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Donna Roberson, PhD, FNP-BC

Executive Director of Program Evaluation
Associate Professor
Advanced Nursing Practice & Education
Office: 2124 Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6380

Donna W. Roberson, PhD, FNP-BC, associate professor, is the Executive Director of Program Evaluation and on the faculty of the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice and Education at the East Carolina University College of Nursing (ECU CON). A true “Pirate Nurse,” she graduate from the ECU CON with a BSN, MSN and post-MSN certificate before journeying to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a PhD in nursing. Beginning as an instructor in the undergraduate program in 1995, Dr. Roberson earned promotion and tenure in 2012.

Dr. Roberson is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse-Faculty Scholars Program (2009-2013) and received almost $300,000 to study an intervention to prevent HIV among women incarcerated in a detention center (jail) setting. This program offered exceptional development in nursing education, leadership and research. Her results from the nurse-faculty scholar’s program grant have been presented in local, national and international venues as well as published in national and international journals.

Committed to service and professional activities, Dr. Roberson is the immediate past-president of the Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Beta Nu chapter is the recipient of 12 chapter key awards – one of only two chapters in the world with this distinction. Dr. Roberson is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) and a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

Dr. Roberson is an elected Faculty Senator representing the CON on the ECU Faculty Senate, a member of numerous University and CON committees, task forces and has served on several search committees. Dr. Roberson also serves as a speaker for Eastern Area Health Education Consortium on a variety of family, medical-surgical, geriatric and adult health topics.


Education
PhD (nursing) the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
Post-MSN certificate (Family Nurse Practitioner) East Carolina University, 1998
MSN (nursing education) East Carolina University, 1993
BSN East Carolina University, 1986

Bio

Research Interests

Research Interests

Family health
            Women’s health
            Prevention and Care of HIV
            Prevention, Screening and Care of Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases
            Bariatric surgery

Nursing Education
            Simulation
            Learning outcomes enhancement

Blog/Twitter/Facebook links

News

Referred Articles/Papers

Roberson, D., Kovar, C. & Carter, S. (under review). . Screening to Reimbursement – A Qualitative Exploration of Barriers to STD Services Public Health Nursing.

Roberson, D.W., Pories, M.L., Neil, J.N. & Rose, M.A. (2016). The tipping point: a qualitative study to explore factors influencing a patient’s decision to proceed with bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), 12, (5), 1086-1090. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2016.01.009

Neil, J. A. & Roberson, D. W. (2015).  Enhancing Nursing Care by Understanding the Bariatric Patient's Journey. AORN Journal, 102(2), 132-140.  doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2015.05.014

Roberson, D. W. (2014).  Measuring HIV Knowledge Among Women Incarcerated in Jail. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 20 (3), 209-215. doi: 10.1177/1078345814531725.  

Coffman, M. J., Goodman, J. H., Thomas, T. L., & Roberson, D. W. (2013). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program: An opportunity for junior nurse faculty. Nursing Outlook, 61 (1), 25-30.  

Roberson, D. W. & Kosko, D. (2013).  Men living with HIV and experiencing sexual dysfunction: an analysis of treatment options. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Journal, 24 (1S), S135-S145, doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2012.08.010.  

Roberson, D. W. & Bowers, D. (2011).  The Crisis of IRIS: What Every Nurse Should Know About Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome in Patients Infected with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 22 (5), 345-350.  

Roberson, D. W. (2012).  Medical Privacy and Anti-Retroviral Treatment among HIV-infected Female Inmates. Journal of Nursing Law, 15 (1), 3-8.  

Roberson, D. W. (2009).  Using a Student Response System (SRS) to reduce academic cheating. Nurse Educator, 34 (2), 60-63.  

Roberson, D. W., White, B., & Fogel, C. I. (2009).  Factors Influencing Adherence with Anti-Retroviral Therapy for HIV Infected Female Inmates.   Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 20 (1), 50-61.  

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A., & Bryant, E. T. (2008).  Improving Wound Care Simulation with the Addition of Odor: A Descriptive, Quasi-experimental study. Ostomy - Wound Management, 54 (8), 36-43.  

Roberson, D. W. (2007).  Inequities in Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections in African American Adolescents: Can health policy help?   Journal of Transcultural Nursing,18 (3), 286-291.  

Book Chapters

Refereed

Roberson, D. & Hardin, S. (2017). Caring practices. In S. Hardin & R. Kaplow (Eds.). Synergy for clinical excellence: AACN synergy model for patient care (2nd ed., pp. 80-87). Sudbury, MA. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Roberson, D. W. & Fogel, C. I. (2008). Well woman assessment. In C. I. Fogel & N. F. Woods (Eds.), Women's health care in advanced practice nursing (pp. 185-194). New York:  Springer. 

