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Graduate Nursing Program Faculty

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.

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.

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.

Distinguished 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.

While at UNC-C, she was awarded the Edith Brocker Award for professional leadership and scholastic achievement. 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, as well as President-Elect of the National Clinical Nurse Leader Association.

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 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 the Faculty Member of the Year. 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.

Debra MilesDebra Miles, Ed.D, Associate Professor, Chair of the BSN program
Dr. Miles obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from CPCC in Charlotte in 1974. Over several years, she earned a BSN, MSN and Ed. D., consistently earning highest honors. She has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Her clinical specialty of choice is cardiovascular but she also enjoys all aspects of medical-surgical nursing and critical care. She has worked in hospital settings as well as home health. Education has always been her passion and she has served in educator positions ranging from staff development director to university faculty member.

Dr. Miles teaches in both the BSN and MSN programs in the Presbyterian School of Nursing. Student-centered learning is a priority for her classroom and she challenges all students to reach their greatest potential.

Laree SchoolmeestersLaree Schoolmeesters, Ph.D., RN, CNL, Assistant Professor
Dr. Laree Schoolmeesters (aka Dr. S) has been a nurse for 27 years, primarily with clinical experience in Pittsburgh, Pa., in coronary, trauma, medical-intensive, surgical-intensive, medical surgical and post-anesthesia care.

As a nursing graduate program faculty member, Dr. S has 18 years of experience teaching clinical and didactic in nursing assistant; diploma; associate's degree; bachelor of science in nursing; master of science in nursing and staff development programs. Currently, she teaches in the undergraduate, RN-BSN and graduate nursing programs at Queens.

Dr. S has a Ph.D. in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, with research interests in complementary therapies, pain management and cardiovascular health. She has master of science in nursing, with an area of specialization in Nursing Education from Duquesne University, Pa. She has interests in incorporating technology in the classroom, writing exam questions and fostering educational characteristics in the many graduate students she has mentored.

Dr. S has published chapters on pain on the online "Nurses Guide to Consumer Health;" "Critical Care and Nursing Education" in "Internet Resources for Nurses" and "Techniques to Improve Database Searching" in "Internet for Nursing Research: A guide to Strategies, Skills, and Resources."

Dr. S was recently named Professor of the Month by the Phi Mu gamma gamma chapter at Queens, and passed the accreditation exam to be a Clinical Nurse Leader.

She is an active member of the National Nursing Honor Society - Sigma Theta Tau International, and is active in Girl Scouts of America.

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