Brenda Shepherd, PMHNP-BC, MSN, FNP-BC, is graduate of Mississippi College BSN program and Alcorn State University’s MSN program. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Shepherd has worked the past seven years at the Jackson VA Medical Center, treating post combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD and psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse.
She is currently a full-time student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile working toward her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. During the next two years she will complete the Psychiatric (Family) NP post-master's certification in preparation for board certification that will allow her to bridge the gap between her current roll as FNP and provide a full spectrum of targeted psychiatric care. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will also allow her to provide specialized care to combat veterans entering the VA system by integrating evidence-based practice, experience, and scientific knowledge and research.
The focus of Ms. Shepherd’s doctoral research will be the positive correlation of veterans with mental illness and substance abuse that have a strong support system and/ or religious background in response to compliance and treatment.
She has proudly served in the United States Navy Reserve since 1999. The most meaningful time in service was her deployment to Landstuhl, Germany as a mental health nurse caring for soldiers with mental health disorder serving in the combat zone.
Ms. Shepherd is a member of the American Nurses Association, Gerontological Advance Practice Nurse (Magnolia Chapter) and Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society.