Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Victoria Bethel is the inaugural Nurse Leadership Legacy Fellow in the Department of Public Administration & Policy at the School of Public & International Affairs. This fellowship fund was recently established to support students with nursing backgrounds as they prepare for a leadership career in health policy, health care management, health professions education, research, and/or another health-related professional career. Most recently, Ms. Bethel has worked as a registered nurse in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Emory University Hospital Midtown, where she has been involved in a variety of clinical conferences and research/first-in-human procedures. Other clinical experiences include Intensive Care Unit nursing during the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, and floating to a variety of Medical/Surgical, Step-Down/Progressive Care, Emergency, and observation units across the 800+ bed Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Ms. Bethel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Music. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Augusta University and her certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in 2018. The goal of the CNL is to improve healthcare outcomes without increasing costs. Ms. Bethel endeavors achieve this through her clinical practice and her research as a doctoral student.


MSN | Augusta University / College of Nursing | 2018 | Clinical Nurse Leader

BM | University of Georgia / Franklin College of Arts & Sciences | 2017 | Music Performance

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Career Goals

Ms. Bethel intends to pursue a career in academia. She hopes to conduct meaningful research about health policies impacting patients and nurses in the United States, and to instill an appreciation for learning and knowledge in future generations of academics, leaders, and healthcare professionals.

Relevant Work Experience

Stabilization, Treatment, Assessment, Transport (STAT) Team RN at Piedmont Athens Regional, Cardiac Cath Lab RN at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Cardiac Cath Lab RN at St. Mary’s Healthcare System, ICU RN at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, Float Pool (Med/Surg, Step-Down, & ED) at Mission Hospital

Research Interests

Medicare reimbursement practices, substance use disorder policy, mental health policy