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    One of the defining aspects of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is our faculty and staff. Our people are highly motivated and, themselves, answering the calling of their lives. They have deep professional experience, but equally as important, they are enthusiastic, passionate teachers, their commitment will make your time at Samford richer by far.

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    Lisa Allison  D.N.P., M.S.N., CRNA

    Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., Samuel Merritt
    Post–B.S. Certification/Nurse Anesthesia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    R.N., St. Vincent’s School of Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Most Outstanding 2013 Graduate (doctoral, UAB)
    Most Outstanding 2009 Graduate (master’s, Samuel Merritt)
    Children’s of Alabama 2006 Clinical Excellence Award
    Summa Cum Laude graduate, 1994, UAB

    Involvement

    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    American Association of University Women
    Sigma Theta Tau
    UAB Alumni Society

    Expertise

    Practice: pediatric and neonatal critical care and anesthesia, 
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    Geri Beers  Ed.D., R.N., C.N.E.

    Professor, Chair Undergraduate Nursing
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Geri Beers has a soft spot for helping those who are less fortunate. She has worked tirelessly to help the homeless and those without insurance or transitioning off welfare through her work with organizations like Interfaith Hospitality and M-Power Health Clinic. This passion is rivaled only by her love for animals. "I have picked up dogs, cats, kittens and puppies off the side of the road, out of parking lots or from people who didn’t want them all of my adult life," she said. "One of my daughter’s earliest memories is sitting in her car seat and holding puppies I had picked up." Beers currently has four rescue dogs of her own, and she has placed dogs from Florida to New Hampshire.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., Samford University
    Ed.S., Samford University
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Certified Nurse Education, The National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Samford University Faculty Development Grant: Traditional Versus Electronic Resources for Faculty in Two Adult Health Clinical Courses: A Pilot Study, 2012
    Samford University Technology Grant: Traditional Versus Electronic Resources for Students in Clinical Courses: A Pilot Study, 2012

    Involvement

    Birmingham Hospitality Network, nurse-on-call, 1997–present
    Interfaith Hospitality, provides nursing service/consult for homeless families
    M-Power Health Clinic, nurse and/or clinic coordinator several times monthly

    Expertise

    Medical surgical, Nursing oncology, The Effects of Teaching Methodology: PBL versus Lecture, The Effect of Teaching Methodology on Long Term Knowledge Retention, The Effect on Objective Test Scores
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    Cynthia Gurdak Berry  D.N.P., RN, CNE

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., advanced practice/CNS, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., adult health/trauma CNS, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Bridgeport

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama League for Nursing, Excellence in Teaching, 2013

    Involvement

    Alabama Department of Public Health Disaster Preparedness Committee
    Alabama League for Nursing, director

    Expertise

    Disaster preparedness, trauma, burns, critical care
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    Amy B. Bigham  D.N.P., RN, FNP-BC

    Associate Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Amy Bigham has a huge shark phobia, but she loves the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. The only thing that trumps it is her love for God, her family and teaching at Samford University. Bigham joined the Samford faculty two years ago, and since that time, she has participated in the development and implementation of CampUs. The weeklong summer camp experience for children with special healthcare needs was created by Bigham and fellow coworkers Jill Cunningham, Cyndi Cortes and Jane Holston and is funded through an academic initiative grant from Samford. "The camp’s name came from a child who complained that he never fit in with regular summer camp experiences, and he said that he was glad there was 'finally a camp for us'," she said. Bigham, whose favorite Scripture is Psalm 139, loves "teaching at Samford University because faculty are encouraged to nurture students through the learning process."

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of South Alabama
    M.S.N., nursing, Mississippi University for Women
    B.S., nursing, The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing American Nurses Credentialing Center, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama League for Nursing, Excellence in Teaching Award

    Involvement

    National League for Nursing
    Alabama League for Nursing, president, 2013–2015
    CampUs, Samford University

    Expertise

    Rural family health, Pediatrics, Health-care technology and simulation
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    Rhonda Brazil 

    Graduate Secretary
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Rhonda Brazil started part time at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 2010 and within four months was hired full time. "I love working at Samford," she said. "I love hearing the students’ excitement when I am walking across campus when they come back from summer break and they are all excited to see their friends and get back in the swing of things." Brazil still recalls witnessing her first pinning ceremony at the nursing school: "It was so touching, I cried." Brazil is a big NASCAR fan—"Go Jeff Gordon, number 24!"—who loves Psalm 55:22, "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you." She has been married for 21 years and has three sons and two grandchildren.

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    Terri Cahoon  D.N.P., CRNA

    Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Terri Cahoon truly believes the words of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "I am a part of all that I have met." Since coming to Samford University in 2003 after being recruited by two professors who were starting the nurse anesthesia program, Cahoon has worked to make a difference. "I know that I have been shaped by so many people I have been blessed to know. I cherish the fact that others have shared themselves with me and made me what I am. I realize the responsibility to honor their generosity by paying it forward and helping shape the lives of those around me. I also like to remind our students that many preceptors, family members, supporters and others have contributed to their education. I encourage them to pay it forward," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    M.S.N., University of Central Arkansas
    B.S., nurse anesthesia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., Auburn University

    Involvement

    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Scholarship Committee
    Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    AANA Foundation Advocate, contributing editor, The International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia
    Hunter Street Baptist Church, middle school Sunday school teacher
    Clinical practice at St. Vincent's and Brookwood Medical Center
    American Cancer Society Relay for Life, volunteer

    Expertise

    Anesthesia pharmacology, simulation and non-technical skills, patient safety and service learning
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    Jennifer Coleman  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Teaching Award, Alabama League for Nursing
    Nurse Educator of the Year, National Black Nurses Association

    Involvement

    Birmingham Black Nurses Association, president, 2013-2015
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education On-site Accreditation Evaluator
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, abstract reviewer
    Virginia Henderson International Library Research Repository, reviewer
    Southeastern Diabetes Education Services, Inc.
    American Diabetes Association, Project Power ambassador
    Spirit of Luke Health Ministry, Alabama Black Belt Mission Initiative

