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Dr. Rhonda Hensley

Dr. Rhonda Hensley

Associate Director of Graduate Nursing

"I want to help future nurses feel equipped to deliver high-quality healthcare and achieve positive outcomes for patient populations."

Degrees Held:

  • DNP – University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • Ed.D. – Grambling State University, 2003
  • Post-Master FNP – Mississippi University for Women, 1997
  • MSN – Northwestern La University, 1995
  • BSN – University of Louisiana Monroe, 1973

Career Highlights:

  • Co-authored 2 textbooks; one in 2011 ("Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care: A Reference and Review Book") and another in 2007 ("Clinical Coach for Nurse Practitioners")
  • Has spoken at Nurse Practitioner conferences regionally and statewide
  • Worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 22 years
  • Has done frequent medical and humanitarian mission trips to Central America

In which online programs do you teach?

Master of Science in Nursing – Gerontologic Clinical Nurse Leader

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 5004: Personnel and Organizational Management; NURS 5001: Advanced Theoretical Foundations in Nursing; NURS 5008: Advanced Pharmacology (taught with PharmD faculty)

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

  • To search for best evidence-based practice resources for clinical and management situations
  • To be able to articulate their educational thoughts in formal papers, online dialogue groups and in front of peers
  • To participate as a member of inter-professional teams to collaborate and communicate with health professionals to manage and coordinate care
  • To incorporate leadership skills that include ethical and quality perspectives to improve healthcare outcomes for aggregates

Why did you start teaching?

I want to help future nurses feel equipped to deliver high-quality healthcare and achieve positive outcomes for patient populations. To "give back" to nursing a little of what this career has afforded me over the last 45 years.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Primarily, students need to be organized to stay on top of assignments. They should plan to spend about two hours every day on school work: reading, studying and preparing assignments.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Having a spirit of flexibility and cooperation to work with health professionals from across several disciplines.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother and preacher's wife. I love to travel and love to go on mission trips.

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