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Tracey Turner, EdD, EdS, MSN, RNC-OB

Interim Dean | Professor of Nursing


  • Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, Liberty University, 2018
  • Education Specialist, Liberty University, 2015
  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of Virginia, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Virginia, 1997


Dr. Turner graduated from the University of Virginia with her BSN in 1997 and her MSN in 2004. In 2015, she completed her EdS degree from Liberty University. In 2018, she obtained her Doctorate in Education from Liberty University. Her dissertation was titled “The Relationship Between Test Of Essential Academic Skills And Nursing Final Course Grades For Sophomore Students In A Residential, Undergraduate, Pre-Licensure Bachelor Of Science Nursing Program.” She has almost two decades of labor and delivery experience. Dr. Turner enjoys participating in recruiting events for LUSON and connecting with students within the program.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

Courses Taught

  • NURS 200 Nursing Process Application
  • NURS 210 Health Assessment
  • NURS 215 Pathophysiology
  • NURS 220 Advanced Nursing Communication
  • NURS 352 Caring for the Childbearing Family I
  • NURS 466 Advanced Critical Care II
  • NURS 490 Transition to Practice
  • NURS 523 Financial and Resource Management for Nurse Leaders
  • NURS 624 Nursing Administration II: Organizational Leadership and Management
  • NURS 625 Nursing Administration III: Management of Resources
  • NURS 833 Higher Education Leadership

Publications (peer-reviewed articles)

  • Joseph, R. A., Turner, T., Akers, S., Whorley, E., & Goodrich, C. (2023) Emotional and psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing students. Journal of Christian Nursing.  doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000001112
  • Turner, T.M., Everett, S., Foote, L., Highton, M., Holloman, A., Smith, T., & Taylor, S. (2023). Multidisciplinary event in nursing: Trauma day. Center for Teaching Excellence, Liberty University (January 2023) (Best presentation award)
  • Joseph, R. A., Kim, J., Akers, S. W., Turner, T. M., Whorley, W. G., Lumpkin, K., Rosa, J. H., McElroy, C. (2023). COVID-19 related stress, quality of life, and intrinsic religiosity among college students during the global pandemic: A cross-sectional study, Cogent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2023.2195091
  • Turner, T., Taylor, S., Highton, M., Everett, S., Foote, L., Smith, T., & Holloman, A., (2023 January). Interprofessional event within nursing: Trauma day. Center on Teaching Excellence Faculty Workshops. (Best Workshop Award).
  • Akers, S. W., Joseph, R.A., Turner, T.M., Whorley, E. G., & Goodrich, C. (2022). Psychological well-being and religiosity of university students during the pandemic: An exploratory study. Sigma Theta Tau International Congress, 2022, Edinburgh, Scotland (July/August 2022).
  • Joseph, R.A., Akers, S.W., Lee, C.W., Turner, T.M., Whorley, E.G., & Goodrich, C. (2021). Impact of a pandemic on doctoral nursing students. AACN Doctoral Conference. Virtual. Jan 20-22, 2021 (Poster)
  • Joseph, R.A., Ali, N., Shattnawi, K., Kavitha, K, Singh, M. & Turner, T.M. (2022). Mental health in nursing students during the pandemic: Comparing lower-middle- and high-income countries. Sigma Theta Tau International Congress, 2022, Edinburgh, Scotland (July/August 2022).
  • Joseph, R.A., Kavitha, K, Singh, M. & Turner, T.M. (2022 January). COVID-19 pandemic and nursing students in India: Stress, depression, and coping behaviors. AACN Doctoral Conference, Naples, FL (January 2022). First place for Poster presentations
  • Joseph, R.A., Kavitha, K, Singh, M. & Turner, T.M. (2022 January). COVID-19 Pandemic and Nursing Students in India: Stress, Depression, and Coping Behaviors. CTE, LU (January 2022)
  • Joseph, R.A., Turner, T.M., Lee, C.W., Whorley, E.G., Akers, S.W., & Goodrich, C. Factors associated with PTSD among nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Christian Nursing.
  • Joseph, R.A., Turner, T.M., Whorley, E. G., Akers, S. W., & Goodrich, C. (2022). Nursing faculty in higher education in the U.S. during a pandemic: How leadership can support. AACN Faculty practice Pre-Conference, Naples, FL (January 2022)
  • Joseph, R.A., Turner, T.M., Whorley, E. G., Akers, S. W., & Goodrich, C. (2022). Nursing Faculty in Higher Education in the U.S. During a Pandemic: How Leadership Can Support? CTE, LU (January 2022) (Best conference poster award)
  • Turner, T.M., Joseph, R.A., Whorley, E. G., Akers, S. W., & Goodrich, C. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on nursing faculty: A mixed-method study.  Sigma 46th Biennial Convention (Poster)
  • Turner, T., Highton, M., Miller, K., & Bruffy, A. (2019, September). Improving communication and collaboration between nursing and medical students through an obstetrical interprofessional simulation experience. NLN Summit 2019, National Harbor, MD
  • Turner, T. M. & McCraw, S. (2019). Hands and feet clinic.  Virginia Nursing Student Association State Conference. Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Turner, T. M.  (2010). A Journey Through Joy and Grief.  Nursing for Women’s Health, 14(4), 346-348.
  • Kirk, S.E., West, A.E., Bidlingmaier, M., Dunn, C.R., Wu, Z., Turner, T.M., & Strasburger, C.J.; “Third Trimester Growth Hormone-Variant (GH-V) Levels are Inversely Related to Maternal Body Weight in Women with Well-Controlled Gestational, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,” Abstract P-343, 85th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, Philadelphia, June 2003.

Research Interests

  • Nursing School Retention
  • Nursing Student Resilience
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
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