Faculty/Staff

FACULTY


Dr. Rebecca Appleton
Professor and Director of the MSN program
Coordinator of the Nursing Education Area of Emphasis
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2632
E-mail: appleto1@marshall.edu  

Rebecca S. Appleton, Ph.D., MSN, RN is a professor at the Marshall University School of Nursing.  She has been teaching at Marshall since 1996.  Dr. Appleton currently serves as coordinator of the MSN education program and teaches MSN core classes. Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Dr. Appleton completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Science degree with a major in Nursing at The Ohio State University, after completing her thesis called ‘A Secondary Analysis of First Time Fathers.’  Her primary mentors were Dr. Edna Menke and Dr. Nancy Ryan. In 1995, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Utah after defending her dissertation entitled "Validity of Pulse Oximetry during Ventilator Weaning of Adult Open Heart Surgery Patients." Dr. Appleton’s primary mentors were Dr. Ann Voda and Dr. Sue Huether.  She has taught nursing at The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Utah and Westminster University in SLC, Utah. She has taught undergraduate classes between 1996 and 2010 and they were: Nursing Fundamentals I and II for 14 years, delivering didactic and clinical content while serving as course coordinator; Junior Medical-Surgical Nursing I; Pharmacology; Nursing Management; as well as Evidence-Base Practice in Nursing.   In 2010, she began teaching graduate classes and managing the MSN Nursing Education Track.   She has received several teaching and research awards including Fabulous Faculty and Gamma Beta Phi Professor given by undergraduate students at Marshall as well a two summer research awards and an INCO grant given by Marshall University. She has served on many university and professional committees: Library, MUDASA, Faculty Senate, University Functions, P & T, and Curriculum. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International since 1985, and serves as the current president of NU Alpha Chapter.  She has also served as treasurer, historian and counselor for NU Alpha.  She holds memberships in the National League for Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Appleton’s current research interests are in the area of evidence-based practice in which she is currently working collaboratively on a project with nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital called, "Beliefs of Registered Nurses in Central Appalachia Regarding the use of Evidence-Based Practice."


Dr. Bethany Dyer
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-5221
E-mail: dyerb@marshall.edu

Bethany Dyer, MSN, RNC-OB is currently an Associate Professor (tenure track) at Marshall University School of Nursing.  On September 5th, she is scheduled for final defense of her Doctor of Nursing (DNP) capstone project, which focused on studying the impact of high-stakes testing in nursing education.  This is the final step towards earning her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree with emphasis in Educational Leadership from American Sentinel University.  Dyer (an undergrad alumni from Marshall University) has over 21 years of experience in the nursing profession.  Her clinical expertise focused areas are surgical trauma operating room and maternal/child health labor and delivery.  In addition, she has 13 years of nursing education experience, including five years in nursing education leadership.


Nancy_ElkinsDr. Nancy Elkins
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2617
E-mail: elkinsn@marshall.edu 

Nancy Elkins, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, ASN, RN, is an associate professor at Marshall University School of Nursing. She is the course coordinator for the NUR 322: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and provides clinical experiences for students in the undergraduate program. She received her ASN from University of Kentucky in 1999, BSN from Ohio University in 2003 and her MSN from Walden University in 2008 with an emphasis in nursing education. In 2013, Dr. Elkins completed her doctorate degree in higher education, also from Walden University. She finished her dissertation research and later published her work in The Open Journal of Nursing on academic variables and the HESI exams as predictors of completing the baccalaureate nursing program and passing the NCLEX-RN exam. Her primary research interests include student retention, health promotion practices, prevention of diabetes and the use of technology in nursing education. Dr. Elkins is currently conducting a research study on nursing student retention in the eastern United States. She is a member of the West Virginia League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, Ohio Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Elkins said she loves interacting with her students and helping them discover their potential in the field of nursing.


Dr. Annette Ferguson
Associate Professor

School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2638
Email:taylor171@marshall.edu

Annette Ferguson, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CNE is an associate professor at Marshall University School of Nursing. In 2015, Dr. Ferguson completed her doctorate degree in higher education from Eastern Kentucky University with her project focusing on prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Dr. Ferguson has been a nurse for over 20 years with cardiac and critical care experience and has worked as a nurse educator for over 14 years. She is the course coordinator for the NUR 324: Nursing and Human Responses IV and provides clinical experiences for students in the undergraduate program. She also provides clinical instruction to students in NUR 325: Nursing and Human Response V. She is a member of the West Virginia League for Nursing. Dr. Ferguson loves working with future students to help them become caring and compassionate nurses.


