Faculty

Faculty

Susan Leight, EdD, FNP-BC, FAANP:

Dr. Leight, Director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and the School of Nursing, holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University. Her bachelors in nursing is from State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Leight completed a three year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the early detection of breast cancer; cultural competence in health care providers; rural vulnerability; and the use of narrative pedagogy in academic settings. Dr. Leight holds two US/International Patents for her work on a Simulated Breast Model that has since been licensed to industry, as well as, national certification as an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

 

Janet Teachout-Withersty, DNP, CNS, RN:

Dr. Withersty holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Regis University and a Master’s of Science in psychiatric mental health nursing with a clinical specialty from Syracuse University. Dr. Withersty’s research interests include: self-regulation through sensory integration techniques for adult schizophrenics and Simulation in nursing education: a tool for program evaluation. Dr. Withersty has taught at Wesleyan since 1995, teaching undergraduate courses in psychiatric mental health nursing, pediatric nursing on the junior level and trends and issues for the senior level. For the MSN graduate program Dr. Withersty teaches Human Diversity and Health Promotion for Advanced Nursing.

 

Shannon Bosley, MSN, RN:

Professor Bosley is the Director of Simulation and Coordinator of the Skills Laboratory. She has held the position of Assistant Staff Development Coordinator at a Long Term Care Skilled Nursing Facility and has also worked as a hospital nurse in Labor and Delivery and Medical Surgical Care. She is a Certified BLS and First Aid instructor. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society. During out of office hours, Professor Bosley founded and coordinates the Southern Upshur Youth Organization, dedicated to enriching youth, and participates in several local charity organizations including Order of the Eastern Star.

 

Amy Coffman, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP:

Professor Coffman holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Marshall University. She is currently certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to over ten years as a Nurse Practitioner in family practice, she has acute care nursing experience in critical care, emergency department and obstetrics. Special interests include women’s health, pediatrics, and diabetes management.

 

Melissa Franke, MSN, CNE, RN:

Melissa B. Franke holds a 2009 Masters in Nursing Education degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National League of Nursing, the Golden Key, Kiwanis, and in 2012 earned her certification in nursing education (CNE) from the National League of Nursing. Her career as nursing faculty began in 2004 at Alderson-Broaddus University and she served as tenured faculty at Alderson Broaddus University from 2011 through the 2013- 2014 academic year. Mrs. Franke’s undergraduate nursing degrees include an associate degree and bachelor degree from Arkansas State University. She has over thirty years of clinical experience in medical surgical, cardiac step down units, as well as eight years in a critical care unit. Her clinical experiences have occurred in five acute care hospitals in four states. Her clinical roles have included staff and supervisory roles as well as involvement in a shared governance organization. Mrs. Franke maintains certification in basic life support (BSL) and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and continues to practice part-time at a local hospital as a clinical nurse III (the highest level on the local hospital’s clinical ladder). In the fall of 2010, it was her privilege to present Web Quests as a tool for Nursing Education at the Appalachian College Association (ACA). This summer, she was invited and did attend the 2014 National Human Genome Research Institute Short Course in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently, Mrs. Franke is an assistant professor of nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan College with didactic and clinical responsibilities in medical surgical nursing.

 

Barbara E. Frye, MSN, RN:

Professor Frye holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from West Virginia University, and a bachelors in nursing from Wesleyan. Barbara's research interests include treatment plans for critical care patients, as well as, critical thinking skills in nursing students. A faculty member for many years, Ms. Frye, also serves as faculty advisor for the WV Wesleyan Collegiate 4-H Club, and is currently serving as a delegate, 2011-2012, for the Epsilon Delta Chapter at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

 

Theresa Poling, M.S.N., F.N.P.:

Theresa holds an M.S.N. from West Virginia University. Theresa Poling began her career as a licensed practical nurse, graduating from the Fred Eberle Tri­County Vocational Technical Center School of Practical Nursing in 1989. She completed the Associate in Science degree in nursing program at Fairmont State College and graduated with honors in 1994. She continued to pursue her education and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Alderson­ Broaddus College in 2004. Ms. Poling earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from West Virginia University in 2007, graduating with cum laude honors. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She currently works as a family nurse practitioner seeing patients at Burnsville Medical Clinic in Burnsville, WV. In her practice, she focuses on disease management and health promotion for people of all ages. She is particularly interested in women’s health and enjoys the pediatric portion of her practice.

 

Susan Rice, PhD, MDiv, RN:

Dr. Rice holds a PhD in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, as well as masters in nursing and public health from Columbia University, NY. Her undergraduate degree in nursing is from Shenandoah University. She has practiced nurse-midwifery for many years and has "caught" over 800 babies, and also has practiced as a hospital chaplain. Her research interests include the effect of massage therapy on physical, mental and spiritual health, and the influences of whole-person health on wellbeing.

 

Bonnie Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC:

Mrs. Bonnie Smith holds a unique position as nursing faculty and staff member at Wesleyan. She holds a BSN from Alderson-Broaddus College and MSN from West Virginia University. She came to Wesleyan in 1995 as a clinical instructor for all levels with her 20 year experience and expertise in Medical-Surgical, Critical Care, and Nursing management. In 1998 she completed her MSN-FNP and became Board Certified and began practice at the student health center on campus. At the same time also became an instructor/faculty member, teaching Health Assessment/Physical Examination and later, Pharmacology.

 

Tina Straight, MSN Ed, CNE, RN:

Professor Straight received her Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Fairmont State University. She obtained her MSN in Nursing Education from Marshall University in 2010. Her experience includes over 30 years in the acute care setting with expertise in Emergency Nursing and Case Management. Professor Straight has held supervisory and management positions in the hospital setting and is certified as an ACLS and BLS provider. Past academic experiences include clinical faculty at Fairmont State University and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Alderson-Broaddus University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and currently serves as the Chapter Treasurer as well as a member of the NLN. Professor Straight has obtained international certification as a Nurse Educator and her teaching responsibilities include Level IV Medical-Surgical Nursing, Introduction to Professional Nursing, Level IV Nursing Tradition and Trends, and the NCLEX review course.

 

Marilyn Zrust, EdD, MSN, RN:

Dr. Zrust has 36 years of experience as a registered nurse and 26 years of experience in the field of nursing education. She has taught medical surgical nursing, critical care, pediatrics, obstetrics and community health in both the clinical and didactic settings. Dr. Zrust completed her Doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and also holds an MSN and BSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Dr. Zrust is currently the president of District 6 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), and has served as the president-elect for the years of 2011 and 2012. Additionally she is the West Coordinator of the Political Action Committee for the statewide PSNA. Dr. Zrust maintains current clinical nursing practice by working for a staffing agency in the Pittsburgh area.

 

Martha Kuepper:

Martha is the Administrative Assistant to the School of Nursing. She has studied a variety of topics during her academic career, and brings over 20 years of office, customer service, and administrative skills to the department.

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