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Dr. Toi Durham

Dr. Toi Durham

Dr. Toi Durham

Director, Bachelor of Science in NursingNatural Sciences


My nursing journey began almost 30 years ago as a two-time graduate from a Community College with my License Vocational Nursing, shortly followed by my associate degree in nursing. I had wonderful professors and gained mentors in each of these achievements. I gravitated towards many areas in nursing, including Mental Health, Population Health, Public Health, Forensic Nursing, Travel Nursing, Infection control, Foreign Travel, Managed care, and Academia. During this time, I truly learned the art of service and developed an innate desire to continue my education; pursing my master's degree with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership and Administration, and Nurse Educator which led to my career in academia. With a strong desire to serve and represent nursing in a greater capacity, I pursued my Doctoral degree. Nurses are of course life-long learners, over the years my passion for serving others, especially those that suffer with a mental illness diagnosis led me to pursue post certification a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner more recently.

Degrees Earned

  • Capella University - DNP, 2019
  • Capella, emphasis in Nursing Leadership and Administration, and Nurse Educator – MSN, 2015
  • Post-Masters PMHNP Scholar, 2023

Courses Taught

NA – none at UHD as of yet, I am responsible for all but, I will be teaching:

NURS 4595 Professional Practice Capstone

NURS 3310 Health Care of Older Adults

Courses I have taught at other universities/schools:

Mental Health Nursing

Medical-Surgical nursing

Community Population Health

Transition to Practice

Research integration

Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy course

Experience Qualifications

Over 28 years of Nursing experience in various areas

Director/Coordinator of undergraduate Curriculum and Accreditation

SME Contractor for development and review of MSN Nursing Leader and Educator Program courses

Associate Professor/Adjunct Professor MSN Nurse Practitioner and BSN Nursing Programs Staff and Program Development

More Information

Quality Improvement related to Transitioning the Elderly Population to the Community-2019

PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Scholar 2023


"Going beyond career development, but preparation of the student for a lifetime of learning and service in the community they live in" is a vison that builds character that is so vital for our society; I look forward to being a part of this plan.

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The Talk (Presented on Anxiety, resilience, and management of post-covid stress for students.

Presentation: Nursing Pinning Ceremony Guest Presenter

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Culture of Nursing Recognition

Patient Safety Initiative : Evidence-Based Change

Co-Chair for the Admissions and Progressions Committee for the School of Nursing

Co-Chair for the Curriculum Committee

Co-Chair- Policy development for Dosage Calculation Proficiency

Chair of the Faculty Development Committee

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing- ETA Phi Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing- Omega Gamma Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing -Omega Gamma Chapter-Officer 2021-2023

Chair- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Memberships/Professional Organizations:

American Association of College of Nursing

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Nurses Association

Texas Nurses Association (TNA) Member

Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs