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Associate Professor


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

Office: 4007

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Dr. Davis is a full-time faculty member of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She maintains a part time nurse practitioner (NP) practice with the Division of Cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Davis is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is also a certified hypertension clinician through the American Society of Hypertension. As a clinician, she focuses her care on adults with hypertension, heart failure, and acute coronary syndromes. Her research interests include self-care and symptom management with women who have experienced cardiovascular conditions. She has served as editor for the book Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets (2004), as guest editor for two special cardiovascular editions in the Journals for Nurse Practitioners (2013 and 2019), has authored/coauthored articles 35+ papers in peer-reviewed journals, 13 book chapters, and other scholarly products related to cardiovascular topics.

As a nurse practitioner, Dr. Davis sees patients with difficult to control high blood pressure in the UNC Hypertension Clinic, where a multidisciplinary approach utilizes both lifestyle modification and medications, as well as investigative techniques, to treat hypertension. She also sees patients in the general cardiology clinic and the UNC Heart and Vascular Center at Meadowmont.

Education, training, and certification: RN, BSN: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1981 – 1985; MSN: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986 – 1989; Post-Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Cardiology S­pecialty, 1998 – 2000; Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner Certified Specialist: 2000 – present; PhD: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2006-2011; Post-Doctoral Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods: 2014; Certified Hypertension Clinician: 2016 – present

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