Dr. Debra Greene
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 674-7205
E-mail: greene35@marshall.edu

Debra Greene, DNP, RN, CNE, is an associate professor at Marshall University School of Nursing. She is the course coordinator for NUR 333 in the RN to BSN program. Dr. Greene earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2008, with an emphasis in educational leadership from Case Western Reserve University, her MSN in nursing administration from Marshall University in 2002, BSN from Ohio University in 1997, and ASN from Rio Grande Community College in 1994. Dr. Greene’s doctoral thesis was Predictors of Success on the NCLEX-RN Among Associate Degree Nurses.

Dr. Greene is a certified nurse educator and was recognized in Ohio Magazine 2009, for "Excellence in Education." She is currently a member of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA),  National League for Nursing (NLN); Ohio League for Nursing (OLN); West Virginia League for Nursing (WVLN); National Student Nurses Association (NSNA); and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society.


Dr. Sarah Hodges
Clinical Assistant Professor and Nursing Simulation Center Coordinator
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-3411
E-mail: hazlett5@marshall.edu

Sarah P Hodges, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN is an Assistant Professor and the Simulation & Lab Coordinator for Marshall University School of Nursing. Previously, she was an adjunct clinical instructor for the School of Nursing and practiced nursing at Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr Hodges is a two-time alumnus from Marshall University, earning her BSN in 2004 and then her MSN in Nursing Education in 2012. In 2016, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her doctoral capstone used evidence-based practice to guide the project, "Using Simulation to Improve Medication Administration Among Nursing Students." Other than simulation, Dr Hodges has interests in medical-surgical and telemetry nursing, ethics, and academic integrity.


Dr. Susan Imes
Associate Professor

School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2619
E-mail: imes@marshall.edu 

Susan Imes, RN, MSN, is an Associate Professor at the Marshall University School of Nursing. Since 2006, Professor Imes has been responsible for teaching the courses NUR 318: "Family and Chronic Illness," NUR 400: "Transcultural Healthcare," and the clinical course NUR 422 Lab. Prior to her position at Marshall, she spent nine years at King’s Daughters Medical Center working as a staff nurse and eventually as Director of Medical Nursing Services. She also spent time as an RN at the VA Medical Center working in intensive care nursing, case management and staff development.

Professor Imes defended her dissertation: "Discovering the cultural care meanings and care expressions of men with a spinal cord injury from the Appalachian region of WV: An ethnonursing study" in December 2009.  In 2013, she finished her data collection and earn a Ph.D. in Nursing from Duquesne University. She received her Post Masters Certificate in Transcultural Nursing from Duquesne University in 2004, her MSN from Bellarmine University in 1996, and her BSN in 1986 and ASN in 1983, both from Marshall University. Her research interests include the effects of caregiver stress, Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of Hospice care. Professor Imes is a member of the West Virginia League for Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the Transcultural Nurses Society, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Professor Imes is a strong believer in understanding a patient’s culture in order to understand how best to care for them. She loves watching her students put the puzzle pieces together in a clinical setting and being witness to their own "Ah-HA!" moments of understanding.


Klara_KovacsProfessor Klara Kovacs
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-3298
E-mail: kovacsk@marshall.edu 

Klara Kovacs, BSN, MSN, RN, CM, is Clinical Faculty in the Marshall University School of Nursing. Since 2009, she has been course coordinator for obstetrical NUR 321 and responsible for clinical in NUR 319 Lab and NUR 321. Prior to her position at Marshall, Kovacs was employed by the United Health Professionals (2002-2008) and the Riverside OB GYN (1997-2002). She received her Bachelor’s of Music from Westminster College in Pa. (1971), her Diploma in Nursing from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Evansville, Ind. (1987), BSN (1990) and MSN (1994) from Marshall University and her certificate in midwifery from Frontier Nursing in Hyden, Ky. (1997). Kovacs is a registered nurse in the state of West Virginia and faculty advisor for the Nurses Christian Fellowship. As a certified nurse and midwife, Kovacs delivered over 1100 babies in her lifetime. As an educator, Kovacs said teaching her students is like watching a birth for the first time; it’s amazing to watch them learn, grow and develop into nursing professionals.


 

Dr. Denise Landry
Professor and Chair
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2630
E-mail: landry@marshall.edu 

Denise Landry, EdD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC is Department Chair and Professor of Nursing at Marshall University. She received her BSN and MSN from the University of Kentucky. In 1985 she came to Marshall University and participated in the development of the four-year BSN program as well as the MSN programs. Dr. Landry received her EdD from West Virginia University and her Post Masters Certificate from the Marshall University Family Nurse Practitioner Program.She is a member of the West Virginia Nurse’s Association, the National League for Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society. Dr. Landry currently serves as President of the WV Association of Deans and Directors of Nursing Education (ADDNE).


