The Invest in Nursing grant has had great success over the past three years in the partnership between UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Piedmont Health Services, Inc., with three cohorts of Student Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill, and with three cohorts of Faculty Fellows from across the State of North Carolina. This program is a time-limited grant funded opportunity, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and will no longer continue programming in this current iteration after the 2021-2022 cohort year. It is our hope that other educational entities will use Invest in Nursing as a blueprint for implementing similar programming. Reach Out

Megan Williams, EDD, MSN, RN, FNP

Clinical Associate Professor

Megan Williams, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP-BC is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She earned her associate’s degree from Peace College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, masters in nursing from Duke University and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. An experienced higher education professional, Dr. Williams earned her doctorate in education from UNC-CH School of Education in 2017 with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction. Her dissertation was titled “Defining Nurse Leadership: Nurses’ Perceptions of Nurse Leadership and the Conditions That Influence Its Development”. Dr. Williams is a skilled practitioner in Adult & Pediatric Primary Care & Acute Care and currently practices part-time at UNC-CH Campus Health. Her primary clinical expertise focuses on pediatric and adult primary care and care of the pediatric hospitalized patient. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on nurse leadership, nursing workforce initiatives and nursing education. She is the PI for the “Invest in Nursing” HRSA NEPRQ-RNPC grant. The Invest in Nursing project is a four-year training program aimed at developing a sustainable primary care nursing workforce to practice in community-based primary care teams in rural and underserved settings.

Dr. Williams is past-president of the North Carolina Nurses Association (2013-2015), a member of the NCNA Triangle Region, the National League of Nursing, and is the faculty advisor for SHAC Nursing. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Durward Williams, Director of Strategic Alliances at Sportsendeavors, Inc., and her two children.