Bonita L. Huiskes, PhD, FNP-BC, RN


Professor Emerita, School of Nursing

Bonita (Bonnie) Huiskes obtained her basic nursing education at the LA County/USC School of Nursing, a BA from the University of Redlands, and a BSN and MSN from Azusa Pacific University. She returned to APU for a Post-Master’s Certificate as an FNP and worked as a nurse practitioner in a heart failure clinic at Loma Linda University Medical Center for more than a decade. Her previous nursing experience includes working in critical care, outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and establishing an emergency department chest pain program. Dr. Huiskes completed her doctoral work at the UCSF School of Nursing; her dissertation addressed older women with advanced heart failure and preserved systolic function. Her interests are comfort (the subject of her master’s thesis), heart failure and educating the next generation of advanced practice nurses.


  • PhD University of California San Francisco 2009
  • Post Master's FNP Azusa Pacific University, 1998
  • BSN, MSN Azusa Pacific University 1994
  • BA University of Redlands 1980
  • RN Diploma LA County USC Medical Center 1967


  • National Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Psychosocial Aspects of Nurse Practitioner Role
  • Heart Failure
  • Spirituality in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner Education

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 593 – Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family
  • GNRS 506 – Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care
  • GNRS 513 – Advanced Nursing Practice Role
  • GNRS 700 – Philosophy of Science