Associate Professor, Coordinator - Affiliation Agreements & Practicum Sites PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, GNP
D.N.Sc., Ph.D., The Catholic University, Washington DC; M.S.N., The Catholic University, Washington DC; B.S.N., 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.
Currently Dr Collins is the Program Coordinator for Loyola School of Nursing Master’s level Nurse Practitioner program. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the following Universities: American University, The Catholic University of America, The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, The University of Connecticut and Marymount University. 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. 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 varied community health centers serving the need 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, nurse grant 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.
"Not a native of the Southern US, 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. Loyola University and the School of Nursing have re-ignited my passion for nursing praxis 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."