    Expertise

    Pediatric nursing, nursing ethics, children with Type 1 diabetes, culturally sensitive care, health disparities
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    Andrea Collins  D.N.P., NP-C, CNE

    Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Andrea Collins knows better than most the value of a Samford University education. "I joke that when Samford offered me admission in 1984 that they did not realize it was for life," she said. Collins has four nursing degrees from Samford. After earning her associate and bachelor's degree—she was pinned by Ida V. Moffett and has the pictures to prove it—Collins stepped away from the classroom for almost 20 years before a medical mission trip to Honduras opened up new doors of interest. "Working in this capacity gave me a desire to become a nurse practitioner so I could provide similar care to patients in the U.S. I looked at other options, but was drawn back to Samford because of the mission, reputation, pass rates and high academic standards in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing." She eventually went on to earn her doctorate and uses her real-world experiences to help with the practical application of textbook information. "I can't imagine teaching anywhere else," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., advanced practice track, additional education focus, Samford University
    M.S.N., family nurse practitioner, Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University
    A.S.N., Samford University
    Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

    Involvement

    Alabama League for Nursing, president-elect
    Medical director for annual international mission trips since 2000
    American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
    Sigma Theta Tau International Region 8
    Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama

    Expertise

    Adult primary care, cardiology, complementary and alternative medicine, pain management, nursing education

    Publications

    Collins, A. (2013). Practice implications for preventing population vulnerability related to vitamin D status. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 25, 109-118. Doi:10.1111/1745-7599.12005

    Presentations

    Collins, A. (2014). Physical and Medical Issues of the Aging Population. Invited Speaker- AlaCare Care at the End of Life Conference. Birmingham, AL.
    Collins, A., & Holston, J. (2014). Managing Pain in Primary Care – Who and how do I treat? Who do I refer? AANP National Conference. Nashville, TN
    Bigham, A., & Collins, A. (2014). Strategies for Designing Interprofessional Education Projects for Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Students. NurseTim webinar
    Bigham, A., & Collins, A. (2013) Advancing the Nation’s Health through Interprofessional Collaboration: Strategies for Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Education. National League for Nursing Education Summit. Washington, DC
    Collins, A. (2013).  The Impact of Incorporating Integrative Medicine into Primary Care. AANP National Conference. Las Vegas, NV

    Research

    Bigham, A., Collins, A. (2013). Internal Samford University Technology Grant. Improving Nurse Practitioner Student Recognition and Management of Abnormal Physical Findings Through the Use of Standardized Patients and Technology.
    Collins, A., Whisenant, D. Holston, J. (2013). Internal Samford University Faculty Development Grant.  A Comparison of Magnesium vs. Melatonin for Improved Sleep Quality and Quantity.
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    Cyndi Cortes  Dr.P.H., M.S.N., CPNP-PC

    Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Cyndi Cortes firmly believes God equips and prepares us for each step of life's journey. While working at Children's Hospital, Cortes developed a love and concern for children and adults with special health-care needs. Now in her position at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Cortes helps prepare family nurse practitioners to provide health-care services to people of all ages, including those with special health-care needs. Cortes developed a process to review and approve clinical placements for Samford University students in more than 25 states and to streamline the communication between clinical preceptors regarding Samford students. In addition, she helped plan, organize and implement CampUs, a summer day camp for children with special health-care needs. Cortes and her husband lived in Mexico for four years—both her children were born there—and believe this exposure helps her tremendously. "With my red hair, people don't expect me to speak Spanish or to really understand the Hispanic culture," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Dr.P.H., maternal child health concentration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Post Master's degree, pediatric primary care, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., developmental disabilities, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.R.E., religious education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    B.S.N., Spanish minor, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    CPNP-PC, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
    Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
    CRRN Certified
    Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
    Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board

    Awards and Honors

    State of Alabama Independent Living Council, appointed by governor
    Sigma Theta Tau
    International Honor Society of Nursing

    Involvement

    National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Alabama chapter
    Sharing the Care Jefferson/Shelby counties, co-chair, an initiative of Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
    The Abridge Foundation, secretary
    Hearts and Hands Sunday School buddy at my church
    International medical and evangelical mission trips

    Expertise

    Interprofessional education through course initiative between pharmacy school and F.N.P. program in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Quality of life for individuals with special health-care needs and their caregivers, Perceived needs of individuals in countries where medical mission trips are conducted, Preparation of congregational health promoters in medically underserved areas, especially in international settings
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    Jill Cunningham  D.N.P., FNP-BC

    Associate Professor, Chair Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Jill Cunningham's life has shaped her experiences as a nurse practitioner. After providing full-time patient care in hospitals and clinics for seven years, Cunningham became the full-time care provider for her daughter who was born with multiple special health-care needs. When she decided to return to the workforce, Cunningham realized she wanted to teach others how to properly care for patients with life-altering conditions and disabilities. "I realized by teaching others, I could have a much greater and far-reaching impact on patients and families. I not only wanted to impart knowledge and skills, but also teach the compassion and spiritual aspects of proper nursing care. Samford was the perfect fit for me to reach not only my career goals, but many personal and spiritual goals. My work at Samford is not a job or a career. It is my vocation—a divine calling to teach and serve others. It is an incredible blessing to serve and fulfill my God-given purpose through my work and life at Samford University," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Tennessee
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

    Awards and Honors

    Samford University Academic Initiative Grant recipient, 2013
    Samford University tenure, 2012
    Excellence in Nursing Award, B-Metro magazine, 2010
    Professional Leadership Award, University of Alabama, 1998
    Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 1995–present

    Involvement

    United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    The Abridge Foundation, board of directors, treasurer
    National Health Service Corp ambassador
    Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
    Jefferson County Sharing the Care Education Committee, co-chair
    Church of the Highlands, member and small group leader

    Expertise

    Advanced practice nursing across the lifespan, Children and adults with developmental disabilities, Caregiver respite, Disability ministry, Interprofessional education and collaboration
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    Doug Davis 

    Manager of Technology Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Tracey Dick  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Debbie Duke  M.S.N., RN

