About Our Program

Graduate Program Objectives

When students graduate, they are expected to be able to:

  • Integrate theoretical perspectives from nursing science and related sciences as a framework for planning holistic care to enhance, modify, or support the health patterns of client systems in various environmental contexts.
  • Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing practice with focus on direct and indirect delivery of care and evaluation of outcomes for defined client systems.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and effective communication skills for advanced nursing practice as a part of a multidisciplinary team within various environmental contexts.
  • Design programs for defined client systems in health promotion, maintenance, restoration and palliation within a framework of population-focused advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional roles to operationalize standards of care and to effect change in nursing practice.
  • Critically appraise available evidence in the planning and delivery of safe and effective care.
  • Participate in the political process to influence health and social policy.
  • Demonstrate legal, ethical, and financial accountability from the perspective of advanced nursing practice and within various environmental contexts.
  • Exhibit a commitment to excellence in nursing practice and to advancement of the discipline of nursing through engaging in scholarly inquiry.

Our Team

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Jody Beckington

DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Jody Beckington is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with 17 years of experiencing caring for neurosurgical patients.  She first served as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati starting in the summer of 2012.  She then transitioned to full time faculty in the Fall of 2014, and Assistaant Professor in 2017.  Dr. Beckington currently serves as the coordinator of the Adult Gerontology Acure Care Nurse Practitioner program at the College of Nursing.  Jody is passionate about the education of nurses and the profession's role in the transformation of healthcare. 
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Kimberly Mullins

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing Adult/Gero NP- DL program coordinator, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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I am a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) prepared, adult nurse practitioner (NP) with 30 years of clinical practice experience committed to excellence in patient care and evidence-based practice. My NP certification is in adult primary care and I have achieved an advanced certification in oncology practice. I currently hold a faculty position teaching graduate and doctoral level nursing students while I continue my clinical practice in radiation oncology. As a Senior NP in this clinical position, I conduct new and follow up visits, as well as manage side effects of those patients actively receiving treatment. In this role I function both independently and collaboratively with a Radiation Oncologist. Maintaining the high standards required of advanced oncology certification benefits my clinical practice as well as my teaching. As an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, I teach courses within the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. In addition to numerous service activities for the College and University, I serve as the Coordinator of the Distance Learning AGPC (Adult Gero Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner program since my appointment in October 2015. In this capacity I actively work with marketing, recruitment, and retention services. I serve as a resource and faculty advisor for all students enrolled in this program. I also serve as the Chair for several DNP Student Project Committees. In addition to clinical practice, teaching, and service, I am committed to the scholarship of nursing. I have collaborated with several colleagues to produce peer reviewed published works and have been an invited speaker at national conferences.
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Sherry Donaworth

Associate Professor- Clinical Coordinator, Post-Master FNP DL Program, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Dr. Sherry Donaworth is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing.  She is board certified as both an Adult-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive clinical practice experience has included critical care, cardiology, geriatrics as well as primary care.   As lead faculty for advanced pharmacology and clinical management of adult health problems, she has utilized the “flipped classroom” and advanced technology in teaching, for both onsite and distance learners.  Dr. Donaworth serves as a content expert on an ANE HRSA grant for interactive case studies for distance learning students and is a Fellow of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA).
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Jason Allen Gregg

Assistant Professor of Clinical; FNP Distance Learning Program Coordinator, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Doctoral-prepared Advanced Practice Nurse with certifications in both Family Practice (AANP; ANCC) and Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health (ANCC).  Experience in academia includes teaching in both undergrduate (ADN) and graduate (MSN, DNP) programs.  Clinical expertise includes family practice, psych mental health, and management of chemical dependence. 
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W. Jeff Trees

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Co-Director of FNP Program , CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Dr. Trees has been a registered nurse for over 40 years and has practiced clinically in medical/surgical nursing, emergency departments, prehospital care, and occupational health settings. He has clinical experience as a staff nurse, charge nurse, and manager. He has been a family nurse practitioner for over 16 years practicing primarily in occupational medicine. He enjoys students and has precepted many students during his career.

