Dr. Tese Stephens has over 30 years of nursing experience in both clinical and educational settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, her Masters of Science in Nursing from King College, a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from the University of Tennessee, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. Additionally, she is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Her research focus is on resilience in nursing students and new graduates and the use of social media and technology in nursing. She is the founder of RN P.R.E.P. (personal resilience enhancement plan), an interactive learning experience for nursing students and new graduates. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI), The National League for Nursing (NLN), the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), the American Nurses Association (ANA), Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF), and the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA). She is a member of the Continuing Education (CE) review committee for the TNA and is the current faculty liaison for the Tennessee Association of Student Nurses (TASN). Dr. Stephens is also a nursing education consultant for NurseTim, Inc. and a contributing author for NurseTogether. She is the author of several publications, book chapters, and is a frequent presenter at regional and national nursing conferences.
Dr. Stephens lives in Blountville, TN with her husband, Scott, and a menagerie of pets. Her son, Hunter, is a graduate student in North Carolina and he is married to Abbie, who is a registered nurse at Duke Medical Center. Dr. Stephens is passionate about excellence in nursing education, mentoring of faculty/students, and all things Dr. Seuss! She enjoys reading, walking, knitting, traveling, and spending time at their home in Isle of Palms, SC where she indulges her love for sea turtles.