LHSON Appoints Nan Ketcham as Undergraduate Program Director

June 16, 2014

DALLAS, TX (June 16, 2014) -- The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) congratulates Mrs. Nan (Batten) Ketcham on her appointment as the Undergraduate Program Director.

In her new position, Mrs. Ketcham will work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean regarding matters pertaining to the undergraduate curriculum, clinical experiences, and course faculty. In addition to ongoing program management, she will work on programmatic evaluation and reporting accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Texas Board of Nursing (TX BON), and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

“Nan is absolutely the right person to help the LHSON reach our goals and continue to advance,” said Dr. Linda Plank, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, LHSON. “Nan was voted by the faculty to serve as the Chair of the Faculty Organization for the academic year 2013-2014 and was strongly supported by the faculty. She was able to obtain grant funding and started the very successful FastBacc program five years ago with very little time to prepare and very little assistance. That program has been successful by every measurement.”

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Ketcham has been a registered nurse (RN) for thirty-four years. She graduated from El Centro College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1980. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) in 1984 and Masters of Nursing in 1990 from the University of Texas at Arlington. She worked for Baylor Health Care System from 1980 to 2006 and held management positions in Intensive Care, Obstetrics, Administration and Information Systems.

In August, 2006, she joined the faculty of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University.

Previous to her new position at LHSON, she was the Coordinator of the FastBacc Program, an accelerated BSN program for second-degree students. She is past chair of the Faculty Organization.

She serves at the university level on the Committee on Committees and the Teaching and Technology committee. She received her certification from the National League of Nurses as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in April, 2014.

Mrs. Ketcham is pursuing her PhD in Leadership Studies at the Gary Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society and serves as the treasurer for the Eta Gamma Chapter. She is also a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Epsilon Phi Chapter.

Involved in the community and missions work, Mrs. Ketcham is dedicated to giving back. She has participated in study abroad experiences as a faculty member in Mexico and as a student in Israel. She has also participated in humanitarian and mission trips to Grenada, Mexico City, Juarez, and Piedras Negro, Mexico and works with several charity clinics for underserved residents and homeless clients in the Dallas area. She is a member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas working with children’s ministry in the preschool age group, a member of the mission’s team, and an adult ministries leader in the Russell Life Group. Her previous community work has included Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, Crandall High School Athletic Booster Club and various children’s sports team.

Devoted to her family, Mrs. Ketcham has two sons, Will Batten and Richard Batten, daughter-in-law Jaymie, grandson James Baker “Jay”, plus granddaughters, Grace Weaver and Dixie Weaver. She is a resident of Heath, Texas with her husband Philip Edward Ketcham.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY LOUISE HERRINGTON SCHOOL OF NURSING – Dallas, Texas

The Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1952, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. The School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degrees in advanced neonatal nursing, nursing leadership and innovation, and family nurse practitioner programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School also offers a nurse midwifery doctorate in nursing practice. For more information visit www.baylor.edu/nursing

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