Lorie Sigmon, PhD, DNP, APRN, RN
Masters-DNP Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration Lead & Assistant Professor

Lorie SigmonDr. Lorie Sigmon began her nursing career as a diploma nurse. She received her BSN from West Virginia University, MSN from the University of Tampa, followed by a DNP from Waynesburg University, and PhD from East Carolina University. Sigmon has held various roles in nursing practice, education, and leadership throughout her career. These roles include serving as the director of nursing programs at a North Carolina community college and as a trustee of several professional and community organizations boards.

While practicing in critical care units, rural health clinics, and leadership, Sigmon recognized the importance of interprofessional collaborative teams with the patient and family as central members of the team. She champions the importance of nurses as integral members and leaders in the collaborative team process.

Sigmon’s research focuses on her belief that the team approach supports the patient and family’s ability to self-manage their health condition and impact the quality and safety of their care outcomes. To this end, Dr. Sigmon has focused on increasing her knowledge and expertise in teamwork and quality and safety of patient care by completing the Train the Trainer Interprofessional Team Development program and Team STEPPS Master Training courses and being selected for national leadership development programs. Sigmon hopes to impact the next generation of nurses by basing her practice on Paul Batalden’s quote, “We can’t hope to make lasting changes in the ability of health care systems to improve without changes in the ways we develop future health professionals. Those changes require faculty and schools to change.”


  • 2021, PhD, Nursing Science, East Carolina University
  • 2010, DNP, Leadership Nursing Practice, Waynesburg University
  • 1997, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Tampa
  • 1990, BSN, Nursing, West Virginia University

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Interprofessional Team Collaboration and the Quadruple Aim
  • Patient and Family-Centered Care
  • Self-Management Behaviors and Health Outcomes
  • Interprofessional Teams and Health Equity in Rural Health