Dr. Hill was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She received her MS degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University in Chicago, IL in 1996 and completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice degree at Rush in 1998, although at that time it was titled the Doctor of Nursing (ND) degree.
Dr. Hill earned her Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2004. Her research for her doctoral dissertation investigated the relationship of intraoperative body temperature, outcomes, and injury severity in older adult trauma patients. In 1998, she was one of the first doctoral prepared CRNAs practicing in Tennessee.
She practiced nurse anesthesia at the Regional Medical Center (now Region One) in Memphis as a trauma CRNA for nearly 10 years. She was one of the two CRNAs who started the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and served as Assistant Program Director and Program Director between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Hill has been involved in nurse anesthesia education and program administration for 20 years.
Since 2005, Dr. Hill has been the Program Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesia program at UT Chattanooga and is a tenured Professor. Her research interest is in education focusing on assessment and development of critical thinking in nurse anesthesia students. She is passionate about her profession and her students!
Dr. Hill was the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant (CRNAs in 3D: Increasing Diversity, Reducing Disparities, & Understanding the Social Determinants of Health) that was funded in July 2014 for 3 years in the amount of $1,026,153.00. During the life of the grant there was a 61% increase in applications to our program; 87.5% increase in minority applications; 400% increase in accepted minorities; and 74% increase of accepted females in the program. Additionally, Dr. Hill has successfully obtained annual funding from the HRSA Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship grants since 2013.
Dr. Hill is active in the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists; has served as TANA’s District 4 Director for 4 years, served on numerous state committees, and is currently the President of TANA.