PhD (DNSc), The Catholic University, Washington DC;
MSN, The Catholic University, Washington DC;
BSN, Niagara University New York
Dr. Collins received both her Master of Science in Nursing and her Doctorate in Nursing Science (1999) from The Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C.; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree was obtained from Niagara University New York. She is a certified Adult and Gerontological Nurse practitioner since 1983, and has practiced as a Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Administrator for over 30 years. Dr. Collins has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of prestigious universities. She is a nationally recognized speaker on Advanced Physical Assessment of the Adult and Geriatric patient, and has authored several chapters in Nurse Practitioner review texts and journals. Dr. Collins served a five year term as a content expert on the American Nurse Credentialing Center Board of Examiners (2005).
As a nurse practitioner, she has practiced in a variety of settings including: occupational health, student health and various community health centers serving the needs of underserved populations in Connecticut and Texas.
In addition to experience as an educator, author and advanced practice nurse, Dr. Collins has held executive positions as a Director of Nursing Education in a major medical center, Program Administrator and Supervisory Consultant for Health Care Services for the FBI, nursing grants consultant at the Division of Nursing(HHS), and as a nurse officer in the United States Air Force, where she was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal for establishment of a community workforce wellness program.
Dr. Collins’ scholarly interests lie in the area of family and community support services for the aging and underserved populations at risk.
"I was drawn to New Orleans because of the potential to contribute as a nurse educator, health care provider and nurse scientist to the rebirth of an historical and culturally rich city. The urgent healthcare needs of the elderly in the state of Louisiana have re-ignited my passion for nursing praxis in education that integrates social justice, educational innovation and a student-centered pedagogy that stimulates the application of creative thought to realistic solutions for contemporary health care problems.”
NURS-G735 Advanced Research Methods
NURS-G810 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS-G812 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
NURS-G840 Primary Care of Adults
NURS-G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum
NURS-G860 Gerontology in Primary Care
NURS-G900 Philosophy of Science