Areas of expertise:
Family Practice / Primary Care
Occupational Medicine
Emergency / Urgent Care / Retail Clinics
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Valerie Kay Moniaci

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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I have been an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Director/Coordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program here at the University of Cincinnati for 20 years. I am a practicing Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I have forty years of experience in the neontal field. I have been a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 1992.
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Joan Marie Sevy Majers

Dr., CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Results-oriented healthcare executive who has successfully assumed increasingly complex responsibilities throughout a service career. Experience includes case management leadership, productivity enhancement, expense reduction, organizational restructuring, performance improvement and process review and design in both the not for profit and for profit healthcare arenas as an executive and consultant.  Initially assumed faculty positions in both  RN to BSN as well as  associate degree nursing  programs, and  is now teaching graduate  nursing courses, using distance learning strategies. Responsibilities include coordination of the leadership graduate programs and dvelopment of the case management certificate program at the College of Nursing.
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Beth Ann Clayton

Program Director-Nurse Anesthesia Major, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Beth Ann Clayton is a Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director at the University of Cincinnati. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 

She leads over 75 nurse anesthesia students in doctorate-level programming. She oversees curriculum, DNP projects, and faculty teaching for 15 didactic faculty members and over 80 clinical nurse anesthesia faculty members at UC Physicians, as well as 20 clinical coordinators over 19 different clinical sites. She is responsible for compliance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  

Dr. Clayton is a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She provides anesthesia services at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She specializes in obstetric anesthesia and delivers care at  Level II and Level III labor and delivery units. 

With experience spanning over 25 years, Dr. Clayton is a respected clinician, researcher, and educator to practicing CRNAs, nurse anesthesia students, and other healthcare professionals. A primary author of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists obstetric anesthesia practice guidelines, she advocates tirelessly for evidence-based practice improvements through years of working with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).  Her commitments include the AANA Closed Claims Committee, Practice Committee and Spinal/Epidural and Ultrasound Workshops. Her research analyzes closed malpractice claims to facilitate the identification of  patterns of injuries, precipitating events and interventions to improve care. Her work in obstetric anesthesia has improved maternal and fetal care across the country and the world through dissemination at over 100 national and international conferences, several peer-reviewed publications and participation in community and national task forces to advance patient care.  A recipient of two AANA national awards in education and research, Dr. Clayton serves as a journal reviewer for the AANA Journal and Pain Management Nursing Journal.  In addition, Dr. Clayton is leading an opioid-sparing pain control technique with demonstrated results in place at multiple Ohio hospitals.  

Dr. Clayton received her BSN from Bloomsburg University and her MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Northeastern University. She later earned her DNP at the University of Cincinnati.

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Melanie Kroger-Jarvis

Professor - Educator, CON Undergrad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Lisa Marie Hachey

Associate Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Dr. Lisa M. Hachey is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing for the Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing. Her clinical practice emphasized evidence-based care to medically underserved women, marginalized populations, and those with exposure to trauma and violence.  She practiced at the Cleveland Clinic and the Perinatal Research Center of the NIH at Wayne State University Physician’s Group and the Detroit Medical Center since obtaining her nurse-midwifery certification in 1999.  Her current focus is on educating the next generation of nurse midwives and women’s health practitioners with a research interest of innovative technology using augmented reality and artificial intelligence for clinical skills training in remote environments. Dr. Hachey was the Primary Investigator (PI) for the awarded 2017 Dean’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. This allowed her team to complete Phase I and Phase II Pilot studies and develop interactive online clinical skill modules. Dr. Hachey was invited by Bayer U.S. LLC to submit an Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) grant to support her work in augmented reality and artificial intelligence, which was funded in November 2020 for Phase III-Part I Clinical Skills Simulator Program. Through the University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Center she completed a patent submission for innovative technology. In 2018 and 2019, her scholarship and clinical practice expertise was recognized through the publication of clinical practice articles. The human trafficking article won the Inane Award for best featured article in the category of “Hot Topic”.  She was the recipient of the 2021 Nursing for Women’s Health Excellence in Writing Award presented at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses annual convention. Dr. Hachey is the Director of the College of Nursing Continuing Education Approver Unit (OBN‐011‐93). She is a peer reviewer for the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal (AENJ), Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN), Journal of Human Trafficking (JHT), Journal of Nursing and Women’s Health (NWH) and Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. She is a member of the HEAL Trafficking international network (35 countries) of multidisciplinary professionals and participates on the Education, Advocacy and Research Committees.  She was an invited contributor on a collective document submitted by the HEAL Trafficking network to the Department of State Trafficking in Persons 2020 Report.  Dr. Hachey is Collaborating with The Emergency Medicine Cardiac Research and Education Group (EMCREG)-International, the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Emmy and Telly award-winning Total CME/MedEd On The Go as a program committee member.
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Robyn Wingard Stamm

