Robert H. Davis, DNP, RN
Director of DNP Program
Dr. Robert H. Davis is the director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice
(DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing, bringing
to the position a rich background of experience in healthcare,
teaching and higher education administration. Dr. Davis previously
served as the senior director of online operations at Chamberlain.
He also served as assistant dean for online programs in the College
of Nursing and Public Health at South University, where he oversaw
the academic operations of online nursing, health sciences and
public health degree programs. Prior to South University, he was
dean of the Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional
Programs at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Additionally,
he consulted and served as sub-program coordinator for the Ohio
Board of Regents.
A member of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online
Learning, Sigma Theta Tau International, Ohio Nurses Association
and Greater Cleveland Nurses Association (GCNA), Dr. Davis’
contributions to education and healthcare include professional
presentations and industry recognitions, including the Elizabeth K.
Porter Involved Nurse Award from the GCNA and the Cushing-Robb
Prize from Case Western Reserve University. He is also co-editor of
Distance Education in Nursing, Second Edition.
Dr. Davis earned a DNP degree in educational leadership, Master of
Science in Nursing degree in nursing informatics and Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Bonnie Beardsley, PhD, RN
Senior Director of Academic Experience
Dr. Bonnie Beardsley serves as senior director of academic experience
at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her 20 years of experience include
positions in nursing administration, research, education and the military,
with clinical roles in critical care, trauma and emergency nursing.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Beardsley was nursing program
operations manager at Western Governor’s University. Her broad
leadership experience includes roles as founder and director of
graduate degree nursing at Benedictine University, chairwoman of
the Department of Nursing at Olivet University and associate director
of the School of Nursing at Aurora University.
Dr. Beardsley is president of the Illinois Coalition for Nursing Resources
and served as president elect of a local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
International. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, International
Honor Society in Education, and serves on the United States Army
Educational Advisory Board.
Dr. Beardsley earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Olivet
University, a master’s degree in nursing education from Lewis
University and a doctorate in education from Walden University.
She completed an American Association of Colleges of Nursing
postdoctoral fellowship at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership
Development at the University of Georgia.
Robin Dennison, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE
Professor, DNP Degree Program
Dr. Robin Dennison serves as a professor in the Doctor of Nursing
Practice (DNP) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
She brings nearly 40 years of combined clinical nursing and nurse
instructor experience to her role. Previously, Dr. Dennison served as
the dean of the DNP degree program at Chamberlain.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Dennison served as interim director
of online programs and associate professor at Georgetown University.
Her additional academic experience includes multiple roles at the
University of Cincinnati, including director of the DNP degree program,
coordinator of the clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator program
and associate professor of clinical nursing. Dr. Dennison has more
than 25 years of direct patient care experience, including roles in the
emergency department and critical, surgical and medical intensive
Dr. Dennison authored four editions of Pass CCRN!®, which prepares
critical care nurses for the critical care registered nurse (CCRN)
exam. She is also the author of Evaluation Beyond Exams in Nursing
Education: Designing Assignments and Evaluating with Rubric. She has
also contributed to industry journals including Journal of Continuing
Education in Nursing, American Nurse Today, American Journal of
Nursing and Nursing Clinics of North America. Among numerous
industry affiliations, she is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau
International, for which she serves as a member of the International
Program Committee, and founding member of the Society of Clinical
Nurse Specialist Education.
Dr. Dennison earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Morris
Harvey College, a Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from Marshall
University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree with cardiopulmonary
clinical specialization from the University of Delaware and a DNP
degree and graduate certificate in college teaching and learning from
the University of Kentucky. She is also a certified critical care nurse
specialist and a certified nurse educator.
