ASHLEY CORN

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Instructor of Nursing
acorn@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1322
McFarland Hall
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N., University of Cincinnati

Ms. Ashley Corn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 with a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Hospitality Management. Ms. Corn decided to pursue graduate school and moved to Honolulu, HI in 2007. She graduated with her M.A. in Communications in 2009. Ms. Corn states that her original goal was to pursue a PhD in Communications and teach Communications. However, she had her first child in 2008 and this changed her viewpoint on her career. Ms. Corn decided to move back to Cincinnati in 2010 and pursue a nursing degree. She was accepted into the Accelerated Nursing Program in 2010 at the University of Cincinnati and graduated from University of Cincinnati in 2013 with a BSN. 

Ms. Corn immediately started working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children’s, which was her dream job. In 2014, her husband accepted a job offer in Columbia, TN and the family moved to Spring Hill, TN in August 2014. She began working at Vanderbilt in their NICU in 2014. In 2017, she decided to pursue a different area of nursing and accepted an RN position at Vanderbilt Behavioral Health. Ms. Corn worked in the float pool and loved learning psychiatric nursing. Ms. Corn’s main interests include the psychosis and detox units. 

Ms. Corn earned her DNP in Nursing Administration from the University of Cincinnati and graduated in August of 2019. She joined Cumberland University as an assistant nurse professor in August of 2021. She resides in Spring Hill, TN with her husband, her daughter (13 years), and her son (6 years). She enjoys traveling, the beach, fall weather, exercising, movies, and spending time with her family.

CLAUDIA DAVIS

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
cdavis@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6305
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N., Coe College
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University
Claudia Davis joined the Jeannette C. Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University in the fall of 2017. In the BSN program she teaches the Mental Health Nursing Course.  In the fall of 2018 she will collaborate in the Gerontological Nursing Course and the Center for Success. Prior to arriving at Cumberland, Ms. Davis taught at Aquinas College where she taught the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Course in the ASN program, integrated mental health content in the BSN program, and Learning and Self Care in the BSN program. She served on both the college and school of nursing curriculum committees. In addition Ms. Davis taught at Vanderbilt University Program in the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program and at Coe College in the BSN program teaching Community Health Nursing, Nursing Theoretical Development, and in the college core courses. Ms. Davis also has served as a staff development instructor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Ms. Davis has an extensive clinical practice background. She has been a staff nurse in CCU and Cardiac Stepdown Units at VUMC. The implemented a new Nurse Coordinator Role managing the Cardiac Stepdown Unit at VUMC and was the Nurse Coordinator in the pilot Rehabilitation Unit at VUMC that now has become the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Ms. Davis also was a staff nurse and Program Coordinator at Parthenon Pavilion.   She currently in also a staff nurse at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. Ms. Davis received a diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a BA in Sociology and BSN from Coe College. Her graduate education includes an MSN in Medical-Surgical Nursing and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Ms. Davis also completed a nursing faculty program at the NIMH.

REBECCA CHATHAM

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
bchatham@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1360
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N., Vanderbilt University
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University
Ms. Beth Chatham began at Cumberland University in 2006 as adjunct clinical faculty in Pediatric Nursing, becoming full time faculty in 2011.  Within the School of Nursing Ms. Chatham has taught Pediatric Nursing, Leadership, Research in Nursing, and Transcultural Nursing. Currently, Ms. Chatham is part time faculty while pursuing her PhD in Nursing full time at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ms. Chatham is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a BSN and MSN. Ms. Chatham’s nursing experience has been global, both in specialty and in location.  She was an operating room nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital, a community health nurse in Mississippi, a certified nurse midwife in the north of England, and a mission nurse in Honduras.  Ms. Chatham was the Maternal/Child Clinical Nurse Specialist at Nashville Metropolitan General Hospital for over 20 years.  While at the General, she helped develop the professional ladder program for the nursing department and co-published an article on the program for Nurse Leader. Before coming to Cumberland full time, Ms. Chatham was Clinical Educator for Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, responsible for nursing orientation and continuing education.

