Dr. Siegrist graduated from WKU with an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in 1973, a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in 1975, and a MS in Community Health Nursing and Nursing Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990. She earned her doctorate in post-secondary education from the University of Louisville and WKU in 1999. Dr. Siegrist was among the first group of nursing faculty to receive recognition as a Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing and is also a nurse educator for the International Parish Nurse Resource Center in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Siegrist taught nursing at WKU from 1977-1985 returning in 1989. During the years of 1985-1977 she worked as the clinical administrator a multi-state homecare agency now known as Lifeline Home Care and as a nurse manager for the Barren River District Health Department with responsibilities in the woman’s health, homecare and hospice divisions. She moved from teaching undergraduate public health courses to coordinating the MSN program in 2000 and currently teaches health policy, nursing educ ation and a parish nurse elective at WKU.
She is a member of the Kentucky Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Theta Chapter, Kentucky Public Health Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the National League for Nursing.
Dr. Siegrist is active on the boards of many community boards including the Warren County Board of Health and the Kentucky Cancer Program District Cancer Board and volunteers as a local parish nurse. She is the author of numerous grants and publications including being a contributing author to the past three editions of Community Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations edited by Nies & McEwen, WB Saunders Publishers. The chapters, currently in revision include Parish Health and Family Health. Her research interests include spirituality and evidence-based nursing practices among faith community nursing. She is currently working with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center Research Committee. Dr. Siegrist has Regular Graduate Faculty Status with the Graduate School