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. Karen Bakuzonis has an undergraduate degree in Health Information Management from Daemen College, a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. Her work experience includes serving as a Department Director, Administrative Director, Consultant and Associate Professor.
Dr. Bakuzonis has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, large 600+ faculty group practice, management companies, community colleges, state colleges and a flagship University. She has taught in health information management, health care management, nursing and health informatics programs. Dr. Bakuzonis has taught at the college level for more than 20 years from certificate to graduate courses, online and on-campus and has developed more than 35 courses. As research faculty, she was the Co-Director of an External Quality Review Organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Dr. Bakuzonis joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2018.