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Heather Humphreys, DNP, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Eastern Kentucky University, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 2001


Dr. Heather Humphreys serves as an Associate Professor for the Liberty University School of Nursing (LUSON). She enjoys teaching full-time in the residential BSN program, where her primary focus is preparing final-semester seniors for transition to practice in the capstone course. Dr. Humphreys embraces a servant leadership style and employs engaging, innovative teaching strategies including simulation, role-play, case studies, and interprofessional activities. She is passionate about encouraging and empowering students to achieve their academic goals and career goals. Dr. Humphreys also teaches online LUSON courses in the RN-to-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs, serving as Subject Matter Expert for several courses. Previously, Dr. Humphreys worked in surgical services in a multi-system hospital in Virginia.

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses’ Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Courses Taught

  • NURS 200 Nursing Process Application
  • NURS 210/211 Health Assessment
  • NURS 220 Advanced Nursing Communication
  • NURS 221 Fundamentals in Nursing
  • NURS 440 Strategies for Community Health
  • NURS 445 Population Health
  • NURS 490 Leadership/Management in Nursing
  • NURS 521 Nursing Issues, Informatics, and Technology
  • NURS 522 Performance Management in Healthcare
  • NURS 631 Community Health Practicum I
  • NURS 718 Informatics, Technology and Trends for Transforming Health Care
  • NURS 840-844 DNP Practicums

Publications (peer-reviewed articles) and Presentations

  • Humphreys, H. & Joseph, R. (September, 2023). Cultivating Professional Identity in a Transition to Practice Course. National League for Nursing Education Summit (Poster).
  • Humphreys, H. & Goodrich, C. (January 2023). Strategies to Support Research Skills in Undergraduate Students. Conference on Teaching Excellence, Liberty University (Presentation).
  • Humphreys, H. (November, 2022). Using interprofessional education to build moral resilience in nursing and medical students. Centra’s 18th Annual Virginia Henderson Nursing Research Symposium (Poster).
  • Humphreys, H. & Miller, K. (September, 2022). Ethics and the healthcare team: Educating to build moral resilience. National League for Nursing Education Summit (Poster).
  • Humphreys, H. & Joseph, R. (July, 2021).  Professionalism in nursing education: Towards developing a theory, Webinar on Pedagogical Approaches and Professionalism in Nursing Education Organized by M.O.S.C . College of Nursing, Kolenchery in collaboration with Liberty University School of Nursing (Webinar).
  • Humphreys, H. & Miller, K. (September, 2020). Preparing for transition to practice: Using TeamSTEPPS© Essentials and simulation-based learning to support effective teamwork and communication in a capstone course. National League for Nursing Education Summit (Poster).
  • Humphreys, H. & Woody, D. (2020). The value of grit and resilience during a global pandemic. American Nurse. https://www.myamericannurse.com/the-value-of-grit-and-resilience-during-a-global-pandemic/
  • Woody, D., Humphreys, H., & Bogacz. (January, 2020). Academic service learning: Bridging the theory/practice gap. Conference on Teaching Excellence, Liberty University (Presentation).
  • Brown, K., Humphreys, H., Whorley, E., & Bridge, D. (January/March, 2019). Ready to care? Student nurse perceptions of spiritual care education, Journal of Christian Nursing. 36(1): E5-E10. doi:10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000579
  • Humphreys, H. (2016). Simulation-based interprofessional education in a nurse residency program: Improving communication and collaboration. Centra’s Virginia Henderson Nursing Research Symposium (Presentation).
  • Brown, K., Humphreys, H., Whorley, E. Hutchinson, J., Harvey, J., & Bridge, D. (2015). Do baccalaureate nursing students from an evangelical Christian university perceive themselves as prepared to deliver spiritual care as new graduate nurses? Conference for Higher Education, Virginia Tech (Poster).

Research Interests

  • Teamwork and Communication
  • Transition to Practice
  • Professionalism and Professional Identity
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Spiritual Care
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