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East Tennessee State University

April Morrison Profile

April  Morrison 

Assistant Professor
Graduate Programs


Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (FNP-BC)

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Registered Nurse (RN)


East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN-DNP)

                        Years Attended:  Summer 2013 – Spring 2016

                        Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Family
Nurse Practitioner (FNP)                                           Degree


King College, Bristol, Tennessee


                       Years Attended:  Fall 2005-Spring 2009

                       Bachelor of Science and Nursing (BSN)

                       Degree Obtained 


Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN.  

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Lactation Consultant

2016 – July, 2017

Requires assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of
pediatric patients, from birth to 21 years of age including a variety of
conditions and illnesses

Assess breastfeeding mother-infant dyads,
diagnosis, and treat breastfeeding problems

Coordinate and facilitate a bi-monthly meeting
with mothers of young children to provide evidence-based education and support
for breastfeeding and child wellness

Precept medical students, resident physicians,
and nurse practitioner students

Nursing, Johnson
City, TN.

Adjunct Faculty Member

2016 – August, 2016

Requires coordination and supervision of
undergraduate nursing students within acute care, long-term care, and community
nursing facilities

Oversee nursing students in skills labs

Grade assignments

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY; College of Nursing, Johnson City, TN.

Registered Nurse, Graduate
Assistant, and DNP Student

August, 2013 – May, 2016

Part-time RN in the clinic at Daniel Boone High
School, requiring assessment and care for students, faculty, and staff with
over-the-counter medications, pregnancy testing, health counseling/education,
dressing changes, and minor medical interventions

Lead Health Assessment Lab, grade assignments,
facilitate Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) critical thinking
discussions, assist in composing new Undergraduate School of Nursing BSN
curriculum, and provide assistance to supervisory professor

Clinical instructor responsible for leading
skills lab, grading assignments, facilitate evidence-based practice into
post-conference supervise and coordinate clinical rotations at Asbury Place
Nursing Home and Bristol Regional Medical Center

Participated in interdisciplinary clinical
rotations at Johnson City Community Health Center (JCCHC), including use of
TeleHealth technology for remote office visits

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEMS – University of Tennessee Medical Center;
Knoxville, TN

Registered Nurse

February, 2011 – July, 2013

The Critical Care Registry Nurse position
requires floating to Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Medical Critical Care,
Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care, Neuro Critical Care, and the Progressive Care

Experience includes the following:  pulmonary artery monitoring, ventilator
weaning/management, external cardiac pacing, vasoactive drip management,
arterial blood pressure monitoring, ventricular/lumbar drain management,
intracranial pressure monitoring, assist in rapid sequence intubation,
administration of paralytic agents, central venous monitoring (CVP), assist in
the placement of central lines, etc...

Personally lead and coordinated a Critical Care
Registered Nurse (CCRN) DVD review with more than 20 nurse participants

Active member of the monthly Ethics Case Rounds

Assisted unit manager in the creation of the
Beacon Document as given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

WELLMONT HEALTH SYSTEMS – Holston Valley Medical Center; Kingsport, TN.

Registered Nurse

June, 2009 – February, 2011

Worked full-time as a staff nurse in
Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Provided bedside patient care while serving as a
patient liaison and advocate within the clinical setting

Participated in educational opportunities
through the facilities' Nurse Residency program from June, 2009 – August, 2009.
This program included approximately 144 hours of class in which the content
included the following:  EKG
interpretation, arterial line continuous monitoring, CVP monitoring, ICP
monitoring, physical assessment, bladder pressure monitoring, ventilator
management, patient de-escalation, etc...


Professional Affiliation

Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA):  March, 2015 – present

American Nurses Association (ANA):  March, 2015 – present

Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee:  January, 2018 - present


Presentations & Conferences

Knox County, Tennessee Breastfeeding Seminar entitled "Supporting Successful Breastfeeding During the Hospital Stay" on March 2, 2018.  Presentation entitled "Sustaining Breastfeeding Success After Hospital Discharge:  Bridging the Gap to Promote, Protect, and Support Early Lactation."

32nd Annual ETSU Southwest Virginia
Pediatrics Conference entitled "Lactation Complications on August 4-5, 2017
entitled  "Assessment and Solutions to
Common Breastfeeding Challenges"

Breastfeeding expert panel member for a
community event on April 21, 2017 entitled "Before the Baby Banquet"

DNP Capstone defense on April 4, 2016 entitled
"Utilization of Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve Health Care Provider's
Breastfeeding Knowledge and Attitudes as a Step to Increase Healthy People 2020

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of
Nursing 4th Annual Research Day, Epsilon Sigma-at-Large Chapter on
March 2, 2016 entitled  "Utilization of
Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve Health Care Provider's Breastfeeding
Knowledge and Attitudes as a Step to Increase Healthy People 2020 Goals"

College of Medicine February 23, 2016 Pediatric Grand Rounds entitled
"Breastfeeding:  Evidence-Based Clinical
Guidelines Every Health Care Provider Should Know"

East Tennessee State University College of Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice Spring Intensive on January 15, 2016 entitled  "Breastfeeding:  Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines Every
Health Care Provider Should Know"


» NRSE 2030, Health Assessment

» NRSE 2351, Patient Centered Care I Practicum

» NRSE 4551, Adult Care II Practicum

» NRSE 4611, Adult Care III Practicum

» NRSE 5024, Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Practicum


Research of Interest
  • Breastfeeding
  • Lactation


Publications information
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