Ambassador Spotlight: Denise Cote-Arsenault

Denise Cote-Arsenault, PhD, RN, CPLC, FNAP, FAAN
Saint Louis University

What made you want to become an FNINR Ambassador?
I wanted to contribute to support for NINR.

How long have you been an FNINR Ambassador?
18 months.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Get involved sooner.

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
I love helping people and I find the functioning of the body fascinating.

What book should every nurse read?
Florence Nightingale

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
How powerful supportive presence is.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I have 9 grandchildren.

About Denise

Dr. Côté-Arsenault has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Childbearing Family Nursing / Nurse Education degrees from Syracuse University, a PhD in Nursing from University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has clinical background in childbearing family nursing with many years in childbirth education, labor, delivery, postpartum, and neonatal areas, lactation consultation, and perinatal loss. Dr. Côté-Arsenault’s research over the past 25 years has focused on women’s experiences of pregnancy after prior perinatal loss, couple’s experiences of continuing pregnancy with a life-limiting fetal condition and perinatal palliative care. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications. 3 Recent Research Successes. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2021 at Edinburgh Napier University and conducted an ethnographic study of Perinatal Bereavement Care in Edinburgh, Scotland. Côté-Arsenault is co-editor, with her research colleague, Dr. Erin Denney-Koelsch, the book “Perinatal Palliative Care: A Clinical Guide” published by Springer Nature in 2020.Dr. Côté-Arsenault was PI on the study “Looking for Answers”: Parent Experiences with Perinatal Autopsy with SLUH pathologists Dr. Sherri Besmer and Dr. Katie Hanson. Their manuscript is published in Death Studies.

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