School of Nursing and Health Studies

Andrea Kovalesky, Associate Professor Emeritus

Andrea Kovalesky

Andrea Kovalesky, PhD, RN 
Associate Professor Emeritus

Andrea Kovalesky began her nursing career as a pediatric nurse in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Following discharge, Andrea continued in pediatrics in the Los Angeles Schools and California Regional Center systems, and then at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 10 years, initially in ophthalmology and then in rheumatology. Upon moving to Washington State Andrea worked for Public Health Seattle King County, and in a program for new mothers working through drug/alcohol issues. She was certified in Addiction Nursing for 12 years. At UWB since 1997, Andrea won the UWB Distinguished Teaching Medal in 2001 and served as interim director of the UWB CUSP (general education) program in 2009-2010.


Andrea is currently studying (1) the use of arts in recovery from drug/alcohol issues, and (2) what influence a course on the use of the arts in healthcare has on the nursing practice and self-care of RNs in an RN to BSN program. Andrea also serves as a qualitative research consultant, and is interested in the use of visual arts as an autoethnography method for persons with cancer or drug/alcohol concerns. With UWB alumna Denise Eckerlin and VA psychologist Mathew Jacupcek Andrea helped write an article on male military sexual assault that was published as the cover article in the Sep 2016 issue of the American Journal of Nursing and won the 2016 AJN Mentor Award.  Andrea is currently working on becoming certified as a Holistic Nurse later this year.  


University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
  • Doctorate in Nursing Science
  • Dissertation topic: Women who use cocaine or heroin and lose child custody
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California
  • MA Theology
University of California
San Francisco, California
  • MS Nursing
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
  • BS Nursing
  • summer spent in Soviet Union to study language and art






Courses Taught

  • Arts in Healthcare
  • Health of Veterans
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Nursing Research
  • Community Health
  • Family Health