Credentials and Primary Research and Clinical Interests of Full Time Faculty

1.  Denise Atkinson, M.S.N., FNP-BC – Primary care among vulnerable

           populations; Psychiatric-mental health nursing; Seriously mentally ill

           and impact of spirituality; Holistic nursing; Disaster preparedness and

           nursing roles in disaster management; Impact of stress on nurses

           during times of disaster; Study abroad; Transcultural care/experiential



2.  Lois Bellflowers, M.S.N., R.N. – Maternal-Child health; Community health;

           Teaching and learning strategies; Simulation learning; Women’s health

            issues; Childhood/Adolescent obesity; Childhood/Adolescent health



3.  S. Michele Blankenship, RN-BC, M.S.N. – Admission and retention of

           nursing students; Improving outcomes for patients with chronic medical

           disease processes, as well as acute orthopedic and neurological events;

           Preventing and improving hospital-acquired pressure ulcers; Care of

           patients with ostomies; Health disparities (working with uninsured



4.  Dr. LaGary Carter, D.A., M.S.N., AGNP, ACSM-RCEP, ACSM-CES, EP-C –

           Cardiovascular specialty, diagnostic procedures and treatments; Cardiac

           and cancer rehabilitation; Role of exercise in metabolic disease risk

           management; Sports medicine; Professional advancement and

           credentialing of exercise physiologists and nurse practitioners 


5.  Laura Carter, R.N., M.S.N. – Critical care nursing with focus on cardiac

           issues; Adult learning; Teaching/Learning theories; Medication errors

           with focus on strategies for prevention


6.  Dr. Bonni Cohen, D.N.P., ARNP-BC, ANP/FNP – Cardiovascular specialty;

           Heart failure and nursing knowledge; Signs and symptoms of women with 

           heart disease


7.  Chuck Conner, M.A., LAT, ATC - Consistent and practical application of

           various therapeutic exercise and therapeutic modality protocols;

           Understanding the actual and perceived issues between didactic/

           laboratory instruction and learning and clinical education application and


8.  Donna Corbitt, M.S.N., R.N. – Cardiovascular specialty, diagnostic

           procedures and treatments; Cardiac rehabilitation; CAD risk management;

           Spinal cord injuries; Emergent care; Motivation and mentoring nursing

           students for their success  


9.  Sandra Delk, R.N., M.S.N., CNE, CCRN – Critical thinking in nursing  

           education; Critical thinking and clinical decision making; Academic

           achievement; Student success; Learning styles and study behaviors in

           students; Teaching strategies and learning; Critical care nursing; Sensory

           deficit and social isolation; Chronic illness and hope


10.  Dr. Brenda Dyal, D.N.P., ARNP-BC – Impact of health policies on 

            different populations; Impact of lead exposure in children; Socio-

            cultural aspects of health procedures; Implementation of evidence-

            based practice in the primary setting; Population health; Faculty practice 


11.  Dr. J. Myron Faircloth, D.N.P., APRN-BC, FNP – Family practice;

            Emergent care; Underinsured populations; Legislative and health policy


12.  Dr. Linda G. Floyd, Ed.D., RN-BC, CNL – Alcohol withdrawal protocols and

            length of hospital stay; Active learning and simulation; Workforce

             shortage of advance practice psychiatric nurses in Georgia; Behavioral

             needs assessment of Georgia consumers and providers  


13.  Sarah Fretti, M.S., C.E.S. - Clinical exercise physiology; Responses to

            exercise in bariatric patients and those with metabolic syndrome;

            Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; Childhood obesity trends and exercise

            interventions; Exercise interventions in breast cancer patients and



14.  Heidi Gonzalez, M.S.N., RN, CNL, CCRN – Critical care nursing, primarily

            cardiovascular disorders; Surgical and postoperative nursing with focus

            on SSI prevention; Hospice; Pedagogy strategies (coaching, reflection,

            and clinical imagination to prepare students for unfolding clinical

            situations); Clinical nurse leader role, particularly “nurturing our young”

            into motivating, effective leaders


15.  Dr. Rebecca Green, M.S.N., D.N.S., RN, NCSN – Vulnerable populations;

            Patient-Provider communication; School health; Spirituality and health;

            Community health; Neonatal intensive care


16.  Russ Hoff, M.S., ATC, LAT - Evaluation of orthopedic and athletic injuries;

            State Practice Act in athletic training; Concussion management; Policy

            and procedure development for athletic health care programs; Lightning

            and severe weather protocols for athletic venues; Clinical education of

            athletic training students

17.  James D. Holland, RRT, RCP, R.N., M.S.N., CNL (Ph.D. Student) –

            Nursing and allied health students’ fears, attitudes, and willingness to

            Care for clients with AIDS; Men’s health issues; Critical care with

             emphasis on respiratory care; Adult asthma self management; Simulation



18.  Lori Howard, M.S., ATC, LAT – Clinical education in athletic training;

           Videoing student clinical skills for feedback; Rehabilitation techniques in

            athletic training; Upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries; Legal and

            ethical issues in athletic training; Psychosocial issues in athletic training;

            Organization and administration topics in athletic training education


19.  Dr. Anita G. Hufft, Ph.D., R.N. – Correctional nursing (Factors influencing

            role socialization, Professional self concept, Nursing activities

            surrounding events of self mutilation); Forensic psychiatric nursing

            interventions; Nursing education and administration issues, including

            cultural competency education and faculty workload analysis; Mentoring

            for educational excellence; Barriers to BSN student academic success;

