Joyce McCullers Varner, DNP, ANP, GNP-C, GCNS
Professor and Track Coordinator for the MSN and BSN-DNP Adult-Geron Primacy Care NP track
Adult Health Nursing

Research Interests
 
  • 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
  • End of Life
  • Caregiver support

Education
 
  • 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

Selected Publications
 
  • Varner, J. (January, 2013). Male Menopause. The Alabama Nurse
  • Varner, J. (August, 2012). Knowing When and How to Let Go. The Alabama Nurse.
  • Varner, J. (May, 2012). Safe and Effective Pain Management for Geriatric Patients. The Alabama Nurse.
  • Varner, J. (January, 2012). Managing Communication and Behavior Challenges. The Alabama Nurse.
  • Varner, J. (November, 2012). Getting Your Affairs in Order. The Alabama Nurse.
  • Varner, J. (July, 2012). Knowing When and How to Let Go. The Alabama Nurse.
  • Varner, J. (May, 2011). Achieving Quality Care at End of Life. The Alabama Nurse.

Teaching
 

Doctoral Courses Taught

  • NU 613
  • NU 600
  • AHN 694
  • AHN 695
  • AHN 696
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Honors and Awards
 
  • 2015 Professional of the Year: Alabama Gerontological Society
  • 2013 Professional of the Year: Alabama Gerontological Society
  • 2012 USA CON Service Award
  • 2011 Professional of the Year: Alabama Gerontological Society
  • 2010 Top 40 at 40 for AUM graduates
  • 2010 USA CON Service Award
  • 2009 Applied Gerontology Award: Southern Gerontological Society
  • 2008 President, Kappa Omega, STTI AUM chapter
  • 2006 Faculty Teaching Award at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing
  • 2000 Inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • 1998 Inducted to Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1998 Inducted to Alpha Theta Chi
  • 1996 Inducted to Golden Key National Honor Society

Certifications and Affiliations
 
  • 1994-Present Registered Nurse: AL
  • 2000-Present Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner: AL
  • 2007-Present RN and GNP/AGPCNP: LA
  • 2006-Present RN: NC
  • 2014-Present RN and GNP/AGPCNP: KY
  • 2015-Present RN: NV
  • 2015-Present RN and AGPCNP: OK
  • 2000-Present Certification for Geriatric Nurse Practitioner through the American
    Nurses Credentialing Center
  • 2014-Present Certification for Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through
    the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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