About Dr. Sharon B. Davis

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Brief Bio About Dr. Davis 

Dr. Davis has a Master’s degree in Nursing Education and a PhD in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also has 30 years of experience in nursing education, including 20 years as program director, and has served as an accreditation site visitor, Chair of the Florida Deans and Directors Council, was awarded Nurse Educator of the Year by the Florida Nurses’ Association, and was the first nurse to serve on the Board of Directors for a local program hospital facility. Her expertise includes all aspects of program development and evaluation, test development and analysis, faculty and student policies, as well as the daily activities required for an optimal working and learning environment.

Sharon B. Davis, PhD, RN

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Measurement and Research; August, 1999.
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; M.S. with a major in Adult Health Nursing, functional minor in Nursing Education; April, 1982.
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; B.S. with a major in Nursing; August, 1978.
  • Grady MemorialHospitalSchool of Nursing, Atlanta, Georgia; Diploma in Nursing; June, 1971.
Professional Experience
  • SAVANNAHTECHNICALCOLLEGE; October, 2010-March, 2011; Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. Primary responsibility was to provide leadership and support for seven areas within the academic unit.
  • FLORENCEDARLINGTONTECHNICALCOLLEGE; July, 2008-September, 2010; Associate Vice President, Health and Sciences. Primary responsibility was to provide leadership and support for 15 areas within the academic unit.
   LAKEWOOD RANCH MEDICAL CENTER; July, 2006-December, 2006; Director, Education.                                            Responsibilities included orientation of new staff and staff development.
  • PolkCommunity College, Winter Haven, Florida; August, 1985 – 2006; Director, Nursing Department.  Primary role is to administer the program of learning leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing and to provide leadership in curriculum development and evaluation.  Responsibilities include the overall management and supervision of 15+ full time faculty, approximately 20+ part time faculty, and 4 career staff for a program of 350 students.
  • PolkCommunity College, Winter Haven, Florida; August, 1979 – August, 1985; Professor, Department of Nursing.  These responsibilities included coordinating and teaching the advanced medical/surgical course in the nursing program as well as serving as the nursing curriculum coordinator.
  • HardeeMemorialHospital, Wauchula, Florida; January, 1979 – July, 1979; Utilization Review Coordinator.
  • Wauchula Family Health Clinic, Wauchula, Florida; November, 1975 – March, 1977; Charge Nurse.
  • WinterHavenHospital, Winter Haven, Florida; October, 1974 – October, 1975; Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department.
  • Hardee Memorial Hospital, Wauchula, Florida; January, 1974 – June, 1974; Relief House Supervisor, later O.R. Supervisor.
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, Florida; December, 1972 – December, 1973; Staff Nurse, later Charge Nurse on second shift in the Recovery Room.
Professional Experience (continued)
  • GoodSamaritanHospital, Lexington, Kentucky; September, 1972 – November, 1972; Charge Nurse in Outpatient Surgicenter.
  • Grady MemorialHospital, Atlanta, Georgia; January, 1972 – August, 1972.  Staff Nurse in the Surg/Burn Unit.
  • ManateeMemorialHospital, Bradenton, Florida; June, 1971 – November, 1971; Staff Nurse in the Med/Surg Unit.
Professional Activities
  • Member, Winter HavenHospital Board of Trustees, 2002-2006.
  • Member, Winter HavenHospital Patient Services Committee, 2002-2006.
  • Member, Winter HavenHospital Patient Safety Committee, 2002-2006.
  • Member, Winter HavenHospital Magnet Oversight Committee, 2002-2006.
  • Member, Board of Directors, ResourceCenter for Women, Winter Haven, Florida, 2003 – 2004.
  • Member, Florida League for Nursing (FLN) Board of Directors, 1994 – 1995.
  • Chair, FLN Nominating Committee, 1997 – 1999.
  • Member, Statewide Nursing Articulation Taskforce, 1993 – 2000.
  • ADN Deans and Directors Representative on QUIN Council, 1993 – 1995.
  • Vice Chair, ADN Deans and Directors, 1992 – 1993.
  • Chair, ADN Deans and Directors, 1993 – 1995.
  • Member, Editorial Review Panel, Florida Nursing and Health Care, 1992 – 1993.
  • Member, American Educational Research Association, 1991 – 1995.
  • Member, Scholarship Review Committee, Florida Nurses Foundation, 1990 – 1995.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, University of SouthFloridaCollege of Nursing BSN Program, 1989 – 1992.
  • Member, Foundation Development Committee, University of SouthFloridaCollege of Nursing, 1989 – 1992.
  • Member, Nurse of Hope Judges Committee, PolkCounty American Cancer Society, 1987 – 1990.
  • Member, Nursing Executives of PolkCounty (NEPC) and Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, 1987 – 2006.
