I am currently a full time student in the accelerated PhD program in nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. My clinical practice and relevant work experience is in the area of cardiology. I have worked in intermediate medical units both in cardiac and general medicine at the Texas Medical Center. Specifically, my experience is in telemetry, post cardiac surgery, medical management of cardiac dysrhythmias, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure and heart transplant. I also have experience in long term care facilities and medical-surgical areas. My current interests are in holistic nursing and cardiology. I hope to conduct research that will help cardiac patients live healthier lives by applying holistic interventions that enhance self-care behaviors. In preparing to be a nurse, I took 44 prerequisite credit hours before applying to the accelerated BSN degree program. Once I was accepted, I completed 60 credit hours and the BSN degree in one year. I have held many leadership roles during my academic programs. I also served as an Army Intelligence Officer from 1983 to 1987. I also received a R.O.T.C. scholarship because of the leadership skills I exhibited during my advanced R.O.T.C. training at Fort Bragg, NC. Additionally, in my capacity as a Special Security Officer, I was responsible for managing the personnel and operations of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and other tactical units at the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Heart Failure/Cardiac
Dissertation: Self-Care, social support and the management of Heart Failure