Doctor of Nursing Practice, Vanderbilt University
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified
Dr. Johnson joined Belmont as full time nursing faculty in the fall of 2013. She currently teaches undergraduate Adult Health Nursing and Professional Nursing courses.
Before joining Belmont, Dr. Johnson spent a year teaching Family Nurse Practitioner students in the MSN program at Lincoln Memorial University during a temporary move to East Tennessee. Prior to that, she spent many years at Vanderbilt and the VA working with the heart transplant program and later with oncology patients. Her doctorate studies focused on physical activity and head and neck cancer survivors, and she had also presented at several conferences discussing survivorship care for cancer survivors. Dr. Johnson is also a retired Major with the Tennessee Air National Guard having served over 21 years. In addition to teaching full time at Belmont, she also practices part time as a nurse practitioner with the liver transplant program at the Nashville VA Medical Center.
A personal note from Dr. Johnson. . . . .
From a very young age I have been fascinated with the body, how it works, and how it sometimes doesn’t work. I have spent over 25 years working in healthcare, and like many nurses, have “worked my way up the ladder” going from dental assistant to ward clerk, patient care tech, RN, and almost 15 years now as a nurse practitioner. I love the concepts of nursing and the holistic approach to care for others. As nurses, we provide care not only for those who are sick, but for those who we hope to prevent illness and even friends, family, and colleagues.
Education is one of the key elements of nursing – teaching others how to have not only a healthy life, but good quality of life. I highly value education for my patients as well as for all people. The more we are educated, the more we are empowered to do well for ourselves and to serve others so they may also do well. I always knew at some point in my career I would teach nursing. I have been so blessed to have great opportunities come along for teaching, and I am very thankful to be part of the faculty at Belmont.
Outside of work, my husband and I enjoy time with our young son and we are also runners. He is a very well-known local runner and I frequently run half marathons and full marathons. We are always either watching or participating in some kind of sport.