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August 8, 2012 - When fall semester classes begin at Shorter University on Aug. 16, students in the School of Nursing will return to a newly accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program and a full complement of faculty who not only bring extensive nursing experience and educational credentials to the classroom but also a passion for Shorter’s mission as a Christ-centered university.
The BSN program at Shorter, which was recently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, is led by Dr. Angela Haynes, who has been promoted to the position of Dean of the School of Nursing. She has served as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Shorter since 2011 and as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Georgia since 2007.
In addition, the School of Nursing welcomes four new full-time faculty members: veteran nursing educator Dr. Twilla Haynes, Carol Brown, Kris Douglass, and Rachel Moyer Johnson. The new nursing faculty includes an increase of one full-time faculty position, added to meet the growing enrollment of Shorter’s nursing program. The first class of 24 BSN students graduated from Shorter in May. This fall the program will welcome 34 senior nursing majors and 48 junior nursing majors.
“God has equipped us beautifully with a faculty who have a wealth of experience in nursing,” Dr. Angela Haynes said. “We are expert nurses because of the skills we have honed for years; we bring that experience to our students. We also have a passion for student success and a desire to be here at Shorter University, where we can offer the absolute best nursing education and couple that with a Christ-centered approach.
“The renewed strength of the School of Nursing is a testimony to God’s faithfulness campus-wide,” she added. “He’s given us an opportunity to invest ourselves in transforming lives through Christ.”
She also has worked as a cardiac nurse at Emory University Hospital, executive director of the Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation Inc., and as communications director for the Northeast Georgia Health District. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Georgia Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Public Health Association, Georgia Public Health Association, and Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.
Before coming to Shorter, Mrs. Johnston worked at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, serving as an infection prevention and control professional, director of quality management, assistant educator, and charge nurse/staff nurse in both the Intensive Care Unit and in the Medical/Surgical Unit. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing and the Georgia Association for Nursing Education. She was recognized as Critical Care Nurse of the Year in 2004.
Dr. Twilla Haynes comes to Shorter from Georgia State University School of Nursing, where she has served as a part-time member of the Community Health Nursing Clinical Nursing faculty since 1996 and taught courses related to Global Health. Emory University included her on its list of “175 Makers of History,” which honored individuals who have demonstrated ethical engagement and courageous leadership and have a legacy of imparting knowledge to others. The awards Website describes Dr. Haynes as a humanitarian and nurse, adding the following: “Twilla Haynes has used her passion for health care in one of the world’s struggling nations: Haiti. With the help of her daughters, Dr. Haynes founded the Hope Haven Orphanage and clinics known as Eternal Hope in Haiti. The orphanage specializes in caring for medically fragile children. Eternal Hope clinics treat an estimated 7,000 needy people each year, providing more than 286 million pounds of food, medicine and supplies. Dr. Haynes currently works with the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing. She co-founded Health Connections, an Atlanta-based organization tending to 5,400 poor and underserved patients annually.”
Dr. Haynes is also a recipient of the Emory Medal, Emory University’s highest alumni honor, given in recognition of her humanitarian work in Haiti and in Georgia. Since founding Eternal Hope, she has continued to serve as the organization’s president, developing an International Health/Global Nursing Course that provides clinical and research-based experience in the areas of Community Nursing, Adult Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Nurse Midwifery, and research courses for student-nurses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, Dr. Haynes has served since 1996 as Nurse Practitioner at Health Connection, Inc., in Jefferson, Ga., which has clinical affiliation agreements with Brenau University, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, North Georgia College, and the Medical College of Georgia. Her educational experience includes six years as Associate Professor of Nursing at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University and seven years on the nursing faculty at the Medical College of Nursing in Athens. Dr. Haynes earned a diploma in Nursing from the Hamlet School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, the Nurse Practitioner certification from the Adult/Gerontology Practitioner Program of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, and a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Community Health Nursing from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory. She is completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Advanced Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama and holds a Juris Doctorate from Atlanta Law School. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing; American Nurses Association; and Georgia NursAssociation. As a faculty member, she was the state consultant to the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
Her experience includes working for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Wellstar Health System, Piedmont Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek. She also has provided community healthcare with Visiting Nurse and Healthfield. She received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Floyd College and her Master of Science in Nursing with an Education Specialization from Walden University. She is a certified Lactation Consultant with a private practice.
Mrs. Douglass earned a diploma in Nursing from the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Mennonite University, and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership with an Education focus from Regis University. She is currently completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Gardner-Webb University. She is also Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development. Mrs. Douglass is passionate about integrating faith into practice to help Shorter nursing students fulfill their God-given potential and develop into caring and competent nurse leaders.
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