DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

Faculty and Staff

Lydia Watkins, DNP, CPNP, RN
Distinguished Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences
HS 217
912-279-5909
lwatkins@ccga.edu

Education:
Doctor of Nursing Practice ● University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama
Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track ● University of Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
Associate of Science in Nursing ● Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Awards/Honors: Golden Key International Honor Society, Nominated for Professor of the Year (multiple years)

  • 2015 CCGA Excellence in Service-Learning Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2015-2016 CCGA Service-Learning Faculty Fellow
  • 2016-2017 CCGA Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

Professional Affiliations: Member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), Georgia Nurses Association (GNA), and Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)

Clinical Expertise: Previous to joining the CCGA faculty, Dr. Watkins worked as an RN in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama for 5 years, then as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Hematology/Oncology at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan for 10 years. Currently teaches in the BSN Pediatric, Leadership, and Practicum courses.


Kashawn Littlejohn
Nursing Program Specialist
HS 216-A 912-279-5870
klittlejohn@ccga.edu

Education:
Associate of Arts ● South Georgia State College

Certifications: Georgia Healthcare Financial Management Association- Certified Patient Account Representative


Nichol James
Department Coordinator
HS 216
912-279-5860
njames@ccga.edu

Education:
Associate of Arts ● University of Phoenix


Ashley Barnes, MSN, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
HS 218-B
912-279-5954
abarnes@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing ● Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Georgia Southern University
Associate of Science in Nursing ● College of Coastal Georgia

Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator
Area of Clinical Expertise: Previous to joining the CCGA faculty Mrs. Barnes worked for 3 years in CCU.


Lauren O. Bibin, MSN, APRN, CNM
Lab Coordinator/Simulation Specialist/Instructor of Nursing
HS 209
912-279-4581
lbibin@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing ● State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.
Associates of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology ● Valdosta Technical College

Honors/Awards: Golden Key International Honour Society; Sigma Theta Tau- Epsilon Pi Chapter, Valdosta State University; Kappa Gamma Chapter, State University of New York at Stony Brook; National Technical Honor Society; Doretta Dick Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing at the Graduate Level
Professional Affiliations: American College of Nurse Midwives; American College of Nurse Midwives- Political Action Committee; Georgia Midwifery Association
Certifications: Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
Clinical Expertise: Obstetrics/gynecology, mother-baby


Lauren Boardman, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNL
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences
HS 201-B 912-279-5904
lboardman@ccga.edu

Education:
Doctor of Nursing Practice ● Duquesne University
Master of Science in Nursing ● Otterbein University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Ohio State University

Honors/Certifications: National membership in the AACN and CCRN certification; National certification as a CLN through the AACN; Chair of the Institutional Review Board at CCGA; Co-Chair of the Coastal Georgia Association of Nursing Students; Publication of a manuscript in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Resilience;
Academic Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi Duquesne University, Sigma Theta Tau Otterbein University
Clinical Expertise: Critical Care and Mental Health Nursing, Evidence-based Research and Practice


Amy Bowles, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
HS 201-A, 912-279-5866
abowles@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing Education ● Walden University
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing ● Reynolds Community College
Certificate in Women's and International Studies ● Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Honors/Certifications: NCSBN NCLEX item writer/reviewer
Academic Honor Society: Sigma Theta Tau

Professional Affiliations: ANA, AANE, AADE


Brandy Chambers, MSN, RN, CNE
BSN Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Nursing HS 205-A
912-279-4513
bchambers@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing ● Georgia Southwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Armstrong Atlantic State University
Associate of Science in Nursing ● College of Coastal Georgia

Honors and Awards: Selected for the Scholarship Intern Program; Awarded a Service-Learning mini grant for the Health Assessment and Promotion course; Nominated for Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty; Nominated for Professor of the year in 2015 and 2014; Received the CCGA SAIL Award for successful accreditation with ACEN and for 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN Exam
Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator
Clinical Expertise: Medical-surgical nursing


Dawana Gibbs, MSN, RN, CNE
ASN Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Nursing HS 200-C
912-279-5907
dgibbs@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing ● Georgia Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Armstrong State College
Associate of Science in Nursing ● Brunswick Junior College

Awards: Albert Crews Service Award, Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Faculty Member in Service Learning
Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator
Clinical Expertise: Adult psychiatric mental health nursing both in acute care and in the community. Her primary areas of teaching are fundamentals and mental health.


