Governor Appoints Nursing Professor to State Board


ATLANTA – Dr. Virginia Dare Domico, professor and associate dean for graduate programs in Mercer University's Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, was appointed to the State Board of Nursing Home Administrators last week by Gov. Nathan Deal.

“Dr. Domico is a very dedicated member of the nursing profession. Her research in the area of the aging population, and most specifically Alzheimer's disease, will serve her well as a member of this board,” said Dr. Linda A Streit, dean of the College of Nursing.

Dr. Domico has 47 years of experience as a registered nurse. Her areas of clinical specialization include neuroscience, orthopedics and gerontology. She is involved in health promotion in the older adult, and her research is in the areas of osteoporosis and the quality of life of Alzheimer's caregivers.

She previously served on the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative, and currently is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the American Association of Neurosciences Nursing.

Dr. Domico earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Master of Nursing from Emory University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and a nursing diploma from the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing.

The Georgia State Board of Nursing Home Administrators is a 13-member board appointed by the governor consisting of a licensed medical doctor, a licensed registered nurse, an educator with a graduate degree in gerontology, three public members at large, a hospital administrator, and six members who are licensed nursing home administrators in the state. The board meets quarterly to license nursing home administrators, to ensure quality administration and sound management of nursing homes and to administer an administrator-in-training program.

About the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Founded in 1902 as a school of nursing, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is the oldest nursing program in Georgia. Over its 111-year history, the College has graduated more than 7,500 nurses. The College remains dedicated to educating the person, fostering the passion and shaping the future of nursing. The College merged with Mercer University in 2001 and offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in nursing. The College of Nursing is one of four academic units within the Mercer University Health Sciences Center.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.