Tiffany Bryant has had a lifelong passion for nursing, which she now employs as a senior magnet program analyst for American Nurses Credentialing Center in Aldie, Virginia.
“My work is different but equally as important in the nursing profession,” she said. “It’s really pushing organizations through innovation and nursing excellence.”
The Loudon County, Virginia, resident had for years looked upon the profession as something noble.
“Nursing allowed me to be a part of an honorable profession,” said Dr. Bryant.
When she started her first nursing program, Dr. Bryant knew she had found her path.
“Once I went to nursing school, I felt good about the work. From when I was still working as a clinical nurse and particularly when I went into education,” she said.
Dr. Bryant graduated from GW Nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in May 2018.
Throughout the DNP program, Dr. Bryant said, she was able to apply many of the principles she was learning about in her job at the time as an education program specialist at the American Nurses Association (ANA) in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“The coursework and projects all were aligned and enhanced my work with continuing education for the association. It led into my research,” she said.
"Once I went to nursing school, I felt good about the work. From when I was still working as a clinical nurse and particularly when I went into education."
For her DNP capstone project, Dr. Bryant analyzed nurses’ intent to change their practice and actual practice change after participating in ANA continuing education courses. The result was “Evaluating Transfer of Continuing Education to Nursing Practice.”
Originally, Dr. Bryant said the paper was meant for GW’s doctorate repository. Barely a month after graduation, she contacted The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing to inquire about the possibility of submitting it.
Knowing she would need help and guidance, she reached out to Laurie Posey, an associate professor at GW Nursing and director of the graduate certificate in nursing education, who had been her mentor and academic adviser at GW, to assist her with preparing the paper for submission.
Dr. Bryant praised Dr. Posey on her help throughout the process.“I just can’t say enough about her. She was instrumental and helpful to me,” she said.
Dr. Posey said that Dr. Bryant approached the work as a collaborative effort.