Meet our DNP Faculty & Administrators


Robert H. Davis, DNP, RN

Director of DNP Program

Rob DavisDr. Robert H. Davis is the director of DNP programs at Chamberlain College of Nursing, bringing to the position a rich background of experience in healthcare, teaching and higher education administration.

Most recently, Dr. Davis 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. He is also a certified master reviewer and certified peer reviewer for Quality Matters, an organization that specializes in quality assurance for online education.

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 Doctor of Nursing Practice 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

Bonnie BeardsleyDr. 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.



Janice Unruh Davidson, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAANP

Professor, DNP Degree Program

Janice DavidsonDr. 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

Patricia FedorkaDr. 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

Laura FillmoreDr. 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

Douglas TurnerDr. 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.



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