Ragan Johnson, DNP, MSN, APRN-BC

Ragan N. Johnson, DNP, MSN, APRN-BC, joined DUSON’s faculty on July 1, 2017. Dr. Johnson is a faculty member for DUSON's VA Nursing Academic Partnerships in Graduate Education Program and supports the development of veteran centric content and clinical education in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Master’s program, and in a new residency program being developed with the VA for newly certified Adult-Gero primary care NPs. She is a member of Division 2, Healthcare in Adult Populations.

Dr. Johnson has been a registered nurse since 2001, a nurse practitioner since 2006, and a nurse educator since 2012. Her clinical experiences include working as an RN in the Emergency Department, and as an FNP, she has experience in GI, internal medicine, and family practice. At the VA hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Johnson served a panel of over 700 veterans and was the MOVE coordinator at the VA, a group health promotion program developed to reduce obesity among veterans. As an educator, she has taught both didactic and clinical courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In her role as assistant professor at UTHSC, she taught in the DNP option and served as course lead for Epidemiology and two advanced family nursing courses for the FNP option.

Dr. Johnson earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with an emphasis in Public Health Nursing and MSN (FNP) from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and her BSN from Tennessee State University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Tennessee Public Health Association, National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association. Her research interests include sexual health promotion among youth and young adults and health disparities. She is also the founder of "Imagine Me”, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide sexual health education and prevention messages to youth and young adults.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • DNP - University of Tennessee
  • MSN - University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • BSN - Tennessee State University
Awards and Honors
Areas of Interest
Health Promotion
Sexual Health
Health Disparities
Representative Publications
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 27045159 -- Johnson, R. N. and Speck, P. M. and Bowdre, T. L. and Porter, K. Assessment of the Feasibility of Barber-Led Sexual Education for African-American Adolescent Males. J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 26(2); 67-72.
  • 2017 -- PubMed # : 27911890 -- Johnson, R. and O'Brien, T. and Emerson, S. and Reed, L. Perceptions of Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Preceptors About Usefulness of Onsite Clinical Site Visits. Nurse Educ. 42(1); 51-54.
  • 0 -- Johnson, R. Ophthalmic Disorders 491-507.
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • Before you Ask
    Assisi Foundation of Memphis
    01/2013 to 03/2013
    Participate in an educational program for new non-profit organization.
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