School Department News

School of Nursing

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:36pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 3, 2014 -  Dr. Janet Williams, RN, PhD, dean of the William Carey University School of Nursing, was recently appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to serve on the State Board of Nursing. She has served in the school of nursing for over 20 years as a teacher and administrator, and most recently, as dean.

“This is a distinct honor for Dr. Williams and for WCU,” said Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU. “The school of nursing has made tremendous strides in recent years.”

Dr. Williams was elected by her peers to serve as Vice Chair for the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) Deans and Directors committee for the Schools of Nursing in 2012, and served as Chair for the committee in 2013. She received a BS in nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi, a MSN in adult health nursing from University of Alabama in Birmingham, an MBA from University of South Alabama, and a PhD in educational leadership from USM.

In 2011, she was given the Woman of Achievement Award in the education category by the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women (BPW) organization. Lighthouse BPW represents successful women in every sector of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s business community. As an RN with licensure in Mississippi and Louisiana, she held various positions before coming WCU in 1990. She worked as a critical care supervisor at the Doctor’s Hospital in Mobile, as an instructor at Providence School of Nursing in Mobile, as a sales representative for Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals in Norwich, NY, as a critical care consultant and educator at University of South Alabama Medical Center, as director of education and quality assurance at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Gulfport, and as a staff nurse at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, among other positions.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:40am

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014 - William Carey University’s nursing professors Felicia Browning and Karen Sicard will both be presenting posters at nursing conferences in April.

Browning, assistant professor of nursing and director of continuing education, will present at the Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) in Mobile, Ala., on April 4. This is the first conference held by the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of TCNS, and the theme is “Transcultural Caring: Transcending Differences Embracing Commonalities.”

Sicard, associate dean of nursing, will present at the ATI National Nurse Education Summit in Orlando, Fla., April 13-16. Sicard’s topic is “Test of Essential Academic Skills as a Predictor of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Completion.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10:01am

Hattiesburg, Miss., June 19, 2013 -

William Carey University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation in support of the Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program, which was implemented in the Fall of 2012. The Ph.D. program was designed to prepare professional nurse scholars to assume leadership and upper-level management roles in nursing education programs or health care organizations.

“This is the first major grant that WCU has received from the Hearin Foundation and is an indication that William Carey has become a major player in providing health care education for Mississippi and the entire region,” said Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU.

The Hearin Foundation was established in the will of Robert M. Hearin, Sr., the Mississippi Valley Gas Co. chairman and CEO who died in 1992. The goal of the foundation is to contribute to the overall economic advancement of Mississippi by providing funds for four-year colleges and universities and graduate professional schools located in the state which prepare students to directly contribute to the state’s economy. The foundation grants funds to help improve the quality of instruction and attract promising students through scholarships, especially in the fields of accounting, architecture, business, economics, engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy, science, and other academic disciplines.

WCU’s School of Nursing (SON) is accredited by the Institutions of Higher Learning and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The WCU SON offers a BSN degree, a B.S. in Health Information Management (HIM), an RN-to-BSN program, an MSN degree, a Post-Master’s Program Option in Nursing Education, a Post-Master’s Program Option in HIM, and the new Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program. To find out more about these programs, visit or contact the Fail School of Nursing at 601-318-6478.

For more information about the Hearin Foundation grant, contact Dr. Scott Hummel at


Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:32am

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 23, 2013

Pictured is (left) Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University, introducing Geroldean McSwain Dyse, CEO of the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SEMRHI), before presenting her with The Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during one of the university’s four commencement ceremonies in Smith Auditorium. A native of New Augusta, she was the second nurse ever hired by SEMRHI in 1980, and she rose through the ranks from licensed practical nurse and health educator to chief operating officer to CEO by 2011. Dyse holds the Licensed Practical Nurse degree, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the health care administration. She attended William Carey College from 1975-1978 pursuing an RN degree.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:40pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 14, 2013 - William Carey University and the Tradition community announced their intent to create a Health Care Industry Zone centered around WCU’s Tradition campus on Highway 67 in Harrison County during a press conference at WCU on Monday, May 13. Tradition, a 4,800-acre master planned community, is located seven minutes north of Interstate 10 at the intersection of Highway 67, 605, and Tradition Parkway.

Jerry Bracey, dean of WCU’s Tradition campus, congratulated Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs and Sen. Sean Tindell of Gulfport for sponsoring House Bill 722 in the 2013 legislative session and thanked all of the coast delegation for their support.

Rep. Zuber said, “The new law provides incentives for job-producing medical and pharmaceutical businesses to build facilities within five miles of an institution of higher learning that grants degrees in health care fields.”  WCU and Tradition will apply to Mississippi Development Authority to certify the Tradition Health Care Industry Zone under House Bill 722.

Dr. Janet Williams, dean of WCU’s school of nursing, said “William Carey has over 300 students seeking nursing degrees at Tradition, and we look forward to placing many graduates in new jobs in Tradition’s Health Care Industry Zone.”

Sen. Tindell said, “This amendment adds a new opportunity under Gov. Bryant’s visionary Health Care Industry Zone Law adopted in 2012. The law provides sales and property tax exemptions and accelerated depreciation for health care businesses that create at least 25 full time jobs and an investment of $10 million.”