    Congregational Health Program Director
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    It didn't take Debbie Duke long after she arrived at Samford University almost five years ago to realize it was a special place. "I had been working at Samford for 20 days when I was in a horrible car accident. I had no sick time or vacation accrued and can remember lying in intensive care worried about the lost wages but also about my new position. The care and concern from Samford, specifically my coworkers, will be remembered by my family and myself forever," said the Samford alum. Duke, who received the Living Legacy award in 2012, values all she's gained from Samford. "Samford is family, and I love that this institution truly lives its mission."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    B.S., nursing, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    A.S., nursing, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    Parish Nurse Educator, International Parish Nurse Resource Center

    Awards and Honors

    Living Legacy Honoree, Living Legacy Gala, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2012
    Strathmore's World Wide Who's Who Registry and Global Network for Outstanding Professionals Award, 2012

    Involvement

    Alabama League of Nursing, 2012
    National Association of Professional Women, 2012
    Alabama Interfaith Coalition on Aging, 2009–12
    Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation, 2011–12
    Baptist Nursing Fellowship, 2000–12
    Community Pastoral Committee, board member, Princeton Baptist, 2003–12
    Odenville Senior Center, guest health speaker, 2011
    Positive Maturity, health speaker, 2010–11
    Baptist Health System Diabetes Advisory Committee, 2003–09
    Relay for Life team captain, 2000–08

    Expertise

    Parish nursing, congregational health, end-of-life caregiving of the elderly, and spirituality and health
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    Heidi Emanuel  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Heidi Emanuel came to Samford University as a non-traditional, second-degree student and found her purpose. "Behind these gates is God's perfect purpose for my life. He meant for me to be a nurse," she said. "It is my passion to teach nursing and connect students with their purpose in life, nursing. I am blessed to teach in an environment that builds the whole student and focuses on the total wellness of each patient." Emanuel marvels at watching the students in their first clinical nursing course evolve from being afraid to enter a patient room in the clinical setting to confident men and women who walk into a room and provide care. "Knowing that I had a small, small part in their growth is tremendously rewarding."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., nursing education, Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University
    B.A., minor in health services administration, University of Central Florida
    Certified Pediatric Nurse

    Involvement

    National League for Nursing Ambassador Counselor
    Gamma Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Member
    Church of the Highlands

    Expertise

    Pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology and palliative/end-of-life care
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    Margaret Findlay  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    For more than 12 years, Margaret P. Findlay has been a familiar face around Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Findlay taught in the undergraduate program from 2001 to 2008 before moving to the graduate program. "Samford University is a wonderful place to teach nursing. The administration, faculty and students value excellence in education. The quality and positive reputation of our graduates are testaments to the excellence of the educational experience," she said. Findlay is currently the coordinator for the RN–M.S.N. program and the M.S.N. nurse educator option in the nursing school. She loves spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and yellow Labradors.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., early childhood education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator

    Awards and Honors

    Heart of Gold Award, Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health, 2009
    Friend of Children Award, Childcare Resource, 2007

    Involvement

    Steering Committee, chair, Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health
    American Nurses Association/Alabama State Nurses Association
    National League for Nursing/Alabama League for Nursing
    Gamma Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    First Responder Team, Briarwood Presbyterian Church
    Women’s Health Education, speaker, Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health WHI-FI Initiative
    International Honor Society of Nursing
    Kappa Delta Pi
    International Honor Society in Education

    Expertise

    Nursing education, Women’s health, Developmental disabilities, Clinical genetics
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    David Fort  D.N.P., CRNA

    Instructor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    When David Fort arrived at Samford University, he knew his life was about to change. "I knew little about Samford until I was told they had a nurse anesthesia program opening up. The day I drove on to the Samford campus and walked into the nursing school, I knew the Lord had led me to this wonderful university for a reason." Fort, a Samford alum, was a recipient of the Agatha Hodgins award for most outstanding nurse anesthesia student and has worked in the department of nurse anesthesia for seven years. He feels fortunate to be able to give back. "Attending Samford was a wonderful experience that I will always be grateful for. I love Samford and its Christian ministry. It is a great pleasure to be able to help guide young people, not only academically but spiritually."

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    M.S.N., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Agatha Hodgins Award for most outstanding nurse anesthesia student

    Involvement

    Youth League Sports, coach
    Hunter Street Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher

    Expertise

    Nurse anesthesia
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    Tinisha Glenn  J.D.

    Contracts Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Crystal Grier 

    Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Although Crystal Grier is new to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, she is a familiar face around the Samford University campus. Grier worked for Cumberland School of Law for 10 years before leaving to stay home with her family for two years. She was named coordinator of graduate student services in October 2013.

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    Lisa E. Gurley  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor, Coordinator Accelerated Second Degree Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Lisa Gurley is a Samford University alumnus who has experience in surgical intensive care, perioperative and adult medical-surgical nursing. She served as an instructor at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing from 2003–05 and currently serves as the coordinator of the accelerated second degree program and assistant professor.  Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., nurse educator track, Samford University
    B.S., nursing, Samford University
    A.A.S., nursing, Jefferson State Community College
    Registered Nurse, Alabama State Board of Nursing
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

    Involvement

    Alabama State Nurses Association, District 3, member (1996-present), board member (2001–2002), delegate to state convention (2001, 2002)
    American Nurses Association, member (1996-present)
    American Association of Perioperative Nurses, member
    American Association of Perioperative Nurses Journal, peer reviewer (2012-present)
    Alabama League for Nurses, member director (2012-present)
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, member (2001-present)
    Gamma Eta Chapter, president (2011–present), electronic delegate (2011-present), vice-president (2004-2006), delegate to national convention (2003)
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Grant Round 6, cowriter of grant application for 2013-2014. Accelerated Second Degree Program was awarded $50,000 scholarship for 2013-2014 through the grant listed above
    Preceptor for master’s level nurse educator students
    Peer editor for dosage calculation nursing textbook: Boyer’s math for nurses (8th ed.). Lipincott Williams & Wilkins (2010)--reviewed practice dosage calculation problems and answer keys for accuracy in 13 chapters
    CampUs volunteer
    Quality Improvement committee (2012-present), Undergraduate Council (2010-present), Academic Affairs committee (2010-12), Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    American Council on Education [ACE] Internationalization Laboratory Leadership Team, Samford University (2012–2014)
    Samford University Faculty Mentoring Program (2012-2013; 2013-2014)

