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Dana Woody, DNP, RN

Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Liberty University, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Lynchburg College, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, Lynchburg College, 2000


Dr. Dana Woody is an Associate Professor at the Liberty University School of Nursing. She has been at Liberty full-time since 2013. She is currently lead faculty for community nursing and teaches in the residential, online RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs. She also serves as the LU Nursing Student Association Advisor, representing the largest chapter in the nation. She is most passionate about instilling the value of voice and vision in nursing students. Previously, she worked as a heart failure nurse coordinator for a community-based hospital in Central Virginia, developing the first chronic disease management clinic for heart failure patients.

Dr. Woody has served in many areas of nursing including community/public health, cardiovascular care, and pediatrics. She also currently serves as Red Cross, Regional Nurse Lead supporting the service lines of disaster, biomed, and service to armed forces. Dr. Woody is an active community advocate and serves on many Boards in the community. In addition, she is active in the Virginia Nurses Association, serving on many committees, as well as serving as the student liaison for the local Lynchburg Chapter. She is published and is a regular contributor to Virginia Nurses Today.

Professional Memberships

  • National League for Nursing
  • Nurse Christian Fellowship
  • American Nursing Association
  • Virginia Nurses Association
  • Sigma

Publications (peer-reviewed articles)

Research Interests

  • Health Literacy
  • Resilience
  • Community Voice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Academic Service Learning
  • Public Policy
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