Sandra G. Townes, RN, a nursing instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, recently earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. Her dissertation was titled "The Perceived Effectiveness of a Learning and Life Skills Course for first-semester Associate Degree Nursing Students on Academic Skills, Nursing Knowledge, Preparation for the Nursing Curriculum and Retention."
The purpose of this study was to determine the perceived effectiveness of a Learning and Life Skills course for first-semester Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students on academic skills, nursing knowledge, preparation for the nursing curriculum and retention. The study was conducted at a community college located in the southeast region of the U.S. The researcher selected a purposive sample of thirteen participants who completed the LLS course and were retained in the program in the fourth semester.
Dr. Townes holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education from William Carey University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Holmes Community College. Before coming to Holmes, she served as a nursing instructor for Mississippi Delta Community College. Her nursing career includes experience in case management, medical/surgical and pediatric care.
Dr. Townes and her husband have been married 11 years and together they have three children: Patricia, Javarius and Jamelia Brown, who tragically passed away in 2010. The Townes also have two grandchildren and one on the way. In her free time, she enjoys DIY projects and serving her community. She is a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc.; a group which provides community services such as health education, blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, among other services. Dr. Townes also attends Washington Street Church of Christ where she is involved in different activities and programs.