Dr. Lynne Dunphy joined the College of Nursing faculty of the University of Rhode Island in Fall 2006 as the first Routhier Chair of Practice. The Routhier Chair focuses on nursing workforce issues and provides a venue to lead and direct the role of professional nursing in meeting the critical health care needs faced by the state of Rhode Island. Dr. Dunphy will extend the important work begun by the SHAPE II study, which provided critical data on current and future health care needs in the state. Dr. Dunphy, a Family Nurse Practitioner, brings clinical expertise in nursing practice, as well as experience in grant writing and initiating public and private partnerships to advance the mission of professional nursing. Her masters degree was in psychiatric mental-health nursing and she has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Dunphy brings years of experience in nursing education and practice that includes teaching nursing on the associate degree, baccalaureate and graduate levels in nursing. She is the author of several books for family and adult nurse practitioners, notably a major textbook, Primary Care: The Art and Science of Advanced Practice Nursing. The 2nd edition of this text was published in 2007. She was the recipient of an American Journal of Nursing Award for her 1997 book, Management Guidelines for Adult Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Dunphy has also published widely in the area of the history of nursing and medicine. Her research background in history provides a broad context with which to evaluate current health care issues with the goal of forging innovative and collaborative initiatives. Dr. Dunphy joined the University of Rhode Island after more than ten years at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL. She joined the faculty there in 1995, and oversaw the graduate program from the year 2000. Dr. Dunphy brings a passion and enthusiasm for nursing enabling her to impact positively the health care climate of the state of Rhode Island, the prime mission of the Routhier Chair of Practice. In 2006 she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice.