School of Nursing and Health Sciences: The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is one of five (5) academic units of the University. The Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences heads the program and reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean allocates a minimum of 80% of their time to program administration and a maximum of 20% to teaching as mandated by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
Faculty members provide course coordination for the major nursing specialty areas: (1) Medical-Surgical nursing; (2) Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing; (3) Womens Health and Newborn Care; (4) nursing in Child and Family care; and (5) Community Health nursing.
The course coordinators are responsible for collaborating with other Faculty in planning, implementation, evaluation, and organization of didactic and clinical learning activities for all courses.
Faculty Advisors: Each nursing major is assigned a nursing Faculty Advisor upon admission to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Advisors assignments are generated by the Office of Academic Affairs. The SON Faculty Advisor assists students in planning their program of study, advises students related to available resources, and may offer other assistance throughout the students tenure at Cumberland University.
Faculty schedules allow specified times for advisement and consultation. Since Faculty members also have classroom/clinical/Committee responsibilities, students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in advance of attempting to meet with Faculty. Scheduling an appointment also enables the Faculty member to adequately plan for the student visit. Appointment times for Faculty members may be arranged with the individual Faculty member (see Appendix A for Faculty extensions and e-mail addresses). Faculty will post Office Hours and leave an out of office email message and voice message when on vacation, holiday etc. leave.