Dr. Jessica Maynard
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-2628
Email: maynard 207@marshall.edu


Dr.Tammy Minor
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696 – 2619
Email: minort@marshall.edu

Since August 2015, Tammy Minor has served as an assistant professor and clinical instructor within the School of Nursing. Prior to her position at Marshall, Professor Minor worked as a registered nurse for 35 years at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital. She also worked for 12 years at DUMC in Durham, NC in pediatrics and NICU and worked at Putnam Career & Technical Center teaching practical nursing for 3 years.  In addition to this, Professor Minor worked for 2 years at MUSON in 2010-2012 as a clinical instructor.  In 1980, she received her diploma in nursing from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, her BSN from the Marshall School of Nursing in 1986 and her MSN from Walden University in 2009. Professor Minor is currently working on her DNP from Walden University and has completed her dissertation. She plans to graduate in spring 2016. When Professor Minor isn’t busy teaching nursing students, you can find her reading a good book or working in her garden.


Professor Amber Nowlin           
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Phone: 304-593-4498
E-mail: rainey6@marshall.edu
Office: Prichard Hall 403

Professor Nowlin is a 2008 graduate of the bachelor’s program at Marshall University School of Nursing. After graduating, she accepted a medical-surgical staff nurse position at Pleasant Valley Hospital and a graduate assistant position at Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Center, while pursuing an MSN at Marshall University. After a year working the medical-surgical unit, she transferred to the Intensive Care Unit, where I continue to work as needed. During the time spent working towards an MSN, she worked in various facilities on a part time basis, including psychiatric nursing, management, long term care and other medical-surgical nursing. In 2014, she graduated with an MSN specializing in Nursing Education. She then began teaching in the License Practical Nursing Program at a local community college until January 2016, when I was hired by Marshall University to teach in the BSN program. Most recently, in the summer of 2016, she enrolled in West Virginia University to obtain a PhD in Nursing and will be graduating in the spring of 2021.


Dr. Natalie Perry
Assistant Professor
S
chool of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2639
Email: elkins80@marshall.edu

Natalie Perry, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is an assistant professor at the Marshall University School of Nursing. She graduated from Ohio University Southern with an associate degree in nursing in 2012. In 2013, she then graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She completed a master’s program specializing as a family nurse practitioner from Ohio University in 2015. She is currently board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Being currently enrolled in Ohio University’s doctorate of nursing practice program, she is anticipated to graduate in December of 2018. Her research focus has been on the continued education of nurses who work with patients diagnosed with substance use disorder on acute care units. Her primary practice background is psychiatric nursing with a focus on substance use disorder, but she also has experience in intensive care/open heart recovery and patient access/transfer. She is a member of the West Virginia Nurse’s Association, the National League for Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society. She has received multiple scholarships and grants throughout her educational journey. Prior to beginning her position in August 2018 at Marshall, she taught for St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She has also worked as adjunct clinical faculty for Ohio University Southern.


Deanna_PopeDr. Deanna Pope
Professor and Coordinator of BSN Program at MOVC
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-7237
E-mail: evansd@marshall.edu

Deanna R. Pope, DNP, RN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Marshall University School of Nursing. She is the director of the nursing program at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC) located in Point Pleasant, WV and teaches courses and clinicals in the BSN and RN to BSN programs. She received her BSN from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, her MSN from University of Phoenix, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of Nu Alpha chapter and Rho Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Pope is interested in research involving health promotion and disease prevention as well as nursing education.

 

 


Sandra Prunty

 

Dr. Sandra Prunty
Professor and Director of the RN to BSN Program
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-2627
E-mail: prunty2@marshall.edu  

Sandra K. Prunty, Ph.D., RN has been teaching in the Marshall University School of Nursing since fall 2005. Dr. Prunty teaches in the undergraduate nursing program and is coordinator of the RN to BSN Program. She was a member of the first MSN degree class at Marshall University and completed her MSN degree with an emphasis on the Family Nurse Practitioner in 1992. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing in 1999 from the University of Kentucky.  Her doctoral research was entitled "Symptoms of Myocardial Infarction by Sex and Gender Identity." Since 2008, Dr. Prunty has served as primary investigator for a research initiative related to obesity in children, which focuses on "body mass index percentile, body image perception, and learning about ways to have a healthy body" in children participating in an after school program. This research was presented alongside her co-investigator, Dr. Mary Catherine Gould, at several international, national, and regional conferences. Dr. Prunty also has a research interest in beliefs and use of evidence based practice. Dr. Prunty is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing and has served on the Marshall University Faculty Senate since 2006. She has also been actively involved in the West Virginia League of Nursing, serving as board member and treasurer.


