LCON Accomplishments

LCON received full, 10-year accreditation (2020-2030) for its BSN, MSN, and Post Graduate certificate programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (notified June 2020).

For 2020, LCON received two top 50 US News and World Report national rankings—#31 for online graduate programs and #13 for Veterans.

Our Service Amid COVID

LCON donated much needed personal protective equipment (PPE)—masks, gowns, gloves, shoe covers and goggles—to local healthcare facilities for frontline healthcare workers during shortages. A ventilator was provided to Baptist, as well in spring 2020.

The UofM Your Health Helpline led by nursing faculty provides timely and accurate responses to COVID-19 related queries for students, faculty, and staff on the campuses. The nursing team includes Drs. Angela Oigbokie, Brad Harrell, Genae Strong, Joy Hoffman, Lisa Beasley and Lin Zhan and faculty Becky Adkins, Julie Cupples, Mary McDougal, Renee Morris, and Shkendie Papraniku.

Scholarly Work

Dr. Jason Sasser, Dr. Marie Gill, Janye Wilson, Dr. Sohye Lee, and Dr. Teresa Richardson published “College of nursing sponsored research forum to promote student scholarship development” in the Journal of Nursing Education.

Dr. Tracy Collins’ article ‘Using a Peer-discussion Method (PD method) to create a SOAP note” has been accepted for publication in the refereed Journal of Nursing Education.

Dr. Sohye Lee’s manuscript, “Development, implementation and participant evaluation of combining text messaging and peer group support in a weight management programme for African-American women” was published online in the Journal of Research in Nursing.

Dr. Sohye Lee also co-authored article, “Is Colorectal Cancer Screening Associated with Stages of Weight Control Among Korean Americans Aged 50–75 Years Old?: Implications for Weight Control Practice,” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (refereed).

Dr. Y’Esha Williams’ manuscript, “Depressive Symptoms, Body Mass Index, and Physical Activity Self-Efficacy in African American Children,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Dr. Annapoorna Mary mentored two PhD students for publication. PhD student Debbie Mitchell’s article was accepted for publication by the ABNF Journal (refereed journal). The article is titled “Ethnic discrimination and Health care disparities on cardiovascular health care outcomes among minority women: Literature Review.” PhD student Tracie Moore’s article was accepted for publication by the ABNF Journal (refereed journal). The article is titled “Medication Compliance and Holistic Complementary Alternative Therapies among African American Women with Chronic Conditions: A Literature Review.”

MSN Executive Leadership graduate Neely James published the article “Impact of Single Sign-on Adoption in an Assessment Triage Unit” in the refereed Journal of Nursing Administration. Dr. Teresa Richardson said, ” As far as I know she is the first EMSN graduate to publish in the Journal of Nursing Administration.” James is the Clinical Project Manager at St Jude

MSN Executive Leadership graduate Rachel Brown received a grant from Baptist Clinical Research Institute for a Sepsis Protocol that is bringing Baptist national recognition. She received a two-year grant, $53,875 grant to further her hospital’s influential quality improvement efforts. Brown works with Chief Nursing Administrator Mark Ottens at Baptist North Mississippi (Oxford MS).

Dr. Joy Hoffman, Dr. Marie Gill, Nathan Knappier, Dr. Paula Walker, Dr. Lisa Beasley and Dr. Lin Zhan virtually co-presented during an Association of Community Health Nursing Educators 2020 Annual Institute meeting in June. The presentation was titled “Using simulation to teach community health nursing students about adverse childhood experiences.”

Dr. Tracy Collins, presented “A Simulated Clinical Experience for Nurse Practitioner Students to Develop Skill-Based Competencies” during the NONPF 46th Annual Virtual Conference: Envisioning A New Era for NP Education and was published five times in Tennessee Nurse—“Faith over fear,” “New Beginnings,” TNA membership welcomes nursing leaders,” “Linking TNA membership to nursing degree,” and “An empowering experience with benefits.”


Faculty promotions. Jill Dapremont was promoted to professor. Tracy Collins was promoted to clinical professor. Marie Gill became tenured and was promoted to associate professor. Rhonda Litano was promoted to clinical associate professor. Nakiesha Shepherd was promoted to clinical associate professor.

Dr. Brad Harrell was named assistant dean of Nursing at Lambuth and promoted to clinical professor.

Dr. Teresa Richardson was selected as Methodist LeBonheur HealthCare’s Llewellyn Legacy Professor (2021-2022) based on the nomination and approval by the Methodist Leadership for her significant contribution to preparing nurse leaders through the EMSN program and building sustainable academic-practice partnerships supporting student leadership practicum. During her professorship, she will design and conduct scholarly project improving patients and family centered care.

Dr. Larry Z. Slater has been named Associate Dean for Academic Programs/Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Dr. Slater has been a senior Fellow at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York since 2017. In 2020, he was inducted to be a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) – the highest honor in nursing for outstanding, impactful, and sustainable contribution to nursing and nursing science, and a Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine.

Dale Williams received the University of Memphis’ Graduate Mentor-Professional Advisor Award. Her service to graduate students is greatly appreciated.