Biography

Dr. France’s research interest is in creating healing environments through caring with an emphasis on nurse-to-nurse/faculty-to-faculty caring. She is a grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and has served as a consultant helping institutions develop their philosophical/theoretical framework and nursing research program in preparation for Magnet certification. In addition to her research interest, she has extensive experience in curriculum development at baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels, CCNE accreditation, and teaching/practice of therapeutic touch and complementary healing modalities. 

Teaching

Teaching – Examples of courses taught throughout her career (baccalaureate/ masters/ doctoral):
  • Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring 
  • Advanced Nursing in Acute Care Settings
  • Advanced Nursing of Patients with Exacerbation of Chronic Health Problems and Co-Morbidities in the Acute Care Settings
  • Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist Integration Practicum Theory
  • Professional Issues/Roles
  • Philosophy/Theory
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Grounded in Caring
  • Leadership
  • Fundamentals
  • Concepts in Pathophysiology
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Critical Care 
  • Professional Issues
  • Nursing Research
  • Practicum

Grants Awarded

France, N.  & Byers, D. Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, 2010, Department of Health and Human Services. France, N.  & Byers, D. Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship, submitted for 2010, Department of Health and Human Services.

Byers, D. &  France, N.  Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, 2009, Department of Health and Human Services.

Byers, D. &  France, N.  Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship, 2009, Department of Health and Human Services.

Frame, J.,  France, N. , Atieh, B. (2008). Delivering nutrition education through social networking platforms: The effect on college students’ body weights and nutritional behaviors. PA-06-181 NIH Exploratory Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21). (not funded)

France, N. 
Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, 2002-2008, Department of Health and Human Services.

France, N. 
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship, 2002-2008, Department of Health and Human Services.

France, N.  
& McCall, W. (2000). An ethnography of nurse anesthesia practice. Murray State University, Murray, KY. Funded through the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 

France, N.
 & Stuart, J. (co-investigators). (1999). What is the best way to wash your hands? An examination of handwashing in elementary school age children – Part II. Murray State University, Murray, KY. Funded through CISR, 1998.

France, N. 
& Stuart, J. (co-investigators). (1998). What is the best way to wash your hands? An examination of handwashing in elementary school age children – Part I. Murray State University, Murray, KY. Funded through CISR, 1997.

France, N.
 & Stuart, J. (1997). How clean are your hands? An examination of handwashing and its potential effects on public health. Murray State University, Murray, KY. Funded through CISR, 1996.

Recent Publications

Refereed Journal
 
Byers, D., France, N., & Kuiper, B. (in press). Creating the evidence: Transforming height and weight research to policy and practice. Nursing 2013.

France, N., Byers, D., & Kuiper, B. (2011). Creating the evidence: Transforming height and weight research to policy. Manuscript submitted for publication.

France, N., Byers, D., Kearney, B., & Myatt, S. (2011). Creating a healing environment: Nurse-to-nurse caring in the critical care unit. The International Journal for Human Caring, 15(1), 44-48.

France, N. & Turkel, M. (Eds). (2009). Editorial commentary. The International Journal for Human Caring, 13(2), 6-7.

France, N. (2008). Commentary on “The internal process of therapeutic touch”. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26(1), 25-26.

France, N., Farrell, K., Kearney, B., & Myatt, S. (2008). Rural women living with fibromyalgia: “Do no harm”.  The International Journal for Human Caring, 12(4), 21-25.

Byers, D. & France, N. (2008). The lived experience of registered nurses providing care to patients with dementia in the acute care setting: A phenomenological study. The International Journal for Human Caring, 12(4), 44-49.

France, N. & Duffy, M. (2008). 2008 NACNS conference abstracts. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Practice, 22(2), 88.

France, N. (2008). Commentary on the internal process of therapeutic touch. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26, 25-26.

France, N., Urden, L., & Waldo, M. (2007). 2007 NACNS conference abstracts. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 21(2), 123.

France, N. (2006). Socializing CNS students for practice.  Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 20(2), 97-99.

Spross, J., Gerard, P., & France, N. (2006). Directory of clinical nurse specialist programs in the United States, 2005. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 20(1), 34-35.

France, N. (2005). Strengthening clinical nurse specialist role socialization. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 19(6), 294-295.

France, N., Fields, A., & Garth, K. (2004). “You’re just shoved to the corner”: The lived experience of black nursing students being isolated and discounted. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 12(1), 23-36.

Tinsley, C. & France, N. (2004). The trajectory of the Registered Nurse’s exodus from the profession: A phenomenological study of the lived experience of oppression. The International Journal for Human Caring, 8(1), 8-12.

France, N. (1993). The child’s perception of the human energy field using therapeutic touch. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 11(4), 319-331.

Book Chapter

France, N. (1994). Unitary human football players. In E. Barrett & M. Madrid (Eds). Rogers’ Scientific Art of Practice. New York: National League for Nursing.

National/International Refereed Presentations
 
France, N. & Smith, M.C. (October, 2013). Rogerian swirl: The accelerating evolution of higher education. Paper accepted for the Society of Rogerian Scholars Annual Conference, New York, NY.
France, N. & Doutrich, D. (October, 2012). Using a book club to encourage critical reflection: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks as an exemplar. Paper accepted for the Society of Clinical Nurse Specialist Education 2nd annual conference, Louisville, KY.

France, N. (May, 2012). Caring Praxis in Nursing Education: Breaking the Cycle of ‘Nurses Eating Their Own’. Paper accepted for the International Association for Human Caring, Philadelphia, PA.

France, N. & Hardin, S. (2011). Exploring health care disparities through Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings. Paper presented at the Society of Rogerian Scholars Conference, October 8, Greensboro, NC.

