Nursing Program Faculty & Staff

Bradley Accipiter

Bradley Accipiter, B.S.

Simulation Lab Technician
(910) 480-8425
Nursing 115
Bradley Accipiter
Bradley Accipiter, B.S.

Simulation Lab Technician

B.S., California University of Pennsylvania

(910) 480-8425
Nursing 115
Mitzi Averette

Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Simulation Director
(910) 630-7591
Nursing 118
Mitzi Averette
Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor of Nursing; Simulation Director

B.S.N., Medical College of Georgia; M.S.N., Grand Canyon University

Bio:

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.”

(910) 630-7591
Nursing 118
Cheryl Bearringer

Cheryl Bearringer, DNP, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8449
Nursing 133
Cheryl Bearringer
Cheryl Bearringer, DNP, RN, CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing

B.S.N., Spring Arbor University; M.S.N., D.N.P., George Washington University; CNE

Bio:

Dr. Bearringer began her nursing career 28 years ago, first as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), then an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN-RN), to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and graduated from George Washington University with an MSN-Nurse Practitioner (MSN-NP).

Dr. Bearringer later returned to George Washington University in 2014 to complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), including a major in nursing education. She presented her doctoral research on Gender Differences of Modifiable Lifestyle Behaviors and Clinical Factors in Asian Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease, at a cultural diversity conference in San Antonio, Texas and at an annual international conference for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dr.  Bearringer has since then become nationally certified by the National League of Nursing (NLN) as a Certified Nurse Educator.

As a nursing educator, Dr. Bearringer has taught Adult Health I & II, Leadership & Health Policy, Pharmacology, Research, Pathophysiology, Capstone, and a pre-nursing course. Her clinical experience includes working as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse, a local and regional case manager for an international healthcare organization, a hospital cardiovascular case manager, rounding for cardiothoracic surgeons, and later specializing in nephrology working both as an RN and a Nurse Practitioner in Ohio, Michigan and Washington, DC.  Her special interests in nursing education include acute and chronic diseases, holistic nursing care approach, active learning strategies, cognitive science research in healthcare education, testing and evaluation research, and inter-professional simulation clinical experiences, including local and state presentations on immersive active learning strategies using simulation experiences.

Dr. Bearringer personal interests include sketching and watercolor painting; the theater, museums, and music; but most of all, spending time with her four grandchildren.

(910) 480-8449
Nursing 133
Jennifer Caviness

Jennifer Caviness, B.S.

Office Manager / Admissions, Nursing Program
(910) 630-7578
Nursing 140
Jennifer Caviness
Jennifer Caviness, B.S.

Office Manager / Admissions, Nursing Program

B.S., Methodist University

(910) 630-7578
Nursing 140
Dr. Lori Cooke

Lori Cooke, DNP, M.Ed., RN-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8488
Nursing 130
Dr. Lori Cooke
Lori Cooke, DNP, M.Ed., RN-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

B.S.N., M.Ed., Kent State University; D.N.P., Carlow University

(910) 480-8488
Nursing 130
Jennifer Danks

Jennifer Danks, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Instructor of Nursing
(910) 480-8448
Nursing 131
Jennifer Danks
Jennifer Danks, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Instructor of Nursing

B.S., University of Phoenix; M.S.N., East Carolina University

(910) 480-8448
Nursing 131
Dr. Cheryl Dodson

Cheryl Dodson, DNP, MBA, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8464
Nursing 132
Dr. Cheryl Dodson
Cheryl Dodson, DNP, MBA, RN, CCM

Assistant Professor of Nursing

B.S.N., East Carolina University; M.B.A., M.S.N., D.N.P., Union University

Bio:

Dr. Dodson has been a Registered Nurse for nearly a decade and a half. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Business Management, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University.

Dr. Dodson’s nursing experience is vast and includes intensive care, perioperative, psychiatric mental health, case management, and population health.  She holds a certification in case management. Dr. Dodson’s doctoral project focused on the development and implementation of a Business Plan for an Enhanced Integrated Care Management Program.

Dr. Dodson has been teaching in the Nursing Program here at Methodist University since Fall of 2018. During this time as a nurse educator, she has taught courses in psychiatric mental health nursing, fundamentals, adult health, community nursing, and pre-nursing.  Currently, she is working on publication in the field of death, dying, and grief.

