Hear from FNU nurse practitioner faculty as they share stories of how they are impacting their communities and carrying out the mission of serving rural, diverse and underserved populations. FNU’s Associate Dean of Family Nursing Lisa Chappell, PhD, FNP-BC will lead this session. The following FNU nurse practitioner faculty will present:
Nena Harris, PhD, FNP-BC, CNM, CNE will share about helping to provide a comprehensive case management model of health care to women and children in Charlotte, North Carolina. By integrating primary healthcare, mental health services, preventative screenings and education, and health promotion programming, homeless women and children in the area have a chance at improving their healthcare in the midst of chaotic life transitions.
Nikita Duke, DNP, PMHNP-BC resides in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and will present on the need and implementation of integrating behavioral health care access within an urgent care environment.
Diane John, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE will share her work in the Miramar, Florida area, focused on building relationships with community partners and community dwellers. Her work in the community is focused on improving healthcare outcomes among the most vulnerable and includes health screenings and health education for children and adults and providing leadership opportunities in the community for nurse practitioners.
Vicky Stone-Gale, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP will share how a local NP organization in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, area has been helping Kids in Distress for many years and recently began to expand the community service by adding a community outreach committee to the board. This will allow for a better focus on helping the underserved areas of the community to understand the need for preventative health care.
Mary Biggerstaff, MSN, FNP will discuss her work in Olympia, Washington, at a low barrier Medication Assisted Therapy/suboxone clinic for opiate dependence, and provide an overview of the model of care and the impact it can have on lives and communities.
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Lisa Chappell, PhD, FNP-BC
Lisa Chappell, PhD, FNP-BC is the Associate Dean of Family Nursing for Frontier Nursing University. She has worked as faculty at Frontier Nursing University since January 2009 and became the Associate Dean in January 2014.
Dr. Chappell has been a nurse for 44 years, including 24 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham as a Maternal-Infant Nurse Specialist and a second MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a PhD in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in 2007.
Her clinical practice experience as a nurse practitioner includes rural clinics, emergency medicine, student health, a psychiatric facility, and correctional medicine. Dr. Chappell has over 21 years of teaching experience mostly at the graduate level with nurse practitioners.
Nena Harris, PhD, FNP-BC, CNM, CNE
Dr. Nena Harris lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and is an assistant professor at FNU where she has taught for 13 years. She currently teaches Women’s Health and Childbearing for FNP students. She works clinically with homeless women and children in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her passion is providing quality, compassionate healthcare for women and underserved populations, especially those who have experienced childhood and/or adulthood trauma.
Nikita Duke, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Nikita Duke is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner who currently services as PRN course faculty teaching in the PMHNP program. She has more than six years of experience teaching in academia with five years of that time in undergraduate. She is currently the director of behavioral health at an urgent care company in the Southeast. She resides in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with her husband and three children.
Diane John, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE
Dr. Diane Y. John resides in Miramar, Florida, and is an associate professor and a member of Academic Affairs as the curriculum and course design coach with FNU. She has extensive experience in community practice and is committed to improving healthcare outcomes among the most vulnerable populations. She develops opportunities for nurse practitioners to lead in the community and serves on the board of the South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses and the Young Men’s Christian Association of South Florida Support Organization. Dr. John has been awarded several grants to enhance her work in the community with a focus on maternal and infant mortality as well as reducing risk associated with heart disease.
Vicky Stone-Gale, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP
Dr. Stone-Gale is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has been a practicing family nurse practitioner in primary care for 27 years. She is currently the course coordinator for Primary Care I. She is the president of a local NP organization in her area and is involved in Florida legislation to advance nurse practitioner practice. She is the chair of the North Probable Cause panel for the Florida Board of Nursing and has presented at many local, state and national conferences.
Mary Biggerstaff, MSN, FNP
Mary Biggerstaff lives in Olympia, Washington. She is an assistant professor at Frontier Nursing University, a DNP and a family nurse practitioner. Mary has 10 years of experience in community health, working primarily with vulnerable populations.