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Timian Godfrey , DNPc, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Johns Hopkins University DNP
Home Las Vegas NV United States


I am of Navajo descent and pursuing a career in healthcare has granted me with the opportunity to serve fellow American Indians. I currently work as an Advanced Practice Clinician in the emergency department at hospitals on the San Carlos Apache and Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota reservations. Consistently, I see poor access to health services which creates a barrier to delivering evidence-based care. Providing holistic and evidence-based care promotes self-reliance and assists patients in maintaining positive health behaviors. Unfortunately, I’ve found that closing the gap between evidence-based care and clinical feasibility on American Indian reservations is quite a challenge.  The Executive Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has provided me with the skills and knowledge to address the health disparities I see on an aggregate level. Additionally, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was gracious enough to select me as a Sackler Scholar to pursue me Public Health Training Certificate in American Indian Health. My passion to serve has only been strengthened by the rigorous study required by these two programs. That passion has motivated me to work harder than I ever have before, and has resulted in being a Dean’s List student and awarded an opportunity to take part in the Executive Nurse Leader Mentorship program at Johns Hopkins University. I am tremendously honored to be named a Jonas Scholar and look forward to learning from my fellow scholars.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Chronic Health
Dissertation: The Effect of a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program on Glycated Hemoglobin Levels within American Indian Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Identified in the Emergency Department: The purpose of this quality improvement project is to determine the effect of a 5-week culturally sensitive evidence-based diabetes self-management education program, initiated in the emergency department prior to discharge, on decreasing glycated hemoglobin measurements in Apache adults with type II diabetes mellitus. This project will consist of five consecutive weekly education sessions and telephone coaching over a 90-day period. The aims of the project are as follows: • Decrease glycated hemoglobin measurements over a 90-day period by employing five consecutive weekly face-to-face diabetes self-management education sessions in the hospital education center and subsequent telephone coaching. • Determine the effect of an evidence and culturally based diabetes self-management education program on improving diabetes self-care activities associated with glycemic control using the Diabetes Self-Management Questionnaire (DSMQ) measured at baseline and a 90-day period. • Decrease body mass index measured at baseline and after completion of an evidence-based diabetic self-management education program and telephone coaching over a 90-day period.