Mirinda Brown Tyo

Mirinda Brown Tyo

Assistant Professor

Nursing & Health Sciences / Adult



Dion 324F


2001Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Gulfport, MSASN
2004University of North Alabama - Florence, ALBSN
2011University of North Alabama - Florence, ALMSN
2019University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, MAPhD


  • NUR 250 Knowledge Foundations in Nursing
  • NUR 326 Care of Adults Acute and Chronic
  • NUR 553 Pharmacology for Advance Nursing Practice
  • NUR 455 Senior Nursing Mentorship



Prepares the beginning-nursing student to conduct a holistic health assessment of adults that respect developmental differences across the lifespan. The emphasis is on health and development of individuals. Students are introduced to broad definitions and indicators of health, with a focus on nursing framework. Assessment, consistent with the ANA Scope and Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice (2010), is foundational to the nurse¿s goal of maximizing health. Student explore caring behaviors, interviewing concepts and physical examination techniques, which are used to conduct holistic health histories and physical assessments to determine the health status of individuals.

Examines nursing interventions in promoting health, guiding the health care experience and shaping the therapeutic environment for adults experiencing acute or chronic illness. Acute illness includes short-term, episodic illnesses and acute exacerbations of selected chronic health problems. Chronic illness is viewed as a significant life event within a person¿s biography that offers both challenges and opportunities to maximize health. Evidence-based standards of practice, consistent with the ANA (2010) Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice for adults are integrated throughout the course.

Provides advanced knowledge of pharmacologic agents related to advanced nursing practice across the lifespan. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of a wide range of pharmacologic agents are considered. Patient motivation and adherence to regimes, individual responses to therapeutic regimens, and patient teaching will be explored. Clinical pharmacological concerns related to psychological, aging, psychosocial, economic, cultural, ethical, and legal factors will be addressed.


Research Activities

  • Predictors of Resilience and Burden in Family Caregivers of Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.
  • An integrative review: Clinical reasoning in nursing education


Research Interests

  • Caregiver Burden
  • Substance Use Disorder/Opioid Use Disorder
  • Transition to Practice
  • Clinical Reasoning

Select publications

Tyo, M. & McCurry, M. (2020).
An Integrative Review of Measuring Caregiver Burden in Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
Nursing Research, 69, 391 - 398.

Tyo, M., and McCurry, M. K. (2018).
An integrative review of clinical reasoning teaching strategies and outcome evaluation in nursing education.
Nursing Education Perspective, 40, 11-17.

Brown Tyo, M., Gundlach, M., Brennan, C., Esdale, L., Knight, A., Provencher, S., & Tardy, K. (2018).
Leading the Charge: Achievement of National Accreditation for Nurse Residency Program
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 34, 270 - 276.

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