            Concept of manipulation in nursing settings (correctional; other secure) 


 20.  Dr. James P. Humphrey, M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., CNS, CNL – Leadership

            and management in nursing education and practice; Clinical nurse leader

            roles and outcomes; Men’s health issues; Nursing education, nursing

            students, and nursing educators; Adolescent health issues; Health

            promotion issues in men, women, and adolescents; Patient education;

            Outcomes of autonomous nursing interventions; Spirituality and its effects

            on health and healing; Promotion of effective sleep; Graduate nursing

            education for advanced practice; Pain assessment and interventions by

            registered nurses


 21.  Kynthia James, M.S.N., R.N., CNL  – Student retention; Increasing critical

            thinking skills; Strategies to reduce medication error and increase patient

            safety; Critical care nursing; Use of simulation to increase critical thinking

            skills; Concept mapping


 22.  Buffi McCambridge, R.N., M.S.N. – Cardiac critical care nursing; Diabetes 

             management and wound care; Teaching/Education strategies and

            techniques facilitating adult learning


 23.  Dr. Serina D. McEntire, Ph.D. - Thermal and cardiovascular strain in

            firefighters working in thermal protective clothing; Thermal strain and

            physical performance of athletes and military personnel; Cardiovascular

            strain and physical performance of public safety officers; Adult and

            pediatric burn rehabilitation; Cognitive fatigue following exertional heat

            stress and shift work


 24.  Jane Murray, M.S.N., APRN-BC, AGNP – Teaching/Education strategies    

            and techniques; Utilization of simulation in BSN programs; Childhood

            obesity and chronic sequel


 25.  Dr. Dee Ott, D.N.P., APRN, FNP-C – Neurological practice; Fall prevention

             education in the community dwelling population


 26.  Darlene Pirkle, RNC, M.S.N., CCE, CLC, CNL (Ed.D. Student) – Women’s

             health, especially breast cancer; Neonatal intensive care, especially

             Kangaroo care; Prenatal education


 27.  Dr. Michelle Ritter, D.N.P., APRN-BC, FNP – Adolescent pregnancy; Care

             of Hispanic and migrant populations; Sexually transmitted diseases

             (Cervical cancer and HPV); Adolescent views on health care; Pediatric

             care of Hispanic clients; Cultural issues regarding health care; Public

             health care; Autism and immunizations


 28.  Denise Sauls, R.N., M.Ed., M.S.N. - The impact of moral distress                                                

             experienced by nurses; Preventing medication errors; Academic

             dishonesty among students in nursing education programs; Simulation in

             nursing education; Relationship between admission criteria and

             successful completion of nursing education program; Gerontology issues


 29.  Dr. Maura C. Schlairet, Ed.D., M.A., M.S.N., R.N., CNL – Bioethics;

             Cancer survivorship care-community based models; Palliative and end-

             of-life care issues; Gerontology; Research design (quantitative

             methodologies); Moral distress and end-of-life care communication;

             Advance care planning microsystems; Simulation pedagogy; Flipped/   

             inverted classroom models for nursing education; Faculty mentoring          


 30.  Gayle C. Taylor, RNC, M.S.N., CCE, CNL – Adolescent pregnancy and

             substance abuse; Problems with multiple gestation pregnancy; Pain in

             non-verbal patients; Mother-infant interactions; Prenatal education;

             Ethics education; Ethics in labor and delivery; Pushing the envelope for

             saving very preterm infants; Twin research (The cultivation of self-

             esteem and ego development and the separation-individuation of same-

             sex twins); Advancing higher education through prior learning (PLA) for

             RN-BSN students; Mentoring for nurse educators as a strategy for

              success; Analyzing the role of motivation for registered nurses

             completing an advanced degree


  31.  Stacey D. Walters, M.A.T., ATC, LAT, RN - Video assessment of clinical

             skills in athletic training education; Teaching and education strategies in

             athletic training programs; Testing strategies for improving critical

             thinking; Simulation learning; Emergency care topics in athletic training;

             General medical conditions in athletic training; Prevention of injuries in

             athletic training


  32.  Dr. Deborah Weaver, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D. (Associate Professor Emeritus

             who teaches part-time now)Hospice and end-of-life nursing care;

             Caring in education; Simulation in nursing education; Ethical behavior of 

             students, faculty, and practicing nurses; Learning styles and student 

             success; Ethics education in nursing; Medication errors; Technology and



  33.  Dr. Daniel B. Wright, D.N.P, APRN, FNP-C – Emergency medicine;

             Cardiovascular health and management; Identification and treatment of

             depression in adults at primary care facilities; Provider altruism as it

             applies and affects patient care and staff morale


  34.  Frances Youmans, M.S.N., APRN-BC, FNP – Mental health/psychiatric

             nursing of the seriously mentally ill through the worried well in all

             settings; Adult and juvenile health care in correctional settings; Care of

             Hispanic and migrant populations; Nursing care for culturally diverse

             populations; Mentoring nursing students as a strategy for their success    


(Compiled and distributed by Dr. James P. Humphrey, Associate Professor of Nursing, for faculty and students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences)


Updated 1/14


(VSU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Credentials and Research and Clinical Interests Update 2014)