Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing – Shorter University

Shorter University acknowledged the need and demand for health care professionals.  In 2009, Shorter University added the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to its list of strong academic programs.  Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest health care occupation with over 2.7 million nurses employed nationwide.  Registered nurses are in great demand.  The nursing shortage is predicted to intensify as the population grows older and their need for health care changes. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations in the next decade.  This is related to the increasing emphasis on preventive care, higher rates of chronic conditions, and growing demand for health care services from the aging baby boomer population.


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Roxanne JohnstonWelcome Letter from the Dean

As Dean of the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing at Shorter University, I look forward to meeting prospective students, families, friends, and community partners.  The faculty, staff, and administration support the nursing program and are dedicated to excellence in education within a Christ centered learning environment.

Our accredited nursing program provides students with unique learning experiences focused on meeting students’ profession and personal goals.  The BSN offers four semesters of full-time study in the areas of nursing foundations, pathopharmacology, health assessment, adult health, vulnerable populations (mental health), pediatrics, women’s health, leadership, community/global nursing, nursing research, and critical care.

In addition, the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing provides opportunities for prospective students to shadow nursing students, experience classroom lectures, observe simulation activities, and participate in service learning programs.  Please contact our office with any additional questions or to schedule a visit.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and answer any questions that you may have regarding “Nursing on the Hill.”  Shorter University hosts several events throughout the year, inviting students to visit the campus, meet with prospective faculty, and interact with students with similar academic interests.

Best wishes as you pursue your nursing career.  We look forward to seeing you at Shorter University!

Roxanne Johnston, MSN, RN
Dean, Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing

Contact us

Shorter University Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing
Thornwood Campus
103 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
Phone: 706-233-7464
Fax: 706-236-2854

Meet Our Faculty

Ms. Roxanne Johnston, MSN, RN, FASRN
Dean of the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing
Mr. Brian K. Brooks, MSN, MBA/HCM
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Christine Donadio, RN, MSN/MBA, HCM
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Kris Douglass, DNP, RN-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Celeste Dunnington, RN, PhD
Associate Professor of Nursing
Ms. Rachel Johnson, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ms. Mary Ann Litchfield, MSN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor of Nursing