About Our Program

Graduate Program Objectives

When students graduate, they are expected to be able to:

  • Integrate theoretical perspectives from nursing science and related sciences as a framework for planning holistic care to enhance, modify, or support the health patterns of client systems in various environmental contexts.
  • Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing practice with focus on direct and indirect delivery of care and evaluation of outcomes for defined client systems.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication skills for advanced nursing practice as a part of a multidisciplinary team within various environmental contexts.
  • Design programs for defined client systems in health promotion, maintenance, restoration and palliation within a framework of population-focused advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional roles to operationalize standards of care and to effect change in nursing practice.
  • Critically appraise available evidence in the planning and delivery of safe and effective care.
  • Participate in the political process to influence health and social policy.
  • Demonstrate legal, ethical, and financial accountability from the perspective of advanced nursing practice and within various environmental contexts.
  • Exhibit a commitment to excellence in nursing practice and to advancement of the discipline of nursing through engaging in scholarly inquiry.

Our Team

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Jody Lynn Miniard

Asst Professor - Clin, CON AD for Nursing Research

275.13 Procter Hall


Jody Miniard is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experiencing caring for neurosurgical patients.  She first served as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati starting in the summer of 2012.  She then transitioned to full time faculty in the Fall of 2014.  Jody is passionate about the education of nurses and the profession's role in the transformation of healthcare. 
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Kimberly Mullins

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing Adult/Gero NP- DL program coordinator, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.52 Procter Hall


I am a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) prepared, adult nurse practitioner (NP) with 30 years of clinical practice experience committed to excellence in patient care and evidence-based practice. My NP certification is in adult primary care and I have achieved an advanced certification in oncology practice. I currently hold a faculty position teaching graduate and doctoral level nursing students while I continue my clinical practice in radiation oncology. As a Senior NP in this clinical position, I conduct new and follow up visits, as well as manage side effects of those patients actively receiving treatment. In this role I function both independently and collaboratively with a Radiation Oncologist. Maintaining the high standards required of advanced oncology certification benefits my clinical practice as well as my teaching. As an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, I teach courses within the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. In addition to numerous service activities for the College and University, I serve as the Coordinator of the Distance Learning AGPC (Adult Gero Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner program since my appointment in October 2015. In this capacity I actively work with marketing, recruitment, and retention services. I serve as a resource and faculty advisor for all students enrolled in this program. I also serve as the Chair for several DNP Student Project Committees. In addition to clinical practice, teaching, and service, I am committed to the scholarship of nursing. I have collaborated with several colleagues to produce peer reviewed published works and have been an invited speaker at national conferences.
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Sherry Donaworth

Associate Professor- Clinical Coordinator, Post-Master FNP DL Program, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.77 Procter Hall


Dr. Sherry Donaworth is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing.  She is board certified as both an Adult-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive clinical practice experience has included critical care, cardiology, geriatrics as well as primary care.   As lead faculty for advanced pharmacology and clinical management of adult health problems, she has utilized the “flipped classroom” and advanced technology in teaching, for both onsite and distance learners.  Dr. Donaworth serves as a content expert on an ANE HRSA grant for interactive case studies for distance learning students and is a Fellow of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA).
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Jason Allen Gregg

Assistant Professor of Clinical; FNP Distance Learning Program Coordinator, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Doctoral-prepared Advanced Practice Nurse with certifications in both Family Practice (AANP; ANCC) and Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health (ANCC).  Experience in academia includes teaching in both undergrduate (ADN) and graduate (MSN, DNP) programs.  Clinical expertise includes family practice, psych mental health, and management of chemical dependence. 
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W. Jeff Trees

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Coordinator of Onsite FNP Programs, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.72 Procter Hall


Dr. Trees has been a registered nurse for over 40 years and has practiced clinically in medical/surgical nursing, emergency departments, prehospital care, and occupational health settings. He has clinical experience as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and manager. He has been a family nurse practitioner for over 16 years practicing primarily in occupational medicine. He enjoys students and has precepted many students during his career.

Areas of expertise:
Family Practice / Primary Care
Occupational Medicine
Emergency / Urgent Care / Retail Clinics
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Valerie Kay Moniaci

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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I have been an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program here at the University of Cincinnati for 19 years. I am a practicing Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I have forty years of experience in the neontal field. I have been a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 1992.
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Joan Marie Sevy Majers

Dr., CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.55 Procter Hall


Results-oriented healthcare executive who has successfully assumed increasingly complex responsibilities throughout a service career. Experience includes case management leadership, productivity enhancement, expense reduction, organizational restructuring, performance improvement and process review and design in both the not for profit and for profit healthcare arenas as an executive and consultant.  Initially assumed faculty positions in both  RN to BSN as well as  associate degree nursing  programs, and  is now teaching graduate  nursing courses, using distance learning strategies. Responsibilities include coordination of the leadership graduate programs and dvelopment of the case management certificate program at the College of Nursing.
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Beth Ann Clayton

Program Director-Nurse Anesthesia Major, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.58 Procter Hall


Beth Ann Clayton is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director at the University of Cincinnati. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 

She leads over 80 nurse anesthesia students in doctorate level programing. She oversees curriculum, DNP projects, faculty teaching for 15 didactic faculty members and over 80 clinical nurse anesthesia  faculty members at UC Physcians, as well as 18 clinical coordinators over 17 different clinical sites. She is responsible for compliance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  

Dr. Clayton is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She provides anesthesia services at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and with NorthStar Anesthesia at Mercy-Health Fairfield Hospital. She specializes in obstetric anesthesia and delivers care at  Level II and Level III labor and delivery units. 

