Ruth A. Wittmann-Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN, is dean of the School of Health Sciences and professor of nursing at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. She has been an obstetrical/women's health nurse for 38 years. Dr. Wittmann-Price received her AAS and BSN degrees from Felician College, Lodi, New Jersey, and her MS as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from Columbia University, New York, New York. She completed her PhD in nursing at Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, and received the Dean's Award for Excellence. She developed a mid-range nursing theory, "Emancipated Decision-Making in Women's Health Care." and has tested her theory in four research studies. International researchers are currently using her theory as the foundation for their studies. Her theory is being used by researchers at the University of Limpopo, South Africa, in their campaign, "Finding Solutions for Africa," which helps women and children. Dr. Wittmann-Price was also the appointed research coordinator for Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and oversaw the evidence-based practice projects for nursing (2007-2010). Hahnemann University Hospital was granted initial Magnet designation in December 2009. Dr. Wittmann-Price has taught all levels of nursing students over the past 16 years and has completed an international service-learning trip. Currently, she teaches women's health to baccalaureate students and to students on the MSN nurse educator track. Dr. Wittmann-Price mentors DNP and PhD students and is on several committees at both Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Widener University. She has coedited or authored 14 books, contributed chapters to two books, and written over 20 articles. She has presented her research regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Wittmann-Price was inducted into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows in 2013 and became a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.
Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, is a clinical professor and department chair for advanced role master of science in nursing and complementary and integrative health programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a board-certified nurse educator and has taught at the college and university level since 1990. She has an extensive clinical background in medical–surgical, psychiatric, oncology, and community health nursing. In addition, Dr. Cornelius has substantial experience in the design, development, and delivery of online, hybrid, and traditional course content as well as the integration of learning technologies into the classroom. Her area of research involves student learning, development of clinical decision-making skills, and clinical competency using handheld mobile devices.
In 2010, Dr. Cornelius was the recipient of the Outstanding Educator in Online Learning Award from Drexel University Online. She is currently a master reviewer for Quality MattersTM, a faculty-centered peer-review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. She is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Informaticist and a National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics fellow. Dr. Cornelius is the coeditor of PDA Connections: Mobile Technology for Health Care Professionals (2007), an innovative textbook designed to teach health care professionals how to use mobile devices for "point-of-care" access of information. She is the coeditor and author of Ethical Health Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities (2016). She is also a coauthor of an innovative series of six National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review books, published by Springer Publishing Company, designed to support development of critical thinking among nursing students using unfolding case studies infused with mobile decision support resources to replicate realistic clinical experiences.
Brenda Reap Thompson, MSN, RN, CNE, is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a BSN degree from Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania (1982), and an MSN degree (Adult Health and Education) from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (1992). In 1990, she was the recipient of the Professional Nurse Traineeship Award at Villanova. Her clinical experience in nursing is in the areas of critical care and emergency health care and she has served as a director of cardiac rehabilitation. She has taught all levels of nursing throughout the past 15 years. Her expertise is in test development and she has had the opportunity to contribute to the development and review of test questions for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) under the direction of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Ms. Thompson was also a clinical safety coordinator in risk management and is an advocate for patient safety and quality improvement. She is a member of the American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS). She is the coeditor and author of Nursing Concept Care Maps for Safe Patient Care (2013); she has contributed five book chapters and two refereed abstracts, the latter on the use of standardized patients and the human simulation experience for undergraduate students. She has presented nationally and internationally on test development and construction and the human simulation experience. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, and president of the Nu Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.