Dr. Kelli Hand receieved her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2014.  She received a ASN, BSN, MSN in Nursing Administration and MBA all from Samford University in Birmingham, AL.  She has worked as a registered nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with geriatric patients in a primary practice setting, as a interim nurse manager at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Parkridge Hospital in Chattanooga. Since joining the faculty of the School of Nursing in 2004, Dr. Hand has taught mainly in the senior medical-surgical clinical, the fundamental didactic and clinical, pathophysiology and health assessment courses.  She has served as an editor for several chapters in health assessment and nursing fundamental textbooks and as an expert witness for a defense attorney on several cases.  She is the faculty counselor for the Zeta Alpha chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.  Dr. Hand's favorite part of teaching in the School of Nursing is when students become excited about knowledge and skills that many may find not so exciting later in their nursing careers--grading of edema being one of those!