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. Marti Kessack started in the healthcare field in 1986 as an emergency department charge nurse and has been an educator since 2003. She has taught an exhaustive list of courses and capstone classes. In addition, Dr. Kessack has leadership experience academically for universities as well as a CEO for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) clinics.
In 2014, Dr. Kessack earned her PhD in Nursing Education and Post-Graduate Certificates in Health Care Management and Public Policy and Administration. She has helped start nursing programs at all levels on-ground as well as online venues. She has presented at national conferences and The Teachers College Columbia University. Her recent article publication, “A Second Look at Chelation Therapy During COVID-19 as a Viable Treatment Option for Cardiac Endothelial Dysfunction” was published in the Online Journal of Cardiology Review and Research.
Dr. Kessack lives in St. Augustine, FL and loves to walk the beach, sail and play tennis. She is currently serving a dual role as MSN Counselor and Chapter Vice President for Sigma Theta Tau Lambda Upsilon International Nursing Honor Society. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as an Associate Professor in August 2021.