- PhD, University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Science, 2010
- MSN, University of Virginia, 1999
- BSN, University of Virginia, 1994
- ADN, Piedmont Virginia Community, 1986
- G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, MD Research Award - (November, 2018)
About Aletha Rowlands
Overall, an accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as a staff nurse, preceptor, manager, educator, administrator, and a clinical researcher. Outstanding record in evaluating point-of-care delivery and implementing patient safety strategies and practice changes while working with hospital/nursing administrators, nurses, sale representatives, and ancillary personnel. Also seasoned in conceiving and developing programs from the ground up through proven competencies, program management, staff development, and nurse-empowerment. Effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation strengths as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results. Experienced clinical nurse researcher (hospital-based since January 1, 2000). Since becoming a faculty member at the School of Nursing (Fall 2011), I have continued my pursuit of excellence in clinical research, teaching, and service at the School of Nursing and West Virginia Medicine.
Teaching interests: For nursing students, I enjoy teaching evidence-based practice, nursing research, ethics, and nursing leadership. I really enjoy working with the undergraduate students. For nurses working at the hospital, I enjoy teaching evidence-based practice, nursing research, quality improvement, performance measurement, and teaching nurses how to critique research articles to determine if there is enough evidence to change practice or if more research is needed.
Aletha Rowlands PhD, RNFA, CNOR is a Clinical Associate Professor at West Virginia University, School of Nursing. She is a recognized expert in perioperative nursing with publications and presentations. Dr. Rowlands is a RNFA with 32 years of experience in the clinical arena. She continues in pursuing an academic-service partnership program of research that capitalizes upon her expertise in improving care delivery and patient outcomes through advancing evidence-based care and patient safety for hospital clinical environments. Dr. Rowlands has particular interest in partnering with staff nurses in rural and acute care hospitals to identify problematic areas and through advancing evidence-based care or generating new knowledge, improve care delivery, and patient outcomes. The importance of this work is supported by the Institute of Medicine, which has set a goal that 90% of healthcare decisions will be based on evidence by 2020. Likewise, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has also advocated that hospitals will improve the quality of care delivered and a reduction of medical errors through the use of evidence-based practices.
Grants and Research
- HRSA: Additional Funding (2017) - HRSA - 2017 - 2019