Edna Billingsly

 I graduated from U.T. Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN in 1977, with a BSN in Nursing; from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN in 1991 with a MSN in Nursing and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner training. In addition to Gerontological Nursing, I also have interests/expertise in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and Wound Care

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Tammy Carter

Tammy Carter graduated from Murray State University where she completed both the Post Master’s Certificate program as a FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) and the MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with a focus with nursing care of the adult client in the rural setting.  She holds a BSN from the University of the State of New York and an Associate of Arts-Nursing from the University of Tennessee-Martin.   She also attended the University of Tennessee Critical Care Program.  With 32 years of nursing experience, she has expertise in medical and surgical nursing care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, home care and hospice, community nursing, leadership\management, and education.  Her range of professional roles includes functioning as either staff nurse or charge nurse in both small and large hospital facilities, department director of utilization review\case management\safety, hospital continuing education director, and performance improvement\compliance expert.   Associate Professor Carter has been with the Bethel Nursing program since 2005 and has had the pleasure of teaching every student who has been in the program; she serves as the department champion and trainer for ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium).  Other teaching experience includes teaching community CPR, First Aide, and Swimming for over 20 years, Girl Talk Instructor for 10 years, diabetic educator for five years, past (ACLS) Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor, and current PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) instructor.    Currently she holds Board Certification as a FNP and is a CEN (Certified Nurse Educator); past certifications include Chemotherapy Administration, CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse), and CNS-Board Certified.  In addition to her full time teaching responsibilities, she works registry for the West Tennessee Healthcare system as an RN in the Education department and practices as a Nurse Practitioner with Tennessee Quality Hospice.  She has a passion for teaching and for improving the health and care of all those around her. 

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Dayna Edwards

Dayna Edwards has a MN (Masters in Nursing) from University of California at Los Angeles with a concentration on Clinical Nurse Specialty in adult critical care and a minor in administration,  and a BSN from the Medical College of Georgia. Her career path has given her expertise in adult medical and surgical intensive care, coronary care, emergency care, community home health, and leadership/management experience in both rural and metropolitan areas.  With 35 years of nursing under her “stethoscope”, her range of professional roles have been staff nurse, clinical nurse manager, hospital educator, Supervisor, Director of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer.   As a nursing educator of a BSN program since 2009, Assistant Professor Edwards enjoys working with students in simulation and varied lecture/ clinical settings.  In addition to her full-time teaching responsibilities, she is a practicing RN in the West Tennessee Healthcare registry.  Current memberships include AACN, ISS (International Simulation Society), TSA (Tennessee Simulation Society)— had a poster presentation on “ Simulation on a Shoestring Budget” at November 2012 TSA convention, and Sigma Theta Tau.  In September 2013, I was elected as Co-chair of the West Tennessee Region for TCPS ( Tennessee Clinical Placement Services) and I currently serve as Chair of the Nursing department’s Curriculum Committee.

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Ashley Johnson

Ashley C. Johnson graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She began in her career in nursing at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After 4 years, she made the move to Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation. In 2011, she began her graduate work at Murray State University. This led her to Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Her career at Bethel University started in the fall of 2012 where she is the Simulation and Skills Laboratory Coordinator.  In May of 2013 she completed her graduate work and received a Master’s of Science in Nursing as an Academic Nurse Educator. She lives in McKenzie with her husband, Aaron Johnson, and two children, Aurora and Heath.

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Holly Kimbrell

Holly Kimbrell is retired from the Veterans Administration (VA) after 30 years of nursing practice in the Intensive Care Unit. She has a Master’s of Science in Nursing with concentration in Adult Acute Care Practitioner from University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). She is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice at UAH. During her career at the VA she worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse and relief supervisor.  After obtaining her master’s degree she piloted the Clinical Nurse Leader program as part of the development of the roles. Her initial teaching experience was with Belmont University as adjunct clinical and laboratory educator. After retirement in January of 2012 she joined Bethel University as an Instructor of Nursing. In addition to her current teaching she does private home care for select patients.  Her current memberships include AACN and TSA (Tennessee Simulation Society)—poster presentation on   “Simulation on a Shoestring Budget” in November 2012 TSA convention. She spends her free time showing Hereford cattle and Myotonic goats she raises on her farm.

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Delicia Parker

Delecia Parker has a MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) from Florida State University with a concentration in Nursing Education, and a BSN from Florida State University. Her career path has given her expertise in pediatric medical and surgical nursing care, research, and leadership/management experience in both the hospital and pediatric specialty settings.  With 20 years of nursing, her range of professional roles has included staff nurse, clinical nurse coordinator, and research coordinator.  As a nursing educator of a BSN program since 2011, Mrs. Parker enjoys working with students in simulation and varied lecture/ clinical settings.  In addition to her full-time teaching responsibilities, she is a practicing RN in the West Tennessee Healthcare System in a registry postiton in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  She has co-authored an article with Mary Bess Griffith titled Connecting Academia to Practice: Giving Tomorrow’s Nursing Leaders  a Head Start in The Journal of Nursing Education; Feb 2013. Current memberships include AACN and STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International).

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Debra Henline Sullivan

During my 28 years in the medical field, I have had the opportunity to conduct research in nursing, teach BSN and LVN students both on ground and online didactic and clinical formats, coordinate a simulation and a computer lab, practice in administration and clinical areas in the hospital environment, and manage a group of private physicians.   One of the biggest challenges was to consult with nurse educators in a corporate role position for a 17,000 employee hospital system to develop a corporate clinical orientation week for all the hospitals.  I have held the position of Director of Patient and Family Centered Care, Education, and Computer Informatics at a suburban hospital within the hospital system previously mentioned. Presently, I am enjoying a position at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing where I am fortunate to part of a dynamic leadership team and also hold appointments as an Assistant Professor on a tenure track and Advanced Simulation Lab Coordinator.

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Deborah Lynne Weatherspoon

Most of my 33 years as a professional nurse has focused on clinical nursing, specifically the role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). As a CRNA and APN, I enjoyed working autonomously and caring for those in need of my services. During that time I had an opportunity to build my own anesthesia group and provide much needed anesthesia services to underserved rural areas.  My husband and I returned to middle Tennessee in 2003 to be near my parents during the terminal illness of my mother and subsequently, my father. At that time I made the decision to continue my education with a focus on becoming a nurse educator. Following completion of a MSN in nursing education I entered a full time position as Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing.  Simultaneously I began study in a doctoral program and hold a Ph.d in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Jenny Webb, MSN, RN

I graduated with a BSN from the University of Tennessee at Martin. I completed my MSN with a focus in Education from Union University. I have six years of bedside experience. My clinical experience includes serving as a charge nurse on a Medical/Surgical unit, being a staff nurse on a high risk labor and delivery unit, and providing care on an antepartum/postpartum unity and in the well-baby nursery.

I have attended many conferences which have improved my knowledge in the field of nursing education. I have presented a poster about Quality and Safety in Nursing Education at the Southern Nurses Research Society annual conference in March, 2013. I serve as the Student Affairs Chair here at Bethel University as well as the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education champion and trainer.

I am pursuing my PhD in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Education through the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I am expected to complete my coursework in December of 2013 with an expected graduation date of August 2014. My research interests include nursing education specifically clinical education and using technology to help students to bridge their learning from the classroom into the clinical setting. I am also interested in issues surrounding women's health, including the long term impact of miscarriage during adolescence.

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