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers

Grants

Funded

2015-2016 [Year 2 of 5]: Kovar, C. (PI) & Roberson, D. W., Billing and Coding Reimbursement Project, Co-Investigator, GOV-Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Year 1 exploring barriers to screening, treating and billing for Sexually Transmitted diseases including HIV. Goal is to guild towards an intervention to enhance knowing and capacity that improves health outcomes and billing by local health departments, Emergency Departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

2014-2015 [Year 1 of 5]: Kovar, C. (PI) & Roberson, D. W., Billing and Coding Reimbursement Project, Co-Investigator, GOV-Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Year 1 exploring barriers to screening, treating and billing for Sexually Transmitted diseases including HIV. Goal is to guild towards an intervention to enhance knowing and capacity that improves health outcomes and billing by local health departments, Emergency Departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

2014-2015: Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A. , Pories, M. L. , & Rose, M. A., The Tipping Point: What Factors Influence a Decision to Proceed with Bariatric Surgery?, Principal Investigator.

2011-2012: Roberson, D. W. & Neil, J. A., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Strategic Communication Training Program, Principal Investigator, PRI-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2011-2012 [Year 3 of 3]: Roberson, D. W. Keep It Safer Sister: An Intervention Study to Reduce HIV Risk for Female Detainees, Principal Investigator, PRI-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2010-2011 [Year 2 of 3]: Roberson, D. W. Keep It Safer Sister: An Intervention Study to Reduce HIV Risk for Female Detainees, Principal Investigator, PRI-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2009-2010 [Year 1 of 3]: Roberson, D. W. Keep It Safer Sister: An Intervention Study to Reduce HIV Risk for Female Detainees, Principal Investigator, PRI-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Not Funded

2014-2015: Roberson, D. W., Rose, M., Pories, M., & Neil, J. A., The Tipping Point: What Factors Influence a Decision to Proceed with Bariatric Surgery? Principal Investigator, American Nurses Foundation (ANF).

Refereed Presentations

International

Roberson, D. W. (2016-2017, November). Overcoming resistance to prescribing PrEP in primary care: A case study. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Atlanta, GA.

Roberson, D. W. (2014-2015, November). What's your problem? Use a condom: HIV prevention advice from incarcerated women.   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Miami, Florida.

Roberson, D. W. (2012-2013). Excellence in Prevention: Identifying HIV prevention needs and condom use self-efficacy among women incarcerated in jail.   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Tucson, Arizona.

Roberson, D. W. & Bowers, D. (2011-2012). What to do about Esther - the Nurse's Role in Recognizing and Managing Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS).   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Baltimore, Maryland.

Roberson, D. W. (2009-2010). Meeting the HIV Prevention Needs of Women in Detention Centers.   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 22nd Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida.

Roberson, D. W. & Fogel, C. I. (2008-2009, November). I care more about my health than what some think: factors influencing adherence with Anti-retroviral therapy for HIV-infected female inmates.   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 21st Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Local

Neil, J. A. & Roberson, D. W. (2007-2008, February). A Multi-sensorial Simulation Experience.   16h Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.

Roberson, D. W. (2006-2007, February). Sex and the Internet: Helping Female Adolescents Choose Quality Sites for Sexual Health Information.   15th Annual Collaborative Research Day, 2006, Greenville, North Carolina.

National

Neil, J. A. & Roberson, D. W. (2013-2014). Empowering undergraduate faculty using organizational change.   National League for Nurses Education Summit, Washington, District of Columbia.

Roberson, D. W. (2010-2011). Using an Audience Response System To Engage Students in Large Class Settings.   RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Spring Leadership Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Neil, J. A., Roberson, D. W., & Wilson, M. H. (2010-2011). Technology driven group testing: raising test taking to a whole new level.   NLN Education Summit 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A., & Hand, M. (2010-2011). Techno-cheating...Stop it in its tracks with a Student Response System.   NLN Education Summit 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roberson, D. W. (2010-2011). The Dichotomy Between Condom Beliefs and Condom Use for Women Recently Released From Jail.   RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Annual Leadership Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia.

Roberson, D. W. (2009-2010). Keep It Safer Sister: Project Update.   Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Meeting 2009, Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A., & Bryant, E. T. (2007-2008, March). Introducing Malodor to Wound Care Scenarios: A Simulation Study.   Technologic Innovations in Nursing Education, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A., & Wilson, M. H. (2007-2008, May). Engaging the Overwhelmed: Improving Classroom Learning in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program.   The Teaching Professor 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

Regional

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J.A., Pories, M.L. & Rose, M.A. (2016). The tipping point: factors influencing a patient’s decision to proceed with bariatric surgery. 25th Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville, NC

Roberson, D. W. (2011-2012). What you do not know, will kill you: measuring HIV knowledge of women in jail.   Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Roberson, D. W. (2010-2011). The Dichotomy Between Condom Beliefs and Condom Use for Women.   18th Annual collaborative Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.