Laura Grantham, MSN, RN
Lecturer of Nursing
HS 200-A
912-279-5903
lgrantham@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner) ● Armstrong Atlantic State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Armstrong Atlantic State University
Associate of Science in Nursing ● Coastal Georgia Community College

Honors/Certifications: Former test writer for NCLEX, certified Yoga Instructor
Academic Honor Society: Sigma Theta Tau Armstrong Atlantic State University
Professional Affiliations: ANA, GNA


Nevada LeCounte, MSN, RN, CMSRN, PCCN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
HS 218-C
912-279-5901
nlecounte@ccga.edu

Education:
(In Progress) Doctor of Philosophy ● University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Master of Science in Nursing ● University of Central Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Georgia College and State University

Certifications: Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse, Progressive Care Certified Nurse, Certified Nurse Educator
Clinical Expertise: Ms. LeCounte has several years of experience working on the intermediate and critical care units at Memorial University Medical Center. She began her career on a medical-surgical floor with a population spanning pediatrics to geriatrics, and has additional experience caring for step-down, emergency, and postpartum patients.


Nicole Masano, DNP, MSN, RN, CNM, CNE
Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Nursing HS 216-B
912-279-5863
nmasano@ccga.edu

Education:
Doctor of Nursing Practice ● Mercer University, Macon, GA
Post Master's Certification in Health Informatics ● University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Science in Nursing ● University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● University of Illinois at Chicago

Certifications: Certified Nurse Midwife and Certified Nurse Educator
Clinical Expertise: Mrs. Masano has 24 years of experience as an RN working primarily in obstetrics with additional experience in Community Health. She has been teaching for 15 years.


Tara Mosher, MSN, RN
Lecturer of Nursing
HS 238-A
912-279-5899
tmosher@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing ● Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, GA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Associate of Science in Nursing ● Clayton State College, Morrow, GA

Clinical Expertise: Surgical ICU/ Trauma


Candice Overholser, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
HS 210
912-279-5865
coverholser@ccga.edu

Education:
(In progress) Doctor of Education ● University of West Georgia
Master of Science in Nursing ● Georgia Southwestern University of West Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● College of Coastal Georgia
Associate of Science in Nursing ● College of Coastal Georgia

Academic Honor Society: Sigma Theta Tau Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia ● Phi Kappa Phi, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia
Clinical Expertise: Mrs. Overholser has 19 years of experience working in a variety of specialty areas of nursing, such as ICU, Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation, Postpartum, Nursery/NICU (LII),a nd Leadership and Management team.as an RN working in critical care, community health, postpartum, and level II nursery. She teaches in the nursing labs and in simulation.

Professional Affiliations: ANA, GANE, NLN


Beverly Rowe, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing
HS 200-B
912-279-5902
browe@ccga.edu

Education:
Master of Science in Nursing ● University of South Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● Medical College of Georgia

Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator, Vision Screener, BLS Instructor
Awards: Platinum Award for Service Learning, Kay Hampton Nurse Educator Award


Maryanne Sandberg, EdD, RN
RN-BSN Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Nursing
HS 205-B
912-279-5859
msandberg@ccga.edu

Education:
Doctor of Education- Nurse Educator ● University of West Georgia
Master of Science in Nursing ● Western Governors University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing ● University of Phoenix
Associate of Science in Nursing ● Burlington County College, Pemberton, NJ

Professional Organizations: AACN, NLN, Sigma Theta Tau International

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