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Odette Willis, RN, MN, MBA, CNE

School of Nursing

Odette Willis

Odette Willis, assistant professor of nursing, specializes in acute care adult medical-surgical nursing with a focus in education. She has more than 30 years of experience as an administrator, clinical and academic nurse educator, and systems analyst. She is also a Naval Reserve Nurse Corps Officer, who recently retired after 32 years of service. Professor Willis teaches leadership and management in health care, health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology and basic and intermediate lab technologies in the undergraduate curriculum. Teaching-learning areas of interest include health policy, changing health care delivery models, the future of health care and how it will affect nursing, and working with, teaching, and managing multiple generations in education and the workplace. She is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society-Epsilon Zeta Chapter and NLN Nominations Committee. She is also active in the Navy Nurse Corps Association and Fairfax County Medical Reserve Corps.


  • MBA, Health Services Management, Golden Gate University, 1996
  • MN, Medical-Surgical Nursing/Education, University of California at Los Angeles, 1981
  • BSN, Texas Woman's University, 1973