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Women's health

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Shaken baby syndrome


Organ Transplant


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Beth Youngblood
Executive Associate Dean of Nursing

-- A.S., Nursing, Belmont University
-- B.S., Nursing, Belmont University
-- M.S., Nursing, Vanderbilt University
-- Ed.D., Professional Practice, Trevecca Nazarene University

March of Dimes Nurse of the Year – Women’s Health Category – 2012
Project Blossom Award Winner – Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family – 2010
Finalist for Mary Katherine Strobel Award for work with Prevent Child Abuse TN – 2006
Nominated for Faculty of the Year Award – National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing – 1998
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses Iota Chapter – 1992
Nursing Achievement Award, Belmont College – 1991

Professional Experience
Labor and Delivery nurse, Maury Regional Hospital, Columbia, Tenn., 1991-1992
Registered Nurse, Dr. Stephen Staggs and Dr. Roy Burch, Jr., Brentwood, Tenn., 1992 – 1999
Nurse Manager, Drs. Staggs and Burch, Brentwood, Tenn., 2000-2002
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Drs. Staggs and Burch, 2003-2007

Professional Information
RN License, Tenn., 1989 – present
NCC-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, 1994 – present
Instructor of Nursing, Columbia State Community College, 1992 – 1998
Summer Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Vanderbilt University, 1994
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Columbia State Community College, Tenured faculty member, 1998-1999
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Belmont University School of Nursing, undergraduate and graduate studies, 2003 – 2007

Research Information
“Distance Learning and Nursing Education,” Spoke at 10th Annual Convention of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing – 1996
Collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse TN on Shaken Baby Syndrome research Pilot Project with Middle Tenn., hospitals – 2007 – present   
“Creating High Risk Sims in the Low Risk Setting: A Focus on Safe Care” – Mosby Faculty Institute Poster Presentation – 2011
“Use of the OB Prompt for clinical Scenarios,” Tenn., Simulation Alliance – 2011

Interesting Information
Volunteer for Prevent Child Abuse TN, co-coordinator for Shaken Baby Syndrome Program, Pilot Study – 2003 – 2009
Partnered with Metro Health Department to host Incredible Baby Shower and Teen Conference – 2006
Disaster Day Drill volunteer – 2006
Actively involved in Project Blossom work to decrease infant mortality rates – 2008 – present

Holly Bechard
Instructor of Nursing

B.A., Psychology, Lipscomb University
B.S., Nursing, Vanderbilt University
M.S., Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, Vanderbilt University

Cum Laude, Lipscomb University, 2004

Professional Experience
Board Certified/Licensed Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at:
-- Genesis Psychiatric Services, 2009 - present
-- Community Mental Health Clinics in Gallatin, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro and Franklin, Tenn., 2008 - 2011
-- Centerstone Community Mental Health in Fayetteville and Estill Springs, Tenn., 2007 - 2008
Regional Intervention Program, 2007
Centerstone Mental Health, 2006 - 2007
Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist, 2003-2005, provided one-on-one behavioral therapy to autistic children ages 3 to 9.

Professional Information
Registered Nurse, 2007 - present
American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Providers Certification, 2011 - 2013
ANCC Board Certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2007 - 2017
Member, American Nurses Association and Tennessee Nurses Association, 2012 - present

Interesting Information
North Boulevard Church of Christ nursery volunteer, 2008 - present
Vacation Bible School Teacher for North Boulevard Church of Christ, 2012

Mary Hesselrode
Instructor of Nursing

-- M.S., Family Nurse Practitioner, Texas Woman’s University
-- B.S., Nursing, Harding University

Professional Experience
Brentwood Family Care Center, 2007-2010
Baylor University Medical Center, Emergency and Trauma Services, 2002-2007
Lifeguard Ambulance Services of Texas, 2002-2006

Professional Information
Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, (May 2007-present)
Member of the National League for Nursing, (Dec, 2010-present)
Registered Nurse (2002-present)
AANP Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (2007-present)
American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Providers Recertification, (Feb, 2011)
American Medical Association Basic Disaster Life Support (2005-Dec. 2010)
Emergency Nurses Association Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) (2007-May 2011)
Lipscomb School of Nursing Committee

Interesting Information
Hillsboro Church of Christ volunteer on emergency/first aid medical response team, 2009 – present.

Roletha Pillow
Assistant Professor

-- M.S., Nursing, Tennessee State University
-- B.S., Nursing, Tennessee State University
-- A.S., Nursing, Tennessee State University

Nurse of the Year, March of Dimes, Tenn., 2011
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, 2007
Star Nurse, Centennial Medical Center, 2001
1st Place Poster Presentation for 8th Annual Research Day, Pi Upsilon Chapter and Tennessee State University School of Nursing
Tennessee Department of Education and Health Sciences Education, May 2002

Professional Experience
Charge Nurse, Centennial Medical Center, 1994 – present
Interim Clinical Nurse Educator, 2008 – 2009
Childbirth Educator, 1999 – 2000
Staff Nurse at General Hospital, 1999 – 2000
Adjunct Faculty Clinical Supervisor, Aquinas College, 2009 – 2011
Adjunct Faculty Clinical Supervisor, Lipscomb University, 2012 – present

Professional Information
Advance Practice Nurse with Certification of Fitness, Tenn., 2009 – present
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, 2009 - present
State of Tennessee Registered Nurse, 1993 to present
National Provider Identification, 2009 - present
Middle Tennessee Association for Advance Practice Nurses, member, 2007 to present
National Association for Neonatal Nurses, member, 2001 to present
Middle Tennessee Association for Neonatal Nurses, member, 1997 to present

Interesting Information
Medical Response Team Buena Vista Church of Christ August 2002-present
College Preparation Mentor, August 2010 to present  
Tutor underserved children from kindergarten through college, August 2002 to present
Partnered with Lentz Health Department, Parents Reaching Out, Project Blossom 2012
Partnered with Whites High School Health Care Academy, March of Dimes, Prevent
Child Abuse of Tennessee, Nurses for Newborns 2013
Advocacy Day for March of Dimes, March 2013
Women’s Health Day Coordinator, Consultant and Facilitator, March to October 2009
Coordinator and Facilitator Community Health Fair 2002 to 2006
Coordinator and Facilitator Children Health Screenings 2002 to 2006

Mary Whitehead
Assistant Professor of Nursing

-- B.S., Nursing, University of Tennessee
-- M.S.N, Vanderbilt University

Professional Experience
Clinical Instructor, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, 2011 – 2012
Clinical Coordinator for Pediatric Nursing Clinical, 2012

Professional Information
Registered Nurse, 2008 – present
American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Providers Certification, 2011 – 2013
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, 2011 – 2021
American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification, 2011 – 2021
Member, Middle Tennessee Advance Practice Nursing, 2012 – present