Phyllis Raynor, MSN, RN is a Master’s prepared registered nurse currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She has a strong desire to become a public health nurse scientist focusing on research, prevention, public advocacy, and health promotion initiatives for low-income minority families affected by substance use disorders (SUD).
As a former state level nurse consultant partnering with school nurses in all school districts of South Carolina, she as part of a school nurse leadership team, addressed alcohol and drug misuse in schools from a state school nurse policy perspective. As former state practice consultant with the South Carolina Board of Nursing, she witnessed the devastating effects of addiction for nurses involved in substance misuse situations. One of the top violations against the Nurse Practice Act was those involving narcotics misuse (i.e. diversion, positive screenings, fraudulent prescriptions, etc.).
In addition to these professional roles, Phyllis has volunteered as a recovery support advocate, nurse educator, and health consultant for over 13 years in a faith-based community support program collaborating with various community and faith leaders to assist recovering adults (many of whom are parents) affected by SUD. She is a current member of the Board of Advisors for three residential faith-based recovery support community centers for adult men and women recovering from SUD in her area. Phyllis continues this needed work in her community voluntarily, while concurrently pursuing both her PhD in Nursing, and her advanced practice certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University.
Ultimately, improvements in the health of these families come from long-term recovery. Her dissertation research is focused on the development of self-care interventions for parents recovering from SUD with a goal of improving their long-term recovery outcomes and the health outcomes of their children.