When Joy Whitlatch, EdD, MSN, RN, associate professor at Chamberlain University was five years old, her parents gave her a costume she would replicate throughout her career – a white uniform, cap, navy blue cape and a nurse’s bag. “I was always interested in fixing people, dogs and birds.”
In addition to caring for people, she followed through on another childhood dream when she fostered Golden Retrievers for several years and served on the rescue organization’s board of directors.
Giving Back to Students
She also Steps Forward as a peer reviewer with the Arizona Nurses Association, and serves as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) practicum coordinator and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) preceptor for Chamberlain students.
Joy spent her early working days in the emergency department and home health and for the last 11 years, she has worked at Chamberlain, most recently teaching students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program. She is extremely active in Chamberlain’s Phi Pi chapter of Sigma and is now the chapter secretary.
Representing Chamberlain at STTI Conference
Along with many other Chamberlain colleagues and alumni, Joy will present her abstract Why Are All the Nurses Leaving? Incivility in the Workplace for a podium presentation at the upcoming Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s 31st International Nursing Research Congress in Abu Dhabi this July. Honorees received congratulatory emails stating the submitted abstracts were exceptional and the accepted presentations “are an excellent reflection of current nursing trends and timely issues.”
Joy has spoken at numerous past Sigma conferences presenting on such topics as:
- Improving Online Teaching by Using Established Best Classroom Teaching Practices
- Compassion Fatigue
- Caregiver Stress/Compassion Fatigue
- Nurse Suicide: The Worst Thing That Can Happen
By Heather L Hurtado
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