Ava G. Porter, D.N.P., Department Chair, Nursing
Nursing Department Chair
Phone: (540) 985-8531
Ava Porter, R.N. is the Chair of the JCHS Nursing Department. She joined JCHS in 1999 and is a NLN Certified Nurse Educator. She holds a B.S.N. from West Virginia University, a M.S.N. from Radford University and a D.N.P. from Case Western Reserve University.
Ava has a 35-year background in nursing and healthcare with a variety of experiences in both clinical and management arenas. Clinically, Ava has expertise in med-surg, critical care and home healthcare. She has held local, regional and national management positions in home healthcare and led many agencies through successful accreditation surveys. A portion of her career included the provision of healthcare consulting services via her self-owned and operated consulting business.
She has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the growth and expansion of the nursing programs during her years at JCHS. Her central goal in nursing education is to help students to reach their full potential. She strives to inspire and support students as they move through the journey of lifelong learning within the profession. She enjoys helping students develop perspectives and skills that enable them to move to that next level of expertise. She is excited about the future of our programs here at the college and looks forward to continued work with the experienced faculty and staff within the college and the nursing department.