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. Eilish Byrne is a physical therapist focused on improving the developmental outcomes of infants in the neonatal and cardiac intensive care units. Upon graduation, Dr. Byrne completed a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1999, where she treated infants and children in the school, home, outpatient, specialty clinic, inpatient rehab and acute care settings. She joined Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in 2001 and focused her clinical work in the neonatal and cardiac intensive care settings.
With a particular passion for neuromotor rehab, Dr. Byrne earned her Doctor of Science in Neurologic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences in 2010. Her research interests include the development and implementation of novel clinical pathways, comparison of instructional methods used in the acute care physical therapy setting and disparities and resilience in healthcare. Dr. Byrne’s teaching experience includes more than 10 years of teaching in Physical Therapist Assistant and continuing education programs. She joined the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the San Marcos, CA campus in 2021, where she teaches primarily in the Flexible DPT program.