A., Kang, R., Sawada, K., and &Usui, M. (2006).  Public Health support system for low birth weight infants in the state of Washington, USA.  Japanese Journal of Child Nursing, 29(6), 781-783. (Article in Japanese)

Kovalesky, A.  (2005).  Correctional facilities as clinical placement sites for registered nurses in undergraduate programs.  Journal of Correctional Health Care, 11(2), 125-135.

Teramoto, T., Hirose, T., Kovalesky, A., Kang, R., & Barnard, K.  (2005).  Parenting support systems for premature infants in the U.S.:  An investigation in the states of Washington and Colorado.  Perinatal Medicine , (Japan), 35(75), 997-1000. (article in Japanese.)

Kovalesky, A.  (2005).  Poster, A Graduate-Level Aesthetics Course for Nurses, Society for the Arts in Healthcare Annual Conference,  Edmonton, Alberta.

Kovalesky A. 2004. Women and substance abuse. Nursing Clinics of North America, 39(1), 205 - 217

Kovalesky A & Williams W. 2003. Feature films with alcohol concerns identified by upper-division college students. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 14(2), 91-6.

Kovalesky A. 2003. Assisting faith communities in addressing alcohol and drug abuse concerns of their members and local community. Health Ministries Association annual national conference, Valley Forge, PA.

Kovalesky A. 2001. Factors affecting mother-child visiting identified by women with histories of substance abuse and child custody loss. Child Welfare, LXXX(6), 749-768.

Kovalesky A & Flagler S. 1997. Child placement issues of women with addictions. JOGNN, 26(5), 585-592.

Did You Know?

UW Bothell ranks second in the state of Washington in terms of bachelor of science graduates in computer science.