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Laura Espinosa, RN, MSN, PhD

Instructor in Allied Health Sciences, Institute for Academic Medicine
Instructor, Research Institute
Director of Nursing, Houston Methodist West Hospital
Houston Methodist


Laura Espinosa is the Director of Nursing for Methodist West Houston Hospital, specializing in critical care, cardiology/cardiovascular, medical/surgical oncology, post-anesthesia, and neurological fields. In addition to clinical and nursing management experience, including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Ms. Espinosa is a nursing activist as part of the Texas Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau. She is also a member of the National Honor Society of Nurses, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She is Visiting Assistant Part-time Faculty at Texas Woman's University and was named one of the Texas Nurses Association 20 Outstanding Nurses for 2009.

Description of Research

Ms. Espinosa´s research centers on outcomes studies in critical care settings.

Areas Of Expertise

Outcomes Critical care
Education & Training

, Texas Woman's University
, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

ICU nurses' experiences in providing terminal care
Espinosa, L, Young, A, Symes, L, Haile, B & Walsh, T 2010, Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, vol 33, no. 3, pp. 273-281. DOI:

Barriers to intensive care unit nurses providing terminal care: An integrated literature review
Espinosa, L, Young, A & Walsh, T 2008, Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, vol 31, no. 1, pp. 83-93. DOI: