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Mrs. Mariana Da Costa

Mariana Fisher

Assistant Professor, MSN

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Nursing

Contact Information

Office: 346 Health and Human Sciences Building


Professor Fisher started her career at Western Carolina University in 2014 as a mentor for the NN-CaT program. In 2017, Professor Fisher became an adjunct instructor within the Traditional BSN Program.<br>Prior to coming to WCU, Professor Fisher served as the Infection Prevention Specialist at Haywood Regional Hospital. She has functioned in administrative roles as the Director of Acute Care Services at Harris Regional Hospital, and as Director of Patient Care Services for LifePath Hospice and Palliative Care. Professor Fisher has also held nursing positions in administrative nursing supervision, case management, emergency department, orthopedics, clinical education, AHA instruction, and intensive care. <br>Professor Fisher received a Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from East Tennessee State University in 2017. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Duke University. For Professor Fisher’s research project, she explored the relationship of bedside shift report in improving HCAHPS’ nursing communication scores. Professor is a member of the American Nurses Association and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She enjoys yoga, reading, running, traveling, and hiking with her family. Professor Fisher currently lives in Sylva, NC with her husband and two children. <br><br>


  • MSN, East Tennessee State University, Nursing Administration
  • BSN, University of Miami
  • BA, University of Florida

Teaching Interests

Medical Surgical Nursing, Nursing Leadership, Intensive Care Nursing, Emergency Care Nursing, End-of-life Care

Research Interests

Student Resiliency, Incorporating Evidence Based Research, Vaping/Tobacco use among teens.

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