Dr. Barbara Coles
Dr. Barbara Coles was born in Chicago, IL, but have lived in many states, with the longest stay in Florida. She has been a nurse for 23 years in various management and clinical areas to include: Director of Nursing, community health, medical-surgical, ICU, HIV, prison population, home health, research, geriatric, veterans care, and mental health.
Prior to a career in nursing, she served 10.5 years in the United States Air Force as a cost and economic analyst achieving the rank of Major. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, American Nurses Association, and American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
She completed a Bachelor of Science in biology degree from Mac Murray College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from The Johns Hopkins University, a Masters of Art in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from The University of Phoenix. She holds a national certification in medical-surgical nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Professionally, she has taught online and classroom courses in community health nursing, nursing leadership, public health HIV/AIDS, mental health nursing, gerontology, and health policy. Other instruction includes doctoral graduate work for the DNP program. She is a member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Mental Health Expert Node and a regular book reviewer for Elsevier, Yoost and Sherpath publishers.
On a personal level, her current hobby is spending time at the spa relaxing, thrift shop bargain hunting, international traveling and mentoring new nurses.