Gay Goss

School of Nursing

Academic Rank: ProfessorGay Goss
Office Location: Welch Hall Third floor
Office Hours: By appointment. It is best to contact by email
Phone: (310) 243-2871
E-Mail Address:
Mailing Address: School of Nursing, CSUDH, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747


Dr. Goss resides in Northern California and currently practices as a women's health nurse practitioner in a clinic in San Francisco.  She states, "My passion and career have always been advocating the health care of women and children."  This was illustrated with Dr. Goss's dissertation that explored violence against women. She continues to champion the cause of empowering women via the health care arena, to aid the women’s movement by assessment, awareness and treatment of domestic violence.  Dr. Goss is the coordinator of the Parent Child Clinical Nurse Specialist role option. She is the course content expert for the CNS curriculum. Dr. Goss is the content expert for the Women’s Health and Pediatric portion of the FNP curriculum. She also participates in graduate research, core classes and electives involving women’s issues.

Research Interests

Besides domestic violence, Dr. Goss's other research interests encompass birth outcomes, surgical menopause, and medical abortion. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Welch on a project examining outcomes and evaluation of online courses.

Professional Activities


Goss, G.L. (2006).  To sleep sublime: getting enough of what your body craves.  EveryWoman, Health Spring, New York, New York.

Goss, G.L. (2005). Dome el dolor; que debe hacer cuando lo sienta mucho.  Toda Mujer, New York, New York.

Goss, G.L. (2004). The perception of pain and knowledge seeking in women choosing medical abortion. Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, 8(4).

Goss, G. (2004).  Caring for the Menopausal Woman.  Western School  Press, S. Easton MA

Goss, G., Welch, R. (2003). Role performance evaluation: faculty and preceptor comparisons. Journal of Nursing Education. (In revision)

Goss, GL. (2003). Extrinsic influences on the fetal heart rate. In Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Principles and Practice. 3 rd ed. AWHONN, Kendal Hunt Publishing, Washington DC.

Evidenced Based Clinical Practice Guideline Development Team, Goss, GL. (2003). Cardiovascular Health for Women: Primary Prevention. (2nd ed.) AWHONN, Washington DC.

Evidenced Based Clinical Practice Guideline Development Team, Goss, GL. (2001). Cardiovascular Health for Women: Primary Prevention. AWHONN, Washington DC.

Goss, GL. (2003). Pain management in women. EveryWoman, 4th ed. Profile.(in press.)

Goss, GL. (2002). Oh my aching Head; tips for managing every tweak and twinge. EveryWoman, 3rd ed. 62-72 .

Goss, GL. (2002). Pregnancy Termination;: Understanding and Supporting Women Who Undergo Medical Abortion, Lifelines 6: 46-50.

Goss. GL. (2000). Achieving pregnancy: exploring the myths and facts regarding infertility and later-age pregnancies. In AWHONN EveryWoman, Profile Pursuit, New York New York.

Goss, G. Finkelstein, DE. (2000). Decision making in the first 45 days of pregnancy: Women choosing non-surgical abortion. Eighth annual Maternity Nurse Researcher conference, Glasgow.

Heileman, M., Lee, K. Goss, G. (2000). Perinatal health outcomes and acculturation among rural women of Mexican decent”. Research In Nursing and Health, 23, 118-125.

Stinson,J., Lee, K., Heileman, M., Goss,G. (2000) Comparing factors related to low birth weight in rural Mexico-born and U.S.-born Hispanic women in northern California. Family and Community Health, 23(1),, 29-39.

Goss, G. (1998). Focus group interviews: A methodology for socially sensitive research. Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners. 2(1), 30-34.

Koshar, J., Lee, K. Goss, G. (1998). The Hispanic teen mother’s origin of birth, utilization of prenatal care and maternal and neonatal complications. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 13(3), 151-157.

Goss, G. (1998). Orthopedic nursing. Nursing Clinics of North America. (Editor) 33(4), Dec. 1998.

Goss, G. (1998). Osteoporosis in women. Nursing Clinics of North America, 33(4), Dec. 1998.

Hartzeim, L. Goss, G. Rheumatoid Arthritis; a case study. Nursing Clinics of North America. 33(4), Dec. 1998.

Goss, G. (1998). Surgical Menopause. Seventh Annual Meeting of the International maternity Nurse Researchers. Bergen.

Goss, G., DeJoseph, J. (1997). Women who return to abusive relationships frustration for the critical care nurse. Nursing Clinics of North America, 9(2), 159-165.

Goss, G. et al. (1996). Birth outcomes in the Hispanic population. Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Maternity Nurse Researchers. Sydney.

Goss et al. (1997). More Does Not Mean Better: Birth Outcomes in the Hispanic Population.. Public Health Nursing.,14(3), 184-187.

Goss, G. (1996). The process of facilitating disclosure of physical abuse: the role of the nurse clinician. Dissertation Abstracts University Microfilm DAO 72699.


Clinical Nurse Specialist Outcomes Project
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist
Pittsburgh, PA. (funded)

Pain and Knowledge Seeking in Women Seeking Medical Termination
Buena Vista Women’s Clinic
San Francisco , CA
Contraceptive Choice Following Elective Termination Buena Vista Women’s Clinic
San Francisco , CA
RU486 The First 6 Months of Use
Buena Vista Women’s Clinic
San Francisco, CA. (non-funded)

Sitting on an evidence based guideline project for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Healthy Women.

AWHONN National Research Committee Member

Decision Making in the First 45 Days of Pregnancy Buena Vista Women’s Clinic San Francisco, Ca. (non-funded)


Center for Teaching/Learning School of Health Assessment Project California State University Dominguez Hills (funded)


Facilitating Disclosure of Physical Abuse Between Nurse Clinicians and Female Patients Doctoral Dissertation


Mexico Born vs. US Born Hispanics: Looking at Birth Outcomes Livingston Endowment Research Committee


National Research AWHONN Utilization Award (Funded) Second Stage Labor Management and Cultural Diversity

AWOHNN District IX Research Committee Member

Perinatal Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Executive Committee Member, Sacramento, Ca CDC Department of Epidemiology Atlanta, Ga.

Co-author Grant for Preterm Birth Prevention (Funded) July 1985 -1987. Developed and implemented the county-wide program for the early detection and prevention of preterm birth. Stanislaus County Modesto,Ca.
Educational Background
Nursing Science, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Maternity Clinical Specialist, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Nursing, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, Ca.
Nursing, Modesto Junior College, Modesto, Ca.