I am an assistant professor in the nursing department at Catawba College and volunteer as a nurse practitioner at the local free clinic. I recently completed the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certificate program at Duke and am currently in the the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the DUSON.
My research interests include clinical reasoning, microlearning, cybercivility, social media, workplace violence, professionalism, and primary care for vulnerable populations. My doctoral project is focused on implementing an intervention that will increase health literacy and the use of guideline based medications for Hispanic patients with co-morbid type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in rural North Carolina.
I am a co-author on 5 publications: “Uncovering Cyberincivility Among Nurses and Nursing Students on Twitter: A Data Mining Study” in the International Journal of Nursing Studies (just accepted for publication), “Learning Cybercivility: A Qualitative Needs Assessment of Health Professions Students” in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (2018), “Educating Future Health Care Professionals About Cybercivility” in Nurse Educator (2017), “Evidence Based Strategies to Create a Culture of Cybercivility in Health Professions Education” in Nurse Education Today (2016), “Social Media Use and Cybercivility Guidelines in U.S. Nursing Schools: A Review of Websites” in Journal of Professional Nursing (2017).
My educational background includes a B.A. in Recreation Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health, and Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Educator), and a post-graduate certificate Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.
In addition to five years of service in the United States Coast Guard, I have worked as a nurse in a variety of fields including emergency medicine, occupational health and safety, and gastroenterology.
You can find a copy of my CV/Resume here