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Carmen Stokes, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Stokes has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She attended Wayne State University as a Merit Scholar for her undergraduate studies, and began her clinical career in the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Stokes has experience working in Medical ICU, Emergency Nursing, Labor and Delivery and Med-Surg (through the in-house pool). Dr. Stokes attended the University of Detroit Mercy as a Robert Woods Johnson Scholar, obtaining her Master's Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2000. Her advance practice experience includes School Based Health, College Health, Family Medicine and Retail Health. Dr. Stokes obtained her PhD from Eastern Michigan University in the Educational Studies program, where her major was Nursing Education (in urban environments). Dr. Stokes' most recent responsibilities include being the program coordinator for a Nursing Education (masters degree program). Dr. Stokes enthusiastically joined the UM-Flint School of Nursing in Fall 2018 and is the faculty of record for the Leadership and Management Nursing courses in the RN to BSN program.



Dr. Stokes has been a full-time faculty member for over 14 years but recently joined the UM-Flint School of Nursing faculty in Fall 2018. Her areas of teaching interest and expertise include Nursing Leadership and Management, Community Health Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Issues in Nursing, as well as Family Nurse Practitioner courses and Nursing Education (in traditional and online environments). Dr. Stokes lives teaching and her philosophy is actually based on the nursing theorist Immogene King, who believes the nurse (educator) should be focused partnering with her patients (students) for mutual goal attainment. She has advanced training in teaching strategies and differentiated learning. She is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a nursing education expert, obtaining her CNE credential as a nationally certified Nurse Educator since 2012. Dr. Stokes received a 2017 Faculty Mission award for her work and commitment to student success.



Dr. Stokes' dissertation focused on the Lived Experience of African American Students attending PWIs, with a particular emphasis on student success. She won dissertation of the year through the National Black Graduate Student Association. Other research interests include Environmental & Community Health, Cardiovascular Disease/ impact of stress, children's health, Diversity, and Nursing Education, including student success, mentoring, and critical thinking. Dr. Stokes scholarship is grounded in Community Based Participatory Research, including the Healthy Environments Project (HEP). In addition, she has presented locally and nationally as a student success and diversity in nursing education expert. Her dissemination of scholarship includes journal and book publications, podium and poster presentations, and collaboration and project consultation. Dr. Stokes recently completed the Health Leaders Fellowship through the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Dr. Stokes has a long history of service to the community and university environment. She continues to serve as the volunteer Chairwoman of the Board for Urban Fit Kidz, a nonprofit organization focused on the nutrition and fitness of children. Dr. Stokes is a Steering Committee Member for the Healthy Environments Partnership (since 2000). She volunteers for Race for the Cure, serves on her local school board's Sexual Education Advisory Committee and Career Advisory Council, Oakland Dance Festival, as well as local church and neighborhood organizations and events. In her past academic appointment Dr. Stokes has served as Advisory Board Member to the African American Studies Program, The Career Education Center, The Mission and Identity Committee; as well as service to student orientation and advising programs. Dr. Stokes is interested in working with Flint Community members and expanding her ability to partner with and serve the community in achieving their health goals.