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Online MSN Faculty

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Faculty experience and guidance is a vital part of your success in the online MSN program and your post-graduation career. Faculty members create a supportive learning environment in which they act as mentors, personally engaging each student to aid in their success.


Seven online MSN faculty members have been honored in the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses list.


Nursing Program Chair Annette Hines, RN, Ph.D., CNE, discusses how the faculty shape the learning environment and experience in this message.

Graduate Program Chair

Annette HinesAnnette Hines, RN, Ph.D., CNE, Assistant Professor, Chair for MSN

Annette Hines is a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been a practicing nurse and/or nurse educator since graduation from the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at Duke University in 1984. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from East Carolina University in 1990. Findings from her thesis, "The Effects of the Presence of a Spouse on the Stroke Rehabilitation Patient’s Adaptation," were published in The Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing. She has published on the topic of asthma as a health disparity in The Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

While attending ECU, Hines also worked as a staff nurse at Pitt Memorial Hospital and as a research assistant for ECU’s School of Medicine, recruiting participants for studies, and collecting data through interview and physical assessment. Upon completion of the MSN degree with an emphasis in adult health and education, Hines went to work as a nurse educator in North Carolina's community college system. After teaching at Robeson Community College, she briefly left nursing education and practiced as a family nurse practitioner in North Carolina and South Carolina from 1995 to 1999.

Realizing that nursing education is her passion, Hines returned to the field, and has been on faculty with Queens University of Charlotte since 2000, first as adjunct faculty from 2000 to 2004, and as full-time faculty from 2004 to the present. During her time at Queens, she has been promoted from instructor to assistant professor. She served as the Assistant Dean for The Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens for three years. She was the winner of the student-nominated, university-level Joseph W. Grier Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. Dr. Hines was honored in the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses list in 2017. 

Research interests include health promotion in families with a child with chronic illness, asthma as a health disparity, and active learning strategies for nursing students.

Dean of the Blair College of Health, Director of the Presbyterian School of Nursing

Tama MorrisTama Morris, RN, Ph.D., CNE, Associate Professor

Dr. Tama Morris brings over 20 years of experience in nursing education to her roles as Dean of the Blair College of Health and Director of the Presbyterian School of Nursing.

Dr. Morris’ research is focused on excellence in nursing education. Her research includes implementation of the Institute of Medicine Core Competencies for the Education of Healthcare Professionals through nursing curriculum, student learning with high fidelity simulation and supporting success for minority nursing students.

Dr. Morris has published in Nursing Education Perspectives, The Journal of Nursing Education, and Educational Research Quarterly. She has also presented at multiple refereed national conferences including those of the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Faces of a Healthy Future National Conference to End Health Disparities, and that of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.

Dr. Morris has served in several roles since her arrival at Queens in 2010, including that of Undergraduate Program Chair, Chair of the BSN Program, Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs, and Interim Dean.

Dr. Morris was honored in the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses list in 2001. She holds a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Online Nursing Faculty

Janie BestJanie Best, DNP, Assistant Professor

Dr. Janie Best has practiced as a registered nurse since 1974, and shares her dedication and enthusiasm for excellence in nursing practice with students in Queens' BSN and MSN nursing programs.

She earned a doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Master of Science in Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Health Nursing) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wingate University and a Diploma in Nursing from North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.

As a student at UNC-C, she was awarded the Edith Brocker Award for professional leadership and scholastic achievement, and was honored in the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses list in 2014. Working for many years as an orthopaedic nurse, clinical nurse specialist and educator, her articles on patient education, spinal stenosis and revision total joint arthroplasty have been published in Orthopaedic Nursing, for which she currently serves as a reviewer. Her doctoral studies focused on oncology nursing practice. Her scholarly project on evidence-based care of the oncology patient with chemotherapy-related febrile neutropenia has been published in Oncology Nursing Forum.

Grace ButtrissGrace Buttriss, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNL, Assistant Professor

Dr. Grace Buttriss brings extensive experience in nursing education and practice to her role as an Assistant Professor in classroom and clinical settings for Queens University of Charlotte. She is the Clinical Nurse Leader Coordinator for the Graduate Nursing Program, Chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, as well as the current President of the International Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA).

