Mary Brown has joined Yavapai College as its new Nursing Program Director, replacing Chris Witbeck, who has moved to the VA hospital in Prescott.
Brown comes to Prescott from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis where she served as department chair of its nursing program. She has more than 20 years of experience in a community college school of nursing.
"I am honored to have been selected as the new director," Brown said. "Yavapai College has a well-respected nursing program, and the students are very successful in passing their national nursing board exam upon graduation to become Registered Nurses. Yavapai College is responding to the need for nurses to be skilled in information technology by incorporating an electronic health records system into the classroom and the clinical lab settings in the fall semester. We will also be enhancing critical thinking and skill acquisition in a safe, friendly environment while maintaining the same high academic standards that the people of Yavapai County have come to expect from their college."
Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. She also is a Certified Nurse Educator.
After working as a bedside nurse earlier in her career, Brown moved into nursing education as a nursing staff educator in health care facilities and progressed to the college level as nursing faculty. She achieved full professor status and eventually became the nursing department chair of her Indianapolis campus.
The Yavapai College nursing program offers an Associate Degree in Nursing that is designed to prepare qualified students for beginning employment as staff nurses giving direct care to clients. More information about the program is available online at www.yc.edu/nursing