Cory D. Church, Ph.D., RN-BC

Program Director, Veteran Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP)

Assistant Professor


Cory D. Church, Ph.D., RN-BC

Dallas IHSD 7604


My contribution to nursing has largely focused on discovering the transition to practice for newly licensed registered nurses. I have a passion for motivating nurses to continue their ongoing professional development and get this opportunity through my work and research. I am board certified in Nursing Professional Development. Globally, my scholarship focuses on all aspects of the transition to practice for nurses and how this impacts nurses' professional development. Specifically, I am interested in discovering best practices for implementing nurse residency programs, while studying the work environment among nurse residents. This includes job satisfaction, organizational commitment, empowerment, civility, and psychological capital. I have worked to help obtain accreditation for a nurse residency program and currently serve as an appraiser for other programs seeking accreditation. I have consulted with nurse residency programs about the transition to practice. In my current work of educating senior undergraduate nursing students, I am able to help students identify work environments that foster a successful transition to practice.


Ph.D., Nursing, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, 2017
M.S.N., Nursing Education, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, 2014
B.S.N., Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, 2010
Associate Degree, Applied Science in Nursing, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, 2009

Research Interests

Nursing Professional Development; Transition to Practice; Nurse Residency Programs; Newly Licensed Registered Nurses; Job Satisfaction; Empowerment; Resilience; Civility; Psychological Capital; Care of the Veteran Population; Academic/Practice Partnerships

Latest Articles

Helping Students Identify Healthy Transition to Practice Work Environments
Nurse Educator (2019)
Cory D Church, Meagan White, Sheri Cosme

Accreditation of Transition to Practice Programs: Assessing the Value and Impact
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (2019)
Cory D Church, Sheri Cosme, Morgan O'Brien

Factors Influencing Organizational Commitment and Turnover in Nurse Residents
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (2018)
Cory D Church, Zhoamin He, Susan Yarbrough

Defining competence in nursing and its relevance to quality care
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (2016)
Cory D Church

Current Projects

Dr. Church is currently working on two studies involving work environment factors among nurse residents. One study includes the satisfaction, organizational commitment, empowerment, incivility, and psychological capital among nurse residents in Magnet and non-Magnet designated healthcare organizations. The second study involves determining factors in the work environment that mitigate incivility experienced by nurse residents. The intent of these studies is to broaden the perspective of the impact of healthy work environments on new nurses' well-being.

Externally Funded Projects

VA Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) Program for Undergraduate Nurses Year 5 of 5
GOV-Veterans Affairs | $150,154.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Texas League for Nursing
  • Texas Nurses Association