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Dr. Yolanda Turner was recently appointed as clinical operations manager for the medicine and neurology departments at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Turner will take the place of Edna Douglas, who recently retired after 42 years of service to the university.
“Dr. Turner comes to us with a wealth of education and experience in clinical and administrative nursing, as well as nursing leadership,” said Melvin Leggett, practice director for the department of internal medicine and neurology.
Prior to her appointment at USA, Dr. Turner served as the coordinator for wound care and hyperbaric medicine at Providence Hospital in Mobile. While at Providence Hospital, she was involved in the Providence Leadership Development Program and served as a Providence Hospital Mission Mentor.
Dr. Turner has also served on the nursing faculty at Bishop State Community College, Faulkner State Community College, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
In addition, she has served on the nursing staff at Springhill Memorial Hospital, the USA Medical Center, Gulfport Memorial Hospital, Bay Manor Healthcare Facility, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, and the Lafayette General Medical Center.
Dr. Turner’s administrative and leadership roles include serving as a nursing house supervisor at Mobile Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as well as serving as nurse supervisor for the adult health, telemetry and pediatrics units at Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna, La.
In addition, Dr. Turner served as the health security coordinator for bioterrorism disaster preparedness at the Mississippi Governor’s Office in Jackson, Miss., from 2002-2003.
Dr. Turner’s academic special interests include health policy, disaster preparedness, nursing workforce, cultural diversity, and nursing education and leadership. Her clinical expertise involves adult health, pediatric, geriatric/chronic diseases, intensive care/trauma, wound and hyperbaric care.
Dr. Turner earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Bishop State College in 1994, followed by a Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mobile in 1996 and 1998 respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009.
Dr. Turner is the founding president of the Mobile Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and currently serves as an Alabama State Disaster Response Nurse. She is a member of the Alabama Nurses Association and the National Black Nurses Association.
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