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Junior Level Distant Clinical Sites

Would you like to experience exciting pediatric, obstetric, and medsurg clinical rotations at an outstanding short term acute care hospital in Richmond, Roanoke, or Salem, Va.? If so, one of the distant clinical sites might be something for you to consider.

  • Stay in class with your friends while completing medsurg and peds clinicals in only five select weekends
  • Gain the experience you need to be the pediatric or obstetric nurse God has called you to become
  • Gain medsurg experience that will be valuable in all areas of nursing

Applying for the Richmond, Roanoke, or Salem Clinical Sites

Download the application and carefully follow the directions for completion and submission. Applications for fall 2014 and spring 2015 Distant Clinical Sites semesters are due March 15, 2014.

Distant Site Application: 2014-2015


Richmond Semester 

  • Five Power Weekends during the semester
  • Strong Pediatric Concentration
  • Rotate through two different medical/surgical units                                          
  • Operating Room/Nurse Anesthetist Observational Experience
  • Church Host Families provide student housing
  • Experience a hospital that is faith based

St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital, located in Richmond's West End, has served the population of Central Virginia since 1966. Liberty University Nursing Students have had the unique opportunity to experience clinicals in this setting since the fall of 2008. St. Mary's is well known for:

  • Excellent nurse to patient ratio
  • 391 bed facility
  • Comprehensive Pediatric Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Received Magnet Recognition in 2009
  • Top 10 percent of Hospitals for Emergency Care            
  • Nationally Recognized Joint Replacement Center
  • Nationally Recognized Stroke Treatment Center

Roanoke Semester

  • 5 Power Weekends that includes a pediatric/ medsurg clinical
  • Experience facilities  dedicated to recognizing nurses providing holistic nursing care
  • Contains the areas only dedicated hospital for children
  • Pediatric specialties including cardiology, nephrology, and neurology

Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

  • One of the largest hospitals in the state of Virginia
  • 703 bed hospital with a 60 bed neonatal intensive care unit
  • Roanoke Memorial is a short drive of 1 hour and 15 minutes from Liberty University's Campus
  • Includes Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital complete with Pediatric Emergency Room
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Magnet Designated

Salem Semester

  • 5 Power Weekends that includes a OB/medsurg clinical combo
  • Experience facilities  dedicated to recognizing nurses providing outstanding care
  • Level III Trauma Center

Lewis Gale Medical Center

  • Large facility - 521 beds
  • For more than 22 years, LewisGale Hospital has been a state-recognized trauma center
  • Students will complete one 12 hour clinical in The Birth Center and 2 shifts (one 12 hour and one 8 hour) on 5 East, a 36-bed Medical/Surgical Unit
  • Facility is located approximately 61 miles from Liberty University
  • Lewis Gale’s Labor and Delivery Unit offers a 1:1 nurse to patient ratio

Nursing Clinical Faculty, Staff, and Instructors


Diane Bridge

EdS, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of Distant Clinical Sites
Assessment Coordinator for RN-B.S.N. and M.S.N. Online Programs

Hello! I am the Coordinator of Distant Clinical Sites at Liberty University. The Richmond Program was started in 2008 and has expanded into the current Distant Clinical Site Opportunities. The clinicals offered at the various Distant Clinical Sites has enabled the nursing program at  Liberty University to expand its clinical sites to Richmond, Roanoke, and  Virginia. I currently teach residential, clinical, and online classes at Liberty University. The Lord has provided a wonderful way for me to minister to the students through nursing education.

Biography

I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my personal Saviour at the age of five. I have been a registered nurse for 19 years, married to my amazing husband for 26 years, and have three daughters, Mariah-16, Madison-14, and Morgynne-11. We moved from Wisconsin to Virginia in June of 2008, after spending three years at a small Christian college where I assisted in the development of a new nursing program. I am originally from Pennsylvania and am a huge Penn State and Steeler fan. 

The Lord has provided me a wonderful opportunity to work with the School of Nursing at Liberty University through the Distant Clinical Sites. If you have any questions about this program or would like additional information, please feel free to contact me at dcbridge@liberty.edu


Heather Humphreys

MSN, RN,  Clinical Coordinator Liberty University

As a native of the Lynchburg area, I was blessed to attend Liberty University for both my undergraduate and graduate studies.  Currently, I serve as Clinical Coordinator for the undergraduate nursing program and as an adjunct instructor.  Additionally, I maintain a per diem staff nurse position in a local hospital.  My husband and I are blessed with twin daughters.

In my opinion, faith and nurse education tend to intersect and overlap.  My career is a ministry to others based upon God’s love for me.  Consequently, I view students, patients, and colleagues in a holistic manner, considering the whole person with spiritual needs.  I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with the nursing students at Liberty University.


Richmond Instructors


Hadassah Martin

RN, ICU
Chemotherapy Certified
Medical/Surgical and ICU background
Staff Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital

My name is Hadassah Martin. I was born and raised in Glen Allen, Va., very close to Richmond, where I currently live. I was fortunate to have Christian parents who led me to the Lord when I was in first grade.  I attended Liberty University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in nursing degree in May of 2006.  I was born at St. Mary’s and it has always been the hospital of choice for my family and me. I applied there after graduating and worked there as an Oncology nurse for four years before transferring to the general Intensive Care Unit in June of 2010. There I am enjoying learning to take care of a variety of critically-ill patients. I was blessed with the opportunity to begin teaching the Richmond students in fall of 2010. 


