Biography of Dr. Nelda Coombs-Ephraim
Dr. Nelda Coombs-Ephraim relocated from New Jersey to the island of St. Croix in 2015, with her family and is now a permanent resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She assumed a post in nursing leadership as Clinical Care Coordinator/Director of Intensive and Progressive Care at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in St. Croix. Shortly thereafter, her career path led her to an Assistant Professor appointment at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUACOM) in the Department of Education Enhancement. She also held the post of Assistant Campus Proctor for the Office of Academic Outcomes while at AUACOM.
Dr. Ephraim returned home to St. Croix when she received and accepted an Assistant Professor appointment at the UVI School of Nursing in the fall of 2016. Dr. Ephraim’s focus in nursing education is on guiding students toward academic success. The use of an eclectic approach to teaching and learning represents her holistic philosophy of educating nursing students. Dr. Ephraim’s passion lies in mentoring and empowering students to become self-directed learners. As a result, she has adopted the Appreciative Advising model for advising students, which promotes the use of a student’s strength to enhance areas of weakness, encouraging them to take the lead in their academic lives. It is Dr. Ephraim’s belief that with the right tools and motivation, all students can achieve their academic goals.
Dr. Ephraim lives in Christiansted, St. Croix with her husband and daughter, and her mixed breed pup Mikey. She has two older sons who live New Jersey. Dr. Ephraim loves to read and when she is not working, you can find her curled up with a good book. She also enjoys to hike, a pastime she developed in Antigua. Dr. Ephraim enjoys traveling the Caribbean with her best friend and looks forward to traveling the world in the near future.
Dr. Nelda Coombs-Ephraim earned her Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Nursing Education, with Distinction from Capella University. She earned both her Baccalaureate in Nursing and Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in September of 2011. Dr. Ephraim has 21 years of experience in clinical nursing, nursing leadership, and nursing education. In 2008 she earned National Certification in Adult Critical Care Nursing in 2008. Dr. Ephraim made the transition to the role of nurse educator in 2011 and taught pre-licensure nursing at Jersey College School of Nursing, Lincoln Technical Institute, and JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing.
Dr. Ephraim’s research interests include perceptions of mentoring effectiveness, of which she examined for her doctoral dissertation. Other research interests include diversity in nursing education and student retention strategies.