Doctor of Nursing Practice spotlight: Meet Joy Coles
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the University of Kentucky’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program – the first of its kind in the country – we are highlighting some of our DNP graduates who serve as nurse leaders at UK HealthCare.
She credits her faith, a praying mother, her family and wonderful mentors at both UK College of Nursing and UK Healthcare for supporting her journey.
Nursing is woven into the tapestry of my family lineage as my great-grandmother was a home-birth granny midwife for the community. Decades later, I am a first-generation licensed nurse and now the only DNP in my family. Also, as a young girl, I lost my brother to a heart attack. That life-changing event and an early love of nursing through my great-grandmother solidified my interest in health care.