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Assistant Professor of Nursing
McFarland Hall
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University
M.S.N., Middle Tennessee State University
M.N.P., Middle Tennessee State University
D.N.P. Vanderbilt University

Dr. Gina Haffner joined the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing in 2022.  She spent most of her early nursing career in emergency nursing, eventually receiving her graduate degree in Nursing Education with a focus on critical care nursing.  This led to extensive time serving as an emergency department clinical nurse specialist and educator.  She is currently certified as a Certified Emergency Nurse.  After returning to receive a poster-master’s certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Haffner has worked continuously in this role providing primary care for all ages.  Prior to joining Cumberland University, she worked in a corporate leadership position in the role of nurse practitioner, leading healthcare providers in multiple states.

Entering the family practice arena, Dr. Haffner became very interested in population health, completing her doctorate in nursing practice from Vanderbilt University with a project focused on hypertension screening in the outpatient setting.  She has taught in a variety of settings, both undergraduate and graduate.  She currently teaches adjunct for Georgetown University within their graduate nursing program.

Dr. Haffner remains active in her profession.  She currently serves on the Health Policy Committee for the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association, the Government Affairs Committee and Continuing Education Committees for the Tennessee Nurses Association and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.