Dr. Judith Church
Doctor of Health Administration, 2007
Her mission to support registered nurses to become more effective leaders has been a driving force in Dr. Judith Church’s career.
She was the first University of Phoenix Doctor of Health Administration program graduate in 2007; and it didn’t take long for her education to impact her career. In 2009, Judith was appointed to the Ohio Board of Nursing by Governor Ted Strickland. She is one of eight registered nurses on the board and serves with four licensed practical nurses and one consumer. With this appointment, she can continue to make a difference in the nursing profession.
“This is a career dream that’s been fulfilled,” exclaimed Judith.
Seeking a broader perspective, Judith enrolled in the Doctor of Health Administration to learn the business and finance side of nursing. The program openned her eyes to health care operations, where she learned from faculty and learning team members alike.
“We [nurses] have to advance our formal education and certify ourselves within our specialties to maintain the public’s trust in us,” she said.
She is also the administrative director of nursing for the division of professional development with the Kettering Health Network, where she has been employed for more than 25 years.