She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, and serves as the Treasurer for the Charlotte Chapter and the National Continuing Education Committee for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also currently serves as a nurse scientist and family nurse practitioner at Novant Health. She developed the Advanced Physical Assessment Chapter in the CNL Certification Review Text and is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Nursing, Dermatology Nurses Association Journal, and McMaster University Manuscript Evidence Rating in Ontario.

Dr. Buttriss’ research focus has been on the use of induction agents during the labor process, and she is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader. Additionally, she has served as a mentor to nurses, students, and faculty and has been chosen as a Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Buttriss was honored in the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses list in 2015. Dr. Buttriss holds a BSN and MSN from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Family Nurse Practitioner (Board Certified) from Graceland University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Metropolitan State University.

Jesus Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Jesus A. Hernandez is an Assistant Professor in the MSN program in the Presbyterian School of Nursing. Before becoming an educator in 1983, he practiced nursing in various clinical pediatrics settings. Dr. Hernandez is a Family Nurse Practitioner and practices as a Neonatal Specialist with well newborns and at a free clinic with clients of all ages. He has been active in the community as an advocate for diversity and healthcare access and quality for underserved populations. Arriving as a refugee from Cuba to the U.S. at age eight provided him with a direct understanding of transcultural nursing issues and needs of persons from different cultures and with limited English proficiency.

Dr. Hernandez thrives in helping students to learn in a variety of courses in all of the tracks associated with the BSN program including Health Assessment, Fundamentals and Family Nursing clinical and Research and Evidence. He also teaches research for the RN-BSN track and the MSN program. He serves on the Academic Policy Committee and the IDEAL Council.

Dr. Hernandez was honored in the North Carolina Great 100 Nurses list in 2002. Dr. Hernandez received his Ph.D. in Nursing from Duquesne University, his MSN from University of North Carolina, his Post Masters Certificate in Primary Care as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, and his BSN from the University of Florida.

Sheryl Cornelius, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor

Dr. Sheryl Cornelius teaches courses primarily in the MSN tracks of the Presbyterian School of Nursing. She teaches several core courses as well as CNL and CNE specific courses such as Health Policy, Professionalism & Ethics, Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education, Theoretical Foundations, and the Nursing Capstone.

Dr. Cornelius is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, an NLN member and past Ambassador, a past president for NC-OADN, past parliamentarian for NC-ADN, and past NLNAC/ACEN evaluator.

Dr. Cornelius' research interests have included predictive admission criteria for nursing students, connecting the classroom to the clinical setting, mentoring faculty, and the concept based curriculum. She is currently researching effective distance based modalities for her online graduate level courses.

Dr. Cornelius has published chapters for textbooks for Pearson, co-authored an online curriculum for nursing faculty with Northwest AHEC called the Nurse Educator Institute, developed several online teaching modules for NC-NET, and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. She has written, produced, and acted in several mini films for nursing education topics for the North Carolina Learning Object Repository. She is a reviewer for the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning journal and has several active manuscripts out for publishing.

Dr. Cornelius earned her MSN in Nursing Education from Duke University and her EdD in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.

Angie Hatley, DNP, MS, RN, NE-BC, CNL, Assistant Professor

Dr. Angie Hatley recently joined Queens to share her dedication and enthusiasm for excellence in nursing practice with students in the BSN and MSN nursing programs. Prior to Queens, she practiced as a clinical nurse, educator, and administrator and served in various clinical and nursing leadership roles for over fifteen years with Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte. Most recently Dr. Hatley served as the Director of Policy, Clinical Practice, and Nursing Education at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast. While at CHS, she was awarded the highest honor as a Pinnacle Finalist in 2014 for her dedication to caring for patients, commitment to excellence, integrity, and demonstration of nursing teamwork. She served on various teams to improve patient safety and quality at CHS.

She has been awarded two Touchstone Awards for the effectiveness of her programs around Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Patient Safety Surveillance. Additionally, in 2010 she was recognized a Great 100 Nurse in North Carolina by positively impacting the image of nursing and nursing as a profession as a nurse educator with CHS NorthEast. Dr. Hatley earned her DNP in Advanced Leadership in Health Care and her MSN in Leadership in Health Care Systems: Education Focus from Regis University, and her BSN from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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