AU Nursing Associates, Inc. (AUNA) is the faculty practice division of the Augusta University College of Nursing. Established in 2004, AUNA furthers the education, scholarship, and service missions of the College by providing faculty members opportunities to remain active in nursing practice as part of their teaching roles.
AUNA partners include a broad range of organizations, including health care providers, community agencies, and area industries. In these settings, nursing faculty provide high quality, cost-effective, essential health services.
Faculty members can integrate these practice activities with teaching and research to provide students an even richer educational experience.
Faculty Practice: devoted faculty time to provide contracted services. We offer our practice partners:
Employee Health and Wellness Services: onsite clinics offering convenient access to health services for your employees. Available services include:
The AU Nursing Associates, Inc. (AUNA) provides a dynamic environment for talented clinicians, leaders, and educators to provide a broad range of services in a variety of acute care and community-based, multi-professional health care delivery models. These services improve population health through access to prevention, early intervention, disease management and referrals.
AUNA's vision is to be a cornerstone for independent nurse managed practices with comprehensive clinical services, state of the science information technology, and infrastructure support.
The idea of establishing a College of Nursing faculty practice group began in the early 1980's, and the first plan was approved by the College of Nursing General Faculty in the mid-eighties but did not sustain itself. In 2004, a team established and implemented a faculty practice plan with a commitment to support practice as an essential component of the academic and research mission of Augusta University.
In October 2005, the AUNA was recognized as a Cooperative Organization by the University System's Board of Regents, and College of Nursing faculty approved the Faculty Practice Plan and Bylaws in December of the same year. The AUNA was officially launched February 15, 2006 with over 50 College of Nursing faculty. The AUNA is a 501(c)3 that has negotiated and implemented numerous faculty practice contracts for faculty practice activities. College of Nursing faculty members currently practice in the private sector and in community agencies as anesthesia providers, and as consultants in organizations that require specialized expertise in specific areas.
Tanya Sudia, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, RN
J. Dwayne Hooks, Jr., PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, AAHIVS, FACHE, FAANP
Michelle Cox-Henley, DNP
Desiree Bertrand, PhD
Beth NeSmith, PhD
Colleen Walters, DNP
Jennifer Broxton, DNP
Pam Cromer, DNP
Laurie Yates, DNP
Priscilla Hartley, DNP
Alyssa Kingree, MSN
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