Johnnie Susan Wijewardane
Johnnie Sue Wijewardane began practicing as an NP since 2001. For the last 13 years, she dedicated her career preparing nurse practitioners across academic settings as faculty, associate dean, and currently as dean at Radford University School of Nursing. Johnnie received the BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the 2015 AANP State of Mississippi NP Award for Excellence, and became a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2016. Johnnie participates in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Virginia Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Virginia Nurses Association, and other state and national nursing organizations. Johnnie presents at state and national conferences on practice topics including related to dementia, depression, anxiety, and delirium in geriatric patients, professionalism and online presence, and full practice authority for nurse practitioners. She serves on the FAANP mentoring program committee and Carilion Medicine Editorial Panel. Johnnie's research interests include psychometrics, digital presence, and design thinking versus critical thinking in nursing and healthcare. A sixth-generation Mississippian, Johnnie enjoys music, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband, 3-year-old son, and cats.