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
Office: 333 North Washington Avenue, Ste. 302.05, Dallas, Texas 75246
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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 current clinical practice as family nurse practitioner and by her active involvement in global capacity building endeavors.
Dr. Spies coordinates global endeavors for the Louise Herrington Nursing School and facilitates student and faculty engagement in initiatives in Ethiopia, Hong Kong, India, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. She is committed to cultivating opportunities for all interested students and faculty so that they may participate in global outreach study abroad, mission, or research and scholarly experiences.
Dr. Spies serves as the chair of the practice committee for the International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nursing Network and is on the Nurses Advisory Council of Nurses International. 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, India, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia.
The overarching theme of Dr. Spies's research is building capacity in health care providers to address priority population health issues. In response to COVID she is collaborating to globally explore the experiences of Nurse Practitioners as front-line care providers during the pandemic. Dr. Spies's primary ongoing research focus is nurse-led behavior change interventions to improve hypertension outcomes in the African context. Her recently completed funded study evaluated bundled hypertension interventions of nurse-led education, support, and technology in Uganda. 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.
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 Today, 64, 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 Review. 64(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
Spies, L.A. (2016 & 2019). Engaging Students in Global Health Endeavors. In Bradshaw, M. & Hultquist, B. (Eds.). Innovative teaching strategies in nursing and related health professions (pp. 395-408). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett
Gray, J., Opollo, J., & Spies, L. (2010). Uganda. In J. J. Fitzpatrick, C. M. Shultz, & T. D. Aiken (Eds.), Giving through teaching: How nurse educators are changing the world (pp. 140-144). New York. Springer Publishing.
Spies, L.A. (2010). Contribution to chapter on Tuberculosis in King, T.L. and Brucker, M.C. (Eds.) Pharmacology Principles and Practice for Women’s Health. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.