Top Female Professional of 2018
Ms. Watts graduated from Olivet Nazarene University and the University of Tennessee – Knoxville with degrees in nursing science. Currently serving as Nurse Specialist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s School of Nursing, Ms. Watts has taken up the mantle of the school’s reputation for excellence. With over five decades in the field, Ms. Watts has build a legacy of excellence and dedication equal to that of Vanderbilt. A Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse and Breast Patient Navigator, Ms. Watts specializes in surgical oncology, wound care, general surgery, breast cancer care, and systems analysis and improvement. With a multidisciplinary background, she is well equipped to handle most any situation and often does. In addition to her nursing duties, Ms. Watts has authored several works.
Among them are Surgical Treatment of Obesity for the Journal of Southern Surgical Nurses Association (1985), A Study to compare the Overall Effectiveness of Two Hydro-colloid Dressings on Partial Thickness Wounds in Osomy Wound Management (1988), Management of Problem Wounds, Journal of Urological Nursing (1989) and most recently, 2007’s Reducing Pressure Ulcer Prevalence in an ICU Setting for Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society. In her leisure time, Ms. Watts is a volunteer for the March of Dimes, Alive Hospice, and the American Cancer Society. Ms. Watts is an avid traveler and enjoys spending time with her children.