    Expertise

    Practice: adult medical-surgical, perioperative nursing; academic nursing education, Scholarship/Research: recruitment and retention of nurses , Presentations: Asthma Management, Prevention, and Education Update for Nurses; Facilitating Professional Role Socialization of the Adult Learner in Nursing Education and Practice; A Holistic Approach to Facilitating Professional Socialization of Accelerated Second Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Students , Publication: Ideal and Perceived Satisfaction of Patient Care Providers
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    Arlene Hayne  Ph.D., RN

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Julie Austin Head  M.S.N., RN, CPNP

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Julie Austin Head had no idea how much her life would change when she came to Samford University in 2007. "My husband was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in June 2010 and subsequently passed away in November 2011, leaving me with two small children. What a plan the Lord had for me to be at Samford, knowing the trials I would go through. I cannot imagine being anywhere else and having the kind of support I have had and continue to have from coworkers and students." Since joining the faculty, Head has taken the missions course from an in-class elective to an immersion experience on a foreign mission field. In her free time, she loves being outdoors. "Hiking and kayaking are two of my favorite things to do."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., pediatric primary care, University of Alabama, Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama, Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award
    Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Primary Care
    Sigma Theta Tau
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Strong Kids Campaign, YMCA, Believing in Kids

    Involvement

    YMCA Camp Cosby, head nurse
    Sigma Theta Tau
    Alabama State Nurses Association
    American Nurses Association
    National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    National League for Nursing
    AGEF, vice president/fundraising chair
    Mountain Brook Gymnastics, parent volunteer
    Edgewood Elemementary School: Grandpals Day committee, Birthday Table committee, Spring Fling committee, and member of Parent Teacher Organization
    Alabama Hunter Jumper Association
    Parent Volunteer
    Member of Cathedral Church of the Advent
    Alabama Cursillo

    Expertise

    Pediatrics, critical care (burns and trauma), gastroenterology and nutrition, missions nursing and teaching, submersion experiences for the nursing student, global child health care, developmental disabilities, and focus on the institutionalized child
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    Melanie Henningsen 

    Clinical Lab Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    For Melanie Wise Henningsen, there is no place like home. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Samford University, Henningsen worked as a part-time clinical instructor where she developed a love for the education and development of future nurses. She became a full-time employee in August 2013. Henningsen desires for students to gain confidence prior to entering a hospital and strives to be an encouragement and show them nursing is an attainable and rewarding profession when hard work and dedication are applied. "The clinical skills lab allows students the ability to have practice and supervision before entering the clinical facilities. I have thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with the students and families, faculty and staff and Samford University. This just feels like home," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S.N., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Ida V. Moffett Nursing award, 2001
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

    Expertise

    Emergency nursing
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    Jill Hightower  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Jane Holston  D.N.P., FNP-BC

    Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Jane Holston is not surprised by her position in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. "I always knew I would one day return to Samford to teach, but I thought it would be many years down the road." In 2010, after working for six years as a family nurse practitioner, Holston realized she needed a more flexible schedule and began working as a clinical instructor in undergrad nursing before moving to a full-time position in the family nurse practitioner program. As part of her doctoral project, Holston produced an educational video on head injuries that is currently used across the country to educate parents, athletes and coaches on the dangers of improperly handling a concussion. Although life has sometimes gotten hectic for Holston, she doesn’t have any regrets about her decision to work at Samford. "I love it here," she said, "and I can’t imagine being anywhere else."

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., Nursing Practice, University of South Alabama
    M.S.N., FNP track, Samford University
    A.D.N., Wallace State School of Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Sigma Theta Tau International

    Involvement

    Alabama Sports Concussion Prevention Task Force
    Alabama Sports Concussion Education, ad hoc committee
    Alabama Sports Concussion Clinical, ad hoc committee
    Helena United Methodist Church, youth leader
    CampUs, volunteer, a summer camp for children with special needs
    Alabama Wildlife Center, volunteer
    Two by Two Animal Rescue, volunteer

    Expertise

    My primary area of practice as a RN was in the neonatal intensive care nursery where I worked for 10 years. I also coordinated the infant bereavement program for four years. During my time as a FNP, pain management and neurology have been my main areas of practice. I have just recently written an article on infant bereavement that was accepted for publication by the Journal of Christian Nursing. The focus of my doctor of nursing practice project was on head injuries and prevention of second impact syndrome. I continue to seek opportunities to educate coaches, parents and athletes on recognition and proper handling of concussions.
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    Abbey Holthaus  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Eleanor V. Howell  Ph.D., RN

    Ralph W. Beeson Dean and Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Eleanor V. Howell began her service as Dean of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in July 2014. Howell served as dean of Creighton University's College of Nursing in Omaha, Neb. for 11 years prior to joining the Samford family.During her tenure as dean at Creighton, Howell expertly led numerous academic innovations in the College of Nursing including establishing Nebraska's first doctor of nursing practice program and the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program, for which Creighton was one of only a handful of national pilot programs. The school also developed a health screening collaboration with Omaha parochial schools and a number of other community and clinical partnerships.Prior to assuming her position as dean at Creighton, Howell served as associate dean for academic and clinical affairs, responsible for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs on Creighton's campuses in Omaha and Hastings, Neb.  Howell also directed the master's in health services administration program at Creighton from 1998 to 2000, and was a core faculty member in the Center for Practice Improvement and Outcomes Research. Howell previously served as associate professor and coordinator of special projects at Auburn University's School of Nursing and on the faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. 

