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.

AUNA Services

Faculty Practice: devoted faculty time to provide contracted services. We offer our practice partners:

  • An array of care, assessment and consultation services
  • Flexible plans
  • Malpractice coverage

Employee Health and Wellness Services: onsite clinics offering convenient access to health services for your employees. Available services include:

  • Employee Physicals and Drug Screenings
  • Health Assessments and Diagnostic Testing
  • Wellness Visits and Personalized Improvement Plans
  • Disease Management and Health Risk Assessments
  • Education/Cessation Programs and Health Fairs

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About AUNA

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.

Ex-Officio Voting Directors

Elizabeth NeSmith, PhD

  • Chair & Department Chair
  • Interim Dean, College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing Science Chair

Holly Brown, DNP

  • Faculty Administrator
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Department

Michelle Cox-Henley, DNP

  • Department Chair
  • Department of DNP Programs

Desiree Bertrand, PhD

  • Department Chair
  • Department of Prelicensure Programs


  • President of Augusta University or Designee

Voting Directors

James Brinson, DNP

  • Director
  • Department of DNP Programs

Teresa Marin, PhD

  • Director
  • Department of Nursing Science

Jennifer Broxton, DNP

  • Director
  • Department of Prelicensure Programs

Louisa Martin, DNP

  • Director
  • Member-at-Large

Priscilla Hartley, DNP

  • Director, Member-at-Large
  • President

Alyssa Kingree, MSN

  • Director, Member-at-Large
  • Vice-President

Laurie Yates, DNP

  • Director, Member-at-Large
  • Secretary/Treasurer

Ex-Officio Non-Voting Directors

Mark Schreiber, BSN

  • WellStar MCG Chief Nursing Officer

Tracy Brickey

  • Practice Manager


  • Community of Interest

Administrative Support

Tammy Murrell

  • CON Financial & Business Analyst

Jennifer Brassell

  • Administrative Assistant

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