Meet School of Nursing's new professor and assistant dean of PhD program, Dr. Holly Wei

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The School of Nursing welcomes Dr. Holly Wei, Professor and the Assistant Dean of the PhD program. She is expected to begin her new role on July 1, 2021.

Dr. Wei's overarching contribution is a global initiative of advocating organizational excellence and caring leadership to promote nurses' work environments, well-being, and care quality. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals and delivered over 70 national and international presentations, influencing tens of thousands of nurses internationally. Her most current project is a textbook on nursing leadership which is in process with Sigma International Publishing.

Her current research involves innovatively testing nurses' burnout and biomarker telomere biology to provide novel knowledge to nursing. She is also working with a national team on developing COVID-19 preventive education programs for underserved populations and is involved with an interprofessional team on an NIH grant to promote clinician well-being.

She is known nationally for her nursing practice models and a Middle-Range Theory. Her nursing practice models are designed to improve organizational caring culture and have been utilized by four national and international healthcare systems. These hospitals have seen significant improvements in nursing practice and patient care quality.

Dr. Wei has experience teaching MSN, DNP, and PhD students. She has experience in systematic reviews and mentored and co-authored with 30 national and international students since 2018. Her professional service includes being a reviewer for 20 nursing and interprofessional peer-reviewed journals. She serves on two peer-review journals' editorial boards, Advances in Nursing Sciences and International Journal for Human Caring. Her volunteer work includes two national/international organizational committees for education and research/scholarship (Association for Leadership Science in Nursing [ALSN] and International Association for Human Caring) and is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Wei is currently working on an antiracist initiative with Dr. Peggy Chinn on revising author guidelines for the journal, Advances in Nursing Sciences. This sentinel piece of work should help to standardize author guidelines for nursing journals globally.

The UofL School of Nursing is excited to have Dr. Wei join the Cardinal family as her expertise will facilitate international partnerships and growth in the PhD Program.

"It is with my highest privilege and pleasure to accept this honor and become a part of the UofL SON! I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful colleagues at the UofL," Wei said.