Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Mandy Cranney

Georgia State University

My name is Mandy Cranney and I began my nursing career in 2003 when I graduated with a BSN from Auburn University. I worked in the med/surg and Endoscopy fields for 10 years. I realized that a more advanced degree was needed if I wanted to move forward. In 2011 I went back to school to pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN). I was very interested in teaching and learning theory so I focused on nursing education. Now, I am currently a faculty member at Columbus State University’s (CSU) School of Nursing in Columbus, Georgia. I just began my second year as faculty with CSU. I teach in the undergraduate, baccalaureate nursing program. I co-teach Fundamentals of Nursing and Health Assessment for Nurses. I find that I truly enjoy teaching and mentoring the nurses of the future. With this in mind, I decided to return to school to pursue a PhD in Nursing so that I could learn more about how to take part in advancing the nursing education field. I have many research interests. To name a few, I am interested in mentoring relationships between faculty and student nurses. I am interested in grandparents raising grandchildren and ways to foster this special relationship. My thesis for the MSN program was the management of medically fragile children in the K-5th grade setting. I am looking forward to the Jonas Nurse Leadership Project opportunity.