Theresa M. Wadas, Director
AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2014 – June 2017
Theresa M. Wadas, PhD-c, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, serves a three-year term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.
Wadas is an assistant professor in the graduate program at University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa with an expertise in cardiovascular and critical care practice. She previously served as coordinator and clinical faculty, adult-gero acute and continuing care nurse practitioner and RNFA option at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
She developed the first national acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) program with a registered nurse first assistant option, which served to transition perioperative nursing into advanced nursing and interdisciplinary practice.
An ACNP and family nurse practitioner, she also has worked in various advanced practice clinical roles. These include unit director for cardiovascular surgery, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist and outcomes manager at hospitals in Alabama and Arizona.
She maintains her clinical expertise by working as an ACNP in a private cardiology practice. She also continues to serve as a consultant to various organizations nationally in developing the ACNP role in their organizations, including role responsibilities, reimbursement and outcomes.
Wadas has served on various national, regional and statewide committees and task forces as an advocate for advanced practice, including AACN’s ACNP Task Force from 2007–2009, the ACNPC/CCNS Practice Analysis Task Force from 2008–2010, the ACNP Scope and Standards Task Force from 2010–2011 and the API Planning Committee for AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition from 2013–2014.
She also is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Her research interests include symptom management in cardiovascular care, inflammatory and genetic mechanisms related to cardiovascular disease, telemedicine and advanced practice.
Wadas is a candidate for a doctoral degree with a focus on nursing injury mechanism from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
She earned her doctor of nursing practice and a postmaster’s ACNP degree from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville; a Master of Science in nursing and postmaster’s family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and a Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science in nursing from Troy State University in Alabama.