Lori A. Spies, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP

Tenured Associate Professor

PhD University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
MS Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
BS Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Contact Info:
Email: Lori_Spies@baylor.edu
Office: 333 North Washington Avenue, Ste. 302.05, Dallas, Texas 75246
Phone: 972.576.9192

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Teaching and Engagement
Dr. Spies is a tenured associate professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Specializing in global health and building capacity in health care providers, she has taught global health and international clinical courses on the graduate level since 2004. Her lectures are informed by her global capacity building endeavors as a researcher, educator, and family nurse practitioner.

Dr. Spies has facilitated Louise Herrington Nursing School faculty and students engagement in diverse initiatives in China, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Hong Kong, India, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. Dr. Spies serves as a member of the ICN NP/APN Network Core Steering Group and as the chair of the ICN Network practice group. In 2021 Dr. Spies was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a past president of the North Texas Nurse Practitioners and a co-founder of the North Texas African Health Initiative. She has worked actively in Uganda to collaboratively build nurse leadership and research capacity since 2007. She has led faculty and nurse development workshops in Ethiopia, The Gambia, India, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia and launched sustainable multifocal collaborations.

The overarching theme of Dr. Spies's research is building capacity in health care providers to address priority population health issues. Recent successful collaborations include leading a task force to strengthen outreach in the Austin Street Center and implementing a collaborative research project in The Gambia with the Baylor College of Medicine. In response to COVID Dr. Spies is collaborating to explore the experiences of Advance Practice Nurses globally as front-line care providers during the pandemic. Dr. Spies's primary ongoing research focus is nurse-led behavior change interventions to improve non-communicable disease outcomes in the African context. Dr. Spies was awarded a 2017-2019 Fulbright Global US Scholar Award. The Fulbright study, A Multinational Collaborative Initiative to Develop Country Specific Nurse Implemented Hypertension Interventions, was implemented in India, Vietnam, and Zambia.  Dr. Spies collaborates with multi-disciplinary colleagues to identify sustainable, efficient, and effective responses to global health needs.

Selected Publications
Spies, LA
& Feutz, K.  (Online 10.1.2022). Developing and Implementing Entrustable Professional Activities to Achieve Global Advanced Practice Nursing Competencies. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/10436596221125896

Spies, L.A., Fox-McCloy, H., Kilpatrick, K., Osolya, M., Steinke, M.K., Leach, D., Noonan, M. Brennan, K. Nanyonga, R., & Jokiniemi, K. (2022). Country Level Mentoring for Advanced Practice Nursing: A Case Study. International Nursing Review. DOI: 10.1111/inr.12758

Rogers, M., Lamarche, K., Miller, M., Moore, K., Spies, L.A., Taylor, J., and Staempfli, S. (2022). Global Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being and Resilience of Advanced Practice Nurses during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15161

Nanyonga, R. C., Spies, L.A., & Nakaggwa, F. (2022). The effectiveness of nurse-led group interventions on hypertension lifestyle management: A mixed method study. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 54(3), 286-295.

Spies, L.A., Riley, C., Nair, R., Hussain, N., & Reddy, M. (2022). High Frequency Low Dose Education to Improve Neonatal Outcomes in Low-resource Settings: A Cluster-randomized Control Trial. Advances in Neonatal Care. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000938

Henderson, C., Kra-Friedman, A., Audet, L.-A., Savard, I., Spies, L. A., McGrath, H., Zhou, W., Wheeler, K., Ladd, E., Gray, D. C., Jabbour, M., Atallah, R., Rogers, M., Kilpatrick, K. (2021). A global perspective of advanced practice nursing research: A review of systematic reviews. PROSPERO, CRD42021278532. Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42021278532.

Spies, L.A. & Mulenga, J. (2020). Provider Perceptions about Hypertension: A Mixed Methods Study in Zambia. Clinical Nursing Research.  Advance online publication. doi/10.1177/1054773820904634

Spies, L.A., Nanyonga, R.C., & Nakaggwa, F. (2019). Nurse-Led Interventions in the Interim: Waiting on Universal Health Coverage. International Nursing Review. 66(4), 549-552 DOI:10.1111/inr.12558

Spies, L.A., Gray, J., Bader, S., & Opollo, J. (2018).  Nurse-led Interventions for Hypertension: A Scoping Review with implications for Evidenced-Based Practice. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 15, 247-256.  DOI- 10.1111/wvn.12297

Spies, L.A., Gray, J., Opollo, J. G., Mbalinda, S., Nabirye, R., & Asher, C. A. (2018). Transformational leadership as a framework for nurse education about hypertension in Uganda. Nurse Education Today64, 172-174.  10.1016/j.nedt.2018.02.009

Spies, L.A., Garner, S.L., Faucher, M.A., Hastings-Tolsma, M., Riley, C., Millenbruch, J., Prater, L. & Conroy, S. F. (2017). A Model for Upscaling Global Partnerships and Building Nurse and Midwifery Capacity. International Nursing Review64(3), 331-34410.1111/inr.12349

Spies, L.A. (2016). An Exploratory Descriptive Study on Task Shifting in East Africa. Advances in Nursing Science. 39(2): E44-E53. 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000112

Spies, L.A. (2016). Developing Global Nurse Influencers. Journal of Christian Nursing, 33(2), E20-E22.

Spies, L.A., Gray, J., Opollo, J. & Mbalinda, S. (2016). HIV and Nurses: A Focus Group on Task Shifting in Uganda. Journal of the Association of Nurses in Aids Care, 27(3), 312-321. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jana.2015.12.007 

Spies, L.A., Gray, J., Opollo, J., & Mbalinda, S. (2015). Uganda Nursing Research Agenda: A Delphi Study. International Nursing Review. 62(2), 180-186.

Spies, L.A., Garner, S., Prater, L. & Riley, C. (2015). Building global nurse capacity through relationships, education, and collaboration. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), 653-656. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.01.014