Throughout her 40-plus year career as a registered nurse, Dr. Rishel has worked in direct care and leadership roles in a variety of settings including adult ICU/CCU, high acuity inpatient pulmonary unit and adult and pediatric bone marrow transplant/hematology/oncology. She has held national certifications in medical/surgical nursing, case management and currently is a certified oncology nurse (OCN). Additional experiences include providing leadership for inpatient risk management, quality management and the development of case management services for a large regional health-care corporation. She has several years of hospice and palliative care leadership experience in a free-standing hospice program and an inpatient palliative care program.
Dr. Rishel earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Arizona, where she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research study, “The Realization of Parental Knowing: End-of-Life Decision Making in Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation.” She has been published in Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF) and Chinese Nursing Management. She is a peer reviewer for ONF and Qualitative Health Research and has been the associate editor for the Leadership and Professional Development column in ONF since 2012. She also holds a clinical associate professor position at the UA College of Nursing. In this capacity, she has taught in the high acuity med/surgical BSN program, the doctoral program and is a lead faculty member in the RN-MSN program.
Dr. Rishel is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honorary. Her research interests include pediatric oncology, end-of-life issues/symptom management for pediatric patients and their families, pediatric palliative care, moral distress in nurses caring for pediatric oncology/transplant patients at the end-of-life and parent decision-making at the end of life.