Dr. Rowena W. Elliott is a professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. She has 39 years of experience as a registered nurse and 23 years as a nurse educator. Her clinical expertise is in gerontological and nephrology nursing. As an educator, she has taught on the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Her research focus and interests include prevention of chronic kidney disease in older adults and engaging nursing students to provide health education in the older adult community. She is a board-certified adult-gerontological nurse practitioner, certified nephrology nurse (CNN), and certified nurse educator (CNE). She has a wide range of leadership experience as a nurse educator.
Dr. Elliott served on the Board of Directors for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) as national secretary and became ANNA’s first African-American and doctoral-prepared national president in 2011.
She served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Black Nursing Faculty/ABNF and was the associate editor of the ABNF Journal. Dr. Elliott was president of the Georgia Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association from 2018-2020.
Dr. Elliott is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Elliott is currently a commissioner on the Board of Commissioners for NLN CNEA. She also serves on the Nomination Committee for the American Academy of Nursing.