Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing; SET-RN HRSA Project Coordinator
B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia; M.S.N., Grand Canyon University
Mitzi Averette received her B.S. in Nursing in 1977 and worked in hospitals and other healthcare settings for over 25 years before transitioning her career to include academic teaching. Starting as a part time clinical instructor, she then accepted a full time position focused on teaching in the simulation lab setting in 2010. Ms. Averette was chosen in 2011 as one of only twenty faculty from across the United States to participate in the National League for Nursing Leadership Development Program and she became a Certified Simulation Healthcare Educator in 2012.
Ms. Averette completed her Masters in Nursing Leadership in 2015 and passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam that same year. In 2017, she took over the role of Simulation Director at Methodist University which involves not only simulated clinical experiences for nursing courses but includes interprofessional experiences with all other departments within the School of Health Sciences. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals such as Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Regulation.
In addition to her passion for teaching with simulation, Ms. Averette is also dedicated to helping our community address and reduce the negative impact of substance use disorder (SUD). She is involved in several county and state-wide initiatives which are working to identify and implement evidence-based solutions. In 2017, her article about supporting students with SUD was published by the National Student Nurses Association. Ms. Averette was then invited to speak at the North Carolina Board of Education Summit in 2019 on the topic of “Recovery Rising.”