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., administration-health services, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., cardiovascular nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., nursing, Medical College of Georgia

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, on-site evaluator and team leader 
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, consultant
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    Erin Killingsworth  Ph.D., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 239
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    John Lundeen  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor and Graduate Nursing Simulation Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    When John Lundeen and his wife drove by Samford University on his way to a job interview, he looked at the school gates and knew something good was going to happen there. Five years later, Lundeen enrolled at Samford, and after graduating with a 4.0 in the RN-M.S.N. educator track, he applied for an instructor position. "One of my earliest and best memories that I have of Samford is that of being led in prayer by a faculty member during an orientation session on my first day on campus. As a Christian coming from a public school system, that was a new but welcomed experience. That moment changed me forever, and I knew and felt that God's hand was on my shoulder, guiding me on the path that He had laid out for me. I'm still following his lead and loving every minute of it," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D, in process, The University of Alabama
    M.S.N., Samford University
    A.D.N., The University of West Alabama
    Certified Nurse Educator, The National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Eagle Scout Award, 2006–2007
    Lucille Stewart Beeson Outstanding MSN Nursing Student Award, 2010
    U.W.A. College of Nursing Emerging Leader Award

    Involvement

    CNE Certification Commissioner
    CNE Test Development Committee, chair
    CNE Test item writer
    Pi Kappa Phi (Alpha Eta chapter), member and education adviser
    Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, Asbury United Methodist Church

    Expertise

    Critical care, medical simulation, nursing education research, curriculum development and online education
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    Allyson Maddox 

    Director, Graduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    graduate
    SIGYM— 301C

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    Since returning to Samford University in 2012 after taking a few years off to stay home with her children, Allyson Maddox has been busy. "I came back to Samford in June 2012 in the family nurse practitioner department and moved to the office of graduate student services in March 2013, first as the coordinator of graduate student services and then as the director." She lives by the Joel Osteen quote, "When you are committed to doing what's right, you are sowing seeds for God's blessings. You will never go wrong by taking the high road and doing more than is required." Maddox has been married to her husband, Shane, for 18 years and has three children, Hope, Martha Grace and Gabe.

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    Elaine Marshall  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 237

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    Elaine Marshall tries daily as an assistant professor in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing to live out her favorite scripture, Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God." Marshall, a Samford alumna, has worked full time with the faculty since 1996. She is most proud of her work with The Chandler Mountain Project, a partnership between the nursing school, State Department of Health and Baptist Health Foundation, which provided a primary health-care clinic targeting migrant farm workers and their families in northeast Alabama.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., Samford University
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League of Nursing

    Involvement

    American Nurses Association
    Sigma Theta Tau
    Community Christian Health Fellowship
    M-Power Health Ministries, Medical Clinic
    Cahaba Valley Health Care Organization
    The Lovelady Center, Health Consultant
    Church of the Reconciler Health Center

    Expertise

    Community/public health migrant farmworker, health faith community nursing, vulnerable populations, medical missions
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    Jane S. Martin  Ph.D., FNP-BC

    Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    As the first graduate faculty member to be hired at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 1996, Jane S. Martin has played a large role in the growth and development of the school’s program. "My job was to coordinate the family nurse practitioner program. I had four students in the first class," she said. "It was my job to develop all of the nurse practitioner courses and to develop all of the clinical sites for the program." Over the years, when she has not been busy raising rescue cats—she currently has three, Charles, William and Harry—or indulging in her love of antiques and vintage things, Martin has continued to make an impact at the nursing school and beyond. Her biggest accomplishment still remains attending the graduation in May 1998 for the first graduating master of science in nursing [M.S.N.] class. "I felt like I had played an important role in that big accomplishment."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., counseling psychology, Auburn University
    M.S.N., family nurse practitioner, UAB
    M.S.N., adult health CNS, UAB
    B.S.N., nursing, UAB
    FNP-BC, certified family nurse practitioner, American Nurses
    Credentialing Center [ANCC]

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding State Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner Alliance, 2013
    Making A Difference Award, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, 2011
    America’s Health Care Heroes, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2009
    Sigma Theta Tau Nu Chapter, 1979

    Involvement

    Commission on Collegiate Education [CCNE]
    Nursing Accreditation team site visitor
    Nominating committee member
    National Health Service Corp ambassador

    Expertise

    Consultant, nursing programs with new D.N.P. programs, Nurse Faculty Loan Program, project director, 2006–present, Migrant farmworkers and their family members, health disparities
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    Gretchen McDaniel  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor, Director of NurCE
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 313

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    Birmingham native Gretchen McDaniel sees working in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing as a dream come true. As a child, McDaniel witnessed how Samford University always opened its doors to the community—she often used Samford’s indoor pool when her high school swim team practiced. After she became interested in nursing education, McDaniel knew she wanted to be a part of Samford’s nursing school faculty. She has assisted with the development of new graduate programs, including the doctor of nursing degree program. "My current position is a fulfillment of this dream," she said. "It is a blessing to me to be a part of the Samford community and to have the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the world."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    CNE, National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Sustained Contributions to the Alabama Office of Women’s Health, Office of Women’s Health: Alabama Department of Public Health, 2012
    Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, Alabama Department of Public Health, 2009
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing, 2009
    Certificate of Appreciation, Macon County Parish Nurse Coalition, 2009, 2007, 2004
    Lamplighter Award, Alabama League for Nursing, 2003
    Outstanding Medical Surgical Nurse, Alabama State Nurses Association, 1981
    Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, 1979

    Involvement

    Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
    Alabama League for Nursing, past-president and member directorNational League for Nursing/Alabama League for NursingAlabama State Nurses Association, lead nurse planner, continuing education unit volunteer American Nurses Association/Alabama State Nurses AssociationBaptist Nursing Fellowship, Alabama WMU, advisory board memberIda V. Moffett School of Nursing and BNF, Basic Preparation for Parish Nurses, leaderGamma Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, past-presidentSouthern Nursing Research Society, local planning committee memberIda V. Moffett School of Nursing, Congregational Health Program Advisory BoardBaptist Health System, Community Pastoral Care CommitteeMiddle Alabama Area Agency on Aging Advisory BoardJordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, consultantLoyola University, Chicago, Illinois, consultantAmerican Heart Association, BLS InstructorIda V. Moffett School of Nursing, Promotion and Tenure Committee, ChairIda V. Moffett School of Nursing Living Legacy Awards Committee, ChairStandard IV-CCNE Self-Study Steering Committee, ChairIda V. Moffett School of Nursing DNP Task ForceSamford University, IRB Committee, past-chair, memberSamford University, Core Literacy Team-Quantitative LiteracyFaculty Marshal, Samford University