Roberson, D. W. (2010-2011). The dichotomy between condom use beliefs and condom use behaviors for women recently released from jail.   Southern Nursing Research Society, Jacksonville, Florida.

Roberson, D. W. (2009-2010). Condoms, Control and Confidence: Reducing HIV risk for women in detention centers.   Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Region 13 Biennial Conference, Roanoke, Virginia.

Roberson, D. W., White, B. L., & Fogel, C. I. (2007-2008, February). Factors Influencing Adherence With Anti-Retroviral Therapy for HIV-Positive Female Inmates.   17th Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A., & Bryant, E. T. (2007-2008, February). A Multi-sensorial Wound Simulation Study.   17th Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.

Non-Referred Presentations

Local

Roberson, D. W., Neil, J. A., Pories, M., & Rose, M. (2015-2016). The Tipping Point: Factors influencing the decision to have bariatric surgery.   staff meeting, ECU Bariatric Clinic, Greenville, North Carolina.

National

Roberson, D. W. (2011-2012). HIV Knowledge Needs Among Incarcerated Women. RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Annual Leadership Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Regional

Roberson, D. (2016, September). A guide to safe medicine use in older adults, concurrent session for Greenville area dementia caregiver conference, Greenville, NC

Roberson, D. W. (2007-2008, June). Research: What's a student health nurse to do? Southern College Health Association, Greenville, North Carolina.

Invited Presentations

Consultations

Special Projects/Faculty Development

Assurance of Learning - Professional Development

2015: Pharmacology Update for Advanced Practice Nurses, Chapel Hill, NC

2015: Association of Nurses in AIDS Care conference, Chicago, IL

2014-2015:  preventing discrimination and sexual violence: TitleIX and the SaVE Act for faculty and staff, Greenville, North Carolina.  

2013-2014:  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Atlanta, Georgia.   HIV and STI prevention, updates in care, trends

2013-2014:  AACN: webinar: Promoting Interprofessional education and collaborative practice through web-based technology:options for DE learning progrmas in graduate nursing education, Greenville, North Carolina.  

2013-2014:  National League for Nurses Education Summit, Washington, District of Columbia.  

2008-2009:  Bad Bugs: Infectious Disease Update, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

DE Professional Development

2015-2016:  CollegeSTAR Universal Learning Design, Greenville, North Carolina.

2014-2015:  NCATEC PreP Webinar, Greenville, North Carolina.  Update on the current recommendations to use PreP by the CDC and update on current alternative options being researched

2014-2015:  Capturing the Synergy of the Songbird: Using Twitter for Professional Nursing Education, Greenville, North Carolina.  

2011-2012:  Distance Ed Modules, Greenville, North Carolina.  

Research Activities

2015-2016 Provision of clinical breast examinations to research participants, Susan G Komen grant, Dr. Ann Schreier, PI

Research-Related Conference/Seminar

2016: 25th Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville, NC

2016: Southern Nursing Research Society 30th annual conference, Williamsburg, VA

2015: Association of Nurses in AIDS Care conference, Chicago, IL

2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Biennial convention, Las Vegas, NV

2014-2015:  24th Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.  

2014-2015:  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Miami, Florida. pediatrics, adult, 1.5 hrs pharma

2013-2014:  23rd Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.  

2012-2013:  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Tucson, Arizona.  

2011-2012:  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Baltimore, Maryland.   includes research presentations

2010-2011:  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 23rd Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada.  

Professional Seminars / Workshops

2012-2013:  Just Culture in Education (NCBON) Jan 31, 2013, Greenville, North Carolina.  

2010-2011:  Instrumentation Work Shop, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

2010-2011:  NLN Education Summit 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.  

 

Courses Taught

Masters level (online format)

Spring 2016: Care of the patient living with HIV/Care of the patient with TB, Accelerated BSN program

Spring 2015: CNS: CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS: CONCEPTS AND THEORY (didactic)

Fall 2014: FNP and A/GPN:PRIMARY CARE of ADULTS (clinical), FNP and A/GNP: HIV and the Older Adult – delivered in SABA electronic meeting system

Fall and Spring semesters 2012-2016: CORE: THEORY FOR THE PRACTICE OF ADVANCED NURSING.