Assoc Professor - Clin, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Tasha R. Turner-Bicknell

Dr., CON Undergrad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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My background in cultural anthropology has provided me with an appreciation for the diversity of lived experience.  I am committed to equality, social justice, and healthcare reform.  My doctoral work included the research, review, and implementation of best-practice recommendations for a mobile syringe service program. I understand the importance of developing population health interventions that provide low-threshold services to meet populations on their own terms.
Areas of interest:  harm reduction, drug user health, public health, global health and health disparities
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Dr. R. Lee Tyson

DNP, DMin, MSN, MDiv, BSN, BA, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN, FIAAN / Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs Director , CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Dr. Tyson is an Advanced Practice Nurse holding dual doctorates in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice and theology/spiritual formation. He is triple-boarded as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Certified Addictions Registered Nurse—Advanced Practice. He is a newly appointed Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and also the International Academy of Addictions Nursing. Before entering academia and the mental health industry, Dr. Tyson served in professional ministry for many years, and still devotes time as adjunct clergy. He has extensive clinical involvement working with populations in myriad settings across Ohio, including with the #2 ranked pediatric hospital in the nation, reputable community health centers, as well as several for-profit psychiatric hospitals and substance use treatment facilities. These experiences have helped facilitate Dr. Tyson’s success in his current roles at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Lee Side Wellness. Dr. Tyson is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs, currently the second largest graduate program at the College of Nursing. He is also founder, owner, and CEO of Lee Side Wellness, the largest privately held outpatient psychiatric practices in southwest Ohio, and one of the foremost NP-owned practices in the nation. Dr. Tyson’s organization employs PMHNPs, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, as well as pharmacists who offer a variety of services, including telepsychiatry, pharmacogenomics, neuromodulation, and many modalities of psychotherapy. Thanks to his generous entrepreneurial approach, Dr. Tyson has consulted with numerous PMHNPs, replicating his own practice model in dozens of successful APRN-owned and operated psychiatric treatment organizations across the nation. He has made numerous presentations and publications on a variety of topics, including nursing entrepreneurialism, tele-mental health, anxiety, mood and thought disorders, PTSD, ADHD, sexuality/gender issues, geriatric concerns, and substance use. He currently serves on the Mental Health Team of the University of Cincinnati Urban Health Pathway, as well as an Advisor on the Attorney General’s All-Ohio Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Interprofessional Educational Symposium Committee and Planning Sub-Committee. Finally, Dr. Tyson serves on the Ohio Board of Nursing APRN Advisory Committee and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) Education Committee, as well as his very influential role as Chair of the ANCC PMHNP Content Expert Panel which oversees the national certification exam for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.
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Tamara Pavlik-Maus

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

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Professor Maus is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Coordinator of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing. She has maintained board certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) for twenty-five years. Professor Maus practiced extensively throughout the United States providing evidence-based care to medically underserved women, including central California and the United States / Mexico border. With her current focus on education, she directs her energy toward technology in learning and teaching clinical skills through online and onsite simulation. Under her leadership, the WHNP Program has maintained a 95 – 100 % pass rate over the last six years on the WHNP certification exam. She and her team were awarded the 2017 Dean’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. The Grant allowed her to develop and implement numerous online clinical skill modules covering the pelvic exam, specimen collection, microscopy, breast exam, and intrauterine device insertion. In 2020, Bayer Global awarded her team a $97,000 grant for development of simulation experiences in a distance learning format. Her scholarship and clinical practice expertise was further recognized through the publication of clinical practice articles. Over the last several years, she published several articles by invitation.  In 2021, an article she was one of the authors on was awarded the 2021 Nursing in Women’s Health Excellence in Writing Award.  Professor Maus has provided extensive service to the University of Cincinnati through committee work at the Department, College, and University levels. She is completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at University of Alabama in Huntsville. She plans to remain at the forefront in advancing the nursing profession.
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Taylor Elizabeth Brisbin

Program Coordinator, CON Academic Affairs

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Melissa Anne Joos

Program Manager, CON Academic Affairs

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Maureen Ann Braniff Koo

Program Coordinator, CON Academic Affairs

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Jalicia Kathleen Ruttino

Program Coordinator, CON Academic Affairs

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State Authorization


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The College of Nursing is authorized to have a clinical presence in all states, except Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

In Washington, Master of Science in Nursing and Post-MSN Certificate programs are authorized; Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are not.