West Texas A&M University

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Department of Nursing Faculty

Department of Nursing

 Marietta Branson

Dr. Marietta Branson

Associate Professor of Nursing

Associate Department Head, Alternative Programs

Dr. Branson's Bio

KeEra Busse

KeEra Busse

Instructor of Nursing

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi

KeEra Busse's Bio

Priscella Correa

Priscella Correa

Instructor of Nursing

“I enjoy incorporating personal experiences in the classroom and observing the students become confident in their abilities”

Priscella Correa's Bio

Dan Curl

Dan Curl

Instructor of Nursing

Dan Curl's Bio

 Dr. Deborah Davenport

Dr. Deborah Davenport

Professor of Nursing

Associate Department Head, Undergraduate Nursing Program

"The greatest thing about being a nurse and being a nurse educator is I never experience boredom or sameness—every day is different, every patient and student is special and unique, and every experience I have enjoyed has made me who I am today."

Dr. Davenport's Bio

 Shravan Devkota

Shravan Devkota

Instructor of Nursing


Shravan Devkota's Bio

 Lance Hadley

Dr. Lance Hadley

Assistant Professor of Nursing

“Being a nurse isn’t about grades, it’s about being who we are. No book can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell their family that their parents have died or are dying. No professor can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or the charting. It’s about being able to love people when they are at their weakest moments.”
Author Unknown

Dr. Hadley's Bio

 Carole Harkins

N. Carole Harkins

Instructor of Nursing

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Carole Harkins' Bio

Vicki Hartin

Vicki Hartin

Instructor of Nursing

"Teaching at West Texas A&M University affords me the opportunity to interact with young people interested in making a lasting difference in our community."

Vicki Hartin's Bio




 Collette Loftin

Dr. Collette Loftin

Associate Professor of Nursing

Associate Department Head, Graduate Nursing Programs

"I enjoy each of my students, and I hope what I teach will make them better nurses."

Dr. Loftin's Bio

Dirk Nelson

Dr. Dirk Nelson

Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Learning is a process of discovery in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher.” - Mortimer Adler

Dr. Nelson's Bio

Coleen Peace

Colleen Peace

Instructor of Nursing

Mrs. Peace's favorite quote is from her father, William B. Bacon, Jr.: "Master the simple, then you can apply the complex." He gave her this guidance when she was struggling with algebra in the 8th grade, and she has continued to apply his advice when learning anything new.

Coleen Peace's Bio

Angela Phillips

Dr. Angela Phillips

Associate Professor of Nursing
FNP Program Director

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” - Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Dr. Phillips' Bio

Austin Preston

Austin A. Preston

Instructor of Nursing

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

Austin Preston's Bio

Helen Reyes

Dr. Helen Reyes

Department Head of Nursing

Associate Professor

"Nursing has been an exciting and rewarding career for me. Being a professional nurse has allowed me to reinvent myself many times as a hospital nurse, psychiatric nurse, school nurse, nurse administrator, home health agency owner, and now nursing faculty member and department head. I would highly recommend professional nursing to anyone who is looking for a career that fosters critical thinking, academic excellence, caring, community service and global health."

Dr. Reyes' Bio

Laura Reyher

Laura Reyher

Instructor of Nursing

“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…. we must be learning all our lives.”
Florence Nightingale

Laura Reyher's Bio

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson

Instructor/Director of Bivins Learning Center

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”
Walt Disney

Lisa Robinson's Bio

Verna (Kathy) Shipp

Verna (Kathy) Shipp

Instructor of Nursing

“People may forget what you said, they may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

Kathy Shipp's Bio
Teresa Smoot

Teresa Smoot

Instructor of Nursing

Teresa Smoot's Bio
Katie Spear

Katie Spear

Instructor of Nursing

“You have not because you ask not!”
-James 4:3

Katie Spear's Bio
Louise Wade

Dr. Louise Wade

Assistant Professor

“I love teaching and watching the transformation of excited and nervous students into confident nurses.”

Dr. Wade's Bio

Laura Jean Waight

Laura Waight

Instructor of Nursing

“Questions are not stupid. They are essential to learning, and we should continue to ask questions so we can learn each day.”

Laura Waight's Bio