Joy Coles


Joy Coles is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice as an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in December 2018. She received her first Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University in 2002 and worked in Clinical Research for several contracted Biopharma companies as a Site Manager while acquiring her MBA from University of Phoenix in 2011. Joy answered her calling of becoming a Nurse as her BSN was conferred by University of Kentucky as a Second-degree Nursing student in May of 2014 and she became a lifelong UK Chellgren Honors Fellow. Joy has worked in the Cardiovascular ICU since graduation and she received the Daisy award nomination in November 2016. While currently working as a Critical Care Registered Nurse in the Cardiovascular ICU, Joy is a member of the Cardiovascular Service Line Council and participant in Nursing Shared Governance Council for UK Healthcare.  She also holds an appointment as the Nurse Lead on the Cardiology Collaborative Initiative in the CVICU. She proudly serves as an active member of the Magnet Nurse Excellence Team. Joy also served as a student member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing (2014).  She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association, Kentucky Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Graduate Nursing Activities and Advisory Council, the American Heart and Stroke Association, Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, and the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives. Her research focus is depression screening in Cardiovascular and Coronary Artery Bypass Graft patients’ post-operative.  Her interests include health policy, patient advocacy, reading and traveling. 

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DNP, University of Kentucky, 2017
BSN, University of Kentucky, 2014
MBA, University of Phoenix, 2011
BS, Wright State University, 2002