Martha Turner, PhD, RN Assistant Director

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Dr. Turner, a native of Minnesota, retired in January 2006 from active duty with the Air Force after 30 years. She was a flight nurse and achieved the rank of Colonel. Dr. Turner was the Consultant for Healthcare Ethics to the Air Force Surgeon General from 1998 until 2006. Her responsibilities included representing the Department of Defense as an ex-officio member of the Secretary's (HHS) Advisory Committee for Genetics, Health and Society, reviewing policies related to many aspects of healthcare and developing ethics programs and ethics expertise throughout the Air Force Medical Service. She was a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association ethics committee from 1997-2002 and the Ethics Advisory Council of the Oncology Nursing Society from 1994-1996.

Dr. Turner recently served as the Program Director for International Health at the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University, Bethesda MD, and taught in the MPH and PhD/DrPH programs. Appointed as an Assistant professor in the School of Medicine, she taught courses and lectured in International Health, Medical Anthropology, Ethics in Public Health and Public Health in Disasters, an on-line continuing education course. Before that assignment she was the Associate Dean and Assistant Professor in the GSN from 1999-2003 where she taught qualitative research, nursing theory, nursing ethics and policy and lectured in neurophysiology. Her research interests and publications cover topics from aero-medical evacuation of casualties to teaching patient advocacy.

Additional activities such as serving as a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Nursing Staff Development and Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, the TriService Nursing Research Program Advisory Council, Scientific Review panels for the International Congress of Military Medicine and the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University Institutional Review Board have given her extensive experience with practice, research, education and administrative nursing issues.

Dr. Turner has used this expertise in consultation with nurses and public health professionals in India, Viet Nam and Australia to develop and expand practice in each of the countries. Dr Turner is an active member of several nursing organizations (ANA, ONS, NLN, NNSDO, ASPMN, MNRS and Sigma Theta Tau) and ethics organizations (ASBH, ASLME, and the Hastings Center).

Military awards earned by Dr. Turner include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal and Joint Meritorious unit award. She attended the University of Minnesota for a BS and PhD in nursing, Loma Linda University for an MS in nursing and Ball State University for an MA in counseling psychology.