    Expertise

    Biostatistics, Research, Gerontology, Adult Health, Faith Community Nursing (Parish Nursing)
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    Nina E. Mclain  Ph.D., CRNA

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    NA
    SIGYM— 301G

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    Nina McLain truly believes she has found her place at Samford University. While working on her Ph.D.—after 15 years of working as a clinical anesthesia practitioner—she was told about a new program at Samford that would offer her the opportunity to learn a lot from lifetime educators. "The amazing peace I felt as I walked across the campus and the warmth from the dean and faculty let me know this was now home. I have not regretted my decision once," she said. A member of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing’s nurse anesthesia department since 2006, McLain has climbed the ranks from assistant professor and is currently working on a faculty development research grant. In her free time, she loves deep-sea fishing, sings in a choir and writes children’s books.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
    M.S., Xavier University/Charity Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesiology
    B.S., University of Southern Mississippi
    A.A.S., Meridian Community College

    Awards and Honors

    Susan G. Komen grant for Runnels Foundation, Operation Bloom Breast Cancer Program, 2012
    Leadership Institute Fearless Presentations Award, 2008
    AANA Graduate Scholarship, Graduate educational award, 2007
    AD Williams Scholarship for Advancement of Medical Sciences, VCU, 2005

    Involvement

    Advisory board, grantwriter and nurse volunteer for Runnels Foundation
    Breast Cancer Prevention Program
    Chancel Choir member at First United Methodist Church
    Haiti Emergency Medical Volunteer program for Runnels Team/LEAP Foundation, earthquake relief efforts

    Expertise

    Laparoscopic surgery and safety , Chronic diarrhea syndromes and novel therapeutic treatments , Keloid scar reduction and prevention, Chronic wound healing therapeutic treatment , Female alopecia prevention
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    Sandi McMichael  M.S.N., FNP-BC

    Graduate Clinical Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    BASH 
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    Megan Mileski  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 249

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    Megan Mileski believes her instructors played a huge part in her career choice. "The dedication, expertise and compassion shown by my professors influenced my decision to become a nurse educator because I wanted to do the same for nursing students," she said. During her senior year at Samford, Mileski directed a sweepstakes winning Step Sing show. She loves Ephesians 2:8–9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University
    A.D.N., Samford University

    Involvement

    AWOHNN
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    ALN     
    NLN
    Active in my church as a volunteer

    Expertise

    Labor and delivery, women’s health and legal nurse consulting
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    Brandy Mobley  RN

    Clinical Laboratory Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 103-A

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    Following her graduation from nursing school, Brandy Mobley began her career on the acute oncology/hematology unit at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. After gaining a few years of experience, she began working with students from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing on her unit. Through her work with these students she discovered a love for the education of future nurses and became a part-time clinical instructor for the school and eventually transitioning to a full-time position as the clinical laboratory coordinator. Mobley has a passion for investing in the future of nursing and enjoys serving as an encouragement to students as they become compassionate members of the profession. “I am honored to work here at Samford University and to serve alongside amazing individuals with such a directed purpose,” said Mobley as she recalled one of her favorite verses, Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed Proverbs 16:3.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Nurse of the Year, 2010

    Involvement

    Oncology Nursing Society
    Graduate Nursing Student Academy
    Shades Mountain Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Hematology/oncology, palliative care
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    Becky Morgan 

    Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia Department
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301

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    Becky Morgan fell in love with the Samford University campus while spending time there with her son, Malone, who works with the women’s basketball team during practice. "When I was looking for a job, Samford was the first place I looked," said Morgan who started her position in 2013. "I feel very blessed to have found a position that is perfect for me. I love working at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., marketing, Jacksonville State University

    Involvement

    Down Syndrome Alabama
    VSA Art of Alabama
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    Jan Paine  M.A.E.

    Director, Undergraduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Jan Paine knows the value of good friends. “A good friend of mine, Trisha Stovall, worked as a nurse recruiter for Baptist Montclair Hospital. At that time, the school of nursing had offices at Baptist Montclair and Samford University. Trisha encouraged me to apply for a new position in the school of nursing.” Paine was offered the job, and has worked in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing since 1990. She was even able to return the favor. “In 2011, a new position was created in the school of nursing for recruitment and admissions. I encouraged my good friend Trisha Stovall to apply for the job. Now we are working together helping students to become Moffett Nurses.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.A.E., education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., education, Auburn University

    Awards and Honors

    Lamplighter Award Meritorious Service Award

    Involvement

    Parents Advocate Down SyndromeAlabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1993–2003, profession/Graduate Committee, chairNational Academic Advising Association, 1999–2003Children’s Learning Center Advisory Board, 2001–2013Banner Self-Service Implementation Team, 2006–2007Samford Staff Advisory Committee (served two years)Mountain Brook Community ChurchBuddy Walk Down Syndrome, 2010, 2011Chi Omega faculty adviser, 1996–presentFoundations Instructor for freshmen students, 1997–presentGraduate Assistant
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    Amber Patrick  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Amber Patrick has seen her life come full circle since joining Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty less than a year ago. As a 15 year old, Patrick accompanied her sister on a visit to campus during her sister’s college search and knew immediately Samford University was where she belonged. Patrick ultimately landed a scholarship to Samford and declared her major as nursing during her freshman year. When she felt lead by God a few years later to pursue a degree in nursing education and eventually started applying for faculty positions, Patrick didn’t look any further than Samford. "This place draws you in—in the best way possible. It drew me in as a 15 year old, and I haven’t looked back. I now have the great privilege of being able to witness my students’ stories unfold here. I couldn’t be happier to be a Samford alum and a Samford faculty member."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Beeson Exceptional Scholar
    Phi Kappa Phi
    Sigma Theta Tau International

