Meet our DNP Faculty & Administrators

JoAnn Trybulski, PhD, ARNP, FNAP
Director, DNP Program

JoAnn TrybulskiDr. JoAnn Trybulski serves as director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 35 years of combined clinical nursing, leadership, management and instruction experience to her role.

Dr. Trybulski most recently served as chief nursing officer at University of Miami Hospital, where she instituted innovations for bedside nursing practice and successfully implemented patient care technology systems. Her prior experience in academia includes roles as associate dean and professor for DNP and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs at University of Miami. Dr. Trybulski also served as assistant chief of nursing for Harvard Community Health Plan and held nurse practitioner roles in internal medicine, oncology and urgent care practice settings.

Dr. Trybulski has co-authored four editions of the book Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice, which won two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. In addition, she has written articles on the topics of clinical simulation in nursing and women’s health. Dr. Trybulski has also contributed to many book chapters highlighting topics such as cardiac diagnostic testing, routine health screenings and immunizations and provider/patient relationships.

Dr. Trybulski is a member of the Florida Board of Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fordham University, MSN from Simmons College and Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from Boston College.

Juli Daniels, Phd, RN, CCRN, CNE, NEA-BC
Associate Professor, DNP Program

Juli DanielsDr. Juli  Daniels  is an associate  professor  in  the  Doctor  of  Nursing Practice (DNP) degree  program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Previously, she served as an associate professor in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Healthcare Policy specialty track at Chamberlain. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing education, leadership and administration.

Concurrently, Dr. Daniels is an adjunct professor in the MSN program at St. Xavier University and serves as president and CEO of Global Healthcare Consultants, providing executive leadership  assessment,consultation and continuing education in acute care and academic settings. Prior to joining Chamberlain, she was Florida regional dean of nursing at Rasmussen College and at Keiser University. 

Dr. Daniels is an active member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, Florida Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, National League for Nursing and a Virginia Henderson Fellow with Sigma Theta Tau International. She is certified in comprehensive systematic review and  evidence based quality improvement programs with Joanna Briggs Institute. She is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an advanced nursing executive and through Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing as a nurse educator and a critical care registered nurse.

She earned a BSN degree from University of Evansville, a MSN degree from University of Kentucky and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from University of South Florida.

Robin Dennison, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE
Professor, DNP Degree Program

Dr. Robin Dennison serves as a professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings nearly 40 years of combined clinical nursing and nurse instructor experience to her role. Previously, Dr. Dennison served as the dean of the DNP degree program at Chamberlain.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Dennison served as interim director of online programs and associate professor at Georgetown University. Her additional academic experience includes multiple roles at the University of Cincinnati, including director of the DNP degree program, coordinator of the clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator program and associate professor of clinical nursing. Dr. Dennison has more than 25 years of direct patient care experience, including roles in the emergency department and critical, surgical and medical intensive care units.

Dr. Dennison authored four editions of Pass CCRN!®, which prepares critical care nurses for the critical care registered nurse (CCRN) exam. She is also the author of Evaluation Beyond Exams in Nursing Education: Designing Assignments and Evaluating with Rubric. She has also contributed to industry journals including Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, American Nurse Today, American Journal of Nursing and Nursing Clinics of North America. Among numerous industry affiliations, she is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, for which she serves as a member of the International Program Committee, and founding member of the Society of Clinical Nurse Specialist Education.

Dr. Dennison earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Morris Harvey College, a Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from Marshall University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree with cardiopulmonary clinical specialization from the University of Delaware and a DNP degree and graduate certificate in college teaching and learning from the University of Kentucky. She is also a certified critical care nurse specialist and a certified nurse educator.



Janice Unruh Davidson, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP
Professor, DNP Degree Program

Janice DavidsonDr. Janice Unruh Davidson is a professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a nationally-recognized Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellow. With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Davidson holds national board certification as a nurse informaticist, family nurse practitioner, nurse executive advanced and nurse educator. Her research has been presented in nearly 100 venues globally, and she has authored more than 40 publications including refereed journal manuscripts, book chapters, administrative studies, monographs and multimedia contributions. Her works have been further cited in more than 30 national and international publications.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Davidson served as graduate nursing core coordinator at Walden University. Her previous experience includes tenured academic and administrative leadership positions at Mississippi University for Women, Fort Hays State University and Bethel College. Since 2006, Dr. Davidson has owned and operated consulting firms that specialize in healthcare research, informatics, statistical analysis and market research, for which she was recognized in 2010 among the American Business Women’s Association Top Ten Women in U.S. Business. She has received over $320,000.00 in funding from extramural and internal grant competitions and is certified by the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia as a comprehensive systematic reviewer.

Dr. Davidson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Texas Woman’s University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Wichita State University. As an academic and career advisor, Dr. Davidson has directed nearly 60 doctoral dissertations and theses, in addition to more than 60 graduate evidence-based practice-change projects in nursing.



Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE
Professor, DNP Degree Program

Patricia FedorkaDr. Patricia Fedorka is a professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining Chamberlain, she was an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Robert Morris University and concurrently a part-time staff nurse in labor and delivery within the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes more than 20 years as an instructor and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

For more than two decades, Dr. Fedorka has been a member of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, for which she serves as a member of the national committee and is an editorial reviewer for its publication, Nursing for Women’s Health.

