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Nancy Edwards

Professor, School of Nursing

Assistant Head for Graduate Programs. Director of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Dementia, Healthy Aging, Animal Assisted Therapy, Non chemical Interventions for individuals with dementia, Neuroprogressive diseases

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

School of Nursing Research Area(s)

  • Care of the Older Adult
  • Health Promotion and Population Health
  • Nursing Education


Dr. Edward’s research is focused on developing efficient and effective non-pharmacologic care protocols for older adults with neuroprogressive diseases.  She implements interventions such as environmental enrichment utilizing Animal Assisted therapy and chair-based exercise programs among frail persons with dementia in both community and institutional settings. She is developing care guidelines to differentiate the needs of caregivers and patients with various types of dementia. She has secured multiple program grants, including funding for the development and implementation of innovative interdisciplinary geriatric training curricula.  Her clinical and research expertise is invaluable to the many nursing, pharmacy, and medical students she mentors.  She directs and teaches in the Primary Care Adult Gerontology program.


  • 1996 Doctor of Philosophy- Family Studies; Interdisciplinary Minor: Gerontology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN - Specialization: Families, Aging and Health
  • 2005 Masters of Science in Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • 1986 Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN - Specialization: Nursing of Adults with Biodissonance; Focus: Older Adult
  • 1980 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1978; Associate Degree , Purdue University School of Technology Specialization: Nursing


Current Courses

  • Nur 53200 - Acute Illness: Adult Health Practice
  • Nur 54200 - Chronic Conditions: Adult Health Practice
  • Nur 67400 - Quality Initiatives, Leadership and Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nur 67500 - Role Transition and Synthesis
  • Nur 68000 - Cognate Residency I: Direct Practice/Systems Management

Selected Publications

  • Edwards N., Coddington, J., Erler, C., & Kirkpatrick, J, (2018). The impact of the role of Doctor of Nursing Practice nurse on healthcare and leadership. Medical Research Archives. 6(4).
  • Seagle, E., Xu, J., Edwards, N., & McComb, S. (2021) Social networking, social support, and well-being for military spouses. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 17(5), 600-604.
  • Mayer, L, Xu, D., Edwards, N., Bokhart, G. (2021). A comparison of voice recognition program and traditional keyboard charting for nurse documentation" Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
  • Yakimicki, M., Edwards, N, Richards, E., & Beck, A., (2018). Animal-assisted Interventions with Dementia: A Systematic Review. Nursing Clinical Research.1-21. Doi:10.1177/1054773818756987
  • Simpson, V, Edwards, N., & Berlin, K (2018). Annual medicare wellness visit: Advanced nurse practitioner perceptions and practice. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 14(2), e45-e48.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Fellow: American Association of Nurse Practitioners - June 2018
  • Amy J. Berman International Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, - Nov 2015
  • National League for Nursing Isabel Hampton Robb Award for Outstanding Clinical Leadership, - Oct 2019
  • AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, - June 2017
  • Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence - June 2018

Selected Grants

  • Project Director Advanced practice nurses in the primary care workforce: Increasing care in rural/underserved Indiana. Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW). Department of Health and Human Services. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing. Health Resources and Services Administration. Period 7/2019 - 6/2023$2,744,147.00
  • Co-PI (McQuade-Jones PI). Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Rural and Underserved Indiana. Advanced Nursing Education- Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR). Department of Health and Human Services. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing. Health Resources and Services Administration. Bambi McQuade Jones PI Period 7/2019 - 6/2023 $2,300,000

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International