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LR names new chair of the School of Nursing


麻豆传媒映画出品 has named Tabitha Toney 鈥99, Ph.D., to serve as chair of the School of Nursing. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne, Toney earned her master鈥檚 and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joined the nursing faculty at LR in 2006 and is currently an associate professor of nursing, whose clinical specialty is obstetrics. Her research focuses on women鈥檚 health in high-risk pregnancies.

Tabitha Toney

鈥淚 came to LR as a third-generation Bear,鈥 Toney shared. 鈥淲hen I graduated from the program in 1999, I never imagined that I would circle back to where it all began. I had no plans to work in higher education, but I came to LR in 2006 as a full-time clinical lab assistant to try it out for a while. Then I fell in love with higher education, and now I cannot imagine doing anything else. I am overwhelmed by this opportunity and honored to serve in this position.鈥

In her 18 years at the university, Toney has taught at the bachelor鈥檚, master鈥檚 and doctoral levels and has taken an active role in service as a member of university committees. Most recently, she chaired the Academic Program Committee (APC) as it reviewed and took action on more than 1,000 proposals submitted to the Faculty Assembly.

鈥淭abitha's commitment to maintaining rigor and connection with students position her to effectively guide the School of Nursing in the future. Her passion is watching the maturity of nursing students as they progress toward graduation and become professional nurses that provide excellent care for individuals in our communities,鈥 said Kerry Thompson, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences and previous chair of the School of Nursing.

For more than 60 years, the nursing program at Lenoir-Rhyne has prepared highly skilled nurses for clinical practice and leadership positions in healthcare throughout North Carolina. Toney sees her primary goal as continuing that legacy of excellence.

鈥淚 work with amazing faculty members who equip our students with the tools to make them successful in the nursing world,鈥 Toney shared. 鈥淎s chair, I want to support faculty and students to ensure that they have the tools and skills they need to thrive in the workplace and to provide high quality care to all patients.鈥

In addition to faculty, staff and students, Toney credits the continued support of a full range of resources beyond the university 鈥 including a close-knit alumni network and ongoing partnerships throughout Hickory and Catawba County 鈥 as essential contributors to the nursing program鈥檚 ongoing success. 

鈥淲hat I love about nursing is that it comes from a heart of caring and service. I see it as a calling, a spiritual gift of caring for others in a time of need,鈥 Toney added. 鈥淲e care for all individuals as human beings that need and deserve dignity and respect. That has been the guiding principle in my 25 years as a nurse, and as an educator, I want to share that same passion for caring for others. I want students to know that nursing is not just a profession, it is a responsibility and a calling.鈥

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