Lonna Boen, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor, Nursing Phone 816-501-3688

Lonna Boen, RN, MSN has been an instructor at Avila University since 1994. She provides theory and clinical instruction to undergraduate students in the area of medical-surgical nursing. Her main teaching focus is in the areas of health assessment, pharmacology, and beginning-level medical-surgical nursing. Lonna is the coordinator of the School of Nursing Admissions Committee. She advises a large group of nursing students at the University, is a Faculty Athletic Representative, and is very active in the academic community on campus. She also participates in a variety of volunteer activities in the community including assisting with Covid-19 mass vaccination clinics during the pandemic.

Lonna’s past practice experience has been in the area of medical-surgical nursing as a staff nurse and as an outpatient clinic manager for a hospital in South Dakota. Following graduation from her master’s program, Lonna became project coordinator for a large NIH Grant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Lonna also provided clinical instruction for students at UNMC in their undergraduate nursing program prior to moving to Kansas City. She received her BSN from South Dakota State University and her MSN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1984.

Lonna was named the 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 Avila University Professor of the Year.

Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Health & Illness II, Nursing Capstone
BSN - South Dakota State University
MSN - University of Nebraska Medical Center
Avila University Medal of Honor 2015
Professor of the Year 2010-2011
Professor of the Year 2005-2006
Research Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, Spring 2006


Farr, L., Todero, C., & Boen, L. (2001). Reducing disruption of circadian temperature rhythm following surgery, Biological Research for Nursing, 2(4), 257-266.

Farr, L. A., Todero, C. M., and Boen, L. (1990). Effects of caffeine on circaseptan following surgery in laboratory rats. In A. Reinberg & Smolensky, M. (Eds.), Annual Review of Chronopharmacology, 7, 189-192.

Boen, L. M. (1989). Effects of caffeine to reduce surgically-induced circadian rhythm disruption. Published master's thesis, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha, NE.

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