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New director of School of Nursing named

The newly appointed director of Austin Peay State Universitys School of Nursing is familiar to many faculty, staff and nursing alumni.

Dr. Francisca (Chita) Cisneros Farrar, who lives in the Bellevue area of Nashville, returns to APSU from Middle Tennessee State University where she has been teaching since August 2004. She replaces Dr. Joe Anne Burgess, professor of nursing, who has been serving as interim director.
The newly appointed director of Austin Peay State University's School of Nursing is familiar to many faculty, staff and nursing alumni.

Dr. Francisca (Chita) Cisneros Farrar, who lives in the Bellevue area of Nashville, returns to APSU from Middle Tennessee State University where she has been teaching since August 2004. She replaces Dr. Joe Anne Burgess, professor of nursing, who has been serving as interim director.

“Dr. Farrar showed tremendous vision and leadership when she was on our nursing faculty,” APSU President Sherry Hoppe said. “She was among the first to begin working toward an online nursing degree.

“With the move of the School of Nursing this summer into the newly renovated McCord Building, we have the potential to expand our nursing program to meet the tremendous market demand for highly educated nurses. Dr. Farrar is the right person to lead our School of Nursing during this important time of new opportunities.”

Farrar earned her doctorate in higher education administration with a focus on nursing from George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. She received both the Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Farrar taught 22 years at APSU, beginning in 1982. She received tenure in 1986 and the rank of professor in 1993. She was the founder of the Nursing Honor Society and the Mickey Badgett Lecture Series. She also performed the needs assessment for a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) at APSU, headed the project to explore a consortium for the M.S.N. program and served as admissions coordinator for the program.

At MTSU, Farrar not only was the coordinator and clinical instructor for mental health, pharmacology and advanced medical surgical courses, she was the coordinator for parts of the online R.N. to B.S.N. Program.

To maintain her clinical expertise, she has been working as a special care registered nurse at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville. She served as a consultant for St. Thomas Hospital Magnet Program, a certification program for hospitals from the American Nurses Association.

Her continuing education is extensive, and she has an impressive research resume. In 2005, she was St. Thomas Hospital's lead research coordinator for a $400,000 Robert Wood Foundation grant, and has been working on a Childhood Obesity Grant with a team at MTSU.

Farrar has presented several scholarly papers, such as “The Latino Model of Care” at the 2005 International Conference on Cultural Diversity in Murfreesboro. She has published extensively, including a manuscript in progress, titled “Antimicrobials: Classifications and Uses in Critical Care,” which has been accepted for publication in November 2006.

In addition to holding active memberships in many professional organizations, Farrar's leadership includes serving as president of the Music City District 3 of the Tennessee Nurses Association, Board of Directors of the Tennessee Nurses Association and chair of the Education Committee of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

For more information on APSU's School of Nursing, telephone (931) 221-7710 or go to www.apsu.edu, click on A-Z Index and then on Nursing. — Dennie B. Burke