Cox earns doctorate from William Carey

Pictured is Holmes Community College Associated Degree Nursing instructor Tiffany Cox, whom recently earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

Tiffany Cox of Ridgeland, an Associate Degree Nursing instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, recently completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration at William Carey University. After defending her dissertation, "An Examination of Non-Nursing Students' Attitude of Nursing as a Career Choice for Males," Dr. Cox officially received her degree on Aug. 11 during a ceremony held at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Cox earned a Master of Science in Nurse Education from University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2012. She has also completed coursework at the Delta State University School of Nursing, received a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University, earned certification in Enterostomal Therapy from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alcorn State University.

Dr. Cox has been a part of the Holmes family since 2013. She started off teaching practical nursing courses, but began instructing the ADN courses soon after.

"Dr. Cox joined the Associate Degree Nursing program in 2013 and has exemplified the epitome of professional excellence in nursing education since joining Holmes Community College," said Dr. Alice Austin, assistant director for the ADN program. "She has been a great asset to the program here in Ridgeland and we are so proud of her for earning her Ph.D."

Prior to working at Holmes, Dr. Cox was employed with University of Mississippi Medical Center from 2004-2013. Over the tenure of her time at UMMC, she worked as a case manager for the hematology/oncology department, as a psychiatric utilization manager, as a pediatric utilization manager and as a quality initiative coordinator. Before UMMC, Dr. Cox worked at St. Dominic's Hospital as a staff nurse; at Serv-U Home Health Agency as a team leader/admission nurse; at Sta-Home Health Agency as a patient care manager and enterostomal therapist; at Mississippi State Hospital as a shift supervisor and RN and at Interim Staffing Agency in Hyattsville, Maryland, as a PRN staff nurse.

In addition to her extensive background working in management and nursing, Dr. Cox also has experience in public policy as part of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. PMF is a prestigious, two-year training and development program at a U.S. government agency. Administered by the Office of Personnel Management, it is for U.S. citizens with a recent graduate degree. As part of the program, Dr. Cox was a safety and health specialist for USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC, and worked on rotation site for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency Center for Mental Health Services in Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Cox has received a number of honors awards, including making the William Carey University President's List as a doctoral student and winning the Rosie Lee Calvin Nurse Educator Award, among numerous others. She is a member of the Holmes Faculty Association, the ADN Student Affairs Committee, Healthy at Holmes, Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Mississippi Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses Association and has held a number of other professional memberships, as well.

To learn more about Holmes' ADN program, contact Director of Nursing Dr. LaWanda Herron at lherron@holmescc.edu or (662) 227-2305.

To learn more about Dr. Cox, check out her professional exposé at https://sites.google.com/site/professionalinfluence/.

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IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Holmes Community College Associated Degree Nursing instructor Tiffany Cox, whom recently earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

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