Dr. Lisa Ramsburg
Professor
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-2453
E-mail: kruzan1@marshall.edu

Lisa Ramsburg, Ed.D., RN, CNE, is an Associate Professor at the Marshall University School of Nursing. Since January 2013, she has been responsible for teaching courses, NUR 326, Pediatric Nursing, and NUR 219, Growth and Development. Prior to her position at Marshall, Professor Ramsburg worked at the St. Mary’s School of Nursing for nine years and taught fundamentals of nursing, specifically medical-surgical and pediatric nursing. She has also worked in several hospitals in the area as a clinical nurse. Professor Ramsburg earned her diploma in nursing from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1980, her BSN (1999) and MSN in Nursing Administration (2000) and her doctorate of education with a focus in curriculum and instruction (2010), all from Marshall University. Professor Ramsburg is currently completing research on stress among neonatal intensive care unit nurses and the effects of caring for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Her other research interests include skill acquisition among nurse educators because she enjoys the process of learning and developing into a better nursing professional. Professor Ramsburg is a certified nurse educator, member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, board member on the WV League for Nursing and a member of the National League for Nursing.


Dr. Diana Stotts
Professor and Coordinator of the Family Nursing Practitioner Area of Emphasis
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-2623
E-mail: stotts@marshall.edu  

Diana R. Stotts, PhD, FNP-C, RN, is Professor of Nursing at Marshall University. She is director of the Graduate Nursing program and teaches classes in the family nurse practitioner program. She received her MSN from the University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stotts is interested in clinical research which involves effective ways to treat patients in a primary care setting.


Dr. Bobbie Taylor
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2626
E-mail: taylor394@marshall.edu

Bobbie Taylor, DNP, FNP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN is an associate professor at Marshall University School of Nursing.  Dr. Taylor completed her doctorate of nursing practice degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2012 with her focus on the perceived needs of parents of special needs children in the school system.  Dr. Taylor graduated from Marshall University in 1992 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  She has been a nurse for over 26 years with experience in post anesthesia care and critical care.  Following her graduation from Marshall University in 2010 with her FNP, she has worked as a family practitioner in urgent care settings as well as her own practice.  She also has experience in psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology.  She is the course coordinator for Nursing 626 and 695 in the family nurse practitioner program.  She is a member of the West Virginia Nurse’s Association, the National League for Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau.  As a daughter of Marshall, Dr. Taylor loves preparing the next generation of FNPs to meet the health care needs in our community and across the nation.


Lynda_TurnerDr. Lynda Turner
Associate Professor and Director of the Pre-licensure BSN Program
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-2637
E-mail: turner44@marshall.edu  

Lynda F. Turner, Ed.D., MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE, is an Associate Professor at Marshall University School of Nursing and serves as the Director of the Pre-licensure BSN Program.  She completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1978.  She earned her Masters in Nursing at West Virginia University in 1984 after completing her thesis called ‘A Self Care Client Educational Program for Elderly Clients in an Appalachian Community.’ In 2005 she earned her Doctor of Education at Marshall University after defending her dissertation entitled ‘Faculty and Program Predictors of Pass Rates of Graduates of Nursing Programs in West Virginia on NCLEX-RN 1991 to 2000.’  She has taught nursing for 26 years with the last 15 being at Marshall University.  She is board certified in Adult Nursing (Medical-Surgical Nursing) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. While at Marshall University, she has taught sophomore students in fundamentals, and juniors and seniors in medical-surgical nursing both in the classroom and in clinical.  Dr. Turner is a two-term past president of the Nu Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and is currently a counselor for her local chapter.  She conducts blood pressure clinics as a part of parish nursing at her local church, serves as secretary on the board of directors for the WV League for Nursing, and is a certified Basic Life Support instructor.  Dr. Turner served on the Marshall University Curriculum Committee for many years.  She is currently a member of the Undergraduate Academic Planning & Standards Committee, the Academic Planning & Standards Committee, and the Simulation Committees for the School of Nursing.  Her research interests are chronic disease, geriatrics and simulation in nursing education.


Dr.Robin Walton
Professor and Coordinator of the Nursing Administration Area of Emphasis
School of Nursing
Phone: (304) 696-2634
E-mail: walton@marshall.edu  

Robin Walton, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, FNP, is a professor of nursing at the Marshall University School of Nursing. She serves as coordinator for nursing administration with an area of emphasis in the MSN program. Dr. Walton came to Marshall in 1990 and has worked for the School of Nursing for the past 23 years. Prior to her tenure at Marshall, Walton worked in staff development for Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital and served as director of nursing for Huntington Hospice. She received her doctorate in leadership studies from Marshall in 2002. In 1990, she received her MSN from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and received her BSN from Marshall in 1987.  Walton received her Post Masters Certificate from the Marshall University Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is currently president of the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Professional Registered Nurses, a member of the West Virginia Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Dr. Susan Welch
Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Phone: (304) 696-2631
E-mail: welchs@marshall.edu



 STAFF

Mary Burgess
Title: Program Assistant III
Room: Prichard Hall 426
Phone (304) 696-5272
E-mail:Burgess73@marshall.edu