Radford’s first two doctoral recipients honored at ceremony


Taylor Brock

DeEtta Compton and Faye Lyons are the first doctoral recipients in the nursing school. They received their doctorates of nursing practice in August and were honored at a banquet on Sept. 19.

Nursing graduates of Radford University’s master’s program, both Compton and Lyons were inspired by what they learned while studying family nurse practitioning in the DNP program.

In a press release from RU on July 27, Compton was quoted as saying, “I’m doing my job better now because of the DNP experience.” Lyons was inspired to write articles for peer-review journals because of the DNP program.

According to RU’s website, both recipients plan on staying at their current jobs. Compton is a nurse practitioner with the Hospitalist Group at Carilion Clinic New River Valley, and Lyons works at Carilion Internal Medicine of Galax and Hillsville.

The awarding of the two degrees is a big milestone for The School of Nursing since The Doctor of Nursing Practice began in Aug. 2010. According to the same news release, Director of the School of Nursing, Doctor Kimberly Carter, said, “This is a milestone in the history of the university and a huge honor for the School of Nursing and for the Waldron College.”

According to the School of Nursing’s website, The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings “including community and population-based service, home care, clinics, hospice care, hospitals, long-term care, education, administration, and policy.”

In the welcome letter on the homepage of the School of Nursing, Carter wrote, the DNP program prepares “excellent clinicians with practice doctorates and the skills to lead the much needed advances in the rapidly changing health care system.”

The DNP program is not the only doctoral program offered at RU but RU also began offering a doctoral program in psychology in the fall 2008. In June 2010, the university began offering a doctorate program in physical therapy and this fall the university began offering a program in psychiatric mental heath.