Dr. Fedorka is a certified nurse educator and is certified in inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in education and a Master of Public Health in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


David O'Dell, DNP, ARNP, FNP
Professor, DNP Degree Program

David O'DellDr. David O’Dell is a professor  in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He has more than 10 years of experience in nursing  education  and administration. 

Dr. O’Dell is the founding member and president of Doctors of Nursing Practice, Inc. whose mission is to improve healthcare outcomes by promoting and enhancing the doctoral prepared nursing professional. He is the administrative conference planner and leader of this international practice doctorate nursing organization.

Dr. O’Dell is published in Jacksonville Medical Journal and The Florida Nurse, as well as in multiple nursing textbooks on topics including DNP education, dissemination and building social capital along with topics related to neurocognitive disorders and HIV/AIDS issues. He is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Dr. O’Dell is a charter member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Northeast Florida Lambda Rho chapter. He is a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and a national speaker regarding DNP growth and development.

Dr. O’Dell earned a DNP degree from the University of Tennessee and MSN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from University of North Florida.



Juanita Rass, PhD, MSN, MBA, FNP, APRN-Rx

Associate Professor, DNP Degree Program

Dr. Juanita  Rass is an associate professor  in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 18 years of combined clinical nursing and instruction experience to her role. 

Dr. Rass has held nursing faculty roles with the School of Nursing at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, the University of Guam, the Salish  Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota and the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. She has practiced extensively as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) in remote and rural settings throughout Alaska and Maine. 

She has presented on topics including international nursing, health management and traditional healing approaches and has multiple texts in progress on topics including holistic treatments and alternative complementary medicine. Dr. Rass is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Holistic Nurses Association, American Association of Integrative Medicine and National League for Nursing. She is also a member of the Alaska and Maine nurse practitioner associations.

Dr. Rass earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing education and organization and management from Capella University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Russell Sage College, a Master of Business Administration from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Maine. Dr. Rass is also a board certified FNP.



Douglas Turner, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, DNP Degree Program

Douglas TurnerDr. Douglas Turner is an associate professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He was previously dean of online pre-licensure programs at Chamberlain.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Turner was director of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Carrington College. His three decades of experience also include healthcare and nursing faculty roles at Kaplan University, Touro University Nevada, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Forsyth Technical Community College.

Dr. Turner is a member of the National League for Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and Elsevier Testing and Research Advisory Board. He has authored more than 40 professional research papers and publications.

Dr. Turner is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in international health from Touro University International; Master of Science in Nursing degrees from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of Virginia; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of New York at Albany.


Valda V. Upenieks, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor, DNP Degree Program

Valda UpenieksDr. Valda Upenieks is an assistant professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing practice, education and administration.

Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Upenieks served as an assistant professor for the Nursing Administration Graduate Program at University of California, Los Angeles. Her teaching expertise consisted of nursing leadership and administration. Her research on the Magnet model, staffing ratios and workflow efficiency has been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Nursing Economics and Journal of Nursing Administration, among other industry publications. Dr. Upenieks also served as a co-investigator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program “Transforming Care at the Bedside Initiative.”

Dr. Upenieks received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing science from the University of Washington, a Master of Public Health degree in health service administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle University.


Jill Walsh, DNP, RN, CEN

Associate Professor, DNP Degree Program

Jill WalshDr. Jill  Walsh is a professor  in the Doctor  of Nursing  Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 35 years of clinical and academic experience to the position.

Previously, Dr. Walsh was the practice manager of accreditation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In this role, she served as the lead nurse planner and managed unit operations to ensure compliance with accreditation standards and quality of professional development programs.

Dr. Walsh previously worked at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) as the chief nursing 
officer. In this role, she provided leadership and oversight for the ENA’s Institute for Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention, Institute for Emergency Nursing Research and Departments of Education Development and Delivery. She began her career as an emergency department staff nurse at Muhlenberg Hospital and has since held leadership positions in emergency care and nursing education, including director of nursing education and quality at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. She has experience leading organizational culture change initiatives, including the magnet  journey at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and many years of teaching experience.

Dr. Walsh is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and has been published in Journal of Emergency Nursing, Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and Emergency Medical Services. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, American Nurses Association, Association Forum and Emergency Nurses Association. 

Dr. Walsh  earned a  Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northern Illinois University,a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emergency nursing specialization from Rush University and a DNP degree from Rush University. She also holds a graduate certificate in managed care from Benedictine University and is certified as an emergency nurse.


Shanna Dewater, DNP, FNP-C, ARNP, RN

Professor, DNP Degree Program

Shanna-DewaterShanna DeWater is a professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has more than 18 years of combined experience in clinical nursing and education.

Prior to her current position, DeWater taught as a visiting professor at Chamberlain while concurrently serving as adjunct professor at Missouri State University. Her past clinical experience includes family nurse practitioner at CoxHealth’s Missouri Regional Services, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Missouri.

DeWater has contributed to several publications and speaker events on topics including access to care for Missouri citizens and the importance of advocacy and received industry recognitions including the 2012 State of Missouri Clinical Excellence Award. She currently serves as president elect of Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Missouri Nurses Association. She is the Vice Chair of the Missouri Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, recently appointed to the Missouri Coalition Taskforce and sits on the Advocacy Committee for the Missouri Nurses Association.

DeWater earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Missouri, Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City and DNP from University of Iowa. DeWater is licensed to practice nursing in the states of Missouri and Florida.

 
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