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Contributor Biographies

Paulette D. Rollant, PhD, RN, MSN, was awarded her nursing diploma in 1972 from Columbia Hospital Nursing School in Pittsburgh, then completed her BSN in 1981, her MSN in 1983, and her Ph.D. in Education in 1993 (all from Georgia State University). Dr. Rollant founded Rollant Concepts, Inc., in 1983, a firm dedicated to the development, presentation, and evaluation of educational programs for nursing schools, hospitals, and private industry on a national and international basis. She has worked as a clinical nurse specialist in EENT, pediatrics, and critical care, as well as an educator. Dr. Rollant also presented at the Annual International Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies (2003-2007), and has contributed to numerous publications, including Mosby's NCLEX review series. She grew up in the foothills of the mountains in western Pennsylvania, but is now a "converted Yankee" living in Florida.

Linda Blair, RN, MA, has been the Dean at Spencerian College since 1999. The college has a Practical Nursing Program, an Associate Degree in Nursing Program and 18 other allied health programs. Ms. Blair has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Education from Spalding University. She has been in nursing education for over thirty years, having been an instructor of psychiatric nursing, college dean, and school director at several schools. She has served as an accreditation evaluator for several agencies including the National League for Nursing. Ms. Blair co-authored three textbooks, Passport to Practical and Vocational Nursing, Passport to College, and Passport to Your Career. Ms. Blair has facilitated the professional development of many students from varied backgrounds throughout her career. She has also taught courses in healthcare facilities on stress management, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution.

Julie Williard, RN, NP-C, has 25 years of nursing experience with 10 years as a nurse practitioner and seven years teaching nursing education. Her areas of expertise are advanced medical surgical nursing, adult health, and pharmacology. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in 1998 and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a CPR instructor. Julie has served as a consulting editor for the ProQuest Nursing Database in 2007, and has edited both the NCLEX-PN and RN review courses (2002-2006). Julie has published chapters in various textbooks as well, including Contemporary Medical-Surgical Nursing. Julie is proud to have contributed 180 questions for an interactive CD-ROM, Weber & Kelley's Interactive Nursing Assessment for Web CT.

Mary Bell-Braxton, MS, RN, has 22 years of nursing care experience with six years of teaching experience in nursing. Her areas of expertise include OB/GYN, medical-surgical nursing, and urgent care. Mary has also taught at the University of West Georgia in the BSN program, at Atlanta Technical College in Practical Nursing, and at the Cleveland State Community College in the Associate Degree RN program. She is the co-author of Nursing Care Planning Made Incredibly Easy (Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins) and has done manuscript and textbook reviews for Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, Prentice Hall, & F.A. Davis.

Debi St. Godard, M.A., MSN, RN, obtained her original nursing education in Edmonton, Alberta. She subsequently completed a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a Master of Arts Degree in Private and Public Management at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She has served as a nursing leader and educator in a variety of settings in Canada, the United States, and the Philippines.  She is currently working as a management consultant for a health system based in Houston.