Joyce Varner

Faculty/Staff Information page - Joyce VarnerJoyce McCullers Varner DNP, ANP, GNP-C, GCNS
Professor and Track Coordinator for the Adult-Geron Primacy Care NP track and the BSN-DNP Adult-Geron Primary Care NP with Palliative Care subspecialty track
Adult Health Nursing Department


  • MSN University of Alabama Birmingham, 2010
  • DNP University of South Alabama, 2007
  • MSN University of South Alabama, 2000
  • BSN Auburn University Montgomery, 1999
  • ADN George Wallace Community College Selma, 1994

Research and Areas of Interest:

  • Adult Health
  • Gerontology
  • Retention of Nursing Personnel in Long-Term Care
  • Aging RNs in the State of Alabama
  • Dementia Care Issues
  • Palliative Care and Elders
  • Advance Practice Issues

Courses Taught:

  • Adult-Geron Nurse Practitioner didactic and clinical courses
  • DNP Core Courses
  • DNP Residency Courses


  • Board of Directors Westminster Village
  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Older People Nursing
  • Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
  • American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
  • American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
  • Southern Gerontological Society (SGS)
  • Alabama Gerontological Society (Professional of the Year 2011 and 2013)
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF)
  • Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association
  • Member Alabama Elder Justice Alliance
  • Alabama State Nurses Association (past president)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Alpha Theta Chi
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Other Activities:

  • Mentoring future Adult-Geron and Hospice and Palliative Care nurse practitioners
  • Mentoring DNP students
  • Professional organizational involvement