Walsh Welcomes National Expert on Advanced Practice Nursing Issues


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The Walsh University Byers School of Nursing welcomed Dr. Amelie Hollier, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, to lead the Current Updates for Advanced Practice Nursing Workshop on Feb. 13. Approximately 70 nursing professionals attended the all-day event which tackled relevant nursing issues affecting the industry, including Primary Care, Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Dermatology and Seven Habits of Highly Effective Nurse Practitioners. The workshop was made possible by the HRSA grant funding for Walsh’s ANEW (Advanced Nursing Education at Walsh) Project.

"Dr. Hollier’s approach and style is unique. Whether speaking on practice issues or patient care, her passion for advanced practice nursing is evident.  She definitely keeps listeners engaged and energized," said Walsh Project Director for the ANEW grant Jan Finneran, FNP-BC. "She has a way of unraveling complex material and making it understandable.  You cannot walk away from one of Dr. Hollier’s lectures without learning a new approach or having a renewed interest in a topic.  We were excited to have her here at Walsh."

Dr. Hollier is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner, CEO and co-owner of Advanced Practice Education Associates, a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nurse Practitioners. She is an expert on Nurse Practitioner practice issues, travels extensively throughout the U.S. presenting on-site certification exam review courses, and lectures on advanced pharmacology and primary care topics. She has authored and co-authored sixteen books for primary care providers including Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care: A Reference and Review Book and is in part-time clinical practice in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In 2015, the Byers School of Nursing received a $597,621 grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support the development of academic clinical partnerships for its Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity.  

The three-year grant has allowed the faculty of the Walsh’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program to establish professional partnerships with area healthcare facilities. There collaborative arrangements benefit the Walsh Family Nurse Practitioner students by providing quality clinical experiences for the students and helps with transition to practice. This allows Walsh University to provide highly skilled Advanced Practice Nurses to care for the local community.

The workshop was approved for 5.25 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association.

As part of Walsh University’s Master of Science in Nursing program, Walsh’s Family Nurse Practitioner track meets the health care needs of the family, particularly surrounding family self-care. Walsh’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program was launched in 2013 and celebrated its first class of graduates in December 2015. For more information, please contact Walsh Graduate Admissions Counselor Mona McAuliffe at or 330-490-7406. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Walsh University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (