Jean Davison, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Associate Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 535
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460


My Vision: To pursue a lifelong spirit of inquiry for evidence base practice in teaching, clinical practice, research and service; model the nursing core values of caring, appreciation of diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, with student/patient-centeredness to improve learning and health outcomes. Special research interests include evidence based quality improvement, translational research, reducing health disparities, evaluating social determinants of health, global health projects and patient self-management support to decrease cardiovascular risks. I have chaired the N.C. Million Hearts Blood Pressure Affinity Alliance focused on prevention and blood pressure management at a population level throughout our state. For 2015-18 I am serving on the External Advisory Committee of the NC Healthcare Quality Alliance for a $15M federal grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for Heart Health Now! These committees align with my vison and translational research on hypertension self-management support. I have also chaired DNP projects (4) and multiple Masters papers focused on CVD, STD, immigration health, health promotion, self-management support, disease prevention, health disparities and quality improvement for better patient/population outcomes.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Capstone

Davison, J.A., Starting the Conversation about Hypertension Self-Management Support in Primary Care
Chair: Marva M. Price.
Members: Debra J. Barksdale, Katrina Donahue and Elizabeth Walker Boozer.

Summary: This quality improvement (QI) study focused on hypertension self-management support in a rural primary care setting in NC that had an exceptionally high rate of cardiovascular disease compared to the US and other counties in NC. Approximately 1400 patients were tracked via electronic medical record (EMR) for BP, LDL, tobacco use, body mass index, and self- management goals after receiving self-management goal setting coaching and brochures on “Starting the Conversation” for Blood Pressure and Start with Your Heart Rx “Your Prescription for Better Health.” There were significant improvements in patients setting self- management goals in collaboration with their provider during this six months QI study as compared to baseline, that was six months prior to the study.


I endorse the vision of our school of nursing to educate-discover-innovate and -serve with a vision to engage “faculty and students in advancing scholarship globally” and also inter-professionally. I embrace our Carolina Core Tenets in our curricular framework “for students to achieve the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential in a graduate of the UNC School of Nursing”.  I have taken on this vision especially in the area of teaching advanced health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, population health, health promotion and disease prevention/management courses in public health.  My target populations include MSN and DNP students, RNs throughout NC in AHEC workshops, NC public health RNs via the NCIPH Enhanced Role RN grant and internationally with a global service learning course conducted live in Central America and locally in community clinics. I have also been an invited professor to the University of Sierra Leone-Freetown for the purpose of teaching faculty workshops at the Nursing College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences.  Presently I am serving on the 2019 Curriculum Revision Steering Committee for our school and co-chairing our MSN curriculum revision.


I value community engagement both locally and globally. In 2018 I will be receiving the AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence from North Carolina at the national AANP Conference in Denver, Colorado.  In 2014 I received a UNC School of Nursing Faculty Recognition Award. My service is especially focused on advancing the role of registered nurses and nurse practitioners and applying my skills in global health. I have held leadership positions at the NCNA since 2006; presently I am the state-wide NCNA DNP executive council chair and am very active in being an advocate in NCNA and NP Wake/Triangle region leadership and legislative activity. Additionally, I am president of our Alpha-Alpha Chapter of STTI. Locally, I have also served and been a committee planning member for the Orange County Project Connect for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness and the yearly St. Thomas More Latino Health Fair; both endorsed activities of our Alpha-Alpha STTI chapter.

Globally since 2002 I have served as co-founder and president of Compassion Med International, a local nonprofit with an all-volunteer staff that assists in short term medical missions to under resourced countries.  I have led medical teams to Romanian gypsy villages, refugee camps in Honduras and to New Orleans in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina.  Additionally, I have volunteered with a UNC Smile Train (cleft palate) trip to the West Bank of Israel. Furthermore, I coordinate inter-professional teams made up of medical, nursing, pharmacy, social workers and public health students with Nicaragua public health service learning experiences. I also volunteer and serve on the UNC MedWorld board since 2010. I have been an invited speaker at UNC, Duke and national global health organizations along with a visiting scholar to Sierra Leone, West Africa (2013).  I have taught global health classes and advised master’s students on global health topics and papers. Summer, 2015 I received an Apples Service Learning grant to modify and expand inter-professional local and global outreach activities for Latino-Migrant Health. I shared my service learning experiences at the 2016 Sigma Theta Tau International 3rd European Regional Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands and UNCW Conference in May, 2016 (Presenting and Translating Cultures within a Worldwide Citizenry).  In 2016 I also presented the “Narratives on the Trauma of Immigration” as a courageous dialogue discussion at our SON.

In October 2016 when Hurricane Matthew hit NC and flooded areas of central and the sand-hill areas along Robeson and Columbus counties, I began planning a health outreach to the population to take place during our Spring break.  This coordinated effort involved the local health departments, community health centers, medical, dental and mental health providers to name just a few. In 2017 I applied for and received a grant from the Carolina Center for Public Service, disaster relief fund to be able rent the “Health on Wheels” mobile van. The purpose of the outreach was to provide health screenings and connect people to locale health, dental and mental health services for follow up.