Faculty

Tina Straight, MSN, RN:

Professor Straight received both an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Fairmont State University. She obtained her MSN in Nursing Education from Marshall University in 2010. She is an applicant for DNP at Samford University. Her experience includes over 30 years in acute care including Emergency Nursing and Case Management. As well as, supervisory and management experience. She holds certification in ACLS and BLS, and has served as faculty at Fairmont State University and Alderson-Broaddus College. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and NLN, and has obtained international certification as an emergency nurse. Ms. Straight has responsibility for second and third level medical-surgical nursing and the NCLEX review course.

Dianne Phillips, MSN, RN:

Professor Phillips holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from West Virginia University. Her undergraduate degrees are from Fairmont State University and West Virginia University. She has also been commissioned as a Parish Nurse through the West Virginia University School of Nursing. Mrs. Phillips has taught at WVWC for 15 years. Presently, her responsibilities include clinical instruction and management oversight for the Health Care Simulation lab.

Janet Teachout-Withersty, DNP, RN:

Dr. Withersty holds a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Regis University and a master’s of science in psychiatric mental health nursing with a clinical specialty from Syracuse University. Dr. Withersty’s research interests include: self-regulation through sensory integration techniques for adult schizophrenics and Simulation in nursing education: a tool for program evaluation. Dr. Withersty has taught at Wesleyan since 1995, teaching undergraduate courses in psychiatric mental health nursing, pediatric nursing on the junior level and trends and issues for the senior level. For the MSN graduate program Dr. Withersty teaches Human Diversity and Health Promotion for Advanced Nursing.

Shannon Bosley, MSN:

Professor Bosley has held the position of Assistant Staff Development Coordinator at Holbrook on the Hill, Inc., a Long Term Care Skilled Nursing Facility in Buckhannon. She has experience in Labor and Delivery, Neonatal Resuscitation, Medical Surgical Nursing and Geriatrics. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society and Order of the Eastern Star.

Barbara E. Frye, MSN, RN:

Professor Frye holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from West Virginia University, and a bachelors in nursing from Wesleyan. Barbara's research interests include treatment plans for critical care patients, as well as, critical thinking skills in nursing students. A faculty member for many years, Ms. Frye, also serves as faculty advisor for the WV Wesleyan Collegiate 4-H Club, and is currently serving as a delegate, 2011-2012, for the Epsilon Delta Chapter at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

Susan Leight, EdD, RN:

Dr. Leight, Director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University. Her bachelors in nursing is from State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Leight completed a three year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the early detection of breast cancer; cultural competence in health care providers; rural vulnerability; and the use of narrative pedagogy in academic settings. Dr. Leight holds two US/International Patents for her work on a Simulated Breast Model that has since been licensed to industry, as well as, national certification as an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Susan Rice, PhD, RN:

Dr. Rice holds a PhD in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, as well as masters in nursing and public health from Columbia University, NY. Her undergraduate degree in nursing is from Shenandoah University. She has practiced nurse-midwifery for many years and has "caught" over 800 babies, and also has practiced as a hospital chaplain. Her research interests include the effect of massage therapy on physical, mental and spiritual health, and the influences of whole-person health on wellbeing.