Limestone's Dr. Amber Williams To Present Research In State-Wide Conference

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:30pm
Director of Nursing

Limestone College’s Director of Nursing, Dr. Amber Williams, will be presenting research next month during a state-wide public health conference in Myrtle Beach.

Williams will be joined in the presentation by Dr. Robin Dawson from the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. Together, they will present their research, “The Carbon Monoxide Blitz Model – Engaging the Community,” at the South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) Annual Conference scheduled for April 24-26

The SCPHA is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing the profession by serving Public Health Professionals who endeavor to improve population health.

Williams and Dawson have worked with the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation (JLWF) as advocates for carbon monoxide awareness in hopes of making an impact locally and internationally. The JLWF works to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The foundation is currently collaborating with the Fire Chiefs and Emergency Medical Services personnel representing York County to initiate a county-wide effort to make residents and emergency responders safer and more aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure. The plan aims to provide the 18 fire departments in York County with 2,000 carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in residential homes, along with 45 portable always-on monitors for York County first responders and 27 hand-held fingertip diagnostic monitors for EMS departments.

“As nurses, advocating for the safety of our communities is part of our professional role,” Williams explained. “Carbon monoxide awareness is just one of those safety issues we are personally passionate about. Engaging the communities of South Carolina to work with us has been the most rewarding work we have had the privilege to experience.”

Williams has been a nurse for 18 years. Educated at the University of South Carolina, she holds two baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a family nurse practitioner, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Organizational Leadership. Before coming to Limestone, she served as nurse faculty influencing many students and nurses, coordinated clinical opportunities throughout the state, initiated successful distance and online programs, and led the construction of a high-fidelity simulation lab. Recently, she received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to begin an RN-to-BSN program at Limestone.

Following a family tragedy, Williams and her sister-in-law started the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation. She is a recognized and published expert on carbon monoxide safety.