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Dr. Heather C. Ayers

Chair, Associate Professor, Nursing


Faculty | School of Nursing

Office Phone

706-865-2134, ext. 600



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  • DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, Atlanta: completed/expected graduation date August 14, 2017
  • MSN (Master of Science in Nursing in Child Health in Primary Care) at Georgia State University, Atlanta: completed December 2008
  • ASN (Associate of Science in Nursing) at University of North Georgia: completed May 2003
  • LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse-Diploma) at North Georgia College and Technical University: completed May 1997

Nursing (BSN)

  • Health Assessment
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learner-centered creative classrooms, curriculum and learning Styles
  • Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Leadership in Nursing and Nursing Education
  • Professional Development

Practice interests include:

Pediatric Primary Care-Health and Wellness, Preventative Care, and Mental Health of Children and Adolescents particularly Depression and Suicide Prevention

  • CPN-Certified Pediatric Nurse
  • CPNP-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • PMHS-Primary Mental Health Specialist (Pediatrics)
  • Award of Excellence RN at Northeast Georgia Health System
  • ANA (American Nurses Association)
  • GNA (Georgia Nurses Association)
  • GANE (Georgia Association of Nurse Educators)
  • NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse and Practitioners) and Georgia Chapter of NAPNAP
  • UAPRN of GA (United Association of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia)
  • GNLC (Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition)
  • AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners)

Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AAHLE) Presentation for 2021 AAHLE Conference: ‘Okay, I know what needs improvement… now what?’, Truett McConnell University School of Nursing and Office of Institutional Assessment (Dr. Tammy Mize), June 2021

Adolescent Suicide Assessment-Education Initiative (Research and Doctoral Project), Mercer University, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, August 2017

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Dr. Ayers is a Georgia native and resides in the north Georgia mountains with her family. Dr. Ayers has 25 years of pediatric nursing experience and fifteen years as an advanced practice nurse and transitioned to nursing education in 2016. Dr. Ayers is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and remains current in advanced practice nursing by practicing in pediatric primary and specialty care clinics in north Georgia. Dr. Ayers’ practice interests include preventative health care for children and adolescents, patient/family education, and primary care mental health.