Lori Saiki


Associate Professor

HSS 109

Dr. Saiki began her nursing career as a pediatric cardiology nurse at the University of Michigan, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Following a move to Colorado, she transitioned to pediatric oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Denver. In 1991, Dr. Saiki began her work as an OB/GYN nurse in a community health clinic, honing her skills as a women’s health nurse. In 2005, Dr. Saiki decided to give back to this profession that she loves and joined the Nursing faculty at Front Range Community College in Longmont, Colorado. Simultaneously, she returned to graduate school to earn a Certificate in Nursing Education, then an MSN (Education). In 2015, Dr. Saiki completed a PhD in Nursing from the University of New Mexico and joined NMSU School of Nursing in 2016. In 2017, she completed specialty courses in Continence Management through Emory University, and is a Certified Continence Care Nurse. Dr. Saiki has developed relationships with key stakeholders at the New Mexico Office of Border Health, New Mexico Office of Community Health Workers, and the Southern New Mexico Promotora Committee. Dr. Saiki’s personal philosophy of teaching is to challenge herself and students to fully explore the validity of perceptions that contribute to health disparities, to challenge implicit biases that contribute to lack of access to health care, to approach human health problems as opportunities for deepening understanding of what health means to others, and to always ask ourselves how we know what we know and what is our evidence for guiding our actions.


PhD, University of New Mexico
MS (Nursing Education), University of New Mexico
MS (Biology), University of Michigan
BS (Nursing), Eastern Michigan University
BS (Zoology), University of Iowa

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 JWOCN Research Manuscript Award; Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, “Relationship Satisfaction of Intimate Partners of Persons Living with Urinary Incontinence”
  • Honorary Membership Award, The National Society of Leadership and Success, New Mexico State University
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University
  • Hill-Rom Celeste Phillips Family-Centered Maternity Care Award, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • William and Mary Margaret Hancock Nursing Faculty Excellence Award, School of Nursing, New Mexico State University.
  • Most Distinguished Faculty Member, Teaching Academy, New Mexico State University

Clinical Focus

  • Women’s Health
  • Urinary Incontinence Self-Management

Research Interests

  • Improving symptoms and quality of life for people living with urinary incontinence.
  • Improving quality of life for parents of infants.

Selected Publications

  • Giron, K., Noe, S. R., Saiki, L. S., Rao, S. (2021). Implementation of Postpartum Depression Screening for Women Participating in the WIC Program. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (Accepted June 2021).
  • Breitkreuz, K., Kardong-Edgren, S., Gilbert, G., Ellertson, A., DeBlieck, C., Maske, M., Hallock, C., Lanzara, S., Parrish, K., Rossler, K., Turkelson, C., Brown, K., Swetavage, T., Werb, M., Kuchler, E., Saiki, L., & Noe, S. (2021). A multi-site study examining the usability of a virtual reality game designed to improve retention of sterile catheterization skills in nursing students. Simulation and Gaming, 52(2), 169-184. doi: 10.1177/1046878120954891
  • Nance, A. R., Saiki, L. S., Kuchler, E. G., DeBlieck, C. J., Forster-Cox, S. (2020). Hepatitis C treatment at a rural Navajo health clinic using Project ECHO. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 20(2), 133-155, https://doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v20i2.634
  • Larason, N., DeBlieck, C. J., Lynch. S. R., Saiki, L. S., Kuchler, E. G., Kopera-Frye, K. (2020). Implementation of the World Health Organization Safe Surgery Checklist in a regional hospital cardiovascular laboratory. Cath Lab Digest, 28(10). https://www.cathlabdigest.com/content/implementation-who-safe-surgery-checklist-regional-hospital-cardiovascular-lab
  • DeBlieck, C. J., Summers, L. C., Saiki, L. S., Kuchler, E. G., Noe, S. R., Lynch, S. R., et al. (2020). Charting cognitive growth of nursing students using linguistic software. Nurse Educator, 45(1), 43-46, doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000658
  • Saiki, L. S., Morales, M. L., DeBlieck, C. J. (2019). What do community health workers think about self-management of urinary incontinence? Neurourology and Urodynamics, 38(S3), 219-220. ICS 2019 Gothenburg Scientific Programme, International Continence Society, Gothenburg, Sweden. www.ics.org/2019/abstract/262
  • Saiki, L. S., Morales, M. L. (2019). Incontinence care needs in a US rural border region: Perspectives of promotoras. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 19(1), 179-196. doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v19i1.546
  • Saiki, L. S., Meize-Grochowski, R. (2019). Relationship satisfaction of intimate partners of persons living with urinary incontinence. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 46(3), 228-234.
  • Saiki, L. S., Meize-Grochowski, R. (2017). Urinary incontinence and psychosocial factors associated with intimate relationship satisfaction among midlife women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 46(4), 555-566.
  • Saiki, L. S., Cloyes, K. G. (2014). Blog text about female incontinence: Presentation of self, disclosure, and social risk assessment. Nursing Research, 63(2), 137-142.
  • Saiki, L. S., Lobo, M. S. (2011). Disclosure: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(12), 2713-2722.