With experience spanning over 20 years, Dr. Clayton is a respected clinician, researcher, and educator to practicing CRNAs, nurse anesthesia students and  other healthcare professionals. A primary author of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists obstetric anesthesia practice guidelines, she advocates tirelessly for evidence-based practice improvements through years of working with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).  Her commitments include the AANA Closed Claims Committee, Practice Committee and Spinal/Epidural and Ultrasound Workshops. Her research analyzes closed malpractice claims to facilitate the identification of  patterns of injuries, precipitating events and interventions to improve care. Her work in obstetric anesthesia has improved maternal and fetal care across the country and the world through dissemination at over 100 national and international conferences, several peer-reviewed publications and participation in community and national task forces to advance patient care.  A recipient of two AANA national awards in education and research, Dr. Clayton serves as a journal reviewer for the AANA Journal and Pain Management Nursing Journal.  In addition, Dr. Clayton is leading an opioid sparing pain control technique with demonstrated results in place at multiple Ohio hospitals.  

Dr. Clayton received her BSN from Bloomsburg University and her MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Northeastern University. She later earned  her DNP at the University of Cincinnati.

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Melanie Kroger-Jarvis

Associate Professor Educator, CON Undergrad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.57 Procter Hall


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Eva Miriam Fried

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Eva Fried is an experienced women’s health clinician and educator. She has made significant contributions to the professions of midwifery and advanced practice nursing through writing, advocacy work, and meeting planning. In her role as faculty member and program director, Eva is committed to excellence in distance education, fostering belongingness and community in distance education, and informing every step of each student’s experience from application through graduation with a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework.
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Robyn Wingard Stamm

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275 Procter Hall


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Rev. Dr. R. Lee Tyson

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.62 Procter Hall


Dr. Tyson is an Advanced Practice Nurse holding dual doctorates in psychiatric-mental health and theology/spiritual development. He is triple-boarded, being certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Certified Addiction Registered Nurse—Advanced Practice. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Addictions Nursing. Before entering academia and the mental health industry, Dr. Tyson served in professional ministry for many years, and still devotes time as adjunct clergy. He has extensive clinical involvement working with populations in myriad settings across Ohio and the Midwest region, including with the #2 ranked pediatric hospital in the nation, reputable community health centers, as well as several for-profit psychiatric hospitals and substance use treatment facilities. These experiences have enabled him to be successful in his two current roles: Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, and medical staff at Lee Side Wellness. Currently, Dr. Tyson is Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, currently the second largest graduate program at the college. He is also founder, owner, and visionary of Lee Side Wellness, the largest privately held outpatient psychiatric practice in southwest Ohio, and the largest and leading NP-owned practice in Ohio. Dr. Tyson’s organization employs PMHNPs, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, as well as pharmacists who offer a variety of services, including telepsychiatry, pharmacogenomics, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and multiple modalities of psychotherapy. Dr. Tyson is also the founder and owner of two other successful businesses, one offering alternative psychiatric solutions, and another which serves as a medical billing, credentialing, and consultation service. He has made numerous presentations and publications on a variety of topics, including telemental health, anxiety, mood and thought disorders, PTSD, ADHD, sexuality/gender issues, geriatric concerns, and substance use matters. He currently serves on the Mental Health Team of the University of Cincinnati Urban Health Pathway as well as the Attorney General’s All-Ohio Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Interprofessional Educational Symposium Committee. Finally, Dr. Tyson serves on the Ohio Board of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee and the OAAPN Education Committee, as well as his very influential role as Chair of the ANCC PMHNP Content Expert Panel which oversees the national certification exam for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.
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Tamara Pavlik-Maus

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

206 Procter Hall


Professor Maus is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Coordinator of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing.  She has maintained her board certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) for twenty-five years.  Professor Maus has practiced extensively throughout the United States providing evidence-based care to medically underserved women, including central California and the United States / Mexico border.  With her current focus on educating the next generation of nurse practitioners, she directs her energy toward technology in learning and teaching clinical skills through online and onsite simulation. Under her leadership, the 2018 WHNP graduates’ pass rate was 100% on their certification exam.  She and her team were awarded the 2017 Dean’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant.  This allowed her to develop and implement numerous online clinical skill modules covering the pelvic exam, specimen collection, microscopy, and the breast exam.  In August 2019, in cooperation with Bayer U.S., LLC., she added the PelvicSim™ (VirtaMed), a high-fidelity mobile simulator, to train students in intrauterine device (IUD) insertion for the nurse midwifery students. In late 2019, she was part of a team submitting for funding integrating SBIRT training into APN programs.  In 2020, Bayer Global awarded her team a $97,000 grant for development of simulation experiences in a distance format.  In addition, she is working with a team on mindfulness practice in teaching and the workplace.  Her scholarship and clinical practice expertise was further recognized through the publication of clinical practice articles.  In 2019 by invitation, the journal requested the article be further developed for their fall CEU edition.  Her most recent publication on PCOS was published April 2020.
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Melissa Anne Joos

Program Coordinator, CON AD for Academic Nursing

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Maureen Ann Braniff Koo

Program Coordinator, CON AD for Academic Nursing

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Jalicia Kathleen Ruttino

Program Coordinator, CON AD for Academic Nursing

430 Procter Hall


State Authorization


Authorized states are shown in gray, unauthorized states are shown in red and partially authorized states are shown in black.

The College of Nursing is authorized to have a clinical presence in all states, except Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

In Washington, Master of Science in Nursing and Post-MSN Certificate programs are authorized; Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are not.