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Lori Spies, Ph.D. - Baylor University . Waco, TX, US

Lori Spies, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Missions Coordinator | Baylor University


Expert in global health and health care providers





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Dr. Spies is an assistant professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Her research focuses on hypertension and other non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. During her recent Global Fulbright she collaboratively implemented a hypertension study in India, Vietnam, and Zambia. Her current funded research endeavor focuses on nurse-led interventions for hypertension in Uganda.

Specializing in global health and building capacity in health care providers, she has taught global health and international clinical courses on the graduate level since 2004. Collaborating with a faculty in public health she developed a multidisciplinary undergraduate study abroad: Global Health in Africa. Her lectures are informed by current clinical practice as family nurse practitioner and by her active involvement in global initiatives and capacity building efforts.

Dr. Spies coordinates the global endeavors for the Louise Herrington Nursing School and facilitates international engagement in faculty, staff, and student. She is committed to cultivating diverse opportunities to include study abroad, mission, and research and scholarly projects.

Dr. Spies serves on the practice committee for the International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nursing Network and is past president of the North Texas Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Spies is a member of the Africa APN Coalition and co-founder of the North Texas African Health Initiative and has worked actively in Uganda to build nurse leadership and research capacity since 2007. She has orchestrated development workshops for faculty and nurses in Ethiopia, India, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Non-Communicable Diseases

Global Health


Advanced Practice Nursing

Nursing Leadership

Capacity Building

Education (3)

University of Texas at Arlington: Ph.D.

Texas Woman's University, Denton: M.S.

Texas Woman's University, Denton: B.S.

Media Appearances (9)

Lori Spies

Baylor Connections  online


AUDIO: International experiences are an integral part of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). From missions projects around the globe to study abroad opportunities, students grow as professionals as they serve those around them. In this Baylor Connections, Lori Spies, Ph.D., tenured associate professor and missions coordinator in Baylor Nursing, takes listeners around the world to locations where LHSON students and faculty can be found.

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Baylor School of Nursing Celebrates Fulbright Global Scholar Award

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


Lori A. Spies, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor in the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), was notified by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that she was selected for a 2017-18 Fulbright Global Scholar Award.

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Nurse Practitioner in Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing Chosen for Excellence Award

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


Lori Spies, R.N., a nurse practitioner and senior lecturer in Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in Dallas, has been named one of 24 registered nurses chosen for D Magazine's third annual Excellence in Nursing Awards.

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Baylor Missions Around the World: Students Volunteer for Trips to Europe, Africa, Central America

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


In early June, the Baylor chapter of Engineers with a Mission returned from Ferrier, Haiti, where they installed solar panels into the community's training center operated by Mission Waco. Eight students and two Baylor professors also repaired wells, painted a house, worshipped at local churches and played with the town's children.

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Business Forum to Discuss 'International Issues in Health Care'

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


The McBride Center for International Business at Baylor University will host the Global Business Forum from Tuesday, March 23, to Friday, March 26 in the Cashion Academic Building of the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor campus. The forum will include prominent international speakers, film presentations and panel discussions by international students. All lectures and activities will focus on the theme of "International Issues in Health Care."

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Baylor University Students Share Faith, Skills on Global Mission Trips

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


Baylor University students and faculty, seeking to share their faith and respond to crises and needs worldwide, this year will have undertaken more than a dozen trips, among them a journey to Los Angeles to fight human trafficking, a visit to Greece to reach out to youths in military families and a trek to aid clinics and hospitals in Ethiopia and Vietnam.

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Baylor Nursing School Offers Tips to Help You Stay Healthy as Swine Flu Cases are Reported

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


With confirmed human cases of swine flu reported in Texas and others in California, Kansas, New York, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University offers the following tips to help you stay healthy:

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Baylor Nursing Team Serves in Ethiopia and Uganda

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


The journey from a remote Ethiopian village was not easy for the woman pregnant with twins and going into labor. Making matters more difficult was her mode of transportation - being carried by several men for six hours.

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Baylor Goes Worldwide with Multiple Missions Opportunities

Baylor Media and Public Relations  online


Baylor students, faculty and staff spent several weeks this summer contributing to service projects and working to meet the needs of people in Armenia, Honduras, Kenya and Mexico. Coordinated by University Missions, Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing and Baptist Student Ministries, each trip offered students in different areas of study hands-on learning and mission opportunities.

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Articles (4)

Nurse-led Interventions for Hypertension: A Scoping Review with implications for Evidenced-Based Practice

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

Spies, L. A., Gray, J., Bader, S., & Opollo, J.

2018 Hypertension is the leading preventable contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, affecting 1 billion people globally. Low- and middle-income countries have increasing rates of hypertension, much of it undiagnosed.

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Transformational leadership as a framework for nurse education about hypertension in Uganda.

Nurse Education Today

Spies, L. A., Gray, J., Opollo, J. G., Mbalinda, S., Nabirye, R., & Asher, C. A.

2018 The aim of the study was to describe nurses' knowledge, skills, and confidence related to hypertension and to assess the impact of a hypertension education initiative based in transformational leadership.

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The Burden of Leprosy

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Martin, R., Gomez, I., & Spies, L. A.

2017 Hansen disease, also known as leprosy, is a curable infectious disease that continues to cause great disability and stigma globally, including in the United States. Nurse practitioners may believe that Hansen disease is a rare and ancient disease localized to underdeveloped countries, but it still exists in the US and should be included in the differential diagnosis. Hansen disease, although curable, can lead to deformity and disability if not diagnosed early. This article aims to raise awareness of Hansen disease by providing an introductory understanding of the disease process, diagnosis, and treatment.

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A Model for Upscaling Global Partnerships and Building Nurse and Midwifery Capacity

International Nursing Review

Spies, L.A., Garner, S.L., Faucher, M.A., Hastings-Tolsma, M., Riley, C., Millenbruch, J., Prater, L. & Conroy, S. F.

2017 To provide a unique model for use in guiding global collaboration and policy to upscale nursing and midwifery partnerships.

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