Fall semesters 2014-present:Nurse Midwifery: Introduction to Primary Care of the Well Woman

Undergraduate (face to face format)

Fall 2004-Spring 2012; NURS 4020 Nursing Care of the Adult (advanced med-surg nursing) (clinical 2004-2009) Didactic

Other courses taught: pharmacotherapeutics, health assessment (lab and class), fundamental skills lab, first and third semester clinical courses

Dissertation Committees

2011-2012 – Dissertation Committee member, Dr. Gloria Baker, Nursing Students’ Nonverbal Reactions to Malodor in Wound Care Simulation

2014-2015 – Dissertation Committee member, Dr. Mark Hand, Job satisfaction and intent to leave of nursing assistants working in a hospital setting

2014-2015- Dissertation Co-Chair, Dr. Lori Anderson, Impact of simulation experiences on learning transfer in new graduate registered nurses

2016-present-Dissertation committee member, (ongoing) Jeanette Avery, Exploring the preparedness of nurses to care for medical-surgical patients with a secondary diagnosis of mental illness

DNP Project Committees

2015-2016 – DNP project chair, Dr. Christopher Bean, Interprofessional collaborative project for the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of contracted (Frozen) shoulder

2016-present – DNP project chair, (ongoing) Sharry Malpass, Establishing a protocol to improve pediatric hospice care in eastern North Carolina

2016-present – DNP project chair, (ongoing), Felicia Holston, A protocol for the prevention of central line occlusion and central line-associated bloodstream infection in home health

Special Assignments/Faculty Development

Service

Service to the University 

Chair:  2011-2016:  Teaching Grants Committee  

Member:

2013– Present:  Parking and Transportation committee  (secretary 2016-2017)

2014-present:  Innovation and Economic Prosperity Task force  

2011-2012:  University Research Council  

2010-2011:  Teaching Grants Committee

Service to the College

Department Assignments

Chair:

2015-2016: Unit Assessment and Evaluation committee

2015: Search Committee, CNS faculty position

2012-2013:  Search committee. Med/surg faculty position

Member:

2016-present, Faculty Senate, senator (elected representative from the CON)

2015-present: faculty council

2015-present: Faculty Parliamentarian

2015--2016: Search committee, Associate Dean for Graduate Science

2014-present: Personnel committee

2014-2016: Faculty Senate, alternate

2014-2015: Unit Assessment and Evaluation committee

2014-2015: Search committee, PhD/DNP faculty position

2013-2014:  Faculty Council  

2013-2014:  Search committee, PHD/DNP positions  

2012-2013:  PhD student candidate interview task force  

2012-2013:  lab think-in 4020/4021  

2011-2012:  PhD Curriculum Task Force  

2010-2011:  Center of Excellence Re-Application Task Force  

2009-2010 – 2010-2011:  50th Anniversary Committee: Responsible for lectureship  

Service to the Profession

2010– present:  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Baltimore, Maryland.  Member, Editorial Board

Reviewer - Article / Manuscript

2009– present:  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.  

2009-2010:  Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research.

Member: Committee/Task Force

2014 – present:  JANAC: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.   Member of the Research Award taskforce, reviewed all published articles in JANAC and selected award winner

Officer: Organization / Association

2016-2017: Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu Chapter, archivist

2014-2016:  Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu Chapter.  President

2013-present: Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Baltimore Maryland. Abstract reviewer for conference submissions.

2010-2012:  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Baltimore, Maryland.  Nominating Committee elected member

Service to the Community 

Chair of a Committee

2016: Free Camp, camp dean

2012-2013:  Free Camp, Dean of Girls

Other Community Service Activities

2012-2013:  Senior Boards/DHConley High School , Greenville, NC

2010-2011 – 2011-2012:  Free Camp - Lead Camp Nurse for children ages 10-13 and for support staff.

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Other Institutional Service Activities:

2007-2008:  Strategic Planning Task Force: Creation of a strategic plan for the undergraduate nursing sciences division.  

2007-2008:  Student Affairs Task Force: Review and revision of policies related to drug testing, disciplinary issues and involuntary withdrawal from school.  

2012-2013:  Dr Jean Watson (Sigfried Lowin Lecture series) presentation  

Honors and Awards

Award

2013: Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

2013-2014:  Outstanding Mentor Award. Beta Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau.

2010-2011-present:  ECU College of Nursing Golden Lamp Society. Recognition of consistent financial support of the College of Nursing

2010-2011:  Inductee, ECU College of Nursing, first Nursing Hall of Fame.

2006-2007:  Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. Selected as one of the annual Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. Based on service to the profession and the community.

2006-2007:  East Carolina University . Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Professor award