    Involvement

    Redeemer Community Church
    Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Eta chapter
    National League for Nursing
    Alabama League for Nursing
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses
    Samford’s Chapter of CURE International, faculty adviser

    Expertise

    Currently practices at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
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    Jill Pence  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Nursing Simulation Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Carol J. Ratcliffe  D.N.P, RN, FACHE

    Associate Professor/Coordinator, Health Systems Management and Leadership Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Although Carol J. Ratcliffe joined the faculty full time in July 2013, her journey to Samford has been years in the making. After working in various nursing leadership roles, including vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for 16 years, Ratcliffe also served as a member of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Advisory Board, was a frequent guest lecturer for undergraduate nursing students during their leadership course and was highlighted and profiled as a nursing executive by the school before she began adjunct teaching in the doctor of nursing practice [D.N.P.] program in 2010. A graduate of the nursing school’s first D.N.P. cohort in 2009, Ratcliffe was thrilled when she learned the school had developed a D.N.P. program in nursing administration. She feels blessed to have the support to lead and contribute to the nursing profession that is making a pivotal difference in the health outcome of Alabamians. “I chose Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing because of its rich history, faith-based environment, faculty and reputation as a stellar nursing program,” she said. “When a student says ‘I really appreciate your help’ or ‘thanks for teaching this course because I really learned a lot,’ it’s priceless.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., nursing administration, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    M.S.N., nursing administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama
    FACHE, board certified in healthcare management, (board certification 1997, fellow 2003), The American College of Healthcare Executives

    Awards and Honors

    Nurse Advocacy Award, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, 2013
    American College of Health Care Executives Service Award, American College of Healthcare Executives, 2013
    Ida V. Moffett Living Legacy Award, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2012
    Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011
    Outstanding Nursing Administrator, Alabama State Nurses Association, 2011
    Ida V. Moffett Courage to Care Award, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2009
    MOMENTUM Women’s Leadership Program, 2008
    American College of Healthcare Executives (April 2004). Early Careerist Profile. Early Careerist Newsletter
    Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Louisiana, Leadership Southwest Louisiana, 1996

    Involvement

    Alabama Health Action Coalition, Nursing co-leader Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, state chapter president American College of Healthcare Executives, bylaws committee, chair (2013) MOMENTUM Alumnae Program Advisory BoardMore Than Conquerors Faith Church Nurse in Washington Internship, Washington, D.C., 2009YWCA of Central Alabama
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Silver Soror American College of Health Care Executives [ACHE], fellowThe Forum, ACHE Healthcare Executive Group American Nurses’ AssociationAlabama State Nurses’ AssociationAmerican Organization of Nurse ExecutivesAlabama Organization of Nurse ExecutivesBirmingham Regional Organization of Nurse Executives CGEAN: Advancing Leadership, Education, and Research for Nurses Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

    Expertise

    Implemented the first clinical nurse leader role in a non-government hospital in Birmingham, Nursing and health-care administration , Nursing recruitment and retention , Nursing practice and advocacy , Shared governance , Servant leadership, The Impact of Hourly Rounding on Inpatient Patient Satisfaction with Nursing , Transformational leadership, Strategic planning and sustaining change, Transforming Care at the Bedside through Innovative Nursing Care Models, Co-authored the sedation standards for nursing practice for the Louisiana Board of Nursing, Developed the first bloodless medicine and surgery program in Louisiana
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    Cynthia Ritter 

    Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Cynthia Ritter came to Samford University in 1993 during a turning point in her life. "My neighbor was the bus driver at that time for the nursing students, taking them from their dorm at then Montclair Hospital to their clinical sites. He heard there was a new position being created in the school of nursing to help Jan Paine who had just had a baby and who was attempting to advise and register one of the largest incoming freshmen classes she had ever encountered. He told me he had 'put my name in the hat' for the job, and I have been here, working alongside Jan Paine ever since." Ritter has helped build processes in the office of undergraduate student services and has seen the number of undergraduate students grow from less than 200 to around 450.

    Degrees and Certifications

    A.A., Belmont University

    Involvement

    Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, active member
    Brother Bryan Mission, weekly volunteer bringing special music to chapel services
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    Vicki Rochester  D.N.P., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 234
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    Suzanne Scharf 

    NurCE Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 302A

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    Suzanne Scharf came to Samford in 2005 after a friend told her she was leaving her part-time position coordinating the continuing education classes for nursing. The position gave Scharf the balance she needed because she was still able to serve on the PTO boards at her daughters’ schools. Scharf, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is married to a firefighter, and their two daughters are now in college.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., communications, University of Alabama
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    Sharron P. Schlosser  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Sharron P. Schlosser firmly believes the truth of Philippians 4:13--"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." "Without his strength and guidance, I would not be the person I am today," she said. Schlosser received her nursing diploma from the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, which later became Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing before it merged with Samford University in 1973. She joined the faculty of the nursing school in 1975 as an assistant professor. She had the honor of knowing Ida V. Moffett, who assisted her with securing a scholarship that covered her tuition, room and board while she attended nursing school. "Mrs. Moffett was a very special person who saw potential in a young high school student…that foundation instilled in me a desire to help others and eventually lead to my career in nursing education."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., The University of Alabama School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., The University of Alabama School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., The University of Alabama School of Nursing, The University of Alabama
    Diploma, Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing
    Certified Nurse Educator [CNE], National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Macebearer, Samford University Baccalaureate, 2008
    Macebearer, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing graduation, Samford University, 2009
    Courage to Care Award, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2010
    Nominated for 2013 Outstanding Leadership of a Constituent League Award from NLN

    Involvement

    Alabama League for Nursing Annual Meeting, Co-chair
    National League for Nursing CNE Test Development Committee
    Accreditation Site Visitor for Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    Expertise

    Nursing education, including curriculum development, teaching strategies, program evaluation and role transition, School of nursing caring climate
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    Rosalyn Sewell 

