|Faculty Profile - Dr. Sandra L. Davis, Professor and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Program|
Himmelfarb Library continues this feature in our newsletter that lets us become better acquainted with our friends and colleagues. In this issue we learn more about Dr. Sandra L. Davis, Professor and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Program.
Tell us a little bit about your current position or research/projects
As an educator, I have the opportunity to teach nurse practitioners who will provide the direction and leadership for healthcare into the future. Our graduate nursing programs are distance education programs. Although the programs are offered online, our students feel connected. They are enthusiastic about the learning because it is interactive and engaging. Our graduate online programs were ranked #1 for Faculty Credentials and Training by US News & World Report. I work with colleagues in the School of Nursing who are visionaries and experts in their field. Together, we are committed to delivering quality and excellence in online nurse practitioner (NP) education.
As coordinator of the AGNP Program, I work with students, preceptors, faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure national and accreditation standards. Administratively, this is a very exciting time for me. I was involved with the recent transition from the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program to the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program. The new population-focused Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program reflects demographic and healthcare utilization trends. The expanded curriculum provides care across the entire adult population; adolescent, older adult, and frail elderly and addresses the increased need for Primary Care Providers with specialized knowledge and skill to take care of a growing older adult population.
Clinically, I practice as a nurse practitioner in the cardiac catheterization lab at GW. My research interests are in the areas of health care disparities, coronary heart disease, and simulation in nursing education. I have a special interest in mentoring and developing NP students. Last year, I co-presented a case study abstract at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia with an AGNP MSN student, Diane Schade. Our work was entitled, "Using innovative curriculum design and interdisciplinary, international collaboration to develop a nurse practitioner leader to impact global health outcomes."
How do you spend your free time? (or What do you do to relax?)
So, over the past two years I have been crocheting, digitizing photos, and carefully washing and ironing doll clothes. The completed fluffy cream afghan, thrown across my ottoman, adds a touch of sophistication to my home office. The two photo story books that I created, complete with narration and music, have awakened my new passion: Photo Story Booking! The process of sorting and arranging the photos, remembering and telling the story, and then selecting just the right music for mood, tone, and effect creates a wonderfully rewarding and enriching body, mind, and spirit connection. As for completing the 1960's vintage doll collection, I am calling doll restoration companies. Let the experts do it. I am engrossed in photo story booking, for now.
What library resources or services have you found to be the most useful?
Just last week one of my 2013 graduating students said that she could not leave campus in May without personally meeting and thanking Gisela Butera for her untiring time and attention. She said that as a new graduate student, Ms. Butera helped her to make the connection to GW, to embrace technology, and to take advantage of all that the library had to offer. This experience made her graduate course work more meaningful and relevant.
Elaine Sullo has been outstanding as the reference librarian for our Primary Care Seminar Course. By utilizing her own discussion board forum, Ms. Sullo gets to know the students as she discusses and explains evidence-based sources, systematic reviews, and point-of-care references.
Alexandra Gomes has been wonderful with assisting new faculty. Ms. Gomes exhibits service excellence as she constantly demonstrates ways in which the Himmelfarb library can enhance the teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students at GW.
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