DIANE BUSINDA

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Instructor of Nursing
dbusinda@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1205
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
A.S.N., Tennessee State University
B.S.N., Belmont University
M.S.N., Walden University
Diane Businda has been an adjunct nursing instructor in both pediatrics and obstetric since 2016. This August Diane will move into a full-time faculty role teaching Nursing in Women’s Health and Newborn. Diane has a long career working in the area of obstetrics and the newborn. Her passion for working with the mother-baby dyad led to her obtaining her certifications as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Childbirth Educator. In addition to her clinical experience, Diane teaches Perinatal Education Classes to expectant parents. Diane holds both an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. In 2016 her passion for both nursing and teaching led her to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing Education degree.

JESSICA BARRE

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jbarre@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1216
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
A.S., Northeast Alabama Community College
B.S.N., Auburn University
M.S.N., University of Alabama, Huntsville
Jessica Barré began teaching at Cumberland University in the fall of 2018, and teaches Advanced Topics in the nursing department. She also assists students in the health assessment laboratory. Mrs. Barré recognized her passion for teaching early in her career. To better prepare her to deliver quality education, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As part of this program, she completed a teaching practicum at Cumberland University in the women’s health course. Prior to arriving at Cumberland University, Mrs. Barré began working as a family nurse practitioner within the Saint Thomas Health system, where she continues to work on the weekends. Mrs. Barré received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2015 in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Auburn University in 2011. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Mrs. Barré worked primarily in critical care settings while working as a registered nurse (RN). She began her nursing career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital working in the medical intensive care unit. She then worked in the home health/hospice setting and in the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory. After moving to Nashville, she completed a travel nursing assignment at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in the Coronary Care Unit, reflecting her love for cardiac nursing care. In her spare time, Mrs. Barré enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, and doing outdoor activities.

MARCIA BARNES

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
mbarnes@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1203
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N, Tennessee State University
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University
D.N.P., Vanderbilt University
Dr. Marcia Barnes began at Cumberland University in fall of 2011 and teaches courses in the Nursing program, primarily nursing research.  Prior to arriving at Cumberland, Dr. Barnes was an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she provided inpatient and complex wound care services for the medical center.   In addition to clinical experiences in plastic surgery and complex wound care, Dr. Barnes performed and participated in research for the department in areas of wound care, breast reconstruction, craniofacial reconstruction, pressure injuries and outcomes.  Dr. Barnes has taught both graduate and undergraduate nursing students, medical students, residents, interns and physicians on topics specific to plastic surgery and wound care.  She has been an invited speaker to numerous national, regional and local conferences. While at Vanderbilt, she participated in numerous committees involving Advanced Practice Nursing and was a founding member of the Advanced Practice Nursing Mentoring Program. Dr. Barnes holds an Associate Degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, a Master of Science in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.  She holds multiple national certifications and has lectured nationally and internationally on plastic surgery, wound care and specialty areas of research focus.  She serves on several Editorial Boards and has published numerous articles in her areas of expertise. She is a Past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN). She has received numerous awards for her service and accomplishments including the Nightingale Award, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (2008), Outstanding Service Award, ASPSN (2011), Distinguished Service Award, ASPSN (2005), Certificate of Excellence. Plastic Surgical Nursing (2009) and 2nd Place Recipient of the Plastic Surgical Nursing Editor’s Award|Plastic Surgical Nursing (2010).

KATIE ARNOLD

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Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training
karnold@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1334
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S., Cumberland University
M.A.E., Cumberland University
D.H.Ed., Still University
Katie Arnold begins her fifth year as the Athletic Training (AT) Program Director, her second year as the Director of Athletic Training, and her 11th year overall at Cumberland University. Arnold has served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, assistant athletic trainer, Interim Head Athletic Trainer/AT Program Director, and AT Program Director at her alma mater. In her current role, Arnold is responsible for maintaining Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accreditation, increasing academic rigor, and recruiting and overseeing the growth of the Athletic Training Program. She also supervises the administrative side of athletic training for the Athletic Department, where she coordinates sports coverage, secondary insurance, and the budget. In addition to her administrative duties, she also instructs several courses within the athletic training and exercise science curriculums.
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