Dr. Hicks joined Walden in January 2019 as contributing faculty. Dr. Hicks has over 30 years of nursing experience. She has been a staff nurse, nurse leader and staff educator. She has been teaching in higher education since 2014. Dr. Hicks’ undergraduate degrees are in nursing. Her graduate degree is in nursing, with a focus in nursing education and her doctorate is in educational leadership. Dr. Hicks’ DNP project was focused on nursing faculty job satisfaction and intent to stay in academia. She is an advocate for mentorship in nursing and is a mentor in the American Nurses Association’s Mentoring Program.
Dr. Hicks is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the National League for Nurses, the American Nurses Association and the North Carolina Nurses Association. She is an active member of the North Carolina Nurses Association History Council.
NURS 6231 - Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes
NURS 6050 - Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
DNP, American Sentinel University
MSN, Liberty University
BSN, St. Francis Xavier University
Diploma in Nursing, Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing
Junior League of Durham and Orange County, Member -
North Carolina Nurses Association History Council, Member -
American Nurses Association Mentorship Program, Participant -
American Heart Association Heart Walk, Other -
Awards / Honors
Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina, , 2013
Hicks, D. (2015). Can Rounding Reduce Patient Falls in Acute Care? An Integrative Literature Review.. Medsurg nursing : official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Hicks, D. (2012). Cultural competence and the Hispanic population.. Medsurg nursing : official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Hicks, D. E., Jones, T., Ford, S., King, J., Schutz, K. (2019). Testing Task Force Project: The Development of a Strategic Plan for Testing Process Improvement.
Hicks, D. E. (2019). Correlation of Nursing Faculty Perceptions of Mentorship Effectiveness on Job Satisfaction and Intent to Leave in North Carolina .