Dr. Wheeler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, recently retired from teaching in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs. She practices and volunteers at Mission Frankfort, a free clinic that serves the uninsured in central Kentucky. In the past, she served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, was instrumental in passing multiple policy initiatives and continues to work to improve the practice climate for advanced practice registered nurses in Kentucky.
Currently, Dr. Wheeler is Treasurer for AANP and is a Commissioner for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. She is the Board Liaison to the AANP International Committee, a Co-chair of the AANP International Specialty Interest Group, and a Co-chair of the Health Policy Subgroup of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network. Dr. Wheeler has participated in multiple medical brigades outside the United States, has presented and published extensively on education, competence, practice, policy and global advanced practice nurse (APN) issues, and currently is researching global APN role development.