Danita R. Potter Northwestern State University, USA
Dr. Danita Potter has been a trailblazer in nursing education with a career sparing over 16 years in higher education where she has held positions of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Sigma Theta Tau-Lambda Mu Chapter Faculty Advisor and Treasurer, Associate Dean, and presently, Director of Non-Traditional Nursing Programs at Northwestern State University College of Nursing in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has contributed to the body of science through scholarly presentations and publications while serving as a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar and mentoring others to success. During here time at Grambling State University, she led the school to its self-study report, and site visits leading to continued accreditation for both the Masters and Bachelors programs. Nominated by her peers, Dr. Potter was selected as the recipient of the Sister Twohig Endowed Nursing Professorship at the University of Louisiana Monroe. During her time at ULM, she was the first African American Nursing Faculty to graduate from the Academy of Teaching Excellence. She was the first alumnus of Grambling State University to serve as the Chief Nursing Administrator (Associate Dean). During her spare time she serves on editorial boards, review boards for peer review nursing journals, serves as a Board of Trustee at a local hospital, contributes as a researcher at a local hospital, mentors and coaches junior faculty and doctoral students, and serves as an Advisory Board member with a local technical health-education program.
Dr. Potter’s research for the last 15 years have focused on perceptions of nurse caring in rural health care and postpartum settings. Her research interests are Health disparities and education gaps among minorities including young mothers, families, and elderly continues to personally relevant today.