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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University

April Morrison Profile

April  Morrison 

Assistant Professor
Graduate Programs
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CREDENTIALS

Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (FNP-BC)

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Registered Nurse (RN)

EDUCATION

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

                        Major:
Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN-DNP)

                        Years Attended:  Summer 2013 – Spring 2016

                        Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family
Nurse Practitioner (FNP)                                           Degree
Obtained

                  

King College, Bristol, Tennessee

                       Major:
Nursing

                       Years Attended:  Fall 2005-Spring 2009

                       Bachelor of Science and Nursing (BSN)

                       Degree Obtained 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EAST TENNESSEE STAT
UNIVERSITY GENERAL PEDIATRICS;
Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN.  

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Lactation Consultant

October,
2016 – July, 2017

·     
Requires assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of
pediatric patients, from birth to 21 years of age including a variety of
conditions and illnesses

·     
Assess breastfeeding mother-infant dyads,
diagnosis, and treat breastfeeding problems

·     
Coordinate and facilitate a bi-monthly meeting
with mothers of young children to provide evidence-based education and support
for breastfeeding and child wellness

·     
Precept medical students, resident physicians,
and nurse practitioner students

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY; College of
Nursing, Johnson
City, TN.


Adjunct Faculty Member


May,
2016 – August, 2016

·     
Requires coordination and supervision of
undergraduate nursing students within acute care, long-term care, and community
nursing facilities

·     
Oversee nursing students in skills labs

·     
Grade assignments

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY; College of Nursing, Johnson City, TN.

Registered Nurse, Graduate
Assistant, and DNP Student

August, 2013 – May, 2016

·     
Part-time RN in the clinic at Daniel Boone High
School, requiring assessment and care for students, faculty, and staff with
over-the-counter medications, pregnancy testing, health counseling/education,
dressing changes, and minor medical interventions

·     
Lead Health Assessment Lab, grade assignments,
facilitate Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) critical thinking
discussions, assist in composing new Undergraduate School of Nursing BSN
curriculum, and provide assistance to supervisory professor

·     
Clinical instructor responsible for leading
skills lab, grading assignments, facilitate evidence-based practice into
post-conference supervise and coordinate clinical rotations at Asbury Place
Nursing Home and Bristol Regional Medical Center

·     
Participated in interdisciplinary clinical
rotations at Johnson City Community Health Center (JCCHC), including use of
TeleHealth technology for remote office visits

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEMS – University of Tennessee Medical Center;
Knoxville, TN

Registered Nurse

February, 2011 – July, 2013

·     
The Critical Care Registry Nurse position
requires floating to Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Medical Critical Care,
Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care, Neuro Critical Care, and the Progressive Care
Unit

·     
Experience includes the following:  pulmonary artery monitoring, ventilator
weaning/management, external cardiac pacing, vasoactive drip management,
arterial blood pressure monitoring, ventricular/lumbar drain management,
intracranial pressure monitoring, assist in rapid sequence intubation,
administration of paralytic agents, central venous monitoring (CVP), assist in
the placement of central lines, etc...

·     
Personally lead and coordinated a Critical Care
Registered Nurse (CCRN) DVD review with more than 20 nurse participants

·     
Active member of the monthly Ethics Case Rounds
Committee

·     
Assisted unit manager in the creation of the
Beacon Document as given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
(ANCC)

WELLMONT HEALTH SYSTEMS – Holston Valley Medical Center; Kingsport, TN.

Registered Nurse

June, 2009 – February, 2011

·     
Worked full-time as a staff nurse in
Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit

·     
Provided bedside patient care while serving as a
patient liaison and advocate within the clinical setting

·     
Participated in educational opportunities
through the facilities' Nurse Residency program from June, 2009 – August, 2009.
This program included approximately 144 hours of class in which the content
included the following:  EKG
interpretation, arterial line continuous monitoring, CVP monitoring, ICP
monitoring, physical assessment, bladder pressure monitoring, ventilator
management, patient de-escalation, etc...

 

Professional Affiliation

Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA):  March, 2015 – present

American Nurses Association (ANA):  March, 2015 – present

Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee:  January, 2018 - present

 

Presentations & Conferences

Knox County, Tennessee Breastfeeding Seminar entitled "Supporting Successful Breastfeeding During the Hospital Stay" on March 2, 2018.  Presentation entitled "Sustaining Breastfeeding Success After Hospital Discharge:  Bridging the Gap to Promote, Protect, and Support Early Lactation."

32nd Annual ETSU Southwest Virginia
Pediatrics Conference entitled "Lactation Complications on August 4-5, 2017
entitled  "Assessment and Solutions to
Common Breastfeeding Challenges"

Breastfeeding expert panel member for a
community event on April 21, 2017 entitled "Before the Baby Banquet"


DNP Capstone defense on April 4, 2016 entitled
"Utilization of Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve Health Care Provider's
Breastfeeding Knowledge and Attitudes as a Step to Increase Healthy People 2020
Goals"


Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of
Nursing 4th Annual Research Day, Epsilon Sigma-at-Large Chapter on
March 2, 2016 entitled  "Utilization of
Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve Health Care Provider's Breastfeeding
Knowledge and Attitudes as a Step to Increase Healthy People 2020 Goals"


Quillen
College of Medicine February 23, 2016 Pediatric Grand Rounds entitled
"Breastfeeding:  Evidence-Based Clinical
Guidelines Every Health Care Provider Should Know"


East Tennessee State University College of Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice Spring Intensive on January 15, 2016 entitled  "Breastfeeding:  Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines Every
Health Care Provider Should Know"

COURSES TAUGHT

» NRSE 2030, Health Assessment

» NRSE 2351, Patient Centered Care I Practicum

» NRSE 4551, Adult Care II Practicum

» NRSE 4611, Adult Care III Practicum

» NRSE 5024, Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Practicum

CURRENT RESEARCH

Research of Interest
  • Breastfeeding
  • Lactation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Publications information
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