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Rhonda McPherson Morgan


Interim Director of Graduate Studies


School of Nursing

Office Location:

Kingsport Campus: Kingsport Campus 104 E Main Street

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"Listen to your life...... because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace"

Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation


I wanted to be nurse since I was 5 years old. That is one thing about which I never changed my mind. I guess I must have been listening to my life even before I was aware of it. I find that the listening is easier now than it was before. During my career, I have had fortunate opportunities to practice in a variety of areas.Clinical practice has been primarily in emergency and critical care nursing, and later on in my career, in staff development/training, advanced practice,  and senior level executive administration. I am an East Tennessee native, and my husband and I enjoy quieter times in a weekend cabin built on land that has been in my family since the 1700s. We have 2 grown daughters (not nurses - but teachers!), one teaches creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa and one teaches early childhood education in the TN Community College System. We also have 5 adorable young grandchildren.


Specialty Board Certifications

Certified Emergency Nurse

Certified Neuroscience Nurse

Certified Critical Care Nurse Specialist


Doctor of Nursing Practice   Executive Leadership Focus        Waynesburg University

Master of Science in Nursing  Critical Care Clinical Specialist  University of Virginia

Bachelor of Science Nursing                                                 East Tennessee State University

Recent Publications and Presentations


Morgan, R. (Oct. 2016). Collective thoughts about the assessment of service learning. Assessment Update (28)5.        Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/au.2016.28.issue-5/issuetoc

Wilson, I., Morgan, R., (Ed).  (2015). The great Lermentov, The North American Review,300 (3). 40-45.

Ramponi, D., Morgan, R. (2011). Writing for resolution. Nursing Management.42, (8). p. 53-55.

Morgan, R. (April 2010). Will your next emergency patient obtain a hospital-acquired infection? ED Nursing: A Monthly Clinical Update on Emergency Nursing Part II.

Morgan, R. (Feb. 2009). Will your next emergency patient obtain a hospital-acquired infection? ED Nursing: A Monthly Clinical Update on Emergency Nursing Part I.

James, S., Morgan, R., Price, B. (2009). Hardwired for excellence: A collaborative solution to linen utilization. Association for Linen Management Journal. 7(5 & 7). p.12-15.

Morgan, R., Papa, A., Zempsky, W. (2008). Competency, compassion and contentment: Nurses' attitudes toward pain associated with peripheral venous access. The Journal of Pain. 9 (4). p. 44.

Morgan, R. 2007. Nursing training program: Sedation in the intensive care setting. McMahon Publishing.NY, NY.

Morgan, R. (2007). Turning around the turn-arounds: Improving ED through-put processes. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 33 (6). 530.

Morgan, R. (2007). Cutting-edge discussions of management, policy, and program issues in emergency care. Journal of Emergency Nursing.33. (4). p.39

Morgan, R. (2004). West Nile virus encephalitis: A case study. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 36(4). p.185-88.

Faries, J., Morgan, R. (1992). Treating cancer-related pain in the emergency department: The nurse's role. Journal of Emergency Nursing 18. p. 397-407.    



2016 October National DNP Conference Baltimore MD. "A Decennial Look at the DNP and Back to the Future".

2015 October 27 Assessment Institute Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis. "Service Learning in the Community: How Do We Assess Outcomes?"

2015 January 30 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Annual Doctoral Conference. “Integrating Service Learning Into the DNP Curriculum”. Coronado, CA

2014 March 7 – National ENA Leadership Conference Phoenix AZ, podium presentation: “At the Table with the CFO – Interpretation of Essential Corporate Financial Statements”

2013 September 18 – 22, National ENA  Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly  Nashville, TN “Nutrimens Pharmacea – Common Food and Drug Interactions”

2013 April 12 – American Association of Colleges of Nursing Hot Issues Conference, St Louis MO, Linking Didactic and Clinical Experiences in an Online RN-BSN Program

2012 Sept. 12 – 15, 2012 National: National Emergency Nurses Association Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly, San Diego, CA. Two podium presentations:“Pediatric Stroke” and “Oh Grandma – What a Long Med List You Have, ADRs in the Elderly”

2012 February 23 – 26, 2012: National Emergency Nurses Association Annual Leadership Conference  New Orleans, LA: “Two Years Into Reform – Let’s Take a Look”, “The Scorecard -  It’s a Balancing Act”, “A Just Culture – Making Right out of Wrong”

2011 February 16 – 20, 2011 Portland, OR Emergency Nurses Association National Leadership Conference: “Impact of Healthcare Reform On ED Operations”,  “Coaching High, Middle, Low Performers–The Good, Bad and Ugly”, “Child-proofing your ED – Creating a Safer Environment for Children”

2010 June 25 National Emergency Nurses Association Quarterly Webinar: “ The ED Role in Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections”

2010 February National Emergency Nurses Association Annual Leadership Conference Chicago, IL: “Care of Special Populations in the ED” and  “CMS Update”

2009 October Emergency Nurses Association National Annual Conference Baltimore, MD “Cultural Responsiveness in the Emergency Department”

2009 June 24  National Emergency Nurses Association Quarterly Webinar  “CMS Update”

2009 March ENA National Leadership Conference Reno, NV “Key Concepts in Emergency Department Management: Leadership in Teambuilding” and “CMS Regulatory Update” 

