I am currently pursuing PhD in Nursing at Duquesne University. I have worked for the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in a variety of Advanced Practice and leadership roles, including as APN in Emergency Department, Cardiac Evaluation clinics and Occupational Health and as the Manager for the Clinical Support Section. Currently I am the Associate Director, Patient Care Services at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and detailed to the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in Jackson as their Associate Director, Patient Care Services. My research interests include the effect of violence, espeically in the health care work site. I also have interest in the use of informatics in health care and have served as the technical liaison in previous roles in the VHA and currently as the co-chair of the national barcode oversight committee. Additionally I have served as the chair of the Nursing Practice Transformation workgroup for the VHA Office of Nursing Service, a role which afforded me the opportunity for input to the operational aspects of portions of the strategic plan. I have dual post graduate certifcations in forensic nursing and forensic science and have served part time as deputy coroner. In 2013, I was awarded the Graham/Tucker award for the City of Lowell, Arkansas for service as chair of the Planning Commission.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veteran Healthcare – Violence in Healthcare
Dissertation: Registered Nurses injured by violence while on duty in Emergency Departments