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Tell us about your role at CCN.
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN). I started teaching at CCN in 2017 as a part-time clinical instructor, and I accepted a full-time position teaching in the undergraduate and graduate program in 2020.
I have taught a variety of courses including NUR 324 Fundamentals; NUR 326 Pharmacology; NUR 310 Health Assessment; NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment; NUR 590 NP Residency; NUR 372 Adult Health; NUR 586 FNP I
Tell us about your faculty practice.
My clinical experience includes medical/surgical, hematology/oncology, acute care, critical care, and urgent care settings. I have 19 years of experience in nursing, 15 of those as a Nurse Practitioner. My NP experience includes Bone Marrow Transplant, Oncology, Hematology, and Urgent Care. I currently practice one day a week at the University of Alabama Student Health Center and Pharmacy.
What patient population do you serve?
I serve the college-aged population. Most of my patients are in their early 20s, but we also see graduate school students that are in their 30s.
Tell us about a typical day in your faculty practice.
We accept both walk-in and appointments for students for primary health care services or general health care needs, which also includes physicals and travel immunization consultations. Appointments are required for Women’s Health Clinic, Nutrition Services, Allergy injection, and Psychiatry. Referrals to outside consultants are provided for specialties that are not covered within our scope.
I work in the primary health care part of the clinic. My typical day includes seeing around 20-22 patients. Most patients are walk-in and present with a variety of problems. We also see some of the overflow from the Women’s Health Clinic, so I see those patients as well. Each provider works with a nurse to perform a health history, physical exam, diagnoses, and treatment of disease. We have a lab, radiology department, and pharmacy in the building which allows us to diagnose and treat many health problems very efficiently.
How do you incorporate evidence-based research into your faculty practice?
I have access to several medical resources via journals, apps, and online resources that I am able to reference quickly when I need to be up to date on the latest guidelines and practice information. Also, my teaching practice allows me to stay up to date as I routinely do a literature review when preparing my lectures.
What are your professional interests related to your faculty practice?
I am very interested in the prevention and treatment of STDs in college age population. I see patients who lack the information and tools they need to make good choices about their sexual health. With improved education and resources, many STDs could be prevented. This would help patients avoid diseases that might have a lifelong effect on their personal relationships throughout their life
What are your future plans related to faculty practice?
I hope to continue practicing at Student Health. I would like to be more involved in the women’s health side of the clinic at some point. I am currently working on a research project with a colleague to address STDs in the college population. We are looking at condom use self-efficacy in the female college population.
What changes have you seen in your area of expertise in the last several years?
I have seen a rise in STDs and this needs to be addressed in our college population. Based on statistics published by the CDC in 2019, there is an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the state of Alabama.
How does your practice contribute to the mission of the Faculty Practice Committee and CCN?
My practice at Student Health promotes the mission of the Faculty Practice Committee by promoting health and managing diseases in the college population. Our student population attends the university from a variety of locations, including within the state of Alabama, out of state, and across the world.