2008  November ENA Chicago, IL “” and “Key Concepts in Emergency Department Leadership - Building Effective Teams”

2008  September National ENA Scientific Assembly Minneapolis, MN: “Competency, Compassion and Contentment: Management of Pediatric Procedural Pain” and “Picking Out the Zebras: ED Presentation of Endocrine Disorders”

2008 May American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute New Orleans, LA “Optimizing Outcomes Through Patient-Centered Sedation”

2008 February National Emergency Nurses Association Annual Leadership Conference Chicago, IL: “Key Concepts in Emergency Department Management: Building Effective Teams”

2007 October Annual Scientific Assembly of the Emergency Nurses Association Salt Lake City, Utah “Acute Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome” and “The Eyes Have It – Pathological Eye Signs”

2007 May American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute Atlanta, GA

“Improving Outcomes Through Targeted Sedation”

2006 September ENA Scientific Assembly San Antonio TX,  “Neurological Assessment” , “Emergency Department Throughput” and “Managing Nausea and Vomiting in the ED Patient”

2006 May AACN National Teaching Institute Anaheim, CA “Bioterrorism and Chemical Warfare”

2005 May National Teaching Institute American Association of Critical Care Nurses. New Orleans, LA “Correlative Neurological Anatomy” and Neurological Assessment”


2013 October 18 Greater Memphis Area Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses – “Historic Trauma Cases – Would They Survive Today” and “Advance ABG Interpretation and End-Tidal CO2 Monitoring”

2013 October 19, Tennessee Organization of Nurse Executives: “The Scorecard – A Balancing Act”, “A Just Culture, Making Right Out of Wrong”

2012 September 17, Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Sigma Annual Research Day. Pediatric Procedural Pain Management – Competency, Compassion and Commitment

2012 October 3,  Regional Beyond the Basics Nursing Education Conference, Bristol, TN: “Historic Trauma Cases – Would They Survive Today ?”  

2012 April, Southeastern Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Chattanooga, TN: Invited as Keynote “Generational Differences in the Workplace” and podium presentation: “The Evolution of Cardiovascular Nursing”

2011   October Beyond the Basics Annual Nursing Education Conference – Advanced ABG Interpretation

2010    May Doctoral Graduate address Waynesburg University Commencement Waynesburg , PA

2009 November Greater Memphis Area Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses  Annual Fall Conference Memphis, TN “Stroke Syndromes: Correlative Physiology, Evaluation and Management” and “Therapeutic Hypothermia – The Chilling Facts”

2009 October LA State ENA Annual Conference Monroe, LA “Managing TBI – A Case Study Approach Utilizing the National Brain Injury Guidelines”

2009 June Pennsylvania State ENA Annual Meeting Bethlehem, PA “Pediatric  Procedural Pain Management”

2008 November Emery University Crawford Long Hospital Atlanta, GA Certification Review Course Neuroscience Nursing

2008 May University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC “Building Effective Teams”

2007 January Anesiva Pediatric Nursing Advisory Board Philadelphia, PA “Examining  Nursing Competency of Pediatric Procedural Pain Management”

2007 & 2006 Tampa General Hospital Tampa, FL “Certification Review Course Neuroscience Nursing”

2007  James A Haley VA Hospital Tampa, FL “Certification Review Course Neuroscience Nursing”

2006 & 2005 AACN Greater Memphis Region Fall Conference

2006 April Maywood IL, Loyola Unversity: “Use of Point of Care Cardiac Markers in the ED”

2006 February University of IL Chicago Certification Review Course – Neuroscience Nursing

2005 Bristol, TN AORN Regional Spring Workshop

2004 & 2003 Johnson City, TN Regional Beyond the Basics Nursing Conference

2003 & 2002 Gatlinburg, TN Tennessee State Post-Anesthesia Nurses Association

2002 Norfolk, VA Virginia Commonwealth EMS Symposium Norfolk


2013 October 21, Kingsport, Wellmont Parish Nurses “Impact of the ACC on Post-Acute Care”

2012 November 3, Kingsport Wellmont Parish Nurses “Update on The PPACA and Medicare”

2011 October Leadership Kingsport Encore Class – Healthcare Reform

2010 December Keynote ETSU College of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

2010 June Mountain States Medical Center Annual Research Day “Optimizing Pediatric Procedural Pain Management”

2010 May Keynote Address Northeast State College Nursing Pinning Ceremony

2009 Nov. Bristol Regional Medical Center Annual Stroke Conference Bristol, TN “Pediatric Stroke”

2009 April Oncology Update Kingsport, TN “The ABC’s of the CBC”

2007 Annual Conference – Appalachian Chapter Jonesborough, TN “Trauma in the Elderly – Special Care for a Special Population”

2007 Second Annual Emergency Medicine Kingport, TN “Early Identification of the Septic Patient    in the ED” and “Initiation of the Sepsis Bundles”

2006 Jonesborough, TN Appalachian Chapter AORN Spring Seminar

2005 May Keynote Address King College Nursing Pinning Ceremony – first graduating class

2004 Holston Valley Medical Center Critical Care Conference Kingsport TN

2004 & 2003 Pulmonary Critical Care Symposium Johnson City, TN           

Current research


Courses recently taught

NURS 3330 LECT Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 5054 LECT Financial/Accounting Issues for Nurse Managers
NURS 5059 LECT Transformational Strategies-Practicum II
NURS 5060 LECT Transformational Strategies-Practicum III
NURS 7005 LECT Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 7016 LECT Leadership of Complex Healthcare Systems and Organizations