Lora Wyss, PhD, APRN-CNS, Licensed School Nurse

Lora Wyss


Dr. Lora Wyss earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax VA, a school nurse certification from Ashland University as well as a PhD from the University of Akron.  Previously she has held a variety of clinical, managerial, and teaching positions in Akron, Canton, and Washington DC.   She is currently a Professor of Nursing at Malone University specializing in community health, cross cultural care, and critical care nursing.   


  • Ph.D. in Education, University of Akron
  • School Nurse License, Ashland University
  • MSN, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • BSN, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Diploma RN, Mercy School of Nursing, Canton, OH


  • Registered Nurse Licensure, Ohio
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certificate of Authority
  • Certified Instructor for ACLS, PALS, and CPR
  • Licensed School Nurse, Ashland University


  • Malone University Professor
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Adjunct Faculty 
  • Aultman Health Foundation Education Development, Clinical Specialist, Perinatal RN, Coordinator, Continuing Education, Coordinator Education/Development and Coordinator Management Development
  • Akron General Medical Center Staff Registered Nursing
  • Capital Hill Hospital Management E.D.
  • O’Bleness Memorial Hospital Staff Registered Nursing
  • Timken Mercy Medical Center Critical Care Specialty Float Nurse

Scholarly Works

Wyss, L., and Hess, R., (2023) Attitude toward the amish held by nursing and social work studens at a Midwest University. Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Students.

Wyss, L., Donnenwirth, J.A., Ross, R., Hess, R.F., (2022) Educating nursing students about female genital cutting/mutilation using a standardized patient in a virtual dramatization simulation.  Journal of Trancutural Nursing.

Hess, R., Ross, R., Wyss L., and Donnenwirth, J. (2022) Nursing students’ knowledge gained about female genital cutting/mutilationthrough dramatization simulation with a standardized patient: A quasi-experimental study, Nurse Education Today, 116, 1-7.

Donnenwirth, J., Hess, R. & Wyss, L. (2021) Searching for content on female genital cutting/mutilation in curriculums of U.S. Nursing Schools.  Journal of Professional Nursing 37 (1), 80-85.

Lee, D., Wyss. L., & Wirick, S. (2019) Creative learning and teaching activities in a school-based program promoting adolescent health. Journal of Nursing Education

Wyss, L. & Distelhorst K. (2018) On-line E-Learning Education Material for Simulation Learning System for Gerontology and Population Based Health Nursing – Elsevier.  Co-author and developer.

Wyss. L. & Hess, R. (October/December.2017) All in one day – for the good of our neighbors.  Journal of Christian Nursing.

Wyss, L. & Hess, R. (Summer, 2014).  Female crew leaders of migrant farm workers, Streamline, 20(2).

Wyss, L. & Distelhorst K. (2014) On-line E-Learning Education Material for Simulation Learning System for Community and Public Health Nursing – Elsevier.  Co-author and developer for complete community module.

Distelhorst, K., Wyss, L (August, 2012) “Simulation in community health nursing:  A conceptual approach” Clinical Simulations in Nursing.  Elsevier.

Wyss, L., Alderman, M.K., (Nov. 2006) Using theory in interpret beliefs in migrants diagnosed with latent T.B. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. www.nursingworld.org/ojm/topic29/tpc29_6.htm.

Teaching Assignments

Undergraduate Nursing Program: NURS 411 Nursing Across the Lifespan IV Theory; NURS 413 Nursing Across the Lifespan IV Clinical; NURS 412 Complex and Critical Care Nursing Theory; NURS 414 Complex and Critical Care Nursing Clinical; NURS 402 Health Focused Cultural Theory; NURS 432 Health Focused Cultural Clinical

Graduate Nursing Program:  MSN694 Applied Scholarship in Nursing Practice:  Project Proposal; MSN695 Applied Scholarship in Nursing Practice:  Project Implementation

Little known fact

Beyond her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Wyss is the President of the Hartville Migrant Ministries as well as a nursing director of the medical clinic.  Latino migrant farm workers who sought treatment at the center were subjects of her doctoral dissertation and her ongoing service.  Lora has studied the impacts of culture, economic hardship, gender, isolation, and status as barriers to medical treatment.  As a result of her research, she has published articles on topics such as gender issues in Hispanic migrant populations, tuberculosis medication compliance and cultural nursing issues.