Whitson-Hester School of Nursing

Advisory Board

The mission of the Advisory Board for the Tennessee Technological University Whitson-Hester School of Nursing is to provide input to the Dean of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing in regard to excellence in nursing practice, clinical placements, academic-practice partnerships, and research opportunities.

Primary Goals for the Advisory Board are to provide input and guidance to the Dean regarding:

  1. Important issues and trends in clinical practice
  2. Clinical placements opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level nursing students
  3. Trends in health care specific to setting (continuum) and identifying/implementing new opportunities to prepare our workforce
  4. Opportunities for academic-practice partnerships and inter-professional and multi-institutional partnerships that promote excellence in nursing practice
  5. Student education strategies that optimize patient safety and reduce the occurrence of adverse medical events
  6. Direct and specific feedback regarding to the quality of recent graduates and their preparation to enter the clinical workforce
  7. Specific opportunities for improvement in the clinical education of students
  8. Salient research issues and opportunities for research partnerships that advance evidence-based practice
  9. Inter-professional simulation opportunities/planning and development
  10. Recommendations from the IOM Future of nursing report (e.g., nursing leadership presence on boards/committees preparing nurses for servant leadership in the community setting)
  11. Awareness and growth of diversity in the workforce

Patricia Anderson, BSN, MBA MHA

CNO at Riverview Regional Medical Center
  • BSN from University of Alabama Huntsville
  • MBA - MHA from King University

Key Interests:

  • Nursing Administration
  • Quality & Risk Management
  • Infection Control
  • Hospital Healthcare Preparedness

Susan Dalton

Executive Director & Co-Owner of Hertiage Pointe Senior Living (Founding Director Since 2006, opening in June 2007)
  • BS from TTU
  • Certified Dementia Specialist
  • Licensed Administrator (TN) since 2000

Rebecca Foster, RN, MSN, CPHQ

Cheif Nursing Officer at Cumberland Medical Center
  • BSN from TTU
  • MSN from TTU

Key Interests:

  • Healthcare Quailty
  • Elevating the Professional Nurse in the workplace

James Gray, MD, FACOG

Licensed Special Volunteer Physician, Secretary Upper Cumberland Medical Society Medical Coordinator for Putnam Remoate Area Medical Clinic at Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps
  • BS in Biology from Emory University, Atlanta
  • MD from Medical College of GA
  • Chief Resident OBGYN Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Certified by Amerian Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Key Interests:

  • Volunteer Ohysician Services
  • Collaborative practice, team-care, interdisciplinary simulation labs, volunteer missions, woman's health, pre-coception care, Upper Cumberland Medical Society, Tennessee Medical Association, TTU pre-health professionals

Penny Kirby, RN, BSN, MSN

V.P. Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital
  • AA Degree from Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, ILL
  • BSN from UT Martin

Key Interests:

  • Healthcare Leadership Development
  • Patient Education/Safety


Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) from UT Health Science Center Memphis
  • Postmasters (FNP) from UT Health Science Center Memphis
  • Masters from State University of ?
  • BSN - ?

Key Interests:

  • Reflective Practice
  • Integrative Care of Body and Mind
  • Nursing Education - DNP Role
  • Online Education
  • Simulation
  • Self Care of the Nurse
  • Affects and Management of Lateral Violence in Nursing

Teresa Roberts, RN, BSN

CNO/CQO/Chief Patient Experience Officer/Patient Safety Officer at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital
  • BSN from East TN State University

Key Interests:

  • Service
  • Healthcare Expertise

Jennifer Tatum - Cranford, Pharm. D/Clinical Coordinator

Clinical Community Pharmacist/Diabetic Educator
  • Doctor of Pharmacy - UT Memphis

Key Interests:

  • Research on collaborative practice benefits and healthcare savings
  • Pairing of Pharm. D with NP in community practice

Scott Williams, MSN, MSHA FACHE

Cheif Operating Officer at CRMC
  • BSN from ETS
  • MSN from UT
  • MSHA from UAB

Key Interests:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Process Improvement