Title: Nursing Educator
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Dr. Ruth Stephens, Nursing Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing education.
Dr. Stephens believes it was under the providence of God that lead her to becoming a nursing educator. She was recommended to go to college and work with in the office of the director of the nursing program which lead her down her own path in nursing. She graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1954. She returned to her education to receive a Master of Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive a Master of Science in 1965. Upon receiving a scholarship, she earned a PhD at Emory University in the field in 1982. With her own concrete academic background, Dr. Stephens has been able to help many patients and train future generations of nursing professionals.
She began teaching as an assistant professor in 1966 and later served as an associate professor in the early 1980s. In 1983, she joined the faculty at Alcorn State University as a professor and as the chairman of the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing. She later joined the Florida Community College as a professor of nursing and coordinator of processes. In addition, she has instructed at Brewster Hospital, the Brewster-Duval School of Nursing and the Duval County Practical Nursing Program. For her work, Dr. Stephens has received teacher of the year awards. She was selected to the Golden Rams Society of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and is noted for being the first African-American graduate of the school of nursing at FAMU.
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