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Sam Mauldin, PhD, RN-BC
Instructor of Clinical Nursing



Dr. Mauldin is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse who served eight years in the United States Navy from 1997-2005. Dr. Mauldin served 6 years and 7 months overseas. While serving in the military he earned both an AA and BS in Liberal Arts from the University of Phoenix and Excelsior College, respectively. He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in December 2012 as a double major; earning both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Dr. Mauldin began his nursing career at South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis, Mississippi, working first as an Active Treatment Technician, and later as an RN upon graduation from USM. He transitioned to the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) in May of 2013, accepting a position at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) in Biloxi, Mississippi where he worked on the acute inpatient mental health unit and functioned as both a Basic Life Support (BLS) and Prevention & Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB) instructor. In May of 2017 he transferred to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) where he continued his role as a PMDB Instructor and was an integral part of a team that functioned to open the inpatient mental health unit, SLVHCS’ first inpatient unit of any kind since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In October 2018 Dr. Mauldin accepted his current position as SLVHCS’ Safe Patient Handling & Mobility (SPHM) Coordinator / Falls Prevention Coordinator. In this role Dr. Mauldin led system-wide collaborative efforts that resulted in SLVHCS having an inpatient fall rate that ranked 5th nationally for FY 2019. Dr. Mauldin serves as the VHA National SPHM Mental Health Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Chair. The TAG is a nationwide, interdisciplinary group whose purpose is to develop new SPHM equipment and techniques to increase access to care for mobility impaired patients who might otherwise be denied care on inpatient mental health units. Dr. Mauldin serves as an Instructor of Clinical Nursing in Mental Health at LSU. Dr. Mauldin has previously published research on the use of Involuntary Outpatient Commitments as a suicide prevention intervention. He is currently conducting research on the effectiveness of various Fall Risk Assessment Tools on an inpatient mental health unit.