Sandra J. Mixer, PhD, RN, CTN-A is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her PhD in nursing education/transcultural nursing cognate from the University of Northern Colorado, master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University and Diploma from Mercy Central School of Nursing.
Dr. Mixer’s scholarship uses the framework of culture care and academic-community-practice partnerships to improve the health of vulnerable populations by enhancing quality of life, fostering dignified death, and developing health care providers’ cultural competency. The framework of culture care fosters culturally congruent care that incorporates peoples’ values, beliefs, and practices, is meaningful, promotes health and wellbeing, and helps people face disability or death. An expert qualitative researcher, Dr. Mixer uses ethnonursing and community-based participatory methodologies. Dr. Mixer’s research has been supported by several grants including a $2.6 million HRSA award to transform RN roles in community-based integrated primary care. Dr. Mixer leads partnerships in urban and rural areas with faith and community leaders, residents, and interdisciplinary team members helping persons/families understand and use end-of-life care services and advance care planning.
Dr. Mixer is a Transcultural Nursing Scholar and a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. She is an active member in the Transcultural Nursing Society and serves as a peer reviewer for several journals. Dr. Mixer teaches transcultural nursing and leadership in undergraduate and graduate programs.