Carrie Risher, DNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing
RN to BSN Program Coordinator

Sharing real-life experiences with nursing students spark a flame of inquiry that perpetuates the drive and desire to gain more knowledge and to apply the knowledge learned in healthcare settings. Engaging students in the art and science of nursing whether in a face-to-face setting, virtual learning environment, or a combination of the two, utilization of pedagogical strategies is essential to teaching theoretical concepts and development of clinical reasoning.

- Carrie Risher

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Carrie Risher

building is Blanton Nursing - room is 205
Phone 863.680.4134


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It is my role as an instructor to provide an environment that is conducive to learning. A part of establishing such an environment is developing a connection with the student through listening, conversations, and relationship building. I think it is important to know how each individual student learns best. I want to always be that professor who supports their learning needs, providing guidance as they move forward toward their learning goals, and aspirations.

I am a proud graduate from Florida Southern College School of Nursing, a graduate of the School of Education at the University of South Florida, and a graduate of Chamberlain College of Nursing with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have practiced nursing for 28 years, and I have worked in academia since 2005. I joined the faculty at Florida Southern College in the summer of 2016. I am the mother of three, and the grandmother of five. I have seven god-children, and I enjoy music, cooking, and singing.


I enjoy attending Church, working with youth and young people, cooking and listening to good music.


August 2018
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
Post Graduate Certificate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

December 2015
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
DNP in Healthcare Systems Leadership

December 2013
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership

December 2006
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
MA in Adult Education

December 2005
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Certificate in Adult Education

December 2001
Polk State College, Winter Have, FL

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Winner of Restoring Joy to Leadership Award
  • 2018 Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Omega chapter, Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipient
  • 2015 Polk County Nurse of the Year Award Recipient
  • 2013 Induction into STTI, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Honor Society
  • 2010-2011 Who’s Who in American Nurse Leaders
  • 2009 Manager of the Year nominee, Polk County, Florida
  • 2006 “She Knows Where She’s Going Award” Girls Inc., nominee
  • 2006 Excellence in Nursing Care Award Recipient, Lakeland Regional Health


Hall, C.A., Skelly, C., Risher, C., Brown, B., & Pagano, M. (2018). Student perceptions of nursing research following an experiential learning activity. Journal of Education and Practice. 10(18), 11-16. Doi: 10.7176/JEP

I worked on this experiential learning activity with nursing students, and faculty.  We published our research.

Publications and Exhibitions

Skelly, C. Hall, C.A., Risher, C. (2020). Shared decision-making and patient-centered care: Engage patients in healthcare decisions to ensure patient autonomy. American Nurse Journal, 45-47.

Skelly, C., Hall. C.A., Brown, B., Risher, C. (2018). Peer to peer education of college females on reproductive health. Universal Journal of Educational Research. 6(5), 844-847. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060505

Hall, C.A., Skelly, C., Risher, C., Brown, B., & Pagano, M. (2018). Student perceptions of nursing research following an experiential learning activity. Journal of Education and Practice. 10(18), 11-16. Doi: 10.7176/JEP

Estupinan, A., Lord, M., Crumblish, H., Risher, C. (2018). Fall prevention: A deliberative nursing process. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Research. 7(5), DOI:10.4172/21677182.1000487

Skelly, C., Risher, C. (2019, August). DNP’s Collaborative Effort to Influence Engagement for all Students: Flipping the Classroom and Making Learning Accessible. Doctors of Nursing Practice 12th National Conference, Washington, DC, August 7-9, 2019.

Brown, B., Risher, C. Kent, P. (2019, November). A Nurse Practitioner Care Model for      Indigent Patients with Type II Diabetes. Sigma 45th Biennial Convention, Washington, D.C. [Podium Presentation].

Risher, C., Wilkerson, L., Brown, B., Hall, C.A., & Skelly, C. (2018, April). Faculty mentorship to facilitate MSN educator students in the reconceptualization of an RN- BSN EBP course. Washington D.C., [Podium Presentation].

Hall, C. A., Skelly, C., Risher, C., Brown, B. (2017, February). Experiential learning: An integrative process to foster an appreciation of nursing research. St. Petersburg, Florida.  [Podium Presentation].

Risher, C. (2014, May). Polk county organization of nurse executives: Nurse of the year excellence awards recognition banquet. Lakeland, Florida [Podium Presentation].

Risher, C. (2015, June). Primary stroke center journey of excellence. American