Annette Garner

Annette Garner, MSN, RN, CNE, was a perinatal clinical nurse specialist before teaching in associate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her interest in family-center, holistic nursing has guided her practice since beginning her practice in a neonatal intensive care unit 40 years ago. She recognized the gap in nursing practice related to adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed care several years ago, introducing the concepts to senior level nursing courses. The concepts have been warmly received by students and colleagues alike, helping validate the relevance of these topics in creating a 21st century nursing practice.

Annette gained her inspiration to become a nurse from the tragic loss of her brother to a motorcycle accident the summer after she graduated from high school.  She began her nursing career in 1976 in the early NICU when mortality rates were 25%.  It filled her calling to help others as she understood what the loss of a loved one meant.  She became the facilitator of the first parent support group for perinatal loss.  

During her career, Annette has pursued a passion to care for others. She holds a doctor of ministry degree with a focus on spirituality in the workplace.  In 1994, Annette participated in a Sister City Exchange where she traveled to Irkutsk, Sibera, worked with NICU and OB nurses, and then hosted 5 health professionals in Eugene.  She says it was a life changing experience for her.  In 2009, she traveled to India and participated in Dharamsala volunteering at the Tibetan Refugee center.  Here she visited daily the Dalai Lamas complex and temple.    

Today, Annette enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren.  She is learning all about Peppa Pig, Pete the Cat, Odd Squad, and all the latest PBS Kids options.  She loves teaching her grandchildren her favorite hobbies which are sewing, art, baking, and reading.  As an avid reader, Annette loves the library.  She can be found seeking out titles such as Gentleman in Moscow, All the Light You Can Not See, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, Team of Rivals, and Alexander Hamilton (and the cast recording of “Hamilton”).  

Finally, Annette keeps fit by entertaining her Bernese Mountain Dog, Uma, who insists on several walks a day….then lounges around waiting for her to prepare dinner. 

Trauma Informed Care: Adverse Childhood Experiences – Adverse childhood experiences, such as childhood abuse and neglect, have been implicated in a number of chronic health issues including ischemic heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, skeletal fractures and liver disease. Trauma informed care aims to create an environment that is welcoming and engaging, using the knowledge of the impact of trauma in people’s lives. Through multiple learning activities, you will demonstrate basic strategies to create a more supportive care environment – at the bedside, in the clinic, at the nurses’ station and beyond.