  • Member, Kellogg Advisory Committee for the University of South Florida College of Nursing Master’s Program (for the duration of the grant).
  • Member, Articulation Council, University of SouthFloridaCollege of Nursing, 1987 – 2006.
  • Region II Representative, Florida Commission on Nursing, 1987 – 1988.
  • Member, Administrative Council, Florida Deans and Directors, 1985 – 2006.
  • Member, Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SREB), 1985 – 2006.
  • Member, SREB Program Committee, Annual Meeting, 2002 and 2003.
  • Individual member, National League for Nursing, 1990 – present.
  • NLNAC Accreditation Site Visitor, 1991 – 1998.
  • Member, Florida League for Nursing, 1981 – 2010.
  • Member, District 12, American Nurses Association; also member of Florida Nurses Association, 1978 -2010.
Honors, Awards, and Certifications
  • Nursing Excellence Award, Florida Nurses Association, 2002.
  • Courtesy Faculty Appointment, University of SouthFloridaCollege of Nursing, 1992 – 1994.
  • Dean of the Year, Florida Student Nurses Association, 1990.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Nursing, Polk County, Florida, 1989.
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, 1980 – present.
Grant Activities
●    Co-Author, Florida SUCCEED Nursing Grant: Program Expansion, PolkCommunity College.Funded: $427,000, July, 2005.
  • Author, Helene Fuld Health Trust:  Department of Nursing Laboratory Equipment, PolkCommunity College.  Funded:  $25,000, June, 1991.
  • Co-Author Consultant, PolkCommunity College:  Achieving Quality Assurance, Title III, PolkCommunity College, January, 1991.
  • Author, Estech Phosphate Mines:  Department of Nursing Faculty Computers, PolkCommunity College.  Funded:  $15,000, 1989.
  • Consultant, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/The Pew Charitable Trusts:  Strengthening Hospital Nursing – a Program to Improve Patient Care.  Winter HavenHospital, January, 1989.
  • Author, Helene Fuld Health Trust:  Department of Nursing:  Laboratory Equipment, PolkCommunity College.  Funded: $60,269, 1988.
Research Activities
  • “A Context Evaluation of the Status Socialization Component of ADN Education”.  Primary Investigator.  Dissertation, August, 1999.
  • Evaluation Study:  “A Reliability and Validity Study of the PolkCommunity College Clinical Evaluation Instrument”.  Primary Investigator.  September, 1991.
  • “The Incidence of Post Operative Respiratory Complications in Adult Patients Undergoing Major Abdominal Surgery”.  Primary Investigator.  Completed February, 1990.
  • “Moral Reasoning Levels of Nursing Students and Nursing Faculty in an Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program”.  Masters Thesis, May, 1982.
  • “A Validation Study of the Professional Performance Examination of the New York Regents External Degrees in Nursing Program Which Compares the Performance of Graduating AD and BSN Students”.  Research Assistant for Susan C. McMillon, Ph.D., RN. (Doctoral Dissertation).  May, 1981.
  • “Work Stress as Perceived by Intensive Care Unit and General Medical Surgical Nurses”.  Coinvestigator, April, 1978.
Professional Presentations
  • “Professional Socialization”. Keynote Speaker, FNSA Convention; October 30, 2003.
  • “The Therapeutic Use of Self:  The Role of Professional Socialization in Promoting Positive Patient Outcomes”.  Keynote speaker, 10th Annual Nursing Research Seminar, Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Florida; November, 2002.
  • “Florida A.S. Degree Nursing Programs:  A Status Report”.  Florida Deans and Directors; April, 2002.
  • PolkCommunity College Faculty Development Workshop:  “Institutional Effectiveness 102:  Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting”.  November, 2000.
  • PolkCommunity College Faculty Development Workshop:  “Institutional Effectiveness 101:  Outcomes to Assessment”.  March, 2000.
  • “Board of Nursing Regulation of Nursing Practice” (invited participant), Florida Senate Committee, 1995.
    • “The Great Debate:  Clarifying the Use of Quantitative versus Qualitative Research Designs”.  Sponsored by:  Winter HavenHospital, April, 1993; Clearwater, Florida.
  • “Research Priorities in the 90’s”.  First Annual Nursing Research Conference.  Sponsored by:  Winter HavenHospital, January, 1992; Lakeland, Florida.
  • “An Evaluation of The LakelandRegionalMedicalCenter Respiratory Care Competency Based Educational Program”.  LakelandRegionalMedicalCenter, Lakeland, Florida; April, 1990.  University of SouthFlorida, Tampa, Florida; April, 1990.
  • “An Introduction to Nursing Research”.  Winter HavenHospital, Winter Haven, Florida; April, 1990.
  • “Utilizing Nursing Research”.  Winter HavenHospital, Winter Haven, Florida; April, 1988.
  • “Perspectives on the Future of Nursing from the Viewpoint of the Nursing Educator”.  RegencyMedicalCenter, Winter Haven, Florida; September, 1987.
  • “Nursing… What Do Nurses Do Anyway?”  Community Presentation, LakeWales, Florida; February, l986.
  • “Nursing and Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development”.  University of SouthFlorida, Tampa, Florida; March, 1983.
  • Updated December, 2013