Hampton University’s School of Nursing Hires Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson to Lead Center of Excellence in Gerontology

HAMPTON, Va. (August 30, 2019) – Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, DNP, MSN, RN-BC has been appointed to the role of associate professor at Hampton University’s School of Nursing. Her newly created role will help develop the University’s Center of Excellence in Gerontology that will focus on developing inter-professional health care providers to deliver care for older adults, developing community-based programs to address social determinants of health for older adults and lead community-engaged research with a focus on helping older adults live healthy lives.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson to Hampton University and to the School of Nursing. Her credentials and experience make her the perfect leader to see our vision for this Center of being more engaged in the care of older adults come to fruition,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

The inaugural year for the Center of Excellence in Gerontology includes three pillars: 1) building partnerships with key community organizations with an interest in care for older adults, 2) increasing community education and engagement through community-based seminars, and 3) building the workforce for caring for older adults; i.e. baccalaureate RNs with geriatric skills set, geriatric nurse practitioners, pharmacists and physical therapists prepared to address the unique needs of older adults.

“The population of Virginians age 65 and older are expected to double between 2010 and 2030; and almost one in five Virginians will be considered a senior citizen, according to statistics from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Hampton University is uniquely placed to be a leader in Hampton Roads in working with providing community education for older adults and caregivers, working alongside policymakers, leading research efforts and preparing future health care providers. I am very excited to begin this journey to help our older citizens live healthy lives and continue being productive citizens in the Commonwealth!” stated Dr. McQueen-Gibson.

Prior to assuming the role at Hampton University, Dr. McQueen-Gibson spent two years at Virginia Commonwealth University as part of the community-based Richmond Health & Wellness Program. In this role, she served as an advanced practice nurse and clinical researcher providing care for community-dwelling older adults in low-income apartment buildings in the inner city of Richmond. Her clinical research focuses on developing models of care for custodial African American grandmothers raising their grandchildren with a focus of addressing management of chronic disease. Her community-engaged research has also addressed nutrition insecurity, social isolation and its effect on older adults.

“We are simply thrilled to have Dr. McQueen-Gibson as part of the Hampton School of Nursing family! She brings a tremendous level of experience, and with her skill sets, our vision of establishing our Center of Excellence in Gerontology is definitely on the horizon,” said Hampton University School of Nursing Dean, Dr. Shevellanie Lott.

Prior to her work at VCU, Dr. McQueen-Gibson worked as a clinical administrator for Riverside Health System in Newport News, VA for their All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program for community-dwelling older adults. She has practiced nursing for over 35 years, to include clinical and administrative positions, and is a veteran having served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps on active and reserve duty.

Dr. McQueen-Gibson’s previous academic appointments include adjunct assignments at Marymount University, Norfolk State University, Howard University, and Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College and Pierce College (all in Washington). Additionally, Dr. McQueen-Gibson is serving an appointment by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Board of Nursing. She is also serving on the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH.

For more information regarding Hampton University’s Center of Excellence in Gerontology, contact the Office of the Dean at the Hampton University School of Nursing via email at shevellanie.lott@hamptonu.edu or via phone at 757.727.5654.

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