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Nursing Programs Faculty
LeAnna Valentine MSN, RN
Chairperson of Nursing Programs & Faculty
Office: RHO 442
Education: MSN, East Carolina University; BSN, Western Carolina University; B.A. in Biology, UNC-Asheville; ADN from A-B Tech
Work Experience: 14 years as Emergency Department RN; 1 year as Cardiac RN; Adjunct Faculty in Nursing at A-B Tech
Favorite Nursing Quotation: “Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small about it.” Florence Nightengale
Background: I am a native of Asheville. I loved growing up here, and have observed Asheville's transformation into a totally different city than the sleepy town that I once knew. I adore the outdoors, specifically working in my yard; I love to mountain bike. I was a travel nurse for about 3 years in the E.D.; lived in Georgia and southern California…love the beach in SoCal!
Nita Kirkpatrick, MSN, RN
Office: RHO 425
Christy Andrews MSN, RN
Office: RHO 448
Education: Post- Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education and MSN in Family and Community Nursing from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte; BSN from Western Carolina University.
Work Experience: AB Tech Nursing Department since June of 1998, Neuro-trauma ICU nurse prior
Favorite Nursing Quotation: “I pray that you will reward the next person you meet at your station with a kind word or smile because that person is someone’s dad, husband, wife, mother, son or daughter – or simply because he or she is a human being, created and loved by God, just as you are.” - Anonymous
Background: I am a native of Western North Carolina and love the mountains. I have two school age boys who keep my husband and I very busy, but we love every minute of the chaos.
WNC RIBN Student Services Advocate/Advisor
Office: RHO 118
Education: BS in Mathematics, Colorado State University, certification in math instruction, UNCA
Work Experience: Enka High School: taught math, A-B Tech: developmental math, general academic advising, WNC RIBN adviser
Favorite Nursing Quotation: I'm not a nurse but came across this cute quote that probably applies to nursing "There is no 'i' in team but apparently there is one hidden somewhere in 'group project.'"
Background: I am originally from Colorado and enjoy going back yearly to see beloved family and friends. I'm starting to re-develop my love for adventure and dipping my toes into traveling. I most recently traveled to Alaska to visit a dear friend. My latest passion is trying out recipes with the sour dough that was apparently started 100 years ago in Nome! Exercising is important to me and I am back into the swing of running, swimming, bicycling, walking and hiking. I'm pretty much addicted to cross word puzzles and Ken-Ken (a variation of Sudoku).I have a 3 year old grandson who loves the surf and the pool! We head down to St. Augustine, FL, often and really enjoytaking him there.
William "Brent" Evans BSN, RN
Office: RHO 450
Education: BSN, University of North Carolina – Charlotte; BA in History, University of Georgia; ADN from A-B Tech. Currently enrolled in MSN program at East Carolina University.
Work Experience: 5 years critical care staff nursing; nursing faculty member here at A-B Tech. I previously worked as a credit analyst, zzzzzzzz. I also used to bag groceries at a Piggly Wiggly while in high school.
Favorite Nursing Quotation: “The only path to being a great nurse is through your heart.” Christine Conrad, RN
Background: I am a Georgia native but had the good fortune of moving to Asheville in 1995 and now this is home. Nursing is a second career for me and I am grateful that it has become my professional focus. I have two wonderful boys and a darling wife. I love to play racquetball and enjoy pretty much any sport with a ball involved.
Deanna Littrell BSN, RN
Simulation Coordinator and Faculty
Office: RHO 447
Rachel Repasy BSN, RN
Office: RHO 444
Education: ADN from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC, 2003; BSN from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, 2010; Current MSN student at Western Carolina University, projected date of grad. 2015
2003-2004…PMCU/PMSD @ Mission
2004-2013…NTICU (NeuroTrauma ICU) @ Mission
Favorite Nursing Quotation: “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”- Patch Adams
Background: I am a North Carolina native. I moved to Asheville in 2003 and have lived here ever since. I love the mountains, especially in the fall and winter. Love everything SNOW! I have been married since 2003 to my husband who owns a small business in Black Mountain. We have 2 beautiful kids…a son and daughter. I like to garden in the summer, go to the beach, lay in the yard and read, and plant flowers!
Laura Brown, MSN, RN, CNE
Office: RHO 449
Deborah Bakken, MSN, MSHS, RN
Office: RHO 451
Education: Recently completed the Master of Science in Nursing Program with a concentration in Nursing Education at East Carolina University College of Nursing. Anticipated graduation date is December 2012. MSHS: 2005, Trident University, Health Education; BSN: 1997, George Mason University Nursing; ADN: 1983, George C. Wallace State, Nursing
Work Experience: Since 1983 as a nurse I have worked in the following areas: Emergency Room, Medical/Surgical, Geriatrics, Oncology, Telemetry, Psychiatric, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Preventive Health
Favorite Nursing Quotation: You are only as smart as the question you ask! (Unknown)
Background: I began nursing in 1983 working in many areas over the years with a main concentration for Med/Surgical and Psych. I love being in the mountains in Asheville, NC with my husband Scott and my two children. My family also includes a Great Dane named Odin and two cats.
James Cardwell MSN, RN
Office: RHO 417
Education: MSN, East Carolina University; BSN Western Carolina University; ADN from A-B Tech
Work Experience: 4 years as Medical-Surgical RN; 4 years as an Oncology RN; 4 years in Nursing Education at the Hospital level; Adjunct Faculty in Nursing at A-B Tech
Favorite Nursing Quotation: “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing”…Mother Teresa
Background: I am a Canadian by birth, who became a US citizen in 2002. I have lived happily in Asheville for 15 years with Anne, my wife of 25 years. I am very happy to be teaching Nursing at AB Tech!!
Kristina McCall MSN, RN-BC
Office: RHO 418
Education: Practical Nurse Diploma from ABTCC; Associates in Nursing from Regents College, Albany, NY; Bachelor’s Degree from Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC; Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC
Work Experience: Began working on a “float pool” in many areas, but eventually favored pulmonary nursing working on a vent unit and progressive care units. Became a nurse educator at Mission in 2009 and found my “true” calling in nursing, I love to teach!
Favorite Nursing Quotation: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Background: Moved to NC at the age of 6 from California, married a military man so I’ve done lots of traveling, been married for 21 years, no children, but love my cocker spaniel “Evan”. Knew I wanted to be a nurse when my mom let me give her insulin shots (she was a diabetic).
Office: RHO 4
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Office: RHO 443