Dr. Dodson is a native of Fayetteville and lives here with her family and her dog.  She has strong connections to the community and is involved with church, our military, and veterans.  Passionate about health care and the expanding and critical role of the nurse, Dr. Dodson is dedicated to fostering the development of new nurse graduates that are more than competent to meet the challenges and demands of caring compassionately for others.

(910) 480-8464
Nursing 132
Nancy Grimes

Nancy Grimes, B.S.

Administrative/Clinical Assistant, Nursing
(910) 480-8409
Nursing 119
Nancy Grimes
Nancy Grimes, B.S.

Administrative/Clinical Assistant, Nursing

B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

(910) 480-8409
Nursing 119
Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston, DNP, RN, CNM, IBCLC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
(910) 480-8423
Nursing 134
Tom Johnston
Tom Johnston, DNP, RN, CNM, IBCLC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

B.S., Austin Peay State University; M.S.N., University of Rhode Island

Certifications:

CNM, IBCLC

Bio:

Tom Johnston earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee in 1997, and his Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Midwifery from the University of Rhode Island in 2005.  He is a midwife (not mid-husband) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who retired from the Army in 2015 as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 27 years in the Army Nurse Corps.  During his long career in the Army he served in a plethora of roles in Tennessee, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, and Landstuhl, Germany.  His last assignment was as the Chief of Midwifery Services at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Professor Johnston is an expert in human lactation and has traveled across America presenting in professional and lay conferences on the role of the father in breastfeeding, the molecular biology of human lactation, the impact of health care providers on the breastfeeding relationship and newborn transition to extra-uterine life.  His research interests include the biochemical processes behind human milk synthesis and the impact of support personnel (both formal and informal) on the breastfeeding family.  His publication topics include safe bed sharing for the new family,  nursing care in grief, death and dying for the maternal-child arena, the role of the father in breastfeeding.

In his private life he is married to a lovely woman (herself a nurse) and together they have eight children.  He is the Co-Director of Sunday School programing at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Master for the Cub Scouts on Fort Bragg and serves each year as the Highlander District Pinewood Derby Grand Marshall.

(910) 480-8423
Nursing 134
Dr. Shannon Matthews

Shannon Matthews, DNP, RN, CHSE

Chair & Director of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing;
(910) 480-8479
Nursing 127
Dr. Shannon Matthews
Shannon Matthews, DNP, RN, CHSE

Chair & Director of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing;

B.S.N., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S.N., East Carolina University; D.N.P., Gardner-Webb University

Bio:

Dr. Matthews has been a nurse for more than 25 years and in nursing education since 2002. She has lived in North Carolina most of her life and has nursing degrees from UNC-CH (BSN), ECU (MSN), and Gardner-Webb University (DNP). She has worked in a variety of settings including, cardiac step-down, orthopedics, neurology, and home-health. Each specialty provided a breadth and depth of experience that contributes to her teaching.

She joined the faculty at Methodist University in 2013 and is an advocate for hands-on learning activities and the use of simulation in nursing education. While completing her doctoral work, her capstone project evaluated learning outcomes and critical thinking for nursing students participating in peer-led simulation. She became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator in 2016.

While at Methodist University, she has been instrumental in increasing opportunities for interprofessional education and promotes experiences that allow students from different professions to learn with and from each other. In the future, Dr. Matthews aims to improve clinical learning experiences by working with faculty and staff in practice and education settings to develop and implement Dedicated Education Units for clinical learning.

Dr. Matthews has family ties to the Cape Fear region and has lived in neighboring Sampson County for nearly 20 years. She has been married to Eddie for more than 25 years and they have three children (Christopher, Caroline, and Daniel) and a golden retriever named Dolly.

(910) 480-8479
Nursing 127
David McCoy

David McCoy, MSN, RN

Clinical Coordinator; Instructor of Nursing
(910) 480-8403
Nursing 129
David McCoy
David McCoy, MSN, RN

Clinical Coordinator; Instructor of Nursing

B.S.N., Methodist University; M.S.N., Chamberlain University

(910) 480-8403
Nursing 129