    Facilities and Operation Support Assistant
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 103A

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    Rosalyn Sewell’s relationship with Samford University began in 1980 when Samford and the now-defunct Montclair Hospital had an agreement that Samford female students would live and have classes in the new Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing building on the Montclair Hospital campus. She moved to the Samford campus 10 years ago. Sewell’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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    Lora Shelton  D.N.P., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Lora Shelton is no stranger to Samford University. Shelton received her graduate degree from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and worked as director of student health services from 1997 to 2000 before joining the nursing school seven years ago. Since then, Shelton has worked hard to emulate the faculty she had by having a genuine interest in her students’ personal and academic lives. She has also developed a nursing missions international studies course and has traveled with Samford students to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. “It is amazing to see medical missions through the eyes of a student and to see how the experience of an international studies course/medical mission can transform their practice of nursing,” she said. “It is also a joy to serve alongside our students.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center
    Certified Nurse Educator Certification, NLN National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

    Involvement

    Yearly medical mission trips to South America (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia)
    M-Power Ministries, clinical volunteer
    North Park Baptist Church in Trussville
    Alpha-1 Association, committe member
    Alpha-1 Families Support Group

    Expertise

    Family nurse practitioner, Adult health nursing, Mission nursing and heart health among women
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    Deanna Smeltzer 

    Manager, Business Affairs
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 312
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    Amy Snow  M.N.A., CRNA

    Associate Chair, Director of Clinical Services, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301B

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    Amy Snow never really imagined herself on the faculty at Samford University. As with her undergraduate and graduate school years, Snow felt Samford was where she was being lead when she came to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing four years ago. Snow, who has a passion for foster kids and orphans, believes it is a huge accomplishment when she sees students soar on their own. “Never in a million years would I have seen myself as faculty at this great institution. But He provided the opportunity, and I jumped on it. Day after day, experience after experience, He continued to display his great mercy and love. I am honored to be in the midst of such fine people with such a directed purpose,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.N.A., nurse anesthesia, UAB
    B.S., nursing, Samford University
    A.D., nursing, Samford University

    Involvement

    Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, foster parent
    Children’s Community Bible Clubs, leader
    Children’s Ministry Team, chairman, First Baptist Church of Birmingham

    Expertise

    Nurse anesthesia—general, orthopedic and plastics
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    Jennifer Steele  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 245
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    Trisha Stovall 

    Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission Counselor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    When a new position for undergraduate recruitment and admission counselor opened in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing two years ago, Trisha Stovall was recruited to come for an interview by her friend Jan Paine. “I used to work at BMC Montclair where the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing building was located and enjoyed working with their faculty and staff. I have always loved recruiting Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing graduates and now have the privilege to recruit students into the nursing program.” Stovall, who actually worked with Ida V. Moffett, loves Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., early childhood education, The University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Omicron Delta Kappa Mortar Board Anderson Leadership Society President of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society President of the College of Education

    Involvement

    Steering Committee for Career Development, Samford University
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    Gena Sullivan  M.B.A.

    Assistant to the Dean
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Gena Sullivan has experienced Samford University in a variety of ways. Sullivan came to Samford as a college freshman and after graduating with a degree in business administration, getting married and working for two years, she came back to her alma mater as a part-time graduate student. In 2010, Sullivan was hired as a full-time employee of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Her daughter is currently a student. “Having experienced Samford as a student (undergraduate and graduate), an alumnus, an employee and a parent, I have been able to use my experiences to share what a wonderful place Samford is with others,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.B.A, Samford University
    B.S., business administration, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

    Involvement

    Green Valley Baptist Church, choir member and praise team member
    Hoover High School Band Boosters Association
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    Cami Tinsley 

    Faculty Secretary, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Cami Tinsley joined Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing staff in August 2013 after working part time for six years. “I have always wanted to work at Samford,” she said. “I prayed about it a lot. God answered, and here I am. I have only been here a short time, but I am unbelievably blessed to be working with a wonderful group of people and could not be happier. This is more than a ‘job’ to me. This is a great place to be and a place I truly look forward to coming to every day.” Tinsley and her husband, John, have three children.

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    Hilary Vrocher  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 238
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    Rebecca J. Warr  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
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    Rebecca J. Warr is no stranger to multitasking. When she first came to Samford in 1981, it was as part of a joint appointment with Baptist Princeton Hospital where she worked two days a week in the psychiatric unit as a staff nurse. She has also worked as a public health nurse for Jefferson County Public Health where she made home visits to chronically ill patients and assisted in various clinics. As part of her Samford duties, she has watched students go from being scared to death during their first nursing clinical experience to evolving into the students who experience “the light bulb moments” when they acquire the basic knowledge of how to function in a health care setting and understanding how they have played a role in a patient’s condition. Warr has also found time to apply for and receive a faculty development grant for geriatric stimulation with nursing students. In the midst of being involved in her career, she is never far from her desire to be involved with multiple projects. “I can quilt and make a soufflé at the same time,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Certified Nurse Educator [CNE]

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Development Grant, 2012–2013, Assessing the functional ability of the geriatric patient: development of understanding and empathy of the beginning level nursing student
    Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

    Involvement

    UAB Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholar Program, 2012–2013

    Expertise

    Medical/surgical nursing, Community health nursing, Geriatrics
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    Joy Whatley  Ph.D., M.S.N.

    Associate Dean and Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 306

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    Joy Whatley came to Samford University in 1975. Since then, she has worked in a number of positions within Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, where she currently serves as associate dean of the undergraduate program. She also assists in the nursing management course. Whatley loves “having the opportunity to work with the most incredible dean, faculty, staff and students.” She holds fast to Philippians 4:6–7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Sigma Theta Tau International
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Courage to Care, 2010

    Involvement

    Alabama League for Nursing
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    Lakeside Baptist Church and the Shelby County YMCA, longtime member

    Expertise

    Maternal-newborn clinical area of practice and functional area , educational administration
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    Stephanie Wynn  D.N.P., RN

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 244

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    D.N.P.
    RN