Dr. Belcher is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (retired); Associate Professor (clinical), Johns Hopkins School of Education; and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Baltimore, MD. She has more than 40 years of experience in nursing education and has taught at the baccalaureate, Master’s, and doctoral levels. She has held numerous administrative and educator positions throughout her career. Dr. Belcher’s area of expertise is oncology nursing and her research interest is psychosocial aspects of cancer, with a focus on spiritual care.
Dr. Belcher holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC), a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), and a PhD from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL).
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nu Beta chapter, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education.
Why Wound Care?
My interest in wound care stems from my work with Dr. Diane Krasner when she was a doctoral student at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her dissertation research focused on venous pain in wounds. I met her clinical mentor at his wound care clinic, observed the care that he and Diane provided to patients, and read a great deal about wounds in general. I have attended the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, where I met the leaders in wound care. I have also contributed chapters to two editions of the Chronic Wound Care book series.
As an oncology clinical nurse specialist, I worked with certified wound care nurses to provide wound care, as well as preventive care, to persons with cancer. It was then and still is so exciting to view the interprofessional collaboration and the mentoring among wound care specialists in a variety of disciplines. I have been on the Editorial Board of Ostomy Wound Management for many years and continue to learn about and be impressed by the work being done in wound prevention, detection, and management.