Meet the Direct Entry MSN Director
Julie M. Powell, DNP, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CNEcl
Program Director/Administrator of Direct Entry MSN
Interim Program Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
After serving in the United States Navy Nurse Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom, Dr. Powell’s desire to improve direct patient care outcomes through the education of future caregivers became the driving force behind her education and career choices to date. She understood as a novice Navy nurse that care delivery and measurable outcomes were a direct result of educational preparation and experiences of nurses and Navy Corpsmen. Understanding this early on in her nursing career, Dr. Powell valued the collective impact all healthcare providers had in working together to improve care delivery and patient outcomes. She knew as a novice nurse that her calling to lead and inspire changes in nursing went far behind the bedside for her.
Valuing the importance of bedside care delivery, Dr. Powell continues to work as a contingent bedside Registered Nurse in critical care areas while overseeing the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) Program at Lourdes University. As a board-certified Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC), Clinical Certified Nurse Educator (CNEcl), and certificate holder in Evidence-Based Practice (EBP-CH), she understands firsthand the importance of entry-level nursing preparation in the academic and practice learning environments to improve care delivery that impacts patient and nursing outcomes.
With interests in evidence-based practice integration and the detrimental impact of incivility for both the nurse and patient, Dr. Powell values the integration of translational research into practice and the impact of compassionate care for both patients and caregivers. Scholarship focus includes the utilization of her expertise in evidence-based practice, clinical practice environment, and incivility to improve care delivery models and outcomes in nursing. Dr. Powell is enthusiastic about developing the next generation of entry-level nurses through the DEMSN program that impact healthcare outcomes. Entry-level Direct Entry MSN students will learn the importance of holistic nursing care, evidence-based practice, and leadership while building on their previous earned non-nursing bachelor’s degree to effect care delivery and outcomes.
Dr. Powell earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Nursing Executive Leadership from The Ohio State University. She earned a dual Master of Science in Nursing degree from Michigan State University in Nursing Education and Adult Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Michigan.
As a Board of Director member for American Nurses Association-Michigan, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institue for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare at The Ohio State Univeristy College of Nursing Faciliator, National League of Nursing On-Site Program Evaluator, active member of Northwest Ohio Nurses Association, Ohio League of Nursing, National League of Nursing, and National Association of clinical Nurse Specialists; Dr. Powell appreciates the importance of service within the nursing profession and the impact one nurse can have on improving patient and nursing outcomes.
Dr. Powell has spoken at several healthcare conferences on incivility and published evidence-based practice topics to include dissemination of evidence-based practice in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing and at Midwest Nursing Research Society.
Prior to her current position at Lourdes University, Dr. Powell served as full-time nursing faculty at Michigan State University and continues to teach adjunct.