Beth is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Beth graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with her Associates Degree in December of 1986. She returned home to work at Baptist Hospital on a pediatric floor and continue her education. In 1989 she graduated with her BSN from Belmont College. Subsequent to her graduation she went to work at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on a pediatric surgical floor. She returned to school in 1992 to pursue her Master’s in Child and Family Nursing at Vanderbilt. Working weekends in Children’s Hospital she completed her course work in December of 1994.
In the 1994, she took the position as Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pediatric Surgery at Vanderbilt where she worked full time until her first child was born in September of 1995, after returning from maternity leave she job shared until August of 1996. At that time she began as an Instructor of Child and Family Nursing at Belmont University. She held this position until the fall of 2006 when she was named Lab Director at Belmont.
In the Fall of 2009, she was named Director of Simulation for the College of Health Sciences at Belmont. In August of 2010 she successfully defended her dissertation and earned her PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in E-Learning. Her dissertation was entitled: The Effect of Faculty Debriefing Training on the Achievement and Satisfaction of Pre-licensure Nursing Students Participating in Simulation.
Beth has been married to Brian Hallmark for 22 years and has two wonderful children; Allison who is 16 years old and Mack who is 13 years old. She is very involved in their school with the mom’s prayer ministry; as well as room mother and other duties as assigned!
At Belmont Beth has been very involved in technology integration in the curriculum, serving as chair of the Educational Resources committee, College Simulation group, School of Nursing Lab Committee and serves on the curriculum committee. She is a member of the Leadership Team in both the School of Nursing and in the College; at the University level she serves on the Engaged Scholars Committee, and has served as Faculty Representative to the Honor Court. She is the faculty advisor for the Christian Nursing Fellowship an Intervarsity Campus Ministry.
She has guided the integration simulation into the School of Nursing and is currently working with the College of Health Sciences collaborating with Pharmacy, OT, PT, Nursing and Social Work to develop a vision for simulation education at the college level. In 2009 Beth received the Debra Spunt INACSL Research Mini grant. In 2008-2009 she was project director for the NLN AHA Laerdal Heart Code Study. In 2010 she was named a HITS scholar where she and a pharmacy colleague developed a proposal to create an interprofessional nursing and pharmacy simulation that included the use of EMR at the bedside. Some unique simulation events she has helped implement at Belmont include using high fidelity simulation to replace 3 clinical rotations in psychiatric nursing, ELNEC based death and dying simulations, and the use of QSEN in debriefing and simulation. She currently serves on the program committee and the membership committee of INACSL (International Nursing Associating for Clinical Simulation and Learning). Beth is also involved in SSIH (Society for Simulation in Healthcare).
Beth is the director of the TN Simulation Alliance where she is currently mentoring 12 simulation fellows in a two year fellowship. Beth is a member of a research team performing a conceptual examination of the Jeffries simulation model and the team will present their findings in June 2012 at the INCASL conference in San Antonio. Beth has also been involved in the NLN High Stakes study directing the piloting of simulations that will be used for faculty training in the study. She has had five publications over the past 3 years with the latest being in 2012: Oermann, M.H., Hallmark, B.F., Haus, C., Kardong-Edgren, S.E., McColgan, J.K., Rogers, N. (2012). Conducting multisite research studies in nursing education: Brief practice of CPR skills as an exemplar. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(1), 23-28. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20111130-05.
Currently Belmont has 2- 8 bed labs, 1 -7 bed acute care lab, a dedicated health assessment lab an Obstetrical and neonatal space and a pediatric 7 bed lab. There is an addition interdisciplinary simulation space with four individual rooms that will be used for both mannequin based simulation and standardized patients.
In addition Beth is the Director of the TN Simulation Alliance, an interprofessional alliance for the state of TN.