Bonnie Brown

RN, ICU
Medsurg clinical Instructor
Graduate of Liberty University's nursing program.

I was raised in a military family, but consider myself to be a native “Virginian,” having spent close to half of my life in the commonwealth. I consider myself very privileged to have completed my undergraduate work and earned a BSN at Liberty University’s school of nursing in 2006.  My career thus far has consisted of critical care nursing in which I worked for almost five years in an Intensive Care Unit in Louisville, Ky., before returning to Virginia. 

My family and I are very thankful to now be living in Richmond, Va., where my husband serves as an associate pastor at a local church.  We have two little girls, Lydia and Phoebe, age four and one respectively. They are what fill our home with love, joy, noise, laughs, tears and drama! And we thank the Lord for the sweet blessing of children. 

When going through nursing school at Liberty, one of the many nuggets of wisdom professors imparted to me was that, as nurses, we get to be the “hands and feet of Jesus.” This philosophy of work and ministry has been the guiding theme of my career. I am utterly humbled that God has brought me to a position as nursing faculty where I am now able to teach students what it is like to be the “hands and feet of Jesus.”  


Belinda Hensley

RN, Pediatric Clinical Instructor
Graduate from Liberty's Nursing Program
Pediatric background
St. Mary's Pediatric Nurse
Home Health Nursing

Belinda Hensley is a graduate of the Liberty University nursing program. She and her husband Robb reside in Richmond, Va., along with their two children, Leah and Evan. She began her nursing career in in-patient rehab and then went on to pediatrics which is her favorite specialty. She worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse for eight years on the peds unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. She has now been teaching through our Richmond program for five years. She feels that it's an honor and blessing to be giving back to this wonderful university and nursing program.


Roanoke Instructors


Heather Elder

MSN, RN Pediatric Clinical Instructor

I am a graduate of Liberty University's Nursing program.  I have spent my entire nursing career working as a nurse in the Emergency Department.  As a clinical instructor for Liberty I have taught students in several different areas that include the Emergency Department, Orthopedics, Surgical and Pediatrics.  I am currently enrolled as a student in Old Dominion University's Nurse Practitioner program.

 


Ann Hutchens

MSN, RN Medsurg Clinical Instructor

I graduated from Radford University in 1994 and have worked the majority of my career as a cardiac nurse in the CCU at CRMH holding many positions (Preceptor, CTL and Unit Director). Graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2011 with my MSN. Currently work at LGMC as the Director of Intensive Care Services. I’m married (23 years) and have 2 sons; Jared age 16 and Caleb age 12. Both are athletes and if I’m not in the hospital I’m on a ball field somewhere.


Salem Instructors


Brenda Osterhus

RN OB Clinical Instructor

Brenda Osterhus, C.C.E., I.B.C.L.C., is an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Liberty University and manages the Childbirth and Family Education Department at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia. Born in Limbé, Haiti, Brenda began her nursing career at age 11, giving shots and changing dressings at a missionary clinic. She has a French degree from Houghton College and a B.S.N. from Columbia University School of Nursing. She is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Childbirth Educator.  Her clinical experience includes mother/baby, labor & delivery and medical/surgical nursing, and spans hospitals and clinics in the eastern U.S. and in Haiti. Her passions are wellness, lifestyle health and lactation.

Brenda is married to Craig Osterhus, and they have four daughters. Their oldest is a 2013 graduate of Liberty University and now serves on the worship staff at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The other three are currently students at Liberty University.


Katherine Rivera             

MSN, RN, Medsurg Clinical Instructor

Katherine Rivera received her BSN in 1985 from the State University of New York Brockport, and her MSN in Nursing Education from Liberty University in 2012.  She started her nursing career serving  in the United States Army as an officer in the Nurse Corps.  Her career in nursing has included mostly work in various Emergency Departments as well as Med/Surg, Pediatrics, Hospice, Home Health Care, and ICU.  Most recently she was the Clinical Educator for two Emergency Departments in Southern NJ before moving to the Lynchburg area in September of 2012 to teach.

Katherine is the mother of 4 grown children and has two grandchildren.  All three of her daughters attended Liberty University, one graduating with a BSN in 2010 and is now working in the ER at Lynchburg General.  One daughter is a stay at home mother of two toddlers, and one daughter is a flight attendant for USAir out of Roanoke. Katherine's son is a Junior at Wake Forest University in NC. Katherine  lives in Forest Virginia with her husband Dennis (an Intensive Care nurse at Lynchburg General) and her passions in nursing include pathophysiology and critical thinking and their practical application in day to day nursing. Katherine's hobbies mostly center around her family; playing with the grandchildren, gardening, camping, and travel.  Katherine recently climbed Sharp Top Mountain and looks forward to many more hikes over the summer. Katherine feels that nursing offers a unique opportunity to reflect Christ's love to hurting people as care is provided for their physical bodies. Katherine believes that nursing care revolves around including the entire family of the patient in the healing process.