Janice Unruh Davidson, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP
Professor, DNP Degree Program
Dr. Janice Unruh Davidson is a professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a nationally-recognized Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellow. With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Davidson holds national board certification as a nurse informaticist, family nurse practitioner, nurse executive advanced and nurse educator. Her research has been presented in nearly 100 venues globally, and she has authored more than 40 publications including refereed journal manuscripts, book chapters, administrative studies, monographs and multimedia contributions. Her works have been further cited in more than 30 national and international publications.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Davidson served as graduate
nursing core coordinator at Walden University. Her previous
experience includes tenured academic and administrative
leadership positions at Mississippi University for Women, Fort Hays
State University and Bethel College. Since 2006, Dr. Davidson has
owned and operated consulting firms that specialize in healthcare
research, informatics, statistical analysis and market research, for
which she was recognized in 2010 among the American Business
Women’s Association Top Ten Women in U.S. Business. She has
received over $320,000.00 in funding from extramural and internal
grant competitions and is certified by the Joanna Briggs Institute in
Australia as a comprehensive systematic reviewer.
Dr. Davidson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Texas
Woman’s University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
nursing from Wichita State University. As an academic and career
advisor, Dr. Davidson has directed nearly 60 doctoral dissertations
and theses, in addition to more than 60 graduate evidence-based
practice-change projects in nursing.
Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE
Professor, DNP Degree Program
Dr. Patricia Fedorka is a professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice
degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Prior to joining
Chamberlain, she was an associate professor in the School of
Nursing at Robert Morris University and concurrently a part-time
staff nurse in labor and delivery within the West Penn Allegheny
Health System in Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes
more than 20 years as an instructor and assistant professor in the
School of Nursing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
For more than two decades, Dr. Fedorka has been a member of the
Epsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, American
Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and Association of Women’s
Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, for which she serves as a
member of the national committee and is an editorial reviewer for
its publication, Nursing for Women’s Health.
Dr. Fedorka is a certified nurse educator and is certified in inpatient
obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring. She holds a Doctor of
Philosophy in education and a Master of Public Health in nursing
from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Laura A. Fillmore, DNP, MSN, RN*
Dean of Faculty
Dr. Laura A. Fillmore serves as dean of faculty at
Chamberlain College of Nursing. She was previously dean of
pre-licensure online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs
at Chamberlain. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Fillmore’s
background ranges from nursing instruction and management to
clinical education and medical-surgical nursing.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Fillmore held a number of roles
at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada, including associate
professor, associate director and director of the school of nursing.
As the director of the school of nursing, she was responsible for
managing the nursing department and its faculty and for providing
oversight for each of its programs.
From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Fillmore served as clinical education
coordinator at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas,
where she provided clinical education for nine medical-surgical
nursing units and supervised new graduate nursing orientations. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Fillmore served as
program administrator and instructor at Estrella Mountain Community College’s Skill Center in Avondale,
Arizona, and was responsible for managing the practical nursing program and all of its faculty members.
Between 1990 and 2004, Dr. Fillmore excelled in several nursing education and practice positions,
including case manager at Sierra Health Services in Las Vegas; staff nurse at Sunrise Hospital in Las
Vegas and Mercy Ambulatory Surgery Center in Fairfield, Ohio; nursing skills lab instructor at her alma
mater, Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan; and clinical adjunct instructor at Oakland Community
College in Walled Lake, Michigan.
An accomplished speaker and author, Dr. Fillmore is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and was
selected as a leadership fellow by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is active within
numerous organizations, including the Nevada Organization of Nursing Leaders and Nevada Nurse
Education and Practice Alliance. Her area of practice and research is in patient quality and safety.
Dr. Fillmore earned a BSN degree from Madonna University. She completed a MSN degree, with a
specialization in education, at the University of Phoenix and a DNP at Touro University.
*Dr. Fillmore is licensed as an RN in the state of Nevada, where she resides.
Douglas Turner, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, DNP Degree Program
Dr. Douglas Turner is an associate professor for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. He was previously dean of online pre-licensure programs at Chamberlain.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Turner was director of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Carrington College. His three decades of experience also include healthcare and nursing faculty roles at Kaplan University, Touro University Nevada, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Forsyth Technical Community College.
Dr. Turner is a member of the National League for Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and Elsevier Testing and Research Advisory Board. He has authored more than 40 professional research papers and publications.
Dr. Turner is a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in international health from Touro University International; Master of Science in Nursing degrees from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of Virginia; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of New York at Albany.
“DNP nurses are on the front lines of designing better care, achieving improved outcomes and changing health care.” –
Carole Eldridge, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Read the “Top Reasons to Earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.”
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