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Biography

My original nursing education was in Australia where I completed a Diploma in General Nursing and a Diploma in Nurse Midwifery.  After coming to the United States I continued my education with the RN to BSN Degree at TCU  (1992) and the MSN (1996) and DNP (2014) at UTA.
My DNP project was a survey of The Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices Among Texas Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.
I am an Acute Care and Oncology certified nurse practitioner. Before coming to UTA in 2011 I worked full time at a cancer center where I provided  medical and nursing care to patients with solid organ and hematologic malignancies, and participated in clinical trials. I am interested in genetics and genomics and belong to the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.
In April of 2014 I was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. I am an active member of the Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau-Delta Theta Chapter
I teach pre-nursing pharmacology and Graduate Health Assessment and Diagnostic reasoning. I maintain a clinical practice as a volunteer nurse practitioner at a free clinic in Arlington where we serve the uninsured and the underinsured

Professional Preparation

    • 2015 Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Doctor of Nursing PracticeThe University of Texas at Arligton
    • 1996 M.S.N in Acute Care Nurse Pracitioner (Educator certificate),  The University of Texas at Arligton
    • 1992 B.S.N TCU

Appointments

    • Sept 2015 to Present Assistant Professor Clinical Nursing
      University of Texas at Arlington   College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Memberships

  • Professional
    • Jan 2017 to Present American Association Nurse Practitioners
    • July 1974 to Present AACN
  • Membership
    • Feb 2000 to Present Oncology Nurses Society
  • Awards
    • Jan 2017 to Present Sigma Theta Tau- Delta Beta
    • Jan 2017 to Present Phi Kappa Phi

Courses

      • NURS 3365-600 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice

        Description of Course Content: Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship

         to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications,

        and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Prerequisites for this course: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451. 

              (N3366 Pathophysiology is not a prerequisite but it is highly recommended for successful mastery of the pharmacology content need to move on to Junior 1)

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-600 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice

        Description of Course Content: Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship

         to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications,

        and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        1.   Identify common alternative healing practices which could potentially interfere with drug therapy.

        2.   Classify data pertaining to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

        3.   Incorporate knowledge of medications to plan care for patients receiving medications.

        4.   Determine if medications are safe to administer based on assessment data.

        5.   Describe the relationship between drug actions, interactions, side effects, dosage, and anticipated effects for selected pharmaco-therapeutic agents and drug classifications.

        6.   Judge if legal and ethical standards are correctly used, given case studies related to drug therapy.

        7.   Identify information about medications that needs to be communicated to the patient and / or health professionals.

        8.   Describe comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective drug therapy.

        9.   Identify the role of genomics and genetics in the development of and selection of pharmaco-therapeutics.

        10. Demonstrate the efficient use of technology to plan and monitor care for patients receiving  

              medications.

      • NURS 3365-001 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 6621-003 DNP PRACTICUM II

        Description of Course Content:

        Emphasis on the development of advanced nursing expertise to implement and evaluate evidence- based solutions that influence health outcomes.

        Prerequisite: Completion of all DNP didactic course work. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0). Grade: F, R, P, W.

        Student Learning Outcomes

        Evaluate the outcomes of an evidence- based scholarship project.

        Disseminate the findings of an evidence-based scholarship project

        Evaluate transformation of understanding and perception of the student’s new role as DNP prepared nurses

        Complete practice hours

        n addition to the learning outcomes above, the student will develop specific Practicum objectives and activities.  Practicum objectives will be approved by the supervising faculty and serve as the basis for completion and evaluation of the Practicum experience.  The Practicum builds on previous NP education and may expand the student’s clinical expertise and/or leadership in an area of choice.  Students are individually mentored by a doctoral prepared NP faculty member to determine the focus of the Practicum.  The student will complete the Practicum experiences in conjunction with experts and/or resource individuals in the practice environment.  The DNP Practicum is conceptualized broadly and incorporates the breadth of DNP practice.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-001 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

                                                            Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5418-020 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC REASONING

        Description of Course Content: Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Prerequisites: NURS 5301 and NURS 5334 or concurrent enrollment or Certificate Program Standing.

        Interviewing and the Health History, Risk Factor Assessment, Advanced Health Assessment of the Life span, HEENT and Lymphatic Systems, Skin, Hair and Nails, Heart and Circulatory System, Chest and Lungs, Abdomen, Anus and Rectum, Musculoskeletal System, Neurological System, Female Reproductive System, Male Genitourinary System, Health Risk Appraisal and Screening Throughout the Life span, Diagnostic Tools, Laboratory Values, Psychological Assessment - Life span, Nutritional Assessment - Life span, Spiritual Assessment, Growth and Development Across the Life span, Functional Assessment Across the Life span, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

        Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

        Obtain comprehensive & problem-focused physical examination across the lifespan. (MPO 1)

        Perform a comprehensive and problem-focused physical examination across the lifespan. (MPO 1)

        Document findings from history and physical exam. (MPO 1)

        Develop appropriate differential diagnoses. (MPO 1)

        Differentiate among normal variations, normal and abnormal findings across the lifespan. (MPO 1, 3)

        Incorporate socio/cultural beliefs, values and practices relevant to health into assessment. (MPO 1, 3)

        Provide health promotion and disease prevention services based on age, developmental stage, family history and ethnicity. (MPO 1, 3)

        Perform risk assessment of the patient including assessment of lifestyle and other risk factors. (MPO 1, 3)

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-001 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Description of Course Content: Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics. Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        1.   Identify common alternative health practices which could potentially interfere with drug therapy.

        2.   Classify data pertaining to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

        3.   Incorporate knowledge of medications to plan care for patients receiving medications.

        4.   Determine if medications are safe to administer based on assessment data.

        5.   Describe the relationship between drug actions, interactions, side effects, dosage, and anticipated effects for selected pharmacotherapeutic agents and drug classifications.

        6.   Judge if legal and ethical standards are correctly used, given case studies related to drug therapy.

        7.   Identify information about medications which need to be communicated to the person and/or health professionals.

        8.   Describe comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective drug therapy.

        9.   Demonstrate the efficient use of technology to access relevant information, plan and monitor care for patients receiving medications.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Description of Course Content: Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics. Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Student Learning Outcomes:

        1.   Identify common alternative health practices which could potentially interfere with drug therapy.

        2.   Classify data pertaining to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

        3.   Incorporate knowledge of medications to plan care for patients receiving medications.

        4.   Determine if medications are safe to administer based on assessment data.

        5.   Describe the relationship between drug actions, interactions, side effects, dosage, and anticipated effects for selected pharmacotherapeutic agents and drug classifications.

        6.   Judge if legal and ethical standards are correctly used, given case studies related to drug therapy.

        7.   Identify information about medications which need to be communicated to the person and/or health professionals.

        8.   Describe comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective drug therapy.

        9.   Demonstrate the efficient use of technology to access relevant information, plan and monitor care for patients receiving medications.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-001 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

                                                              Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

                                                              Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5418-001 Advanced Assessment

        Description of Course Content: Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Prerequisites: NURS 5301 and NURS 5334 or concurrent enrollment or Certificate Program Standing.

        Interviewing and the Health History, Risk Factor Assessment, Advanced Health Assessment of the Life span, HEENT and Lymphatic Systems, Skin, Hair and Nails, Heart and Circulatory System, Chest and Lungs, Abdomen, Anus and Rectum, Musculoskeletal System, Neurological System, Female Reproductive System, Male Genitourinary System, Health Risk Appraisal and Screening Throughout the Life span, Diagnostic Tools, Laboratory Values, Psychological Assessment - Life span, Nutritional Assessment - Life span, Spiritual Assessment, Growth and Development Across the Life span, Functional Assessment Across the Life span, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-001 Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

        Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics. Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-001 NURS 3365: Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

         Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 NURS 3365: Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

         Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5418-001 N5418 Section 001-011 Advanced Assessmen

        Description of Course Content:

        Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skill in comprehensive health

        assessment across the

        lifespan. Interviewing and the Health History,

        Risk Factor Assessment, Advanced Health

        Assessment of the lifespan. HEENT and Lympha

        tic Systems, Skin, Hair and Nails, Heart and

        Circulatory System, Chest and

        Lungs, Abdomen, Anus and Rect

        um, Musculoskeletal System,

        Neurological System, Female Re

        productive System, Male Genitour

        inary System, Health Risk

        Appraisal and Screening Throughout

        the Life span, Diagnostic

        Tools, Laboratory Values,

        Psychological Assessment - Life span, Nutritional

        Assessment - Life span, Spiritual Assessment,

        Growth and Development Across

        the Life span, Func

        tional Assessment Across the Life span,

        Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-002 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

                                                              Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 3365-001 PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

        Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics.

                                                              Must complete within 3 years of entry into nursing program.

        Prerequisite: BIOL 2457, 2458, CHEM 1451.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • NURS 5418-004 Nurs 5418-004

        Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Oct 2015 to  Present Medical Services

      I provide medical care to the uninsured and underinsured at Open Arms Health Clinic.