School of Nursing Faculty and Staff
- Assistant Professor
- Med Center/WKU Health Sciences Complex
Dr. Riddle graduated from Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne, IN in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing (Educator concentration) from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY in December 2012, and her PhD in Nursing (Occupational and Environmental Health concentration) from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY in May 2021. Her dissertation was titled, “Risk Factors for Workplace Sexual Harassment in Female Truck Drivers.”
She began her teaching career in 2003; she taught a clinical section for Licensed Practical Nurses at Kentucky Community and Technical College Services (KCTCS) for one semester. She returned to teaching in 2011 for Western Kentucky University as a part-time clinical instructor in the pre-licensure BSN program. She became a full-time instructor in the pre-licensure program in August 2013. She moved to the RN to BSN program in August 2014 where she taught Transcultural Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Pharmacology, and High Acuity. She returned to the pre-licensure program in Spring 2019. She currently coordinates and teaches Community Health Nursing, didactic, and teaches Community Health Nursing, clinical.
Dr. Riddle’s nursing experience includes time spent as a charge nurse/staff nurse in extended care facilities, as a health department nurse, as an ICU nurse in a small community hospital, as a flight nurse, as an Emergency Room nurse, as a House Supervisor, and as a racetrack nurse. She currently holds her Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) credential, her Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) credential, and her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic license. She also holds certifications in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). She is an instructor (and holds her certification) in Basic Life Support (BLS). She continues to stay current in practice as an Emergency Room nurse, House Supervisor, and racetrack nurse. Dr. Riddle is also a volunteer firefighter where she serves as a Lieutenant, medical officer, and training officer.
Dr. Riddle’s membership affiliations include: American Nurses Association (ANA), Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Kentucky Emergency Nurses Association (KYENA), National League for Nurses (NLN), Kentucky League for Nurses (KLN), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)-Kappa Theta Chapter, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), and Women in Trucking (WIT). She has served on KNA’s Research and Education Cabinet, served as President of the local KNA Chapter (REACH), served as the secretary/treasurer for the local KYENA chapter, and was a marketing and membership committee member for AAOHN. She is currently serving as REACH’s Vice-President and is a board member for WKU’s chapter of Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (KANS).
Dr. Riddle’s research interests include workplace sexual violence (i.e., sexual harassment and sexual assault), general violence, safety, and health of women in male-dominated occupations (specifically commercial truck drivers, firefighters, and EMS).