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Catherine Oconnor Durham DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Dean, College of Nursing

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  • Associate Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing
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Dr. Cathy Durham is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Practice Programs and Associate Professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the College of Nursing.  She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Purdue University, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Durham is an ANCC certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
In addition to her assistant dean  role, Dr Durham is the primary investigator (PI) for Choose Well, a grant project focused on increasing education content and clinical experiences regarding contraceptive options for advanced practice nurses across the pediatric, family and adult geriatric tracks.  Dr Durham is also a PI for a HRSA Behavioral Health grant which seeks to provide educational stipends for behavioral health nurse practitioner students and increasing interprofessional clinical rotations.  Dr Durham also has previous experience in telehealth and telesupervision in a rural underserved clinic.  She is currently a member of the advisory committee for the State Board of Nursing, the vice president for the Low Country Advanced Practice Association, Fetter Healthcare Network Board members  and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr Durham is also an active drilling Reservist in the US Navy and holds the present rank of Captain.  She currently serves as the Senior Nurse Executive for 154 Navy Reserve Nurses throughout the South East and recently completed a mobilization to New York City in support of COVID19..
Dr Durham maintain active practice in primary care in the underserved.  Her interests include primary care, chronic disease management, and DNP Program development and evaluation.
Key Words: DNP, DNP Program, primary care, underserved