As we celebrate Nurses Month, we at USAHS wanted to get a sense of what a typical workday is like for a nurse manager. We asked alum Ahnnya Slaughter, DNP, to tell us all about a day in her life. Dr. Slaughter graduated in 2021 from USAHS’ Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the Nurse Executive role specialty. Coming from a military family, she began working at a VA hospital in the Los Angeles area 30 years ago as a critical care RN. “Veterans deserve the best care,” she says. “My calling wasn’t to be in the military. This is my way of being able to serve the country.” Over the years, she worked her way up, through positions such as informatics specialist, deputy nurse executive, and director of clinical staff development. She began Read more
Dr. Chris Dickerson earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Dickerson is currently completing his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at Bellin College in Green Bay, WI.
After practicing primarily in an outpatient orthopedic setting, he became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). He completed a three-year fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy through the educational institution Evidence in Motion, becoming a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Dr. Dickerson has experience in outpatient orthopedic, inpatient rehabilitation and chronic pain management settings, as well as holding several administrative roles.
Dr. Dickerson joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 as an Assistant Professor on the Austin, TX campus. He also teaches continuing education courses related to manual therapy, musculoskeletal management, clinical reasoning and pain science. His primary research interests lie in the psycho-social-behavioral factors that contribute to musculoskeletal pain, particularly sleep, diet, stress management and exercise.
Dr. Dickerson has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2009, an Orthopedic section member since 2012, an Education section member since 2019 and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) since 2015.