Dr. Geraldine Young holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2010), an MSN from Alcorn State University (2005), and a BSN from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2001). Dr. Young is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) (2005). She is also a certified diabetes educator (2011). She has performed an abundance of leadership, scholarship, service, practice, and educational activities throughout her career. Her service in the nursing profession spans over 20 years (5 years-registered nurse, 16-FNP, 14-preceptor and mentor, 11-faculty, and 5-family medical practice owner), with proof of a dedicated life to nursing. Educating nursing professionals is a priority for Dr. Young as she continues life-fulfilling endeavors to contribute to the ongoing growth of the profession.
Advocating for faculty and student competencies is one of her greatest contributions to academia. Dr. Young is a National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Leadership Fellow and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). She is deemed a content expert for one of the leading credentialing bodies for NPs, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has served on an array of national committees to advance NP education, including the NONPF Curricular Leadership Committee (co-chair) and Conference Committee. Dr. Young is a Board Member at Large for the NONPF and a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Diverse magazine recognized Dr. Young as a Leading Woman in Higher Education. This recognition highlights women who have made a difference by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a positive difference in their respective communities. She has been competitively selected as a Visionary Leader award recipient by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. This elite recognition is given to outstanding graduates of the School of Nursing whose commitment and accomplishments have set them apart. She is also recognized as one of the Notable Female Alumni who has gone on to succeed in their respective fields by Alcorn State University in conjunction with other leaders such as Myrlie Evers-Williams.
As a member of the AACN Essentials Task Force, Dr. Young is ensuring cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of nursing education to address the health disparities and inequities that exist in our nation. She has effectively delivered models of clinical practice to improve the outcomes of underserved and marginalized populations with diabetes in conjunction with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). She is passionate and outcomes-driven about her diversity, equity, and inclusion endeavors. Dr. Young enthusiastically continues on the trajectory of building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive healthcare delivery system in the role, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Frontier Nursing University.