Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Memorial Regional Medical Center
8266 Atlee Road, MOB 2-Suite 218
Mechanicsville, VA 23116:
BS University of Massachusetts – Registered Nurse – 1979
MS Virginia Commonwealth University – Family Nurse Practitioner – 1988
PhD Virginia Commonwealth University – Health Administration – 2003
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
Current position: Director of Nursing Research, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Employment: > 30 years in nursing positions caring for pediatric and adult populations in primary care and acute care settings. Adjunct faculty and preceptor in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing graduate program
Professional Organizations: Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners – Chair Richmond Chapter Virginia Diabetes Council, Chair, American Nurses Credentialing Center American Nurses Credentialing Center – Family Nurse Practitioner Content Expert, National Academies of Practice, Inductee as Distinguished Clinical Scholar
Volunteer: Family Nurse Practitioner for Care-A-Van – a mobile medical unit providing free medical care to the greater Richmond area, sponsored by Bon Secours
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
My 5th grade science teacher, Mrs Murch, who inspired my innate scientific curiosity and to Dr Dolores Clements, my dissertation chair for her guidance and support in completing my professional goal of a doctoral degree
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
Professionally – Obtaining my PhD and serving as President of the Virginia Board of Nursing
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
Follow your passion, be open to new opportunities and always remember “it is not what you are but who you are” (Maria Kennedy/Schwartenager)
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
It is a challenge that I am not sure I have yet mastered – but I try to connect with family each day. I have been happily married almost 30 years now – must be doing something right
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
This is difficult – I am a voracious reader and movie buff
Book – Common Ground by J. Anthony Lukas
Movie – Out of Africa
What are two things about you that not many people know?
I hiked a 120 miles of the Appalachian Trail alone_ “Solo”
I have been a vegetarian for 31 years