James Filler

Davis & Elkins College

James Filler
Adjunct Professor in Nursing
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What I Find Rewarding About D&E:

Davis & Elkins College is my academic home. I am D&E, as much as the brick of Halliehurst and the mortar of Graceland. Everything I’ve accomplished in my 30+ years of nursing, every good I’ve done, great and small, is a direct result of both the lessons learned at D&E, and the positive example set by faculty whose dedication to nursing excellence showed me the way.

Education: 

  • M.S. Nursing, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C.
  • B.S. Nursing, Davis & Elkins College
  • A.S. Nursing, Davis & Elkins College
  • Diploma, Practical Nursing, Davis & Elkins College
  • B.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Training: 

  • St. Elizabeth Hospital (in partnership with Clemson University), Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
  • The Institute of Human Becoming, Rosemarie Rizzo Parse, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) [in partnership with Northern Arizona University and Navajo Community College (Dine’ College)], Window Rock, Ariz.
  • Memorial General Hospital, Elkins, W.Va.
  • Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, W.Va.
  • West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • The Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University Hospitals, Richmond, Va.
  • The Richmond Department of Social Services, Richmond, Va.

Experience: 

  • Assistant Clinical Manager, CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Public Health Nursing Supervisor and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gaston County Health Department, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Manager, Assistant Manager and Staff Nurse, MeadowWood Nursing Center, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Assistant Manager, Lincoln Nursing Center, Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Assistant Manager, Avante at Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Home Health Supervisor and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Home Health Supervisor and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gaston County Department of Social Services, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Lecturer in Nursing, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Charge Nurse, Trauma Step-down Unit, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Operating Room Circulating/Scrub Nurse, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Charge Nurse, Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, W.Va.
  • Charge Nurse, Memorial General Hospital, Elkins, W.Va.
  • Social Worker, Richmond Department of Social Services, Richmond, Va.

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

  • Member and Past Regional President, International Consortium of Parse Scholars
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi, National Academic Honor Society
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, North Carolina Nurses Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association

Publications: 

Cody, W.K. & Filler, J.E. (1999). The Lived Experience of Hope for Women Residing in a Shelter. In R.R. Parse (Ed.), Hope: An International Human Becoming Perspective (pp. 211-225). The National League for Nursing. Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

Additional Info: 

In 1994, Filler was appointed by the North Carolina governor to assist in the development of the state’s first HIV/AIDS Prevention Plan funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representing the city of Charlotte and the six surrounding counties. Also during this time, he produced an HIV/AIDS prevention video for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and was well-known for accepting all HIV clients into his caseload during the early years of the epidemic in the Charlotte area. He was the first nurse in the state of North Carolina to receive national certification in HIV/AIDS nursing and was later inducted into North Carolina’s “Great 100 Nurses” for his efforts to limit the spread of the disease.