PhD, RN, CCNS
Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Acute & Tertiary Care
My doctoral dissertation from the University of Pittsburgh investigated the effects of weight loss and exercise on the inflammatory marker, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, in healthy overweight and obese sedentary women. I am also actively involved in the implementation of evidence-based practice projects within the critical care units at UPMC-Oakland campus.
Currently I am the co-coordinator for the Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist Area of Concentration. I am the primary teacher for NURCNS 2850 CNS Role Implementation, NURCNS 2851 & NURCNS 2852 CNS Role Practicum I & II. I am the primary teacher for the undergraduate pathophysiology course, NUR 0020 and the Intro to Professional Nursing course, NUR 0051. I lecture to both graduate and undergraduate students concerning a variety of critical care topics, assist with skill development in skills lab for sophomore students, follow senior transition students, and teach a clinical rotation of the senior medical-surgical course. I maintain a clinical practice working with the critical care CNSs at the UPMC-Oakland campus.
I am a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) on both the national and local levels. On the local level, I have served in the officer roles of president and treasurer, and have served as a member of the workshop, program, and CCRN review committees. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) where I serve on the Membership Committee. I serve as a manuscript reviewer for Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. I also serve on numerous committees and task forces within the school of nursing and I was the co-chair for the Senate Committee for Student Affairs at the University. Most recently, I am involved with the implementation of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program, the Medical-Surgical CNS area of concentration.