MSN Ed University of Phoenix (Nursing Education)
BSN Belmont University (Nursing)
BS Lipscomb University (Family Relations)
Beth joined the Belmont nursing faculty as a full-time adjunct in January 2011 after working as part-time lab faculty for several years. Beth is the course coordinator for Nutrition for Healthcare and also teaches in the lab for Introduction to Nursing and in the clinical setting for Adult Health I.
Beth has experience working mostly in Adult Health. She began her career working as the head nurse in a busy Nashville Dermatology office. Once she began to pursue her MSN degree, she took a job working on an in-patient Oncology floor at Nashville's Baptist Hospital. After completing her MSN degree, she began work in Clinical Education at Saint Thomas Health Services as the Workforce Development Coordinator. In this role, Beth was the Program Director for the system-wide Nurse Residency Program. During her time as Program Director, Beth managed three cohorts of new nursing graduates. She also coordinated the Saint Thomas Science Scholars Program which allows high school juniors interested in healthcare a chance to learn about different healthcare fields.
A personal note from Beth. . . . .
I didn't always know that I wanted to be a nurse. I went to college thinking I wanted to counsel families. After I figured out I didn't want to be a Marriage and Family Therapist, I began working in a doctor's office as the "nurse" for a busy Dermatologist. I was fortunate that she was a wonderful teacher and mentor. She encouraged me to go to nursing school once I realized how much I loved being around patients and taking care of people. While in Nursing School at Belmont University, I worked as a student nurse for a Pediatrics practice where I gained wonderful experience. It was while I was still in Nursing School that I realized I wanted to teach nursing someday. I knew that I needed different experiences before I could come back and teach at Belmont, so I began my journey to become a nurse educator right after I graduated. My career so far is evidence that you can do anything with a nursing degree!
I thoroughly enjoy interactions with students and seeing things from the classroom "click" with them. Clinicals in the hospital are where students get to put their knowledge into action, and I absolutely love seeing how excited they get when they connect with a patient. I currently teach clinicals on the Oncology floor where I was a staff nurse, and I get so much joy out of teaching the students about MedSurg and Oncology nursing.
Outside of nursing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young daughters. I also enjoy home DIY, crafting and sewing.