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Dr. Heather C. Ayers

Associate Dean, Assistant Professor, Nursing


Faculty | School of Nursing

Office Phone

706-865-2134, ext. 6009



Holcomb Nursing Building 122
  • EdD (Doctorate of Education for Nurse Educators) Studies at Capstone College of Nursing of University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, beginning Fall 2017
  • 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)
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Heather is a Georgia native and is married to Jamey.  Together they have a blessed family with 3 children, daughter, Addey, and sons, Carson and Hayden.  As a busy family, they spend their leisure time in adventures with their three children.  Heather has been in the nursing profession for the past 20 years with the last ten years as an advanced practice nurse and most recently in nursing education for the past two years.  Heather remains current in advanced practice nursing by practicing in pediatric primary care offices in north Georgia.  Heather’s practice interests include preventative health care for children and adolescents, patient/family education, and primary care mental health.  Heather completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in August 2017 at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University focusing on assessing pediatric primary care providers comfort level in adolescent suicide assessment.