- Professional overview
Dr. Nelson has extensive experience and clinical expertise in population health. Dr. Nelson’s specific focus is to improve systems to better support palliative care opportunities and to improve the care of populations with chronic illness through quality care delivery to geriatric and homeless populations. Her educational approach is to foster leadership, interprofessional service learning and quality of care into her teaching, advising and mentoring. Dr. Nelson was most recently invited to participate in the National Academies, National Action Conference to Improve End of Life Care through Policies and Payment Systems Change. She has presented on various topics on population health to the VNSNY since her extensive career, spanning two decades, in community health nursing. As a passionate advocate and chair of the CQI committee for the Care for the Homeless of NY, Dr. Nelson works to improve the health care of the homeless population and address the issues involving chronic care management of vulnerable populations. Dr. Nelson strives to develop a future nursing workforce of caring competent nurses prepared to improve geriatric and palliative care through systems change.
PhD in Adult Learning and Secondary Educations (2011) - Capella UniversityMS in Nursing (1989) - Lehman CollegeBS in Nursing (1979) - Hunter College
- Honors and awards
- Certificate of Appreciation for “extraordinary efforts and involvement with the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Project Team” and development of an “LEAD honors program at NYU College of Nursing”, New York University (2015)Inducted into Hall of Fame Christ the King Regional High School (2015)Letter of Appreciation for 2007-2008 Community Partnership: Senior Citizen Flu Program; Nassau Health Care Corporation; Community Health Centers, East Meadow, NY (2008)Letter of Appreciation; outstanding contribution and mentorship to the National Student Nurse Association New York Institute of Technology, Department of Nursing, NY (2006)Outstanding performance & lasting contribution: Learning Collaborative, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (2003)
Community/population healthPalliative careVulnerable & marginalized populationsChronic disease
- Professional membership
Eastern Nursing Research Society (2015)American Association of Colleges of NursingNational League of NursingAssociation of Community Health Nurse EducatorsSigma Theta Tau International Honor Society