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Laura Curr Beamer, PhD, DNP, CNP, CNS, AOCNP, AOCNS, APNG

Laura Beamer
Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Nursing
Office Location: Nursing 154
Office Phone: 815-753-6558
Office Fax: 815-753-0814
Email: lbeamer@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • NURS 308: Alterations in Biological Systems
  • NURS 408: Genetics and Human Genomics for Nurses

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Utah, Oncology & Cancer Genetics Nursing 
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, City of Hope National Medical Center/Beckman Research Institute, Cancer Genetics
  • DNP, Purdue University, Oncology & Cancer Genetics Nursing 
  • M.S., Purdue University, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with a focus on reproductive endocrinology
  • B.S., Purdue University, Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus on women's health
  • A.A.S., Purdue University, Pre-licensure Nursing

Honors / Awards

  • 2012 - Roberta Scofield Memorial Certification Award, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2012 - Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Rho Chapter
  • 2010 - Ann M. Voda American Indian/Alaskan Native/First Nation Conference Award, Western Institute of Nursing, Portland, OR
  • 2009 - Esther McConnaughay Memorial Oncology Nursing Scholarship, Esther McConnaughay Trust, Lafayette, IN
  • 2008 - Roberta Scofield Memorial Certification Award, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2008 - Esther McConnaughay Memorial Oncology Nursing Scholarship, Esther McConnaughay Trust, Lafayette, IN
  • 2007 - Genome Scholars Fellowship, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2007 - Ann Olson Memorial Scholarship ($3,000), Oncology Nursing Society Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2007 - Esther McConnaughay Memorial Oncology Nursing Scholarship, Esther McConnaughay Trust, Lafayette, IN
  • 2004 - Roberta Scofield Memorial Certification Award, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2000 - Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
  • 1999 - Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
  • 1999 - Outstanding Instructor Award. School of Nursing, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
  • 1992 - Sigma Theta Tau, Mu Omega Chapter (Charter Member)
  • 1987 - Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Epsilon Chapter

Certifications

  • 2011-present: Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics (APNG), Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission (GNCC)
  • 2005-present: Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)
  • 2005-present: Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)
  • 1989-present: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 1988-present: High Risk Perinatal Nurse (RN-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Selected Publications

Beamer, L. C., Grant, M, Blazer, K. R., Hampel, H. L., Huizenga, C., Weitzel, J. N., & ., MacDonald, D. J. (2012). Microsatellite instability and immunohistochemistry testing of colorectal tumors among U.S. cancer programs and follow-up of abnormal results. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30(10), 1058-1063.

Beamer, L. (2000). Fetal nuchal translucency: A prenatal screening tool. JOGNN, 30(4), 
376-385.