10 Top ER Nursing Professors

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Emergency room nurses face constant challenges as they strive to help patients heading into the emergency department with critical issues or in need of immediate assistance. This could mean helping a patient having a heart attack, going into labor, or even suffering from trauma, like a car accident or gun shot wound. Emergency care, as the professors on this list show, also extends outside of the hospital ER room to include care flight and even overseas humanitarian assistance. Certification as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, ENP-BC, just became available in the fall of 2013 through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and it is likely that the more opportunities that nurses have to present portfolios for this certification, the more they will become certified in this field.

University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO

Audrey Snyder, PhD, is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, and is a Certified Emergency Nurse and has many other credentials. Over the course of 29 years in nursing, she has held many roles in emergency care, including in critical care and flight nursing. Her vast background experience has allowed her to be called out for humanitarian work in the U.S. and abroad, and she made her first trip 11 years ago to India. She has been published multiple times in academic journals and in book chapters including “Nurses on the Front Line: When Disaster Strikes.”

Christina Tomkins
Misericordia University Dallas, PA

At Misericordia University, in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Christina Tomkins, MSN, is a junior level coordinator for the school’s nursing program. Her background is in critical care, emergency care and trauma nursing. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Critical-care Nurse and also has certification in pediatric and adult trauma. She belongs to various organizations including the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and others.

Dian Evans
Emory University Atlanta, GA

Dian Dowling Evans, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the specialty coordinator for the emergency nurse practitioner program at the school, where she has taught classes, such as “Clinical Decision Making and Coordinator Procedures for the ENP.” She has worked in emergency medicine as well as family practice, pediatrics and rural health. She also has a joint appointment in the university’s hospital, where she practices as an NP in the school’s Hospital Emergency Department. She’s been published numerous times, including in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

Rita DelloStritto
Texas Women's University Dallas, Denton, and Houston, TX

At Texas Women’s University, with locations in Dallas, Denton and Houston, Rita DelloStritto, PhD, serves as an associate professor, teaching in areas such as undergraduate adult health assessment and acute care. She has been with the university since 2005, and also is an emergency nurse practitioner. Her research interests include emergency care outcomes, disaster management and stress in relation to nursing students. She obtained her PhD from the school in 2005.

Emerson Ea
New York University New York, NY

Emerson Ea, DNP, is an clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing at New York University, in New York City. He is certified as a medical-surgical and emergency room nurse and board certified as an adult nurse practitioner. His areas of specialization include emergency nursing, med-surg nursing and nursing education, and he currently is the lead investigator in a project that looks at the cardiovascular health of Filipino RNs and domestic home care workers in the state. He has been published multiple times, is a member of various healthcare organizations, including the New York City Health Preparedness Team, and has received awards such as a nurse service award in the emergency department of the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City.

Lisa Lesneski
University of Scranton Scranton, PA

At the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Lisa Lesneski, PhD, teaches students through both classroom and clinical instruction, particularly when related to community health and introductory nursing. She has emergency room experience that comes from current practice as a registered nurse, working in the ER of an area hospital. Her research interests lay in cardiovascular health, and she is particularly interested in determining why some individuals may delay treatment when they are having a heart attack.

Norma Hall
Norma Hall MSN, FNP-BC
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

The University of Indianapolis, in Indiana, has Norma Hall, MSN, in its employ as an assistant professor in its School of Nursing. Her clinical expertise is in emergency nursing and critical care and she currently practices in emergency nursing. She is a former nurse manager and has research interests that include collaborative practices, education and patient safety. She also obtained her graduate degree through the school.

Michael Gooch
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

At Vanderbilt’s University School of Nursing, in Nashville, Tennessee, Michael Gooch, MSN, is an instructor in nursing with ENP-board certification as well as board certification in acute care and family care. He serves on the emergency nurse practitioner panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and completed his graduate level education at Vanderbilt, focusing in on emergency and trauma care. He has been a member of the Emergency Nurses Association since 1997, has does presentations on emergency and critical care, and has over 16 years of experience in emergency and critical care nursing. He’s also completed more than 1,300 patient transports during service with the Vanderbilt LifeFlight program.

Margaret Carman
Duke University Durham, NC

Margaret Carman, DNP, is an assistant professor with Duke University’s School of Nursing, in Durham, N.C., and board certified as an emergency nurse practitioner as well as in acute care. Since 2008, she has worked as an NP for Wake Emergency Physicians, in Raleigh, evaluating and treating patients in the health systems’ four emergency departments, which includes a trauma center. She is on the advisory council of the Institute of Emergency Nursing Research for the Emergency Nurses Association, and is currently developing a mobile in-situ simulation experience to help build best practices for obstetric emergencies in free standing emergency departments.


Our list of 10 Top ER Nursing Professors takes a broad look at some of the instructors teaching and doing research in the field. Some of these professors have training specifically in an ER department while others have gained emergency care skills in other ways. Below, are some of the criteria we used in compiling this list.

  1. Advanced degree: All of the professors on this list have a graduate level degree, either an MSN, a PhD or a DNP.
  2. Certification: Most of the nurses on this list are certified to work in emergency care and, if not, have obtained skills through practical experience.
  3. Membership: Involvement in professional organizations are important for many of the nurses on this list, and although not all professional memberships are shared here, these memberships might range from emergency nursing organizations to the nursing honor society.
  4. Publication: Many of the professors on this list have been published in academic journals, or in portions of books.

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