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Rhonda Hensley
Kitty DeGree School of Nursing
NURS 129
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Rhonda A Hensley, DNP
Professor, Nursing
Associate Director, Graduate Nursing Programs



2003, Instructional Systems and Technology
Grambling State University


Northwestern Louisiana University


Northeast Louisiana University

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Hensley is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a long history of teaching graduate nursing students in Northeast Louisiana. She came to ULM to help establish the Graduate Nursing Program for the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing. Dr. Hensley teaches a wide variety of graduate nursing courses, but her favorite content area is related to health promotion and management of illness in primary care settings.

Dr. Hensley is active in the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and has served in the past as a Regional Director for this organization. She provides lectures frequently for LANP state conferences. She is also a member of the National Association of NPs. Dr. Hensley continues to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner on a part time basis in a rural community clinic.

Dr. Hensley is married to Rev. Dennis Hensley, they have 3 grown daughters (all ULM alumni) and 2 grandchildren. She and her husband are active in their church and frequently engage in international mission trips, primarily in Central America and Haiti. The most recent mission trip involved a group of ULM nursing students working in a rural clinics in the Dominican Republic providing health care and humanitarian services. Dr. Hensley has also been instrumental in organizing work among the homeless, particularly veterans in the Monroe area; she previously worked with similar groups in the Shreveport area for over 10 years.

Licensure & Certification

Family Nurse Practitioner FNP-BC, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). (April 01 2013 - March 31 2023)
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Louisiana State Board of Nursing. (January 01 1997 - December 31 2019)

Research Interests

Diabetes management

Obesity management

Innovative teaching strategies for graduate nursing education

Recent Publications

Hensley, R. D. (2016). Does Theory Translate in the Trenches for Short Term Mission Work?. Hattiesburg, Mississippi: Online Journal of Healthcare Ethics.
Hollier, A., Hensley, R. (2011). Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care: A Reference and Review Book. Lafayette, Louisiana: Advanced Practice Education Associates (APEA).
Hensley, R., Williams, A. (2010). Clinical Coach for Nurse Practitioners. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
Hensley, R. D. (2016). Does Theory Translate in the Trenches of Short Term Mission Work?. Online Journal of Health Ethics.

Research Grants

Hensley, R. D. (Co-Principal), "Population Health Case Studies: Impacting Health" (Not Funded), Sponsored By Association for Prevention and Research, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $50,000, not funded. (January 2017 - Present).
Hensley, R. (Principal), "Cholesterol Screening Project" (Funded), Sponsored By Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceutical Company, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $10,000. (September 5 2009 - May 15 2010).
Hensley, R. (Principal), "Northwest Medical Homes Phase Two" (Funded), Sponsored By Northwest Medical Homes, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $25,000. (January 15 2009 - June 1 2009).

Awards & Honors

June 2018 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate of the Year.

June 2015 Nurse Practitioner Award of Excellence- Louisiana.

Courses Taught

NURS 4001NSG RESEARCH EBP, 4 course(s)

NURS 5001ADV THEOR, 2 course(s)

NURS 5004PERSONNEL & ORG MGMT, 1 course(s)




NURS 5202AGNP I, 2 course(s)

NURS 5204AGNP II, 1 course(s)

NURS 5206AGNP III, 1 course(s)

NURS 5302FNP I ADULTS, 1 course(s)