Dr. Nelson completed her BS with a major in Nursing and MS with a Nursing Administration concentration from Indiana State University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nelson has teaching experience in both ASN, BS, and graduate level nursing coursework in both traditional campus and distance education settings (Medtech College, Norwich University, Ball State University).
Her practice and teaching areas of interest include emergency, critical care, and evidence-based nursing practice. Prior to joining the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Completion as chairperson, Dr. Nelson served as the Program Director of Nursing Administration and Nursing Education concentrations within the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing teaching such courses as APN 697, APN 673, APN 653 and APN 662.
Her research interests include telemedicine technologies, distance education for nursing students, ehealth/informatics, and rural disparities among a variety of patient populations as well as interventions to increase access to care in rural America. Prior to her professorship at Indiana State University, Dr. Nelson coordinated Telehealth services for thousands of Veterans in her role as a clinical program manager within in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Nelson is also active in several organizations including ISU First Generation Faculty Mentors and a member of both the National League for Nursing and International Sigma Theta Tau Society of Nursing Lambda Sigma Chapter. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two dogs.