France, N. & Rice, S. (2010). The Science of Unitary Humans: Resuscitating Nursing
education through praxis. Paper presented at the Society of Rogerian Scholars Conference, October 8 – 10, Boca Raton, FL. 

France, N. & Spruill, C. (2009). The healing environment: The creation of a Nursing praxis model grounded in Rogerian science. Paper presented at the Society of Rogerian Scholars Conference, October, 23-25, Boca Raton, FL.

France, N., Mick, K., Simmons, D., & Nelson, A. (2008, October). Who do we bring to practice today? Registered nurses living the Science of Unitary Human Beings. Poster presentation at the Society of Rogerian Scholars Conference, Cleveland, OH.

France, N., Mick, K., Simmons, D., & Nelson, A. (2008, April). Nurses healing the environment: The art and science of caring in action. Paper presented at the International Association for Human Caring Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

Farrell, K. & France, N. (2008, March). Innovative CNS curricula design improves access to quality care in rural areas. Paper presented at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists national conference, Atlanta, GA.

France, N., Yarbrough, S., & Nathaniel, A. (2008, February). Hu8: The science and art of qualitative research. Pre-conference symposium accepted to be conducted at the Southern Nurses Research Society, Birmingham, AL.

France, N., Boone, R., & Byers, D. (2007, May). The RN’s trust and empowerment: Gateway to a healing environment. Paper presented at the International Association for Human Caring Conference, St. Louis, MO.

France, N., Yarbrough, S., Nathaniel, Al., & Alligood, M. (2007, February). Trustworthiness and uses of qualitative methods in nursing research. Symposium conducted at the 21st Annual Conference of Southern Nursing Research Society, Galveston, Texas.

Edwards, A., Farrell, K., & France, N. (2007, February). A curricula strategy: CNS students implement VAP best practice in a rural hospital setting. Paper presented at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

France, N. & Kearney, B. (2003, November). Rural women living with fibromyalgia: A phenomenological study. Paper presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International, Toronto, Canada.

France, N. (2002, May). Creating a caring environment: The passion of the nurse anesthetist. Paper presented at the International Association for Human Caring conference, Boston, MA.

France, N., Garth, K., Fields, A. (2002, February). Exploring the meaning of being African American in a predominantly white nursing program – A hermeneutic phenomenological study. Poster presented at the Southern Regional Board for Nursing Education, Atlanta, GA.

France, N. & Stuart, J. (2001, February). Hand washing and its effects on public health: Evidenced-based practice. Paper presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society 15th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

France, N. & Kobraei, H. (1996, March). Awakening the life of science: An interdisciplinary approach to teaching general education within a university curriculum. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Math/Science Conclave, Louisville, KY.

France, N. (1994, October). Healing the universe: The child and therapeutic touch. Paper presented at The Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Nurse Healers-Professional Associates, Inc., Co.  St. Petersburg, FL. 

France, N. (1993, May). Healing the universe: The child and therapeutic touch. Poster session presented at The Fifteenth International Caring Research Conference, Portland, OR. 

France, N. (1992, June,). Unitary human football players. Poster session presented at The Fourth Rogerian Conference, New York, NY.

France, N. (1992, February). Field goals and touchdowns – Caring in football. Poster session presented at the Sigma Theta Tau conference, Boca Raton, FL. 

Selected Invited Presentations

France, N. (2011). Caring – The Soul of Leadership in Nursing. Delta Epsilon Induction Ceremony, Murray State University, Murray, KY, May 13, 2011.

France, N. (2010). Centers for Nursing research, evidence-based practice and scholarship: The power driving praxis (keynote). Fourth Annual Research Forum: Research and Scholarship in Nursing, Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, KY, November 18, 2010.

France, N., Ray, M., Perkins, J., & Smith, M. (2010). Caring and unitary science: Patterns of convergence. International Association for Human Caring, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, June 3, 2010.

France, N. (2009). State of Nursing research, evidence-based practice and scholarship at Western Baptist Hospital (keynote). The Third Annual Research and Scholarship in Nursing Practice Forum, Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, KY., November 19, 2009.

Mick, K., Simmons, D., Nelson, A., & France, N. (2009). Healing environment: Sacred work of the RN. Nursing Leadership/Management Development, Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, KY., May, 2009.

France, N. (2007). The creation and maintenance of a journal club: The never-ending story.  The Annual Research and Scholarship in Nursing Practice Forum, Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, KY., November 29, 2007.

France, N., Kearney, B., Farrell, K., & Myatt, S. (2003). Rural women living with fibromyalgia. Kentucky Rural Health Association, Frankfort, KY., June 3-4, 2003.

France, N., & Kearney, B. (2003). Barriers to doing research in rural health areas. Kentucky Rural Health Association, Panel Discussion, Frankfort, KY., June 3-4, 2003.

France, N. Nurse-to-nurse: The healing web. Conference - Caring for the Caregiver. Jackson Purchase Health Education Consortium, Murray, KY. April 1, 1997.

France, N. A phenomenological Inquiry to the child’s lived experience of perceiving the human energy field using therapeutic touch. Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Epsilon, Annual Research Evening, Murray, KY. March 19, 1992.

France, N. Therapeutic touch: Healing the human condition. American Cancer Society, Louisville, KY. April 26, 1991.

France, N. Therapeutic touch: Healing the pain. Conference – Alternative Methods of Pain Management, Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, KY. October 11, 1991.

Honors/Awards

  • President-Elect for the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) (2012-2014)
  • President-Elect for the Society for Clinical Nurse Specialist Education (SCNSE) (2011-present)

Education

PhD (1991) University of Colorado Health Science Center (Denver, Colorado)
Dissertation: A Phenomenological Inquiry of the Child's Lived Experience of Perceiving the Human Energy Field Using Therapeutic Touch

MSN (1984) Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

BSN (1980) Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky)