Vaunette P. Fay, PhD, RNC, FNP, GNP
Suzie Conway Endowed Professor in Nursing
Director, Continuing Education
Lead Nurse Planner
Department of Graduate Studies
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Dr. Vaunette Fay received her PhD in nursing theory development and research from Texas Woman's University in 1992. She received her Master of Science with a major in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Texas Woman's University in Houston in 1974. She worked as a FNP for Harris County Hospital District- Sunnyside clinic and for Cardiology Associates prior to joining the faculty of University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing in 1981. She is currently an Associate Professor, and since 1990 has served as track director for the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner track.
In 1993, she became head of the Division of Gerontology at the UTHSC-Houston School of Nursing and in 1997 was appointed as Associate Director for Education at the UTHSC-H Center on Aging. She is a certified family nurse practitioner and a gerontological nurse practitioner. Dr. Fay teaches gerontological nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has had faculty practice positions as a GNP with Harris County Hospital District Settegast Clinic and is currently working with an Alzheimer's Day Care Center.
Dr. Fay's research interests include the impact of co-morbidity on physical functioning in older adults and the competency level of nurses working in long term care.
A focus of Dr. Fay's academic career has been development of nurse practitioner programs and interdisciplinary education. She served as nursing coordinator for the Houston site of a Hartford Interdisciplinary team training grant and is lead faculty for an interdisciplinary Issues in Aging class. She is active in the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner faculty and has served on the education committee as chair of the GNP competencies taskforce.
Dr. Fay has served on national review panels and on expert panel on geriatric nursing education. She is currently the Project Officer for the UTHSC-Houston portion of the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers grant and the John A. Hartford Foundation grant for developing new electronic media for disseminating gerontological nursing content.