Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson

Mashawna Hamilton

Mashawna Hamilton

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Ohio University Southern announces staffing changes

Assistant Professor of Nursing Mashawna Hamilton was recently named Associate Director of Nursing at Ohio University Southern. Hamilton has been educating student nurses at the Southern Campus since 2005. 

Hamilton will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of approximately 200 students within both the Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) and the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Programs. Co-reporting to Ohio University Southern Dean Dr. Nicole Pennington (Ironton, Ohio) and Director of the Ohio University School of Nursing/ Associate Executive Dean for Nursing Education Dr. Deborah Henderson (Athens, Ohio).

Hamilton is excited to begin a new chapter in nursing education as she takes on the challenge of serving students through her new role. Hamilton said, “Throughout my career at Ohio University Southern, I have strived for excellence in fulfilling all aspects of my role as a faculty member. I am truly passionate about the teaching and learning that occurs during nursing education.” She added, “I take great pride in participating in the production of competent and compassionate graduate nurses who will enter the workforce both in our local communities and across the nation. I believe the investment I have and will continue to make into each student’s educational journey will be reflected in the care they deliver as they practice nursing. I feel there is no other arena in nursing where a greater impact can be made on the future of global healthcare than in nursing education. I look forward to this new experience and the opportunities it will allow me to support student success!”

During her years with Ohio University Southern, Hamilton was awarded the 2014 Elsevier Leading Stars in Education (ELSIE) Award. This is a national annual award recognizing the work of outstanding nursing faculty members who show exceptional skill, innovation and effectiveness in promoting student learning, professionalism and self-confidence.  Hamilton was also recognized by Ohio Magazine for Excellence in Education and has been the recipient of the Ohio University Southern Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching. She has published manuscripts regarding innovative teaching strategies and presented at multiple national, regional and state nursing conferences. She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2017.

Hamilton earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1996 and a master of science in nursing, with an emphasis in nursing education, from Ohio University in 2009. She has a diverse clinical background focusing primarily on cardiac and respiratory patients and improving the health of the patient, family and community through community nursing.

Hamilton is both a native and current resident of Greenup County, Kentucky, where she resides with her husband of 23 years, Tim. She is also the proud mother of two Ohio University Southern Bobcats, Elijah and Emma.

Hamilton replaces former Associate Director of Nursing Molly Johnson who has been named the Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator for all Ohio University nursing programs including the Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Chillicothe, Southern, Zanesville and Athens campuses. Ohio University Southern will remain her home campus; however, Johnson will divide her time between all campuses. 

Pennington said, “Molly’s extensive experience in assessment and evaluation will be of great benefit to the School of Nursing. Due to the growing programs at all campuses, the need for someone to be dedicated to this role has become crucial.” 

Johnson is both a native and current resident of Lawrence County, Kentucky. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Marshall University and a master of science in nursing, with a pediatric nurse practitioner specialization, from the University of Kentucky. She has been certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as a pediatric nurse practitioner since 2005. 

Teaching at Ohio University Southern since 2008, Johnson earned a Nurse Educator Certification from the National League for Nursing in 2012. She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2015.