I am a board-certified nurse midwife, women’s health nurse practitioner, and certified registered nurse first assist in Fort Worth, Texas as well as Associate Professor of Nursing at East Texas Baptist University. I served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing with the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing & Health Innovation from 2013-2021. I have also served as a chapter leader with the Delta Theta chapter since 2015, including the roles of Governance Chair (2015-2020), Vice-President (2020-2021), and President-Elect (2021-2022). My research interests include improvement of associated healthcare risk, ERAS outcomes, high-risk obstetrics, and adolescent gynecology. Prior to my career in healthcare, I developed a passion for the liberal arts, specifically history, in which I hold a baccalaureate degree from East Texas Baptist University.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minor in Religion from East Texas Baptist University in 2008, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UT Arlington in 2011, a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from UT Tyler in 2013, a Master of Science in Nursing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati in 2015, Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 2018, and Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Midwifery from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2020. Prior to my NP career, I worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit, operating room, and post anesthesia recovery units. I have presented a wide array of healthcare and historical research at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, UT Arlington Innovation in Healthcare Research Conference, Louisiana Historical Association Conference, and National Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society Conference. I was also invited to present my work at the 2018 Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Most recently, my article “TeamSTEPPS: An evidence-based approach to reduce clinical errors threatening safety in outpatient settings: An integrative review” was published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management in April 2019.
For the last six years, I have served on the Test Development committees for the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) developing the CNOR exam. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in Nursing (STTI), American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG), Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Texas Nurse Practitioners Association--Legacy Member (TNP), Fort Worth Region Nurse Practitioners (FWRNP), East Texas Nurse Practitioners Association (ETNPA), Association of Perioperative Nurses--Lifetime Member (AORN), Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), American Nurses Association (ANA), & Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in History (PAT).
I am excited to advance in my career as a nurse educator in order to education & train the next generation of nurses and help foster and progress nursing excellence and research in the advanced practice environment. I have a strong leadership background that I am ready to move from my nursing world into the advanced practice realm. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing the piano & violin, international travel, and spending time with my 17-year-old daughter, Peyton, and our best friends.