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School of Nursing

Nursing Is Your Mission.

Reach Higher — Be a Lipscomb Nurse.

As a nurse, your care of patients is the foundation for any thriving health care system. You are attentive to the physical and spiritual needs of those who are hurting. Here at Lipscomb, you learn from a Christian community of professionals focused on healing and nurturing both body and soul.

The Tennessee Board of Nursing calls our faculty, “Remarkable, with caring characteristics, open and supportive.” In our undergraduate BSN program you learn one-on-one from professors who strive for your success. This learning happens in Lipscomb’s spacious nursing building that houses the region’s best-equipped Health Simulation Laboratory.   

In our online RN-to-BSN program, you're not a number — you're seen as a human created in the image of God. Our caring faculty will lead and mentor you along the way.

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Undergraduate Programs

You'll graduate having already spent hundreds of hours working in health care facilities. Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) includes extensive study in the humanities and social sciences as well as 32 credit hours of clinical placements during your course of study. This partnership of foundational study along with hands-on training in five foundational areas of the nursing field, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, critical care and medical/surgical, means you will graduate both experienced and well-rounded.

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Student nurses work with a "patient".

Practice Before You Practice.

For BSN student nurses with the right skills, nursing can be a challenging, rewarding profession with numerous career opportunities whether it be in a hospital setting, clinical setting, private practice or in the mission field.

Through one-on-one faculty support, extensive foundational study, the latest technology and hundreds of hours of clinical training in some of the most prestigious health care facilities in the nation, we will nurture your compassion, build your confidence and train you in critical thought processes required to thrive in today’s health care environment.

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Confidence in Your Future

We also offer you the opportunity to use your practice and experience to earn up to 27 college credit hours. Combined with your associate's degree in nursing, you'll be 75 percent closer to graduating with your BSN.

Our online RN-to-BSN program gives you confidence and a competitive edge to becoming a leader in your field, but with the distinct advantage of being completely online and accessible to you. You can earn your BSN within 18 months and in some cases with as few as 33 credit hours.

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Meet the key faculty who will guide you on your way to becoming a nurse.

  • Tamara Baird

    Tamara Baird


    Tamara Baird is originally from Henderson, Ky. Prior to starting her career in nursing, she earned her master's degree in music theory from the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, University of...

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  • Freda Fuller

    Freda Fuller

    Assistant Professor

    Freda Fuller is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her current teaching responsibilities include Nursing Leadership, Applied Christian Values, and Pharmacology. She has taught Nursing as...

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  • Chelsia Harris

    Chelsia Harris

    Executive Director, Nursing

    Chelsia Harris is originally from Hartman, Arkansas. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University in 2004, her master of science in nursing degree as...

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  • Sarah Hayden

    Sarah Hayden

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

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  • Mary Hesselrode

    Mary Hesselrode

    Associate Executive Director for Academics

    Mary Hesselrode, assistant professor, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and her Master of Science from Texas Woman's University in Dallas. Hesselrode worked...

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  • Gail Humes

    Gail Humes

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Gail Humes comes to Lipscomb from Cumberland University with over 10 years experience educating BSN and MSN nursing students in the classroom, clinical and online settings. Humes' primary area of...

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  • Roletha Pillow

    Roletha Pillow

    Assistant Professor

    Roletha Pillow is a native of Nashville. After her academia appointment, Pillow earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University. She holds several nursing licensures, certifications and professional nursing...

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  • Jenna Sissom

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Jenna Sissom is originally from Nashville. She earned her bachelor of nursing degree from Middle Tennessee State University. After 10 years of practice in cardiac, medical, home health and intensive care...

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  • Jill Stafford

    Jill Stafford

    Assistant Professor

    Jill Stafford is originally from Tuscumbia, Alabama. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of North Alabama in Florence. She went on to complete a master...

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  • Katie Watson

    Katie Watson

    Assistant Professor - RN-to-BSN Program

    Katie Watson is a Nashville native who graduated from Lipscomb University with a bachelor of science in nursing in 2007. She spent her career as a registered nurse working at...

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  • Jennifer Weber

    Jennifer Weber

    Instructor of Nursing

    Jennifer Weber is originally from Canton, Ohio. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. She went on to earn...

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  • Kathy Williams

    Kathy Williams

    Instructor of Nursing

    Kathy Williams brings over 35 years of nursing experience into the nursing program here at Lipscomb University. She grew up in Henderson, Tennessee where she attended Freed-Hardeman College and earned...

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Undergraduate Programs

You must work hard to become a nurse. The rigor of Lipscomb’s BSN program is demonstrated by the current 97.3 percent first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2017 and the nearly 100 percent job placement rate. Your diligence pays off — for you professionally and for the patients under your care. Research shows 79.6 percent of employers want BSN-prepared nurses. And lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are linked with nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level (AACN, Oct. 2017).