Barbara Hartwig Mandleco received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Master of Science in Pediatric Nursing from the University of Florida-Gainesville, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Family Sciences with an emphasis in human development from Brigham Young University. She has been a staff nurse on pediatric and adult medical surgical nursing units and a nursing educator for over 30 years. She has taught advanced human development and pediatric nursing, fundamentals of nursing, nursing research, and management of family issues to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University Colleges of Nursing. Currently, Dr. Mandleco is a professor at the Brigham Young University College of Nursing. Dr. Mandleco has given numerous professional presentations at the local, regional, national, and international levels. She is published in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Pediatric Nursing Skills & Procedures, and Growth and Development Handbook: Newborn through Adolescent also published by Delmar Cengage Learning. Her research interests include families adapting to a child with a special need or chronic illness, and innovative methods of teaching.