Dr. Briggs is a Fulbright Specialist and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from George Washington University in 2010. She is dual certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care). She has held a variety of clinical positions including hospitalist for Internal Medicine, nurse practitioner for Interventional Cardiology, nurse practitioner for Cardiac Surgery, and program coordinator for Cardiac Surgery. As Fulbright Specialist, she consulted with nurse educators in Chile to establish the nurse practitioner role in that country. In addition, she serves as a member of the National Quality Forum Cardiovascular Standing Committee which endorses healthcare quality measures for national use.
As an educator, she has taught nurse practitioner students at the graduate level since 1996. Currently, she is the Program Director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. In 2017, she won the Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. She has published numerous articles and book chapters mostly concerning critical care and cardiovascular disease management. In 1989 she received an American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year Award for a book entitled Clinical Assessment Tools for Use with Nursing Diagnosis. Her current research interests are cardiovascular disease (especially in women), nurse practitioner workforce and policy issues, diagnostic reasoning, and electronic health records.