Leadership in a community is vitally important.
Elizabeth Betty Powell Holcomb sees the needs of communities every day in the faces of her patients and students. It is this interaction with peoplewhether in her office, in a classroom, or in the communitythat fuels her deep interest in health care, particularly in rural areas.
A nurse practitioner and professor of nursing at Murray State University, Holcomb specializes in rural health and international health care systems. She has worked in labor and delivery, nursery, the neonatal intensive care unit, home health, and flight nursery. She is also a teacher, having taught at the Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, Marquette University, and St. Josephs College.
Holcomb has received numerous honors, including recognition as Nurse Practitioner of the Year from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, which cited her work in seeking rural sites for students to work, thereby enhancing the number of providers willing to practice in isolated, underserved areas. The academy also honored Holcomb for her leadership at Murray State, noting that 100 percent of MSUs family nurse practitioners have passed the national certification exam.
She is a member of the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.