MEMPHIS — Dr. Jennifer Hitt has been appointed as director of the Nursing Program at Christian Brothers University (CBU). The director is responsible for overseeing CBU’s RN to BSN program and accreditation, and has the lead role implementing a vision for the program’s sustainability and growth. Dr. Hitt brings a wealth and diversity of experience in nursing and nurse education and has worked in higher education for over a decade. Hitt comes to CBU most recently having served as assistant dean for nursing students at the University of Memphis. She is a certified Nurse Educator with the National League for Nursing. In addition, she served on the faculty at the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and University of Mississippi Medical Center-Ole Miss campus. She previously worked as a medical/surgical RN, acute admissions RN, and hospital clinical educator.
Dr. Hitt is a registered nurse from Oxford, Mississippi. She received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Mississippi, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Hitt is the past-president of the Mississippi Nurses Association. Dr. Hitt also served as the vice-president of MNA, district president, ANA assembly representative for Mississippi, and served on the Board of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation. She is currently on the ANA Nominations and Elections Committee and is the chairperson for the Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee. Dr. Hitt actively works on legislation and policy development at the state and national level regarding nursing practice.
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Her research interests focus on educational delivery methods and student success.
Dr. Hitt is active in medical mission work, both locally and at the international level. She frequently undertakes medical missions to Leogane, Haiti, and has developed medical study abroad programs for students.