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. Jennifer Garner has been an occupational therapist for 25 years. She received her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch–Galveston in December 2020. She earned her master’s in educational technology leadership from Texas A&M Commerce in 2015 and her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1997.
Dr. Garner has spent her career in geriatric treatment in acute, sub-acute, in-patient rehab, outpatient, work hardening, home health and the treatment of adults in inpatient psychiatric facilities. She became an educator in 2014 and helped to develop the Tyler Junior College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program as their Fieldwork Coordinator. She has done research in dementia care and education of health care students on the care of persons with dementia. She has certifications as a Positive Approach to Care trainer, facilitator for the Virtual Dementia Tour and a Certified Anxiety Informed Professional.
Dr. Garner is dedicated to her students and in helping them to find the ideal learning environment for their clinical education. She is excited to transition into the education of graduate occupational therapy students and make an even greater impact on future practitioners in the field of occupational therapy. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in March 2022.