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Elaine Townsley

Contributing Faculty

College of Nursing

Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Townsley is a career nurse starting as a nursing assistance and working through many degree programs to enhance her knowledge. Eventually Dr. Townsley achieved a Masters of Science in Nursing, a Master in Business Administrations, and a Doctorate in Health Administration. Working in health care has provided a wide range of opportunities including working with the Federal and State Government, insurance companies, law firms, hospital organizations, nursing home corporations, and teaching in a variety of settings from Bachelor programs to Geriatric Fellowship programs.

Dr. Townsley has been teaching in many different types of settings from Universities, private organizations, Federal and State governmental meetings, and lawfirms. This teaching started in 1999 with a need to meet others and obtain information from their specific fields of education and study.

Dr. Townsleys role at Walden is to help adult learners be successful in furthering their career and education by providing a holistic and compassionate means of education. She provides not only online classroom teaching, but one-on-one tutoring sessions and group meetings for specific subjects using online zoom classes.

Dr. Townsley loves to learn anything and everything, and believes she learns from the adult learners as much as she is teaching them. Her primary interest are leadership, research, geriatrics, holistic care and treatment including hospice, and APA.

Courses Taught

NURS 6053 - Interprofessional Organization

NURS 6201 - Leadership in Nursing and Health Care

NURS 6052 - Essentials of Evidence-based Practice


Doctorate of Health Administration, University of Phoenix - Minneapolis, MN United States

MSN, University of Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ United States

MBA, Almeda College - Minneapolis, MN United States

AS, Northeast Arkansas Community College - Batesville, AR United States

Awards / Honors

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, 2003


Townsley, E. A. (2012). Effective nurse communication key to patient satisfaction in health care system. . Cision PR Web.


Townsley, E. A. (2006). Behaviors and using the process indicator tool.

Townsley, E. A. (2011). Compliance issues in long-term care.

Townsley, E. A. (2003). Dos and don'ts of liability documentation in combination with quality indicators.

Townsley, E. A. (2007). Dose reduction of psychotropic medications and the geriatric psychiatric patients.

Townsley, E. A. (2007). Dose reduction of psychotropic medications and the geriatric psychiatric patients.

Townsley, E. A. (2003). Hot topics and how to document using standards of care: Litigation, process indicators, and incidents.

Townsley, E. A. (2006). Medicare and the nursing home – providing continuity of care.

Townsley, E. A. (2002). Nursing home quality improvement process indicators.

Townsley, E. A. (2002). Quality of long-term care – Challenges & solution.

Townsley, E. A. (2012). Regulations and standards of care for nursing home residents.

Townsley, E. A. (2002). Risk management in long-term care.

Townsley, E. A. (2001). Survey and litigation and how they relate.

Townsley, E. (2013). The changing environment of long‑term care - Affordable Care Act, etc.. University of Arkansas for Medical Science.

Townsley, E. A., Hayden-Green, J. (2012). Accountable care: How a case management degree can keep you relevant . American Sentinel University.

Townsley, E. A. (2011). What is a nursing home patient and how to increase the quality of care.

Townsley, E. A. (2012). What is the MDS and what are quality measures.