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Rachel Harris, DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, Liberty University, 2022
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 2011



Dr. Harris is a Liberty University Alumni who started her nursing career on the Progressive Cardiac Unit at the local hospital in Lynchburg. There she was a bedside nurse and preceptor and was actively involved within her department on several committees to better serve her patients and coworkers. She then went to work as a missionary in West Africa for two years. There she worked alongside other missionaries to develop a hospital ministry in her city. She also participated in a prison ministry, food fortification clinics, storying clinics, and medical clinics. After her two year contract ended she became a resource RN and would float to whatever unit had the greatest need on the nights she was assigned to work. During this time she became a jack of all trades, having to learn each unit.

In 2019, she began her journey to become a DNP with a focus in family. She worked as a TA from 2019-2021 and then became the Undergraduate Simulation Coordinator for the Simulation Team from 2021-2022. Dr. Harris has been a clinical adjunct, simulation coordinator, and has now transitioned into an Associate Professor position. She has a love and passion for working with students while also caring for patients.

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association, Member
  • Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Member
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Member
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, Member

Courses Taught

  • NURS 031  Strategies for Adult Health Care I Clinical
  • NURS 032  Strategies for Adult Health Care II Clinical
  • NURS 417  Crisis Nursing

Publications (peer-reviewed articles)

“Implementation of a Flash Therapy Technique Pilot Program to Evaluate Well-Being in Bedside Nurses Caring for Patients with COVID-19” published to Scholar’s Crossing July 2022; Presented at the VASA Conference in 2022 for Nurse Camp

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Nurse Burnout
  • Women’s Health
  • Medical Missions
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