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De Anna Cox, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Advanced Professional Nursing Practice & Leadership
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-4390
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 512
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



Dr. Cox is a family nurse practitioner certified by the ANCC.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina with her BSN, Masters, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She has been teaching in the graduate program for 25 years while maintaining an active clinical practice.  Her clinical experience includes provision of primary health care services in numerous settings such as private practice and clinics.  

She has seen a variety of patients with acute and chronic health problems during her 30 plus years of practice. She especially likes women’s health care issues and educating patients on health prevention/promotion. Additionally, she is active in professional organizations and College of Nursing functions. She is a long-standing member of SCNA, Sigma - Alpha Xi chapter, and serves as Vice President on the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina Nurses Foundation. She is on the educational committee of the South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance and has previously served as on the State Board of Nursing.  


Dr. Cox has taught primarily in the graduate nurse practitioner program. Specifically, she has taught Advanced Health Assessment and the Primary care courses. She has taught Health Assessment and Foundation courses at the undergraduate level.


Dr. Cox's research and scholarship has focused on job satisfaction of nurse practitioners, the homeless, breast cancer prevention, and health assessment.  


Baliko, B., Cox, D., Srinivasan, S., Reitmeier, M., & Iachini, A. (2017, November). Development of SBIRT Competencies Among Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Students. SC Nurses Association 2017 Convention, Hilton Head, SC. (Poster)

Cox, D. An Evidence-Based Practice Change to Increase Provider Adherence to Mammography Guidelines. College of Nursing Research Day, 2018 Columbia, SC. (Poster)

Cox, D. A Evidence-Based Practice Change to Increase Provider Adherence to Mammography Guidelines. USC Discovery Day, 2018 Columbia, SC. (Poster)

Cox, D. A Evidence-Based Practice Change to Increase Provider Adherence to Mammography Guidelines. Carolina Women’s Research Conference 2019 Columbia, SC (Poster)

Corbett, C.F., Combs, E., O’Kane, J., Van Son, C., Priode, K., Caldwell, T., Cox, D., & Wright, P. Alexa, Can You Promote Older Adults’ Abilities to Safely Age in Place? Sigma’s 30th International Nursing Research Congress. Poster Presentation. Calgary, Alberta, July 2019.

Abshire, D., Gibbs, S., McManus, C., Caldwell, T., & Cox, D. Interest, Resources, and Preferences for Weight Loss Programs Among Primary Care Patients with Obesity.2020 Southern Nursing Research Society (Poster)

Cox, D. Exploration of graduate nurse practitioner students’ experience with a summative simulation using manikins and standardized patients.  INACSL Conference, Toronto, Canada 

Cox, D. Obesity Management. (February 2019). Charleston Advanced Practice Conference, Charleston, SC.

Professional Service

  • ANA
  • SCNA
  • South Carolina Nurses Foundation
  • Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma

Professional Practice

Dr. Cox has practiced practiced in numerous setting including private practice, homeless clinic, long-term care in both urban and rural areas.     

Research Studies (Selected)

  • Job Satisfaction of Nurse Practitioner
  • Homelessness and Health Behaviors
  • Breast Cancer Screening 


Misner, T. & Cox, D. (2000). Development of the Misner Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement. 

Cox, D. & Simmons, D. (2006). Teaching Physical Assessment Techniques: Clinical Breast Exams. Women’s Health Care Journal. 

Cox, D., Heiney, S., & Baliko, B. (2020). Use of a paper checklist to increase clinician adherence to mammography screening guidelines. Nursing for Women’s Health, 24(4), 277-282.

Abshire, D. A., Gibbs, S., McManus, C., Caldwell, T., & Cox. D. (2020). Interest, Resources, and preferences for weight loss programs among primary care patients with obesity. Patient Education and